Nairobi Gig brings Motown sounds alive

The cast  of “Motown in Nairobi”. PHOTO | COURTESY
The cast of “Motown in Nairobi”. PHOTO | COURTESY 

It is the record company that turned Michael Jackson into a teenage star, where an 11-year-old called Stevie Wonder signed his first recording deal and where The Temptations became an iconic soul band.

There are few musical eras that have had such an enduring appeal through different generations of fans as Motown.

It transcended the status of just a record company to describe an entire Black music sound. Even today, different generations of music fans sing along to classics like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “My Girl” “ABC” and “Signed Sealed Delivered”.

Every year some of Nairobi’s top singers and musicians get together to play their interpretations of their favourite hits from the era that peaked globally from the 1960s to the 70s.