Los Angeles born, Nairobi grown. Bamboo has been slated as one of the artists to watch for the rest of this 2013 and years to come. His influences are varied, and this is evident in his music. After being born to Kenyan-American parents in Los Angeles, he was shipped back to Kenya after he started losing his way in the street culture that Los Angeles thrives on.
Having lived in Kenya myself, I picture a humbling experience was awaiting. The Kenyan culture of togetherness, “tuko pamoja”, and happiness can be a world away from the cuth throat streets of LA. After learning to speak Swahili and adjusting to local living, his creativity was bound to shine through. He says he found it natural to start rapping in Swahili, “just as if it was English”.
“Bibi Yangu” displays the blend of two cultures in what can only be described as harmony. Swahili lines and rhymes over Congolese guitars and modern hip hop beats. Enjoy!