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Disc 1
01
The Loi-Toki-Tok Ware - Wa
03 :36
02
The Rift Valley Brothers Mu-Africa
05 :15
03
Slim Ali & The Famous Hodi Boys Watoto Nyara
05 :15
04
The Mombasa Vikings Mama Matotoya
03 :33
05
The Lulus Band Ngwendeire Guita
04 :33
06
Mbiri Young Stars Ndiri Ndanogio Niwe
04 :24
07
Gatanga Boys Band Wendo Ti Mbia
03 :23
08
Orchestre Vévé Star Nitarudia
08 :56
09
Hafusa Abasi & Slim Ali with The Kikulacho Yahoos Band Sina Raha
04 :50
10
DO 7 Band H.O. Ochiri
04 :48
11
New Gatanga Sound Thoni Na Caki
04 :28
12
The Lulus Band Naka Part 2
03 :59
13
Nashil Pichen & The Eagles Lupopo Ng'ong'a Wa Mwanjalo
03 :31
14
Orchestre Baba National Sweet Sweet Mbombo
08 :28
15
Afro '70 Cha-Umheja
03 :12
16
Peter Tsotsi Juma & The Eagles Lupopo Kajo Golo - Weka
04 :24
Disc 2
01
The Lulus Band Mutumia Muriu
03 :00
02
Sophia Ben & The Eagles Lupopo See Serere
04 :17
03
The Loi-Toki-Tok Band Leta Ngoma
03 :18
04
Orchestre Super Volcano Mngeni Mali Yare Yore
04 :25
05
The Rift Valley Brothers Tiga Kurira
04 :27
06
Kalambya Boys Kivelenge
05 :39
07
Huruma Boys Band Theresia
05 :07
08
Gatanga Boys Band Keep Change Kairitu
04 :28
09
The Famous Nyahururu Boys Mwendwa
04 :31
10
The Eagles Lupopo Pelekani
04 :21
11
Ndalani 77 Brohters Nzaumi
04 :07
12 02 :36
13
Nairobi Matata Jazz Tamba Tamba
05 :43
14
Kiratu And His Group Yanagiria Kayo
04 :41
15
Afro 70 Week End
04 :36
16
The Mombasa Vikings Kibe Kibe
03 :07
ARTIST
TITLE
Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & '80s
FORMAT
2CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
SNDW 046CD SNDW 046CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
5/14/2013

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, 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 its 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.