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Various – Kenya Special (Selected East African Recordings From The 1970s & '80s)

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Ships from: Melbourne


On a triple vinyl album, the label Soundway Records presents 32 selected recordings from East Africa from the 1970s and 80s.

For all fans of African music, a treasure trove of rare and unusual pieces, many of which are only available as vinyl singles appeared. In the tradition of the label's "Special" series (which is successfully dedicated to the highlife and Afrobeat scene of Nigeria and Ghana), there are detailed liner notes as well as lots of artwork reproductions and photos.

Stylistically the compilation is dedicated to the styles Rumba and Benga. The latter was Kenya's contribution to Afropop with its 4 / 4 beat and overlapping electric guitars in the early 70s. The Congolese version of Afro-Cuban rumba came into the country through many bands that settled in Kenya after touring. In addition, there was the influence of many hotel musicians who incorporated rock 'n' roll riffs and West African elements into their music.

Release details

Label: Soundway
Format: Vinyl, LP, Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, All Media, Album, Compilation
Units: 3
Country: UK
Released: 2013


A1 Ware Wa
A2 Watoto Nyara
A3 Sweet Sweet Mbombo
B1 Wendo Ti Mbia
B2 Sina Raha
B3 Ng'Ong'A Wa Mwanjalo
B4 Tamba Tamba
C1 Ngwendeire Guita
C2 Ndiri Ndanogio Niwe
C3 Nana
C4 Week End
D1 Mu Africa
D2 H.O. Ochiri
D3 Cha-Umheja
D4 Kajo Golo Weka
E1 Thoni Ni Caki
E2 See Serere
E3 Kivelenge
E4 Leta Ngoma
F1 Teresia
F2 Nitarudia
F3 Mama Matotoya
Bonus 7"
G Mutumia Muriu
H Nzaumi