KENYA SPECIAL! SELECTED EAST AFRICAN RECORDINGS FROM THE 1970S & 80S (2XCD)
KENYA SPECIAL! SELECTED EAST AFRICAN RECORDINGS FROM THE 1970S & 80S (2XCD)

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KENYA SPECIAL! SELECTED EAST AFRICAN RECORDINGS FROM THE 1970S & 80S (2XCD)

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the loi-toki-tok - ware - wa
the rift valley brothers - mu-africa
slim ali & the famous hodi boys - watoto nyara
the mombasa vikings - mama matotoya
the lulus band - ngwendeire guita
mbiri young stars - ndiri ndanogio niwe
gatanga boys band - wendo ti mbia
orchestre veve star - nitarudia
hafusa abasi & slim ali with the kikulacho yahoos band - sina raha
do 7 band - h.o. ochiri
new gatanga sound - thoni na caki
the lulus band - naka part 2
nashil pichen & the eagles lupopo - ngonga wa mwanjalo
orchestre baba national - sweet sweet mbombo
afro 70 - cha-umheja
peter tsotsi juma & the eagles lupopo - kajo golo - weka
the lulus band - mutumia muriu
sophia ben & the eagles lupopo - see serere
the loi-toki-tok band - leta ngoma
orchestre super volcano - mngeni mali yare yore
the rift valley brothers - tiga kurira
kalambya boys - kivelenge
huruma boys band - theresia
gatanga boys band - keep change kairitu
the famous nyahururu boys - mwendwa
the eagles lupopo - pelekani
ndalani 77 brohters - nzaumi
afro 70 - afrousa (move on)
nairobi matata jazz - tamba tamba
kiratu and his group - yanagiria kayo
afro 70 - week end
the mombasa vikings - kibe kibe

Soundway Records present Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & 80s - a treasure-trove of rare and unusual recordings from East Africa

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07.05.2013
04.11.2016
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It follows on from Soundway’s much acclaimed African ‘Special’ series that to date has focused on the highlife and afrobeat output from 1970s Nigeria and Ghana. Kenya Special is a collection of 32 recordings (most of which were only ever released on small-run 45rpm 7" singles) that stand out as being different or unique as well as some classic genre standards. From Kikuyu language ‘liquid soul’, Luo benga and Swahili afrobeat to genre-bending Congolese and Tanzanian tracks recorded in Nairobi, Kenya Special sees Soundway yet again taking the less trodden path. Many of the tracks featured here are peppered with innovation and experimentation highlighting how diverse the music scene in Kenya was at the time.

In 1970s Kenya the two threads of rumba and benga loosely dominated the music scene. Benga quickly became Kenya’s unique contribution to afro-pop; spreading like wildfire through the interior countryside with it’s fast, 4/4 machine-gun beat and intricate electric guitar layers. The Congolese take on Afro-Cuban rumba was introduced by touring bands many of whom settled in East Africa - influencing bands from Kenya and Tanzania to come up with their own take on this popular style. Alongside these styles were small ensembles and hotel-sponsored bands, playing a blend of music that often included rock ‘n’ roll riffs, elements of ‘afro’ music (influenced by West African musicians like Fela Kuti), and multiple other combinations from South African and Zambian guitar styles to disco, funk and Swahili coastal rhythms like chakacha.

Painstakingly compiled, assembled and researched over two years by a team of five people from five countries (Kenya included), Kenya Special is a collection that looks beyond the mainstream and brings new life and recognition to some little known gems and forgotten classics of Kenya’s past.
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