One of the most revered band in Kenyan history, Them Mushrooms are set to headline the Afro Jazz Legends edition on the 5th of August at Alliance Française from 6pm to 9pm. Tickets for the event are 1000 Kenya shillings at the door. The opening act for the night is Kwame Rigii and the event’s sponsor Ricky na Marafiki will perform too.
Them Mushrooms have stood the test of time, evolving over the years. They are probably the most prolific band in Kenya.
Them Mushroom’s background
The group was founded in the year 1969 and was then known as Avenida Success.
Like many bands across the country, they had humble beginnings, playing at local restaurants in the coastal area. Them Mushroom were a common sight at the beach hotel circuit in Mombasa. This continued all the way till 1986. Them Mushrooms moved to Nairobi in the year 1987. Unfortunately in the year 1992, they disbanded as a few members wanted to pursue solo careers. Due to the sudden turn of events, Them Mushrooms renamed themselves Uyoga in 2002, they simply translated their original name from English to Swahili. However in time, they went back to their original name “Them Mushrooms” and have never looked back.
Them Mushroom Journey to success
Them Mushrooms have risen to fame through their ingenious ability to tweak Kenyan dialects, crafting them into amazing lyrics and then fusing unforgettable melody to them. A great example is their classic song ‘Jambo Bwana.’
Them Mushrooms have grown and evolved the kind of music they produce since their origins. Their musical sound is tinged with the heavy coastal musical influence of chakacha, blends of Taarab, obvious influences of Benga and some experimentation with reggae tunes too.
Did you know?
Jambo Bwana was originally written by one of their group members, Teddy kalanda. The song went on to sell 30,000 copies.
Alongside the prolific band, will be the Ricky na Marafiki, the main sponsors of the night. They will entertain the audience with their fusion of African Musical Folk tunes and their magical blend of jazz dubbed Afro Jazz.
The opening act of the night will be Kwame Rigii.
Kwame’s music, blends East African Rhythm and African Soul addressing issues pertaining to life and society in general. 
Among his notable songs is Holela (Kiswahili), it translated to carelessness in English, it is a song that depicts the spread of HIV in the country. The message addressed through the song’s animated video is not only to abstain but to take control and take care. He was quite crafty in using an animated video to convey his message to his target audience.
Kuchio J 🙂