He was one of many few Kenyan musicians to realize worldwide acclaim overseas. That is for those who low cost the successes of Fadhili Williams via his everlasting composition, Malaika and Mombasa primarily based, Safari Sounds band whose album, The Best of African Songs, nonetheless carries that coastal musical really feel that also wows vacationers over 40 plus years since its recording.
Kelly Brown, born Mohammed Abdulkarir Ali Bux in Mombasa was a neighborhood musical drive of the 1970s and 80s. He fleshed his stage identify from American Soul legend James Brown whom he adored.
Flamboyant Kelly Brown first carried out in coastal vacationer circuit after Chiquita Cara, an evening membership proprietor in Ganjoni Mombasa found his dancing expertise at 18. But Kelly Brown‘s path to fame was through following the route taken by most musicians of his day — shifting to Nairobi. Here, Kelly Brown carried out at joints together with the Florida Night Club (Mad House) and Club 1900. He additionally didn‘t bypass the most well liked night time spot of its day, Robbie Armstrong‘s Starlight Club the place respected bands just like the Ashantis, Air Fiesta Matata and the Cavaliers carried out. Such was Starlight‘s fame, King Gustav V of Sweden paid it a courtesy name on his tour of Kenya.
Besides Mad House which reinvented itself after short-term closure, the opposite golf equipment closed store with Starlight‘s place being occupied by the Integrity Centre! With financial savings and steering from Chiquita Cara, Kelly Brown briefly pitched tent in London earlier than making Stuttgart Germany, his musical residence the place he carried out with the band, Trans European Express earlier than going solo with cowl variations of Soul, Funk, Country and Jazz with an African contact.
Dubbed Kenya‘s Michael Jackson for his dance model and‚ complete eclipse of the solar Afro hair do and inimitable singing of Jackson’s Thriller, Kelly Brown cemented his place in music with unique compositions notably patriotic songs reminiscent of Kenay Nchi Yetu and Asante ya Punda moreover crossover attraction songs like Sexy Lady and Only You Can. But it was with the chart topping hit, Higher, that he put Kenya on the world map, extra so in Europe.
Kelly Brown was tragically murdered in Stuttgart Germany the place he went lacking for six weeks earlier than his decomposed physique was found on February three, 1989. It was rumoured that he was murdered and his physique dismembered after a German tycoon didn’t maintain his love struck teenage daughter off the spell of Kelly Brown — whose 35-year-old physique was lastly present in his condominium. Kelly Brown usually carried out for retired President Moi throughout his charity excursions of Kenya, and little surprise his authorities bankrolled the airlifting of his physique for burial in Mombasa.
Kelly Brown: Kenya’s Michael Jackson who composed hit tune that also wows vacationers 40 years later by: Farah Grimm published: