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What a week! Our “upgrade” went well and we are settling in nicely. I am doing requests today so lets get to it.

Maitha asked for this so he gets it . . .

East African rhumba circa 1970/1980 DDC Milimani Park Orchestra – M.V. Mapezi

M, you asked about Daudi but sadly, while he is definitely a cool cat with some swinging tunes, I afraid I don’t quite dig his style . . .

If I may be so bold, may I offer a substitute?

East African rhumba circa 1970/1980 John Agasi – Mawi ya twist

Click here for all the other pre-1990 East African music I have posted in the past.

In closing, a couple of links.

 + Apparently, I am not the only one experiencing 70’s fever. The story is a couple of years old but I think its still pretty accurate.

 + Wanna reminiscence some about days long gone by? Well, give Ty a listen: this track is kicking!!!

Reminiscence Ty – Takin’ it back


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11 Responses

  1. wawuda kahaso says:

    Asante sana, twist hata mimi naicheza. Blog moto sana hii!

    We aim to please, we aim to please.

    – Steve

  2. I do like Daudi too! Whenever I listen to his songs these days – I am reminded of those very good old days of the sixties and seventies!

    Days – when Nairobi was clean and refreshing; when Kenyans had high hopes, morale and were proud; and when employment wasn’t that difficult to come by!

    Daudi Kabaka reminds me of those days!

    Sadly, I think I missed that Nairobi. But the music is still fantastic.

    – Steve

  3. Thanks for the music, Steve. It’s just what the doctor ordered (lol)!
    Great job my friend.

  4. I tried to send this directly to blog@ntigwa.net but I’m not sure it made it to your in box.

    Hello Steve,

    I was recently introduced to your blog from a posting on the Africambiance music forum. I find it interesting that you like and use a lot of the music I produced in Kenya in the 1980s. If you look at your Karubandika LP or the LP with MV Mapenzi, you will find my name on the label. Today I was surprised to see and hear the Sigalame track that I sent to Cheeku end up on your blog.

    May I offer a few corrections on some items.

    What you have listed as Singalame (v.1) is really Sigalame 2 (where the 2 is actually in the name). It was the follow-up to Sigalame (the one you’ve marked v.2).

    The original Sigalame came out as a single and then on cassette from Joe Mwangi’s Matunda Productions. The follow-up Sigalame 2 was relased on AIT records as Nyika/LP 04 on the Editions FrancAfrique label. For Sigalame, the band is called Wanyika Stars. For Sigalame 2, it’s called Issa Juma and Super Wanyika Stars. On the Pole Pole label from Audio Productions, the group is called Issa Juma with Super Wanyika. I have also seen it as Waanyika on other labels. I’m guessing this difference is related to exclusive contracts for some of the labels so changing the group name was a way of getting out of that restriction.

    The UK release of Sigalame 2 (which comes from the AIT recordings) is credited to Issa Juma and Les Wanyika Stars. In Kenya, the group never operated under this name with the “Les” because it had to distinguish itself from John Ngereza’s Les Wanyika.

    Among the many different labels and producers that Issa Juma recorded for, there are some really fine songs. I have always hoped that someday someone could figure out a way to do a compilation with the best of all the labels, not just AIT. The licensing issues are difficult and there are probably only 5 people on earth who even care so I’m not optimistic that I can ever get something like this released.

    Another correction: Lady Liza should be correctly identified as Lady Issa (with nothing to do with Issa Juma).

    More problems:
    You wrote: “Les. Wanyika was an eventual offshoot from Simba Wanyika. Another off-shoot – “Super Wanyika” – have been credited with the kiiller track “Shillingi” that I also posted a while back. There have been more than 8 Wanyika bands.”

    No. Shillingi is by Simba Wanyika.
    “Jamuhuri Jazz -> Arusha Jazz -> Simba Wanyika -> Super Wanyika -> Les Wanyika”

    I think it really goes Simba Wanyika -> Les Wanyika -> Issa Juma leaves and forms Super Wanyika.

    It looks like you used Wikipedia for some of your information but I don’t think it’s correct. Look through this discography and especially the comments interspersed between. I think this is probably more accurate than the Wikipedia article.


    Anyway Steve, it looks like we have very similar musical tastes with Tanzanian and Kenya rumba and Congolese musicians in East Africa. You have an entertaining blog. I look forward to your future issues.


    Doug Paterson

  5. Peter says:

    Hi Steve,
    I just heard about your blog and I decided to visit right away as I have, for a long time now, been feeling the Old School fever. I have been searching left, rigth and center for some East African music from the 70s, 80s and early 90s with no success.
    Unfortunately I tried a few of your links and got an error message. Did you move the files?
    If possible, could you please repost the songs.. or send them to my email if you don’t mind.

    Thanks, and great site!! Keep on blogging my brother

  6. […] [edit] I updated this post to reflect some clarification comments from Doug Paterson who produced Sigalame as well as DDC Milimani Park’s MV Mapenzi and that magical track that everyone seems to love – Orchestra Marquis Originals’ Karubandika. […]

  7. Jay says:

    I am a big fan of African music and discovered many of the oldies at your site over the weekend. Please help me to save these files onto my computer. Is there a way to pay for it? All of your music represents my childhood and heritage. Everything must be done to save this history broadly.



  8. Jay says:


    I had to do the night-running sessions of my ancestors in order to let you back online. ‘Jogging at night’ has no bad connotations. Ha!, ha! On VOK radio, there used to be a flute number that was played in the morning before the station was opened. Most often this was followed by the song Amka Kumekucha, the national anthem or the morning prayer. I was young but that African flute is solidly imprinted on my brain. That would be a blessing if you can find it.

  9. maroko says:

    help me get the NUTA Jazz music. any will do me good.

  10. Lynda says:

    Thanks for this wonderful site Steve. You got me reliving my childhood memories listening to KBC kiswahili service and zilizopendwa on Tuesday nights. Keep up with the good work and like we say back home, ubarikiwe sana!!

    Ubarikiwe pia!

    Karibu tena!

    – Steve

  11. Lynda says:

    PS: Have you got Simba Wanyika’s “Mchumba hanitaki” or “Mwanameka” from Marijani Rajab?

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