Kisumu by Okang'a Ooko

By Okang'a Ooko

Pandpieri, Kisumu. Seventies. Otis Dundos is a shy and awkward child. he's simply one other wee-wee naked foot, horny-toed boy turning out to be up together with his dusty toes and naked chest enjoying harmful adventures. within the ‘80s, then, as a man-boy he attempts slot in. he's extra an archetype than a flesh-and-blood individual. He attempts to watch and bear in mind, now, as a tender grownup, to dedicate the stories to song in a full of life and huge style. appearing with Nico Opija and KDF in Kondele supplies him the numerous starting and a trip into music. 

As guitar pupil hitting all of the required notes, Otis is the haunted genius. yet KDF in Kondele is a coaching flooring for demonology. He uncovers excess of he bargained for. he's wanting to depart Kondele dingy golf equipment to arrive for the longer term. He turns out to gain he isn't finished until eventually he plays in Nairobi. however the chilly, chilly center Nairobi’s early ‘80s nefarious popular culture colleges him into turning into a extra spoiled artist. Returning to Kisumu with a brand new band, followed via queasy bandmates within the ranks of nefarious ne’er-do-wells, he spirals down into the center of Kisumu's darkness, encountering a suppressed historical past of greed, envy, revenge, and exploitation. A journey of Europe makes him a big name. yet he nonetheless comes again as an ordinary Kisumuan operating for day after today. His band, Victoria, keeps a coarse timeline of 1980 via 1990 and serve to wind down the hysteria just a little, and makes a reasonably solid case for a unprecedented achievement backmasking in heavy city Benga music.

Kisumu is often a slobbering, panting, salivating hotbed of anticipation and drooling expectancy. Kisumu is as a lot a city of difficulties because it is a city of drama, subdivision of fantasy. Drama? desires? Did he switch Kisumu musically? That’s now not the issue. The factor is for all his efforts, guitarist Otis Dundos consistently had higher difficulties right here in Kisumu like everbody else.

Providing a catharsis via comedy, lancing the lakeside city’s ethical boil with satire, Kisumu tells the existence traditional women and men attempting to reside the Kenyan African dream. It’s is a narrative of humble starting, awkward and misdirected fumbling and surprising accomplishment.

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