Soul Afriq Keeps it Raw / by Cyrus

This is my man Bryo, aka Soul Afriq, playing at a Yawa Dance Company showcase in Kisumu on December 17, 2010. It was a steaming hot night packed with Yawa's righteous dancing, so when Bryo came out and played this simple but powerful jam in the dark it was like a lake breeze (back in the days when the lake wasn't covered in weeds and actually had breezes).

Bryo, as you know, also makes art and jewelry, writes philosophy, studies Luo history, plans armed insurrections, and stays too high to die in proper rasta fashion. He doesn't fit neatly in any category, so it was hard to find a proper place for him in the pilot of the first episode. He also works on his very own special "artist time," which, when compounded with "rasta time," often made it hard to meet up and get good shots of his work. Regardless of all this, the kid is one of the most talented artists and charismatic people I've met anywhere, and I expect we'll be hearing a lot more from him in the future.