Kenyan top rock band RASH launched their first album dubbed “Only A Few Survivors” at the Alliance Francaise in Nairobi on September 24.
As it were the well-attended event and the a band whose task was to promote the new album saw the entertainers take to stage for a grand performance that would see them play tunes from the much anticipated album and various renditions including Bob Marley’s “Iron Lion Zion”. The band pulled the best of an electrifying performance; rhythms, drums and powerful vocals, boosted by riveting guitar riffs under a mystic cloud of flashing neon lights. Rash had promised to deliver a performance, and sure they delivered, nothing like Goosebumps but a permanent Rash, an energy filled and incredibly thrilling event. Other performers included; the likes of Bensoul, Isaac Mugunda and Rish.
The performance was just but a tip of the ice berg as they say to what their fans would expect from the sensational Kenyan rock band’s new album which contains tunes: ‘Animal Man’ ‘Msafiri’ ‘Beer Party’ ‘Dream Chaser’ darkness and Witchcraft’ ‘Usiku Mbaya’ ‘Let It Be Rock’ ‘Pasala Bien’ ‘Night in the Rock Bar’ and ‘Sons of Robots’. The songs cut across myriads of themes that try to straighten the thinking of the society.
RASH is a five member band of Maximiliano Filardi (Max) – the lead guitarist, Samuel Warui (Sam) – lead singer, Samuel Gakungu (Gakosh) – drummer, Jona Mwendwa – bassist, and Abed Kariuki – rhythm guitarist. During the performance Maina Makumi stepped in on the bass. The band came together in 2013 with the aim of promoting rock music in Kenya, where there are few rock entertainers like: Parking Lot Gras, Last Year’s tragedy, Murfy’s Flaw and Rish among others.
Rash has so far performed in a number of shows and festival among them the Nyege Nyege International Music Festival in Uganda 2016, the Rift Valley Festival 2014, Sondeka Festival, OktoberFest among others. Significantly though, the group was featured in two documentaries: ‘Un Monde De Métal’ directed by Olivier Richard for France Télévision and ‘My Africa Is’ by Nosa Garrick who does his shows to change the perception of Africa by the west through highlights from key instrumental happenings in Africa’s urban centers.
The band describes their music as Swahili Hard Rock.
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