Old African Music

Slim Alli and the Hodi Boys – You Can Do It

Slim Alli was born in Mombasa, Kenya back in December of 1947 and started playing music while in high school at Hamisi Secondary School. He played some stints with the Kitale Hotel Band and the Tusker Band before deciding to join the Hodi Boys — a band formed in 1966 by Geoffrey Ngao, Nick Kim and Henry Nbagho — whose forte was Otis Redding and Percy Sledge covers, fare that did not go down well with a local crowd that loved rumba and benga.

Alli’s wanderlust forced him into travelling throughout Africa and the Middle East and he eventually returned to Kenya in 1976, staying long enough to get back together with the Hodi Boys and record the album “You can do it”.

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