Friday, March 3, 2017

Cyprian Fernandes: Warren Mcmahon

Warren Mcmahon receiving his best pop star trophy from the man himself, Cliff Richard, in Nairobi. He was fronting The Spiders.

The way it was ... Warren McMahon

Warren Mcmahon was part of a rich vein of pop singers in the Kenya of the 1960s. Among them were Vincent Siqueira, Henry Braganza, Jimmy Van Rosi, Gilbert Lopez, Benjamin Lopez, Gilbert Fernandes, Richard Rattos, and whole lot more. Warren was a full-time journalist at the Daily Nation and among his big stories was reporting on the assassination of Pio Gama Pinto in 1965. At night he was fronting any band that called him up. He had the looks, he had the voice and he had the moves. He continued singing after moving to the UK and played with a whole bunch of people from East Africa and new friends he made in London. This is a truly special guy and I am proud to call him my friend. Spoke to him a couple of times after more than 50 years.
Warren with the Scorpions

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