“Abialam” by Kabaka and his Oriental Brothers band is a beautiful highlife music that takes you back to the famed Oriental Brothers International Band’s golden age. Kabaka, one of this legendary ensemble’s founding fathers, was the lead guitarist, and his return to the music world with this record is cause for jubilation among followers of traditional highlife music.
The song “Abialam,” which translates to “I am back,” conveys a powerful message of restoration and a resurgence of the music that once dominated the airways. Kabaka’s guitar prowess shows through in this tune, as he easily recreates the Oriental Brothers’ characteristic sound.
In a world where current genres frequently predominate, “Abialam” stands apart.