Its Friday people, time to get our weekly fix in.
An ecclectic assortment today, some benga, some rumba and believe it or not, some kapuka.
First off, the benga.
For most of the week, I debated with myself on whether or not the track that I wanted to post qualified as benga. On finding this piece, I am now certain that it does. The name of today’s featured track translates to “A Rich Man Is Arrogant” – “Jamoko Wange Tek” from DO 7 Shirati Jazz whom you all know as D.O. Misiani’s boys. Shirati Jazz have a rich history and have variously been known as “Shirati Luo Voice Jazz Band”, “Orchestra D.O. 7 Shirati Jazz” and “D.O.7 Band” in their earliest incarnation. While D.O Misiani was born in Tanzania, Kenyan music claims him as its own. He died in a tragic road accident in May 2006.
Next, I got lots of requests for this including one from M who seems to think that this guy is the business. So, here is Western Shilo from the “African King of Twist” – Daudi Kabaka in a smooth duet with George Agade.
Finally, a digitized “kapuka” mix from a CD that my old friend Dickie of True Blaq Entertainment passed on to me back in the day (if 3 years ago qualifies as such) when he was doing his Sunday night Kenyan music thing at Club Red in Worcester.
Some very very nice mixing and a great selection of tracks. Its a bit of a heavyweight compared to my regular posts but it is definitely worth the download. This mix covers a lot of ground with tracks from some of the original names in the genre including Gidi Gidi Maji Maji who are Kenya’s cultural ambassadors these days, that hot K-South/Bamboo collaboration “Are you ready to get down tonight?” which always knocks my socks off, a couple of tracks from the late E-Sir, Redsan with “Apakate”,a couple of ssssswwwwwweeeeeeeeeetttttt Nameless tracks including “Ninanoki”, those crazy Maasai Tribesmen and the Kleptomaniacs among others.
All in all, a hour well spent.
+ I love Hash’s microbanking ideas: I have had something brewing in my head for about a year now but I still have not been able to crystalize the idea. I hope it doesn’t take so long that someone beats me to it.
Strictly for fun:
+ Why in the world would anyone do this? And what do you do with 400 lbs of hot sauce anyway?