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Catalogue       Group                                              A side/B side                                                       Year


MISS 02       Mbiri Young Stars                   Queen Ya Musaimo/Njuhiga Ya Town

A Kikuyu band, Mbiri Stars also recorded as Mbiri Young Stars and Mbiri Hot Stars but in every case the key figure was Simon Kihara Wamumbe, known universally as Musaimo. One of the veterans of Kenyan music, Musaimo is still active, playing a US tour in 2009 and appearing at a concert to mark Daniel Kamau’s 45 years in music in Nairobi in 2010.

You can watch a video of him performing the B-side to this single here. I had planned to add this to the Video page, but YouTube won’t allow it.

Thanks to Sofiane of Groovy Record in Paris for supplying details and a label scan of this record in March 2011.