The Prowlers covered a lot of ground in Kenya, spending several days in Mombasa and then heading to the capital Nairobi, and even driving out to Kisumu.
The band learned the hit song Sura Yako by one of Africa's most popular bands, Sauti Sol, and even got a chance to hang out and jam with them. One of the most powerful moments we've ever had as a band came from this trip, when we were taken into Dandora, which is a shanty town on the outskirts of Nairobi. We were able to jam with some local rappers, blending bluegrass and hip-hop in a way that really surprised us.
Below is is Sauti Sol's video for their incredible song, Sura Yako, followed by our version. We got to chat with the band about the meaning of the song itself and how cool it was to film the video in a village. If you watch the video you can see some incredible traditions revolving around Kenyan weddings. The groom must pick his bride from a lineup of women with only their eyes exposed. If he chooses the wrong woman, his family must present a goat to the bride’s family. They broadcasted our version of Sura Yako on Kenyan national television after we got home and our Twitter and Facebook feeds blew up with Kenyans showing the band love for playing their favorite song. It was amazing to be across the ocean and feel it all from so far away.