Various Artists - Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & '80s

Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & '80s

Various Artists

Available Formats No. of Tracks   Price Buy
CD Double Album 32 tracks 12.99
Download Album (MP3) 32 tracks 15.98
Download Album (WAV) 32 tracks 15.98
12" Vinyl Triple Album 24 tracks 24.99

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Various Artists - Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & '80s

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Soundway Records present Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & ‘80s - a treasure-trove of rare and unusual recordings from East Africa. Spread out over two CDs and one triple LP, Kenya Special is accompanied by detailed liner notes, original artwork and photographs.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.

Tracklisting

CD Double Album (SNDWCD046)
  1. The Loi-Toki-Tok Band - Ware Wa
  2. The Rift Valley Brothers - Mu Africa
  3. Slim Ali & The Famous Hodi Boys - Watoto Nyara
  4. The Mombasa Vikings - Mama Matotoya
  5. The Lulus Band - Ngwendeire Guita
  6. Mbiri Young Stars - Ndiri Ndanogio Niwe
  7. Gatanga Boys Band - Wendo Ti Mbia
  8. Orchestre Vévé Star - Nitarudia
  9. Hafusa Abasi & Slim Ali with The Yahoos Band - Sina Raha
  10. DO 7 Band - H.O. Ongili
  11. New Gatanga Sound - Thoni Na Caki
  12. The Lulus Band - Nana
  13. Nashil Pichen & The Eagles Lupopo - Ng'ong'a Wa Mwanjalo
  14. Orchestre Baba National - Sweet Sweet Mbombo
  15. Afro 70 - Cha-Umheja
  16. Peter Tsotsi Juma & The Eagles Lupopo - Kajo Golo - Weka
  17. The Lulus Band - Mutumia Muriu
  18. Sophia Ben & The Eagles Lupopo - See Serere
  19. The Loi-Toki-Tok Band - Leta Ngoma
  20. Orchestre Super Volcano - Mngeni Mali Yare Yore
  21. The Rift Valley Brothers - Tiga Kurira
  22. Kalambya Boys - Kivelenge
  23. Huruma Boys Band - Teresia
  24. Gatanga Boys Band - Keep Change Kairitu
  25. The Famous Nyahururu Boys - Mwendwa
  26. The Eagles Lupopo - Pelekani
  27. Ndalani 77 Brothers - Nzaumi
  28. Afro 70 - Afrousa (Move On)
  29. Nairobi Matata Jazz - Tamba Tamba
  30. Kiratu and His Group - Yanagiria Kayo
  31. Afro 70 - Week End
  32. The Mombasa Vikings - Kibe Kibe
Download Album (SNDWD046)
  1. The Loi-Toki-Tok Band - Ware Wa
  2. The Rift Valley Brothers - Mu Africa
  3. Slim Ali & The Famous Hodi Boys - Watoto Nyara
  4. The Mombasa Vikings - Mama Matotoya
  5. The Lulus Band - Ngwendeire Guita
  6. Mbiri Young Stars - Ndiri Ndanogio Niwe
  7. Gatanga Boys Band - Wendo Ti Mbia
  8. Orchestre Vévé Star - Nitarudia
  9. Hafusa Abasi & Slim Ali with The Yahoos Band - Sina Raha
  10. DO 7 Band - H.O. Ongili
  11. New Gatanga Sound - Thoni Na Caki
  12. The Lulus Band - Nana
  13. Nashil Pichen & The Eagles Lupopo - Ng'ong'a Wa Mwanjalo
  14. Orchestre Baba National - Sweet Sweet Mbombo
  15. Afro 70 - Cha-Umheja
  16. Peter Tsotsi Juma & The Eagles Lupopo - Kajo Golo Weka
  17. The Lulus Band - Mutumia Muriu
  18. Sophia Ben & The Eagles Lupopo - See Serere
  19. The Loi-Toki-Tok Band - Leta Ngoma
  20. Orchestre Super Volcano - Mngeni Mali Yare Yore
  21. The Rift Valley Brothers - Tiga Kurira
  22. Kalambya Boys - Kivelenge
  23. Huruma Boys Band - Teresia
  24. Gatanga Boys Band - Keep Change Kairitu
  25. The Famous Nyahururu Boys - Mwendwa
  26. The Eagles Lupopo - Pelekani
  27. Ndalani 77 Brothers - Nzaumi
  28. Afro 70 - Afrousa (Move On)
  29. Nairobi Matata Jazz - Tamba Tamba
  30. Kiratu and His Group - Yanagiria Kayo
  31. Afro 70 - Week End
  32. The Mombasa Vikings - Kibe Kibe
12" Vinyl Triple Album (SNDWLP046)
  1. The Loi-Toki-Tok Band - Ware Wa
  2. Slim Ali & The Famous Hodi Boys - Watoto Nyara
  3. Orchestre Baba National - Sweet Sweet Mbombo
  4. Gatanga Boys Band - Wendo Ti Mbia
  5. Hafusa Abasi & Slim Ali with The Yahoos Band - Sina Raha
  6. Nashil Pichen & The Eagles Lupopo - Ng'ong'a Wa Mwanjalo
  7. Nairobi Matata Jazz - Tamba Tamba
  8. The Lulus Band - Ngwendeire Guita
  9. Mbiri Young Stars - Ndiri Ndanogio Niwe
  10. The Lulus Band - Nana
  11. Afro 70 - Week End
  12. The Rift Valley Brothers - Mu Africa
  13. DO 7 Band - H.O. Ongili
  14. Afro 70 - Cha-Umheja
  15. Peter Tsotsi Juma & The Eagles Lupopo - Kajo Golo Weka
  16. New Gatanga Sound - Thonia Ni Caki
  17. Sophia Ben & The Eagles Lupopo - See Serere
  18. Kalambya Boys - Kivelenge
  19. The Loi-Toki-Tok Band - Leta Ngoma
  20. Hurama Boys Band - Teresia
  21. Orchestre Vévé Star - Nitarudia
  22. The Mombasa Vikings - Mama Matotoya
  23. The Lulus Band - Mutumia Muriu
  24. Ndalani 77 Brothers - Nzaumi