17-04-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo
Put together a lot of Malindian passion, the talent of an author of music and lyrics with a strong stage presence, an Italian artistic production and fatherly guidance and an original and tight-knit band and you will have a new proposal, with an international scope and all to see and hear.
The opportunity to discover the talent and the story of Kennedy Cozzi Omwansa, aka K Simba, with his Fanisi Band, is coming soon to Armando Tanzini's White Temple at the White Elephant, for an appointment not to be missed for those who love music, mixing, talent and novelty.
In this unique place of culture in Kenya, K Simba, next week will present his new songs and videoclips, in an acoustic format that enhances the qualities of the musicians Soopy Kaingu (guitar, kifudu), Michael Kababa (guitar), Rommy Osiro (shaker), Oha Makalasti (percussions, kayamba, bumbumbu), Mwangolo Maxwell (keyboard, drums) as well as those of the front-man with his rasta look and verve suspended between Afro-Roots, the Mijikenda tradition of Mwanzele and Malian evocations. An almost entirely acoustic set with guitar, handmade percussion, keyboards and a hornet, a sort of trumpet made from recycled materials with a surprising sound.
All this was put together thanks to the skilful direction of K Simba's adoptive parents, Franco Cozzi and Ombra Crespi, who did not replace his natural mother, but complemented him artistically and affectively, also thanks to frequent trips to Italy to study music and composition.
K Simba's story is that of a talented young man who has earned his fortune and who for ten years has had someone in Italy (who often comes to Malindi) to help him cultivate a dream. For some years now Kennedy has been with the Fanisi Band, all youngsters who play Banga Fusion and music from their Mijikenda roots and who, as self-taught, have been studying to emerge and differentiate themselves from the crowd of all too many anonymous emulators of contemporary pop and rap.
This Tuesday's event at the White Elephant, thanks to the artistic sensitivity of Armando Tanzini and the supervision of director Mimma Nocelli," explains Franco Cozzi, "will be the first in a series of evening events that we would like to organise, as well as the production of other videos. My son's bond with Malindi is deep-rooted and indissoluble. His stays in Europe always end with a deep longing to return to his roots and I understand that. Personally, I have loved Kenya for thirty years and unfortunately I only live there occasionally a few months a year. Kenya has given me so much and the greatest gift for my wife and I is this good and generous son raised by an exceptional mother to whom we are grateful. In my youthful desires and dreams, music has always been a dream and a son who is a singer, musician and writer gives me new energy".
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