The Mighty Cavaliers - Mapendo (Want Some Records No. 001)
Handnumbered Gatefold LP inkl. Download Card
Pre-Order! Release Date: 29.09.2023!
This is a pre-order for the release. It's coming 29.09.2023!
The Mapendo album of the Mighty Cavaliers, up to today, has been shrouded in mystery. Why ist that, you can find nearly nothing about this Album and the Band. The only song which is maybe well known in the collectors scene is "Dunia Ina Mambo" from the first Release out of 1976. So it was more or less a surprise to get my Hands on the Original in January 2023 directly from Kenya.
I've never seen such a hypnotically good cover and what do could I expect from the Record? Cleaned the Record from all the dirt and put it on the player. That has to be the first Want Some release! There is no other way. Up from the first Song till the last it is an outstanding Record. So many influences and power came out of the speakers. Great guitar work, funky, bluesy note in some songs and typically African roots. We were blown away.
From that point I started working on that Album. Our mission is to tell the story of the Band and spread this great tunes into the world.
I hired Michiel van Oosterhout, a journalist who is living in Uganda, wrote a book about Ugandan Music and has good connections into the east African music scene. He began digging deep, made calls, wrote E-Mail etc. and at the end he wrote the true story about the "The Mighty Cavaliers" which you can find in the Gatefold.
This Album is dedicated to the musicians
Bonnie Wanda, Rashid Salim, Vuli Yeni, Juma Waweru Njuguna and Athmani ‘guitar boy’.
All songs, Composed, Arranged, Produced or Performed
by The Mighty Cavaliers.
Graphic Design: Benjamin Kühne (Cover restauration/Label Design); Tom Krailing (Sticker Design)
Written By: Michiel van Oosterhout
Text Editing: Nebil
Mastered by: Nick Robbins (Soundmastering)
All tracks are under exclusive license of Want Some Records. Licensed from Daudi Kabaka/Reuben Kabaka.