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

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

Various Artists

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CD Double Album 32 tracks £12.99
Download Album (MP3) 32 tracks £7.99
Download Album (WAV) 32 tracks £7.99
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
    1. The Lulus Band - Mutumia Muriu
    2. Sophia Ben & The Eagles Lupopo - See Serere
    3. The Loi-Toki-Tok Band - Leta Ngoma
    4. Orchestre Super Volcano - Mngeni Mali Yare Yore
    5. The Rift Valley Brothers - Tiga Kurira
    6. Kalambya Boys - Kivelenge
    7. Huruma Boys Band - Teresia
    8. Gatanga Boys Band - Keep Change Kairitu
    9. The Famous Nyahururu Boys - Mwendwa
    10. The Eagles Lupopo - Pelekani
    11. Ndalani 77 Brothers - Nzaumi
    12. Afro 70 - Afrousa (Move On)
    13. Nairobi Matata Jazz - Tamba Tamba
    14. Kiratu and His Group - Yanagiria Kayo
    15. Afro 70 - Week End
    16. 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
      1. The Lulus Band - Mutumia Muriu
      2. Sophia Ben & The Eagles Lupopo - See Serere
      3. The Loi-Toki-Tok Band - Leta Ngoma
      4. Orchestre Super Volcano - Mngeni Mali Yare Yore
      5. The Rift Valley Brothers - Tiga Kurira
      6. Kalambya Boys - Kivelenge
      7. Huruma Boys Band - Teresia
      8. Gatanga Boys Band - Keep Change Kairitu
      9. The Famous Nyahururu Boys - Mwendwa
      10. The Eagles Lupopo - Pelekani
      11. Ndalani 77 Brothers - Nzaumi
      12. Afro 70 - Afrousa (Move On)
      13. Nairobi Matata Jazz - Tamba Tamba
      14. Kiratu and His Group - Yanagiria Kayo
      15. Afro 70 - Week End
      16. 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
        1. The Lulus Band - Ngwendeire Guita
        2. Mbiri Young Stars - Ndiri Ndanogio Niwe
        3. The Lulus Band - Nana
        4. Afro 70 - Week End
        5. The Rift Valley Brothers - Mu Africa
        6. DO 7 Band - H.O. Ongili
        7. Afro 70 - Cha-Umheja
        8. Peter Tsotsi Juma & The Eagles Lupopo - Kajo Golo Weka
        1. New Gatanga Sound - Thonia Ni Caki
        2. Sophia Ben & The Eagles Lupopo - See Serere
        3. Kalambya Boys - Kivelenge
        4. The Loi-Toki-Tok Band - Leta Ngoma
        5. Hurama Boys Band - Teresia
        6. Orchestre Vévé Star - Nitarudia
        7. The Mombasa Vikings - Mama Matotoya
        1. The Lulus Band - Mutumia Muriu
        2. Ndalani 77 Brothers - Nzaumi