Just-A-Band - Matatizo. Let’s start with an understatement: Releases from Just A Band’s faithful fans are eagerly awaited and always appreciated. In the years that have passed since their first release, they’ve grown into a force whose music not just entertains, but also educates.
They are a tremendous example of a band that’s managed to hold it’s audience while making it incrementally wider, and their consistently positive reception gives you the idea that the only way they could make a bad release is if they made one that was wholly unrecognizable as their own. Fortunately for us mere fans, they continue to grow musically, while still maintaining that sound that we’ve all come to love.
Swahili for suffering, the ninth track of their latest album, and very reminiscent of ‘Migingo Express’, Matatizo is an effervescent facelift on the classic Issa Juma tune, proving this band to be a bridge between generations (yet again). The guitar envelops and releases an insistent and familiar melody courtesy of Blinky Bill’s distinctive croon. The backing vocals echo in support, grounded by an electric guitar, and finished off later by the cathedral organ that reflect the introspective feel of this stunning video.
The song was released in a time where peace is paramount to people of Kenya, and acts as a reminder of where we’ve come from.
“Dedicated to the memory of Issac Juma (composer of this song), and all the Kenyans who gave their hearts and bodies so their children could be free.” -Just-a-Band
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