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(From The Nation (Kenya) - AAGM)
Byline: Kamau Mutunga
The last few years have seen the revival of old bands such as Vundumuna, Mangelepa, Maroon Commandos and Super Mazembe. But the old magic that gave birth to classic tracks such as Vundumuna, Nyako Konya, Chironyi ni wasi, Kasongo and Shauri Yako is lacking.
The trend is more or less the same outside Kenya. After Luambo Luanzo Makiadi's death, for example, his band, TP OK Jazz, broke up in 1994, leading to splinter groups Bana OK and OK International. However, neither can match the artistic genius of the old maestro.
"We no longer have influential bands, and I think musical creativity has reached a dead end, which is why artistes are going back to old styles. Neo-Soul for instance, is just an off-shoot of soul music. There is nothing new about it," says Gido Kibukosya of Zanna Ziki.
Perhaps it's time we took stock of the most influential musical bands and considered what made them tick. But a close look at the trends in the '60s and '70s shows that most recorded original material had a musical and cultural relevance, durability and mass popularity.