On its release in 2013, Soundway's Kenya Special compilation was praised for shining a light on the previously overlooked East African music scene of the '70s and '80s. The collection's real genius was the way in which it highlighted the 'anything goes' essence of the Kenyan sound during the period
Kenya Special" is a two-disc collection of music from Kenya from the 1970s and early 1980s (mostly from the 1970s). This is a brilliant collection, 32 songs and nearly two and a half hours of music. However, I would strongly recommend this to anyone with an interest in African music from previous decades as this album contains an innovative and distinctive blend of styles resulting in a fantastic collection of music. It would have been great to be in Nairobi in the 1970s hearing these artists live, but "Kenya Special" is the next best thing. 12 people found this helpful.
Various - Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings From The 1970s & '80s (2xCD, Comp). Label:Soundway Cat SNDWCD046 Louis Armstrong - Hot Fives & Sevens Volume 2 (CD, Comp, RM). Label:JSP Records Cat JSPCD 313. Media Condition: Media: Near Mint (NM or M-) Sleeve Condition: Sleeve: Near Mint (NM or M
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. 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.
Tracklist: 01 The Lulus Band - I Can Feel It 04:58 02 The Bahari Boys - Simba Yuna Nguruma 04:11 03 Joseph Kamaru - Mukurara Nake 03:29 04 Orch. Imani 04:38 12 Orch Simba Wanyika - Nakupenda 09:06 13 Sammy Katana - Vilole (Maisha Ya Mjini) 05:58 14 African Vibration - Hinde 04:07 15 Afro 70 - Libondela 02:29 16 Mac & Party - Harambe 02:43 17 Kilwa Jazz - Shirikisho 02:56 18 Awengele - Awengele 03:48.
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Kenya Special (Selected East African Recordings From the 1970s & '80s).