Them Mushrooms-Biography

Every music culture has its story of success and endurance. In Kenya, Them Mushrooms has outlived many groups without losing their focus as a creative and performing band. Five brothers Teddy Kalanda Harrison, Billy Sarro, Harrison, George Zirro Harrison, John Katana Harrison, and Dennis Kalume Harrison initially founded the group in 1972. To date, Them Mushrooms is one of Kenya‟s most successful bands in a well-rounded sense. Their thumbprints are evident in every discipline that constitutes the music business in Kenya. They have also helped launch and re-launch recording careers for other local artists.

Jambo Bwana (Kenya Hakuna Matata) – the bands the biggest hit recorded in 1980 earned the group silver,
gold and platinum status (discs) for sales exceeding 200,000. It also entered charts in seven different versions, the most notable done by Europe‟s famous 1970s disco group Boney M. The band’s slogan Hakuna Matata was adopted in a recording by Jimmy Cliff, which was also used as a theme song on the box-office hit movie Lion King. Them Mushrooms has recorded signature tunes for the BBC radio (UK), KBC radio (Kenya) and has produced jingles for many Kenyan corporates. A British film producer of a documentary on Kenyan athletes‟ likewise featured the band’s composition Pongezi Wanariadha.


Ndogo Ndogo – the strongest track on the 1985 album New Horizons, was adapted as the soundtrack of a Kiswahili language film titled Mahari – produced by Paul Singh – a Kenyan filmmaker. In 1988 Them Mushrooms released
Ukimwi ni hatari and..…..read more……

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