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Kenya Special

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Kenya Special
Kenya Special


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. 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. Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s and 80s review (Soundway) The Observer **** "The resurrection of Africa's overlooked musical legacy continues apace. This lovingly packaged collection turns to the less celebrated sounds of east Africa during the 1970s and 80s. With Nairobi sucking in acts from DRC and Tanzania, a diverse scene resulted. Slinky Latin rumba by acts such as Afro 70 check Week Endcorrect vied with the aggressive guitar antics of Kenyan benga acts such as Mbiri Young Stars. Soul bands such as the Mombasa Vikings, meanwhile, plied the coastal tourist trade. The 32 cuts here cover all bases, from big hits to forgotten fusions; a fabulously entertaining history lesson"


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