J. S. Ondara: Saying Goodbye

Tuesday, 26 February, 2019

He grew up in the slums of Nairobi and learned English from the songs of Bob Dylan, but he neither copies nor imitates. J. S.Ondara is a talented wordsmith — “My heart is never on time / Always a little behind” — and his androgynous voice is quite a contrast to the raspy tone of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature winner. Dylan “electrified” the music world in 1965 with his set at the Newport Folk Festival and J. S. Ondara will follow in the master’s steps there on 28 July. The gig is sold out already.

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