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Nominated for the SJA Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominee Profile: Them Mushrooms

Them Mushrooms, a legendary Kenyan family band that has left an indelible mark on the global music landscape. Founded in 1972, Them Mushrooms has become synonymous with infectious rhythms, uplifting melodies, and impactful messaging.

The band skyrocketed to international fame with their iconic hit song “Kenya Hakuna Matata” (also known as “Hakuna Matata” or simply “Jambo Bwana”), which has resonated with audiences around the world.

Celebrating their 50th anniversary in December 2022, Them Mushrooms has earned numerous accolades, including silver, gold, and platinum discs for their chart-topping singles. Their contributions to the music industry have been recognised with awards such as the Best Band at the Battle of the Bands 1987, Kenyan Band of The Decade, Legends Award, an appreciation certificate from the International Coalition to Ban Landmines for the band’s song – “Toys of Death”, MNET-2000
Award (by the South African pay television channel), and the prestigious ODA Lifetime Achievement Award, in Ethiopia.

Beyond their musical achievements, Them Mushrooms has demonstrated a profound commitment to philanthropy and social impact. The band has lent their talents to numerous charitable causes, from raising funds for schools and hospitals to supporting initiatives aimed at HIV/AIDS awareness and wildlife conservation. Their dedication to giving back to their community and uplifting those in need is truly commendable.

Despite facing challenges such as financial constraints (at the band’s inception) and piracy, Them Mushrooms has remained steadfast in their mission to create music that entertains and enlightens. Their driving force lies in their unwavering passion for their craft and their desire to make a positive difference in the world.

As role models to both established and upcoming musicians, Them Mushrooms continues to inspire others with their longevity, mentorship, and commitment to excellence. If selected as this year’s winner, they will use this platform to further amplify their message of unity, environmental conservation, and social responsibility.

In a world where music has the power to transcend boundaries and unite communities, Them Mushrooms stands as a shining example of the transformative power of art.

Let us honour their extraordinary contributions and celebrate their legacy of music, philanthropy, and cultural enrichment.

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