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Forty (40) years after he first Performed, while only aged Seven (7), at Kenya National Theatre (see 1973 Newspaper clipping below); Japanese jazz drummer – Shingo Okudaira, is returning to the same Venue for two (2) special Homecoming Concerts on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th October.

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This nostalgic Concert series; entitled: The Return of Shingo – Real Jazz from Tokyo; will also see him Perform at Carnivore Simba Saloon on Wednesday 16th October. Shingo is pleased that his Return is a fitting symbol of Japan – Kenya Cultural Exchange, leading up to 50 Years of Kenya’s independence.

Shingo & The Force are one of Tokyo’s best Jazz groups; where drummer – Mr. Shingo Okudaira, teams up with world-renowned – Mr. Fumio Karashima on Keys, and Mr. Takashi Sugawa on Double Bass. Kenya’s own – Umoja Calabash Percussions, will also feature in the two shows at Kenya National Theatre.

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Frank Odoi
Frank Odoi

He was a great story teller, cartoonist, humorist and African music connoisseur. Frank Odoi or simply Fran was a first-rate cartoonist and like it has been said by many who knew him, he had a way of bringing characters alive that was uniquely his.

I met him, well at least his work, pretty early in my life. I was a consummate punter of African comics and while Edward Gitau’s Juha Kalulu was the one I could easily access thanks to my old man’s keen interest in Taifa Leo, I stumbled upon Fran’s work when I started reading JOE magazine. Continue reading