A Native of Kenya, Sila is known for spearheading a polyrhythmic renaissance and establishing a reputation for dynamic live performances!. With lyrics in both English and Swahili, the Sila's sound is a funky fusion of African rhythm, funk, soukous, afrobeat, and reggae, influenced by artists like James Brown, Prince, Otis Redding, and Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti. In 2010, Sila won the coveted NAACP Image award for "Outstanding World Music Album" and the San Francisco Weekly music award for "Best International Act."
Christened the James Brown of Africa, Sila sings of the African experience: the problems he and many others face every day, in a language understood throughout the world. His lyrics and beats reflect the music, the language, the energy, and the spirit of growing up in Africa., Like Afro-beat founder Fela Kuti, the band is known for extended rifts that drive audiences into dancing ecstasy.