Abbi Nyinza

participation in

  • WOMEX 2010

From a cappella to afro-fusion and reggae, from collaborations on organic electronic music to producer and studio-owner, from tree-planter to HIV advocate and peace-promoter, Abbi is one of the "Icons of Kenyan Music" as said by Kenya Book of Records.

Mostly known in the genre of afro-fusion / World Music, Abbi together with the band Kiwketu, has travelled and participated in well-reputed festivals as Mundial (Holland), North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), African Cultural Music and Dance Festival (South Africa), Fest Horn (Djibouti) to mention a few. Winner of two Kisima Awards for "Best Male Artist" and "Most Promising Artist", Abbi has released two afro-fusion albums: Mudunia (2003) and Indigo (2007). Yet Abbi's musical journey began long time ago, when he was part of the accapella band "The Boyz", which later changed name to "Safari" who travelled on tours in Germany, Spain and England.

Since 2008, Abbi has been running Indigo Productions in Nairobi, Kenya, and produced artists like Mutinda and Joy Shambula. Abbi has collaborated with artists like Ronni Vindahl (DK), Tiba Irie (UK), Gihuku (KE) and Ashimba (TZ) and features on several albums like Achieng Abura, Barbara Guantai, and "Songs of Hope" by Family Health Internatinal.

In 2010 Abbi embarked on a musical journey with Danish producers Claus Seest and Pharfar. The new reggae album is expected to be released early 2011

Abbi Nyinza


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