Shida – Mbaraka Mwinshehe Mwaruka

Shida performed by Mbaraka Mwinshehe Mwaruka  –

As is the nature with the excess that can come with fame and fortune, countless musicians and artists have passed away young, either unable to handle the radical change in lifestyle or through other tragic means – be it natural causes or unavoidable accidents. Certain deaths have no doubt had a huge impact on how the industry has developed over time.

Looking at this harrowing prospect from a less morbid, and more legacy-based viewpoint, here is Mr. Mbaraka Mwinshehe Mwaruka who was no exception. He  spread Tanzanian music in Kenya, while also helping to change Kenyan music scene. He died in a hospital in Mombasa on or around 12th January,1979 apparently out of excessive loss of blood and lack of a donor at that moment. It was a dark day for Kenya, Tanzania and the whole of East African music scene and which his family and supporters still grieves. He was capable of generating a ferocious tone a truly great guitarist.

imageMbaraka Mwinshehe Mwaruka leader of the band The Morogoro Jazz Band was guitarist who created a sound that was a fusion of many different influences, including taarab, Kenyan benga, Cuban son (through soukous, also known as Congolese rumba), rhythm and blues, and British pop music.image***

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