Just a Band is a Kenyan house/funk/disco band whose career was launched with their debut album, Scratch to reveal, in 2008. Their music has explored various musical directions such as, but not limited to jazz, hip-hop, disco and electronica.
- Jim Chuchu
- Daniel Muli
- Bill “Blinky” Sellanga
The group was formed when their members were studying at the Kenyatta University. They went on to release the song “Iwinyo Piny” accompanied by a self-made animated music video. Initially the song received little airplay due to its unconventional musical style, but with time they started to gain popularity through underground channels. Their debut album Scratch to reveal was relatively successful. They released their second single ‘Ha-He’ on 17 March 2010, accompanied by a music video featuring a character known as Makmende. The video has subsequently been described as Kenya’s first viral internet meme by the Wall Street Journal, CNN and Fast Company. Also their track “Huff + Puff” been heard over the 2012 movie “House at the End of the Street”.
Scratch To Reveal (2008)
Just a Band released their debut album, Scratch to Reveal on 17 May 2008 accompanied by self-made music videos for the singles, “Fly”, “Iwinyo Piny” and “Hey!”. The band explored various media to produce their music videos such as 2D animation for “Iwinyo Piny” and puppetry for “Hey!”. The music video for “Iwinyo Piny” was subsequently nominated for the Best African Video Clip at the 2008 Kora Awards. The band also received a nomination for the Best Urban Fusion Group at the 2008 Kisima Awards.
The trio released their sophomore studio effort, 82, on 2 October 2009. Just a Band signed a US licensing deal with Akwaaba Music, who re-released 82 on 23 February 2010. The band released the video for their second single from the album “Ha-He” on Wednesday 17 March 2010. The video is a spoof of blaxploitation films, featuring a protagonist named “Makmende”. The video subsequently became popular, and has been described as “Kenya’s first viral internet meme”. The band were featured on CNN, The Wall Street Journal and Fast Company as a result.
In 2008, the Goethe-Institut Nairobi, with whom they had one of their first concerts with and have been working with on a permanent basis, commissioned them with a video art exhibition. The exhibition “TRNSMSSN:” held in the Goethe gallery turned out to be very popular. A follow up was scheduled for April 2010 when they will travel to the US. They have done several DJ-sets at Goethe functions, the last one being the opening of the Mwangalio Tofauti exhibition in which Jim Chuchu was featured as a photographer.
Just A Band also took part in the BLNRB-project, an electronic music connection between Nairobi and Berlin. They designed the venue for the second BLNRB concert at Club Undecided and performed at the BLNRB concert at House of World Cultures in Berlin and at Stadtgarten in Cologne. Just A Band were featured on the first BLNRB-CD in a collaboration with the techno brothers Teichmann.
Sorry for the Delay (2012)
The band released their third studio album, Sorry for the Delay, on 27 October 2012. In advance of this release, they released the single “Probably For Lovers” as a free download on Soundcloud.
Just a Band Songs
Dunia ina Mambo 2012
- Huff + Puff 2009
- Probably for Lovers 2012
- Ha-He 2009
- Usinibore 2009
- Twende Kazi 2008
- Kaa Ridho 2009
- Matatizo 2012
- Save My Soul 2009
- Migingo Express 2009
- Till We Try 2012
- Looking for Home 2012
- Tingiza Kichwa 2009
- Life of the Party 2012
- Have You Seen Her? 2008
- Thank You / Rebel and a Cause 2012
- Get Down 2012
Just A Band was nominated for the Best African Video Clip at the 2008 Kora Awards. The band also received a nomination for the Best Urban Fusion Group at the 2008 Kisima Awards.
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