Thursday Nite Live at Choices featuring Sali Oyugi
Thursday 11th June 2015
Venue : Choices, Baricho Rd, Industrial Area
Time : 8 – 11 PM
Sali Oyugi is a Singer/Songwriter and Social Activist with a dual heritage from Kenya and Tanzania. She grew up in Nairobi, Kenya where her father is from and spent many days in her mother’s homeland of Tanzania. As a young girl, Sali cherished her dual cultural heritage and took the time to study the traditional rhythms, songs and dances from both the Luo people of Kenya and the Zigua people of Tanzania. The result has been the beautiful rhythms and sounds Sali brings forth in her guitar playing and vocals during her performances.
Sali started performing while still residing in Kenya where she mainly worked under the sponsorship of the French Cultural Centre. Sali played extensively at the local clubs and art-centers including The Carnivore (Simba Saloon), Hard-Rock cafe- Nairobi, L’Ora Blu, Goethe Institute- Nairobi, Safari Park Hotel where she shared stages with renowned South African musician Hugh Masekela. This then led to a U.K. trip in 1997, where she performed at a Solar Energy Convention. It was during this time that she met with renowned Kenyan Singer/Songwriter, Ayub Ogada who after hearing Sali’s compositions remarked that Sali was undoubtedly on the right track. After this trip, Sali released her first solo project – a three song C.D., which received rave reviews and frequent air-play in her hometown, Nairobi.
For several years Sali was based in Boston, Massachusetts (USA), where she performed with many local, well respected musicians and ensembles.
Sali Oyugi made her presence felt in the New England area where she has played at the Somerville Theatre, curtain raising for acclaimed world music performer/composer , Oliver “Tuku” Mutukudzi, performed at the Middle East Cafe, Ryles Jazz Club, The Western Front Club, The Cyclorama – Boston Center for the Arts, The Cambridge Multi-Cultural Art Center. She headlined the world music stage during the national arts convention First Night – Boston which attracts close to 1 million people on New Years Eve, the NEMO festival, The Cambridge River Festival, The Central Square World’s Fair Festival, and the Wake up the Earth Festival. She headlined at the Africa in April Festival in Memphis, Tennessee.
Sali has worked with master kora player and griot Balla Tounkara from Mali, who is featured in her album “Vuma!”. Sali makes a vocal appearance in Tounkara’s much acclaimed album titled Yayoroba ; Master African Drummer and Choreographer from Mali Joe “Sidi” Camara, Internationally acclaimed Kenyan Afro-Beat band Jabali Africa.
Her first album “Vuma!” was released on July 26, 2002 and got amazing reviews and media coverage. Her second and most recent album “The Return: Journey back to the Source” was successfully released on December 7th, 2007.
Sali is currently the founder and C.E.O of an arts organization known as Leko Arts Initiative whose Vision is to see vulnerable children and youth from the poorest neighborhoods thrive and develop into responsible citizens through receiving hands-on, professional instruction in the performing arts with a special focus on African cultural music.