Many musical groups and stars emerged from African Heritage over the decades. The first group to perform with the African Heritage shows, including the one which launched Iman at Maasai Lodge in 1975, was a group from Zambia named Musi-O-Tunya (Smoke that Thunders from the famed Victoria Falls in that country).
In 1979, Alan Donovan contacted Job Seda with the idea of forming a new band to travel with African Heritage. Job, now known to international audiences as world musician Ayub Ogada, launched the group African Heritage Band with Donovan’s support. The band consisted of easily the best musicians in Kenya at that time, some of whom had performed with Job in Black Savage. Besides Seda on African instruments, guitars and vocals, there was Mbarak Achieng, a music teacher at the Kenya Conservatoire of music, keyboardist Francis Njoroge, who was formerly with Makonde, Noel Sanyanafwa on percussions, and Japanese music maestro Goro Kunii on saxophone and other instruments. The band gave up playing copyrights and composed all of their own music. The original line up was bolstered by stellar musicians like the now world famous Samite who performs all over the world, keyboardist Jack Odongo, Ali ‘Rastoman Mogobeni, Shaban Onyango, Walter Amalemba, Sammy Eshikaty and bassist Gido Kibukosya.
After African Heritage Band broke up, the next group to perform with African Heritage was Kenya’s first all female pop group in Kenya, Musikly Speaking. Formed in l985, this group consisted of Joy Mboya (now heading the GoDown in Nairobi), Suzanne Gachukia and Susan Matiba. The group performed in the USA with Alan Donovan.
Taffi Dancers, under the leadership of famed musician and dancer Rodido, also traveled with African Heritage and played in the African Heritage Garden Café on Kenyatta Avenue. The last group to travel with African Heritage was an all male group, Jabali Africa, who are now based in Philadelphia, USA, where they remained after the last international tour of African Heritage in 1995. The founding musicians of Jabali Africa were Justo Asikoye, Victor Savani, and Joseck Asikoye.
The second generation of African Heritage musicians includes a spectacular young musician who not only writes all of his own music, but designs and creates his own musical instruments based on instruments, some of which are thousands of years old. (see Papillon). Papillon has completed his first single, called Ayubu, an homage to his mentor, Ayub Ogada and is now completing his first album. He features in an article in DUSIT 8 published by Dusit Hotels International.