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Nasambu / Bio

Nasambu Barasa, (Kenya/USA) Afro-Soul Singer-songwriter, producer and founder of the band, The Mystic Nomads, has captivated audiences on 3 continents with her unique style, a fusion of Jazz, Reggae, Latin, and African rhythms that is deeply rooted in her spirituality as a mystic. Nasambu seamlessly vocalizes her poetry in the languages of English, Swahili, Spanish and French. Stylistically she pens soul-stirring lyrics to reflect the realities of today's mystic nomads living in a global village.

The latest album, Activate Afrika, was recorded live in Southern California with The Mystic Nomads band, and released in the summer of 2012. The project was fully produced by Nasambu and presents a new wave of fresh creations and visions, featuring some of the top African, Jazz and Latin musicians in Los Angeles. The recent music video release, Monopoly, is the first single off the Activate Afrika Album.

Her previous album project was with Streets to the Hill, a duo comprised of Nasambu, vocalist, and producer, Shaolin, of Barbados. The Soul of Kingston, released in 2006, as a neo-soul fusion of reggae standards was widely acclaimed as an underground music sensation in the Jamaican community, garnering a featured article in the Jamaican Gleaner newspaper and an exclusive interview on the Cutting Edge Radio Show with Mutabaruka. Only 2,000 copies were printed and distributed, making the album an instant vintage classic that is rare to be found. Streets to the Hill released the music video, El Shaddai, a soulful rendition of JahMali’s original hit tune, and they also played festivals the likes of Reggae Rising Festival 2007 in Northern California and Northwest World Reggae Festival in Oregon, sharing the stage with artists such as K'naan, Salif Keita, Jabali Afrika, and Queen Omega.

Throughout her journey, Nasambu has witnessed how Soul Music continually transcends the divisions of language, tribe, and creed to commune directly with the hearts of audiences around the world. "Music is one of the most powerful and unifying aspects of the human experience, voices Nasambu, "It speaks the universal language of the spirit."

Last year, 2013, Nasambu was featured live on radio stations in Kenya, East Africa, and welcomed on Good Morning Kenya, a TV show aired nationwide, to perform and discuss the origins of her music, and her work. Her painting, Sankofa, was accepted as a part of the groundbreaking "Black Woman is God" Exhibit in San Francisco, CA at the African-American Arts and Culture Complex. Nasambu also toured some of Europe’s biggest summer festivals, including Summer Jam and Montreux Jazz with Ghanaian Reggae artist and UN ambassador, Rocky Dawuni and the Revelation Project.

Already in 2014, Nasambu has interviewed with BBC Africa reporter, Nnamdi Moweta on her music and touring in Kenya and was a featured artist on the ReverbNation website for independent artists. Nasambu also collaborated with the World Academy of Arts, Literature and Media (WAALM) to produce two works: a song against bullying, Walk In Style, and the recently released tribute song recorded in Nairobi, Madiba, in honor of International Day of Nelson Mandela 2014.

Dynamic Live Performances by Nasambu can include anywhere from 3 to 6+ musicians.
Her music brings together a unique rhythmic fusion of musicians, dancers, live painting,
and grooves from across the diaspora.
Workshops, Voice Lessons, Residencies, and Acoustic Set also available.

Band Members (Kenya)
Band Members (USA)

For Booking Contact: themysticnomads@gmail.com

General Info

Band Members
Huit Kilos, Sandie Castaneda, Michael McTaggart, Kasiemba Okeyo, Kirubel Assefa, Nasambu
Artist Name
Home Page
Active Since
World / AfroSoul Blues / Folk

Contact Info

Afro Verse, CA

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