It has been almost two years since Saida Karoli made her return on the big stage with a bang that took on performances such as the Sauti za Busara. The singer is now set to perform in two musical shows in Nairobi and Kisumu next week.
The show, dubbed “African Music Extravaganza,” has been organised by Melamani Promotions Ltd, and will feature musicians from Kenya, Tanzania and DR Congo.
Speaking to the Beat from Mbeya Saida said she was very excited to going to Kenya again after such a long time. “Everything has been put in place, the last time I was there it was really great and now I am happy that I shall be performing there again,” she said. Some of her immensely popular songs include “Mapenzi Kizungu”, “Maria Salome” and “Kitobero”.
However, it is Maria Salome that rejuvenated and put her back in the musical limelight.
She got quite a boost when Diamond Platnumz did a cover version of the song, which initially sparked controversy with some fans claiming that she had been shortchanged.
However, during a radio interview, Saida Karoli clarified that she had no objection to Diamond, who is popular with youth across the region, covering her song.
Her first show will be held at the Meladen Club in Nairobi’s Upper Hill on December 7.
Also expected for the show is upcoming Congolese star Rice Matadien, who was formerly with Ferre Gola.
The Nairobi-based Rhumba Japan band, also from Congo, and Kenyan Ohangla star Musa Jakadala will also entertain rumba fans.
Also expected to perform is veteran benga musician Dola Kabarry.
The Kenyan artistes will then accompany Ms Karoli and Rice on a performance tour of Kisumu on December 14, at the Tom Mboya Labour College