Since his first trip to South Africa as part of the Kenyan alternative group Just A Band, Bill
Sellanga has travelled the world and unearthed countless musical gems under the moniker of Blinky Bill. Having taken the decision to go solo into 2016 with a 6-track EP entitled ‘We Cut Keys While You Wait’, featuring Jet Black’s Aero Manyelo, Blinky was struck by the mysterious “Mzansi Magic” and followed this auspicious path toward a string of performances across the country, resulting in some great collaborations to date. Producer-DJ Sibot, along with Kenyan Cape Town-based up ‘n comer, Sichangi, joined him on both the Design Indaba and Cape Town International Jazz Festival stages as ‘Blinky Bill and Friends’ and ‘Blinky Bill and Sibot’s Afrofunk Spaceship’ respectively. Clearly there is a special place for South Africa in Blinky’s heart.
This year, Lus Africa will midwife the release of ‘Everyone’s Just Winging It and Other Fly Tales.’ The album is brimming with stellar features from all over the globe: Noirwave pioneer Petite Noir makes an appearance on the en-chant-ing Oh Wah; fellow Kenyan producers Manchild, Mayonde and MDQ, as well as long time staples Sage, Sara & Wambura Mitaru and Lisa Oduor Noah come forth, amongst whom Blinky feels most at home.
“With this new album, it’s full-on me and a bunch of really good friends on it. I’m really
optimistic about this new project, and I don’t think I have been this way since the second
Just A Band album,” he tells Johannesburg journalist Helen Herimbi.
With this many differing yet synergistic styles, the album covers everything from love to loneliness and legacy. Swiss producers Hook and GR! join the ranks on Don’t Worry, as well as Nigeria’z Nneka and Ghanaian-Australian Sampa The Great contributing their own highly
anticipated femme-tastic features. Samuel Sichangi returns as co-producer on I’ll
Care More Next Lifetime, with an Asa sample on Happy to finesse this divergent EP.
“Happy samples Asa’s Why Can’t We, and is a joyfully melancholic tune that captures the
excitement and frustration of growing older in this world where we can have access to
anyone, but it’s easy to feel lost and not have any meaningful connection… Where on one
hand we can say, “What a time to be alive!” and in the back of your head sometimes the
question lingers… “Is it really?”
The first single off this latest offering, entitled ‘Showdown’ (featuring Kiwango and Mvroe),
was released on September 28th, accompanied by this epic music video…