Travel Down Memory Lane With Nina Ogot On The Newly Released Album

Kenyan Afro-Fusion singer-songwriter, Nina Ogot stirred the live music scene once again by the release of ‘Ukumbu.KE’ – her brand new album.

The 9-track album with a fresh outlook is proof, once again, of Nina Ogot’s thoughts and feelings as a live performer.

In her true fashion, she has created another project that echoes live compositions backed up by her band. 

Nina Ogot on working on ‘Ukumbu.KE’

Following the album release, Nina said …

“Working on this project was a wonderful experience for me to reminisce about different moments, events and elements that have enriched my life over the years.

In the process, I rediscovered many ideas that transformed into music and transports the listener from the past into this present moment.” 

Ukumbu.KE embodies sparkling guitar sounds, easily grooving percussion, and melodic-jolly horns that complement one another perfectly with the predominant Swahili and Luo verses of Nina Ogot’s unique vocal timbre.

‘Ukumbu.KE’ Reinforcing Kenyan Cultural Roots

Ogot reinforced cultural roots with influences from traditional sounds: Taarab and Bango melodies from Coast, percussive Isukuti of the Luhya, and the spiritual Dodo rhythms of the Luo people.

The album title contains a word game, transforming ‘ukumbu’ (memories in Swahili) into a modern context as ‘ukumbuke’ (let us remember) with an added twist of ‘.ke’ to represent a vault for Kenyan music and culture. 

The album’s sound revives cultural roots while creating a colourful live music experience, creating new memories for the present age.

Nina Ogot inserts a rearranged version of one of her favourite tracks “Chokoraa” on the new album.

Originally added to her 2008 debut album ‘Ninairobi’, the remake attests to her impressive musical evolution and her lyrical prowess.

While Nina Ogot, worked with mostly European musicians on her previous album ‘Dala’, her decision to record this fourth album ‘Ukumbu.KE’ in Nairobi to capture the authentic Kenyan vibe is a sound one.