This November 2018 Thursday Nite Live celebrates 7 years of presenting the best live acoustic, jazz, fusion and roots music in Nairobi. This week we feature vocalist, keyboardist and band leader Chris Adwar and The Villagers Band.
Chris Adwar and the Villagers Band is a 6 piece band consisting of some of Nairobis most accomplished musicians.
The band was formed in 2005 and has since supported a stellar array of artists from all over the world. The list of artistes includes well know names such as Eric Wainaina, Jua Cali, Nonini, P-Unit, Wahu, Winyo, Nina Ogot, Nameless, Amani, Sara Mitaru, Kanjii Mbugua, Atemi Oyungu, Dan Chizi Aceda, V.U.C (Voices United Choir), Lam (Sudan), Naakaya (Tanzania), Thabani (Zimbabwe/UK), Bobby Rickets (U.S.A/Denmark), Johnny Clegg (S.A), Kirk Franklin (U.S.A), Shaggy (USA) and Freshlyground (S.A).
In 2008, they put together a limited release EP
Bengenge Coming Soon; which was a compilation of some of the bands recorded material, previously not available to the public.
In January 2010, TVB put out their sophomore album, The Nofork Hotel. The album was produced by Chris Adwar and the songs are written in 3 languages; Dholuo, Swahili and English.
The Nofork Hotel was well received locally and has accorded the band opportunities to play in a series of festivals and concert series in and outside Kenya. These include:
Zanzibar International Film Festival
Spread the Love Festival (2010)
Rift Valley Festival (2010, 2011)
Gatwich Festival with Emmanuel Jal (2011)
Sawa Sawa Festival (2011)
Blankets and Wine
Kinanda Arts Festival with Freshly Ground
Hellsgate Wheelbarrow Festival
The Tyranny Of Benga
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival (Washington DC) (2014)
Their third album titled Bengenge features a ground breaking Kenyan sound in which they mix indigenous African grooves and melodies from styles such as benga, hi-life, makossa, soukouss, kwela and mbalax with other forms of urban music found within Africa and beyond.
Catch a glimpse of The Villagers Band and Chris Adwar in the following video links
- J’s Fresh Kitchen accepts reservations so please make a reservation for a table should you know you will be coming for dinner.
- The number for reservations is 0707612585.
- J’s Westlands is a 23 years and older venue.
- The show starts promptly at 8pm so tables are held till 8pm after which they are opened to other customers.