Sarabi a Swahili word for Mirage. The word also means, imagination, vision and creation. Sarabi was formed in 2005 and is made up of 8 youngsters hailing from the East lands slums of Nairobi that started playing music at an early age of 11 years: Isabella Were (vocals), Harun Waceke (bass and vocals), Adam Mwadama (acoustics guitar and vocals), Peter Mbau (acoustics guitar and vocals), Bernard Oduor (drums and vocals), Anthony Kimangu (percussions and vocals), John Maluni (keyboards) and Nelson Mandela (lead vocalist).
Sarabi’s music is influenced by everyday’s happenings. They create a sound picture that vividly represents their society’s every day journey. Sarabi’s music is made up of heavy traditional Kenyan rhythms, Benga and a blend of Western sounds, which made their music become nicknamed Oregorego, a local vernacular word for posho mill. Sarabi has proven to be one of the most talented and most solid Afrofusion bands in the Kenyan music scene. BUZZ Magazine declared Sarabi as “the new face of Afrofusion in Kenya”. In July 2013, the band released their debut album titled “Oyaore” – a new beginning.
In May 2014, Sarabi performed at the opening session of DOADAO – East African Performing Arts Market and also impressed Ugandan audiences with their music. With their coming performance they will undoubtedly grow their fan base further.