Critically acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, award-winning record producer, singer, and songwriter Udulele (which means forever) released his debut album, Soulful Benga Vol. 1 on Friday 21st, October 2022.
Hailed as the father of Soulful Benga & Katingwati Groove, a genre that originates from the
hearts of Nyanza region, Kenya circa 1940’s to 60’s – Udulele has mastered the craft that has
distinguished him from his peers.
His style is derivative from traditional and tribal Benga sonics that carries a nostalgic element
throughout the course of his musical offerings. He is an experimentalist emoter and pairs his
Benga and traditional rhythms with Electronic Dance Music (EDM) to stir up a unique
cacophony of sound.
On his debut album, his signature Soulful Benga illuminates for his debut opus gleefully. He is
an avid guitar player that features intrinsic riffs, gallant strings, groovy percussions, traditional
melodies, pompous basslines, synthesizers, and indigenous tones to create a vivid experience
for the listener. He cuts across themes of love, fables, pleasures, heartbreak, spirituality and
more as he evokes deep feelings of joy, hurt, dance, and pure emotion.
For the album, he invites a slew of collaborators blending modern and seasoned acts in Ayrosh,
Nyati Dysa, ItsYaba, Jo Bissa & Umoja to create a powerful rendition of modern Benga that
fuses electronic beats, synthesizers & traditional melody as well as cultural diversity.
Supported by the single “Biwamiel” (feat. Umoja), Udulele shared the first track to entice
listeners to his latest soundscape.
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