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Wailing Souls in Kenya to perform and talk about HIV

By HILARY KIMUYU November 3rd, 2016 2 min read

Legendary Jamaican roots-reggae group Wailing Souls are in Kenya to talk about the stigmatization of HIV/AIDS among the adolescents and also stage a concert.

The duo are set to visit institutions relevant to this cause and engage with the youth of Nairobi with the aim of educating them on current trends of infection and testing among adolescents.

According to the organisers the tour is geared to doing more than just entertain but also shedding light on the threat that Adolescent HIV/AIDS possess in our communities and the plight of those infected at this transitional stage of life.

The three-time Grammy nominated group will perform on November 5th, 2016, at the KICC grounds, Nairobi.

Speaking to Nairobi News on Thursday, Winston “Pipe” Matthews and Lloyd “Bread” McDonald said they were happy to be performing in Africa for the first time.


“We are very privileged to be in Africa to talk to the young people of Nairobi about our cause and also stage a performance for the lovers of reggae,” they said.

The group was formed in 1964 as The Renegades by Winston, Lloyd and George “Buddy” Haye and sang as backup singers with Ernest Ranglin before becoming The Wailing Souls in 1968 the same year, Haye left.

The concert, which will also double as a free testing site, also seeks to give a platform to some of Kenya’s local talents.

The duo added that they are big admires of Kenya’s founding father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and it was always a dream to come to Kenya and perform.

“We are here in this iconic building and we will be performing right outside of here because we have the utmost respect of Kenyatta. We don’t know why we took so long to come to Kenya but we are happy we are here now,” said Pipe.


Wailing Soul have so far released 18 studio albums, 10 compilation albums and one live album and promised to sing more than 25 songs when they get on stage.

Some of their most popular songs includes Shark Attack, Bongonyah, Fire Mus Mus Tail, Stalk a Sensimenia and Grabbing and Running.

The event has been organised by Chini Ya Mti Promotions, All African Conference Center and Christian Partners Development Agency (CPDA).

The three organizations said they will be working together in the near future on a Nationwide Youth Empowerment program titled “ON-TRACK” which will be unveiled soon.

They said the program will seek to address the challenges facing urban and rural youths, hindering them from being of sound health, wealth and attaining their full potential.