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Papillon debut album launch sounds as good as artistes look

Papillon performing at his album launch. PHOTO | MARGARETTA WA GACHERU | NMG
Papillon performing at his album launch. PHOTO | MARGARETTA WA GACHERU | NMG 

The finale of last week’s African Heritage Night was the launch of the debut album by the multi-talented Kenyan musician Papillon (aka Martin Murimi).

Heart of Africa is the album recently recorded by Papillon with the same remarkable band members who performed last Wednesday night in the garden at Alliance Francaise.

Papillon has been performing at Nairobi venues for many years. He wasn’t known by ‘the French name for butterfly’ back in 2005 when he started performing professionally with the Jua Kali Drummers out of Dagoretti.

With Jua Kali, the young percussionist performed in Europe and Latin America. But after attending a number of music workshops and meeting the musician who’d become his main mentor, Ayub Ogada, he split from Jua Kali and formed Slum Drummers.