Track of the Week "Aparo" unites the sounds of Kenyan guitarist Kato Change and vocalist Lisa Oduor-Noah in a warm and balmy collaboration. This gorgeous video is the first of a monthly series for the much-anticipated album, set for release in August. In a charming and infectious combination of English and Luo (a Kenyan dialect), “Aparo” roughly translates to “thinking” or “pondering” in the face of immense doubt. Change's fingers dance across the fretboard flirting with flavourful, jazz-infused Bossa Nova, complementing Oduor-Noah's vocal depth.
We first encountered vocalist Oduor-Noah on The Nest’s Legacy compilation, where eight classic Kenyan pop songs were revisited by talented young musicians such as Patricia Kihoro, Miami Silas, Winnie Chris and Jarel Nduba. Tasked with reinterpreting K South & Fundi Frank’s “Ndai” (2004), she massaged the track into a charming rendition with ease. Her enchanting vocal range has attracted the attention of many who simply can’t get enough.