Les Wanyika was initially known as Simba Wanyika. Les Wanyika was formed after Tom Malanga (bassist), Omar Shabani (a guitarist), and two more members left. The band came together in 1978, and their genre of music is Afro Rhumba. Their songs are in Swahili. In February 2000, the lead band singer and guitarist, John Ngereza, passed away. The demise was a major setback and put the music into disarray.
Les Wanyika is known for popular hits such as Paulina, Nisaidie Baba, Sina Makosa, and Pamela. The bandmates consisted of John Ngereza, Rashid Juma, Omar Shaban, Alfani Tommy Malanga, Sijali Zuwa, Joseph Justy (Yellow Man), Hassan Mohammed, and Foni Mkwanyule.
The group is known to combine the saxophone and the guitar to create masterpieces. After the demise of the lead singer, Ngereza, the group took a ten-year hiatus and reunited in 2010. They are still active today and still perform live shows.
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- 1 The best of Les Wanyika songs
- 2 What albums has Les Wanyika released?
The best of Les Wanyika songs
This list is according to the most viewed videos of Les Wanyika on YouTube.
The video has 3.5 million views on YouTube. ‘Sina Makosa’ is the most popular song by Les Wanyika up to date. The title of the song when loosely translated into English means ‘I am not at fault’. Wyre, a Kenyan artist, has done another version with a similar title.
Released in 2010, this Swahili song has received massive views on YouTube. The singer is sending a shout out to his Afro lover from Sagana as well as the parents and brother of his lover via the song. He also says he is continually thinking of his lover. What a beautiful way to send greetings in the form of a song!
The song starts with the singer affirming that he has received the letter sent to him by Sheri. The intentions of the lover are made clear in the letter in that they ought to love each other. However, the singer is afraid to commit to the relationship due to outsiders interfering with the relationship since he is unable to meet the needs of the lover financially. He is too poor to give her the world. We hope that love conquered the insecurities of the singer.
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Ufukara Sio Kilema
Misery is not a defect is the English translation of this song’s title. The singer has been left by his lover and believes she will come back soon even if it is not immediately. His heart belongs to her and will always love her. He is still wondering what went wrong that made her up and leave. If it is because of money, then the singer is not ashamed to be poor since it is God decision. It seems his lover was not ready to settle for less and wanted a man who would spoil her.
Ni Lipi La Ajabu
It was sung in 1988 by the band. The title when loosely translated to English, it is in the form of a question, ‘What is that which is astonishing?’ The singer is asking his fellow brothers what has ever astonished them completely. He further asks why they are bothered with the way he has chosen to live his life. Les Wanyika tells them off by telling them to let him be and live his life as he sees best. He is tired of being told to live his life and wants to be free like the rest of his age mates who are enjoying their lives.
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What albums has Les Wanyika released?
The group has released several albums up to date. Below is the list of the albums and songs on the albums. The list is ranked according to album popularity.
Les Wanyika Sina Makosa album
Sina Makosa was released in September 2010. The most famous ballad in this album was Sina Makosa which is still receiving airplay up to date.The album had eight other songs which are:
- Mbaya wako rafiki yako
- Kwanza jiulize
- Barua yako
- Tafuta wako
- Kujituliza kasuku
Les Wanyika Pamela Album
The Pamela album was launched in September 2010. It had the following songs:
- Kujituliza Kasuku
- Haki Zetu
- Ufukara Sio Kilema
- Paulina Part 1
- Kujenga Nyumba
Amigo album by Les Wanyika
Below are the songs which were featured in this album:
- Sina makosa
- Afro part 1
- Ubaya hauna cheo
- Maisha ni mapambano
- Paulina part 2
- Tamba ni mbaya
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Les Wanyika Afro album
The album had the following ballads:
- Safari sio kifo
- Afro part 2
- Ni lipi la ajabu
Nimaru Les Wanyika album
The ballads in this Swahili Rhumba collection are:
Kabibi album by Les Wanyika
Here are the songs sampled in this Rhumba collection:
- Mama Carol
- Penzi ni damu
Les Wanyika Safari Sio Kifo album
Below are the songs sampled:
- Safari sio kifo
- Nilipi la ajabu
- Afro remix
- Kutetea haki zetu
Les Wanyika Safari ya Samburu album
The collection of songs included:
- Safari ya Samburu
- Penzi halina siri
- Mpenzi Rukia
Les Wanyika music band is still respected and loved for their classic Swahili Rhumba hits especially by those who grew up listening to their songs. They helped to shape the Rhumba music by singing in Swahili, and their songs had a take-home message. Indeed, old is gold, and Les Wanyika is no exemption for the classical music they have sung.
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