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Disc 1
01
The Loi-Toki-Tok Ware Wa
03 :36
02
Slim Ali & The Famous Hodi Boys Watoto Nyara
05 :13
03
Orchestre Baba National Sweet Sweet Mbombo
08 :25
04
Gatanga Boys Band Wendo Ti Mbia
03 :23
05
Hafusa Abasi, Slim Ali With The Yahoos Band Sina Raha
04 :48
06
Nashil Pichen, The Eagles Lupopo Ng'ong'a Wa Mwanjalo
03 :31
07
Nairobi Matata Jazz Tamba Tamba
05 :43
Disc 2
01
The Lulus Band Ngwendeire Guita
04 :33
02
Mbiri Young Stars Ndiri Ndanogio Niwe
04 :22
03
The Lulus Band Nana
03 :57
04
Afro 70 Week End
04 :36
05
The Rift Valley Brothers Mu Africa
05 :15
06
DO 7 Band H.O. Ongili
04 :47
07
Afro 70 Cha-Umheja
03 :10
08
Peter Tsotsi Juma & The Eagles Lupopo Kajo Golo Weka
04 :24
Disc 3
01
New Gatanga Sound Thoni Na Caki
04 :28
02
Sophia Ben, The Eagles Lupopo See Serere
04 :17
03
Kalambya Boys Kivelenge
05 :39
04
The Loi-Toki-Tok Leta Ngoma
03 :18
05
Huruma Boys Band Teresia
05 :07
06
Orchestre Vévé Star Nitarudia
08 :56
07
The Mombasa Vikings Mama Matotoya
03 :33
Disc 4
01
The Lulus Band Mutumia Muriu
03 :00
02
Ndalani 77 Brothers Nzaumi
04 :07
ARTIST
TITLE
Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & '80s
FORMAT
3LP/7"

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

Triple LP version. Comes with a bonus 7" and free MP3 download. 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 set, 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.