THEM MUSHROOMS • "Mush Dance / Tribute To Bob Marley"

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The Black Pearl is very proud to present our new afro disco funk & dub 7inch with the Kenian band THEM MUSHROOMS.

The A-side is a killer synth energetic driving disco funk tune, that simply invides everybody to the dancefloor.
The B-side features the reggae & dub side of this band with their deep dub tune "Tribute To Bob Marley".

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Them Mushrooms is a family band from Kenya, playing mostly Chakacha, some Benga and also some reggae. They are most famous for the Swahili 1982 song Jambo Bwana. The band is composed of Teddy Kalanda, Henry Ndenge Saha and Ben Mutwiwa.

The group was founded in 1969 as "Avenida Success". The original line-up consisted of Harrison brothers Teddy Kalanda, Billy Sarro, George Zirro, John Katana, Pius Plato Chitianda "Jibaba" and Pritt Nyale. A fifth Harrison brother, Dennis Kalume, joined two years later.

In 1972 the group was renamed Them Mushrooms, from the mystical magic mushroom species, that grow wildly across the depths of Africa's rain forests. They are seen as East Africa's premier band.

One of the most famous of their songs is Jambo Bwana (Hello, mister in Swahili), released in 1982 and often referred to as "Hakuna Matata" from refrain lines. Penned by Teddy Kalanda, the band leader, this song went on to sell 30,000 copies. Jambo Bwana, borrowed from a popular Kenyan folk song of the same name was an instant hit in the 1980s.

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released October 28, 2018

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Black Pearl Records Berlin, Germany

Two longtime record diggers Tom & Roskow decided finally to fullfill their dream and to form the record label Black Pearl Records to share musical knowledge gained through 20 years of recorddigging experience and from their neverending search for the "right & perfect track".
Their ambition: to give people the opportunity to partizipate this musical circle and to spread great music they discovered!
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