The latest single to emerge from Owiny Sigoma Band's third album Nyanza, 'Nairobi (Too Hot)' takes the Kenyan capital as its subject matter. It draws on the positive spirit ingrained in Kenya’s musical heritage as much as it does the country’s uneasy present.
In an interview with Dummy following the album’s release, Jesse explained that “I’ve always been interested in pop in one form or another… When I wrote ‘Wires’, it was the first time I’d ever thought to write a song over an African-style thing with the highlife guitar riff and all of that. I think there’s something really joyous and uplifting about their music.”
In ‘Nairobi (Too Hot)’, that musical lineage continues to bear an influence. Sun-flecked guitar lines and call-and-response vocals take centre stage, interspersed with echoing gunshot fire that’s a reminder of the violent tension in the city experienced by the band while there. The single comes backed by a remix from DJ Khalab, where the oft-Clap! Clap! collaborator has produced an acid-tinged re-rub that retains the bittersweet lilt of the original.