Artist Profiles: Abbi


Absalom Nyinza, popularly Abbi, Abbi is one of Kenya’s finest Afro-fusionist, who launched his second album Indigo in August 2007.

With roots in Kenyan people’s traditional instruments and tunes, he fuses contemporary instruments from the world today, such as West-African jembe, kora along with piano, violin, sax, flute, bass, guitars and drums. Abbi takes his Kenyan beats into a newness, experimenting with other genres as salsa, jazz, reggae, and pop. Furthermore, he likes mixing different languages and sings in both English, Swahili, Luhya (his mother-tongue), French, Luo and Maasai. His music has taken him on tours and festival-performances several times such as the North Sea Jazz and Mundial festival.

Abbi began his musical career in 1993 as an a cappella singer, and ventured into Afro-fusion some years later. His first solo-album came out in 2003 titled Mudunia? This album lead to two Kisima-awards for Best Male Artist and Most Promising Artist.


Mudunia (2003)
Indigo (2007)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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