I am torn.
2 weeks ago, I promised to get to preparing an all-requests post. In the meantime, sick kids + “real life” (TM) have conspired to keep this from happening.
So what to do?
Post something different from what I promised or not post at all.
My take is better something than nothing. The promised post is still on its way.
‘To kick things off, in honor of Friday’s kicking Hugh Masekela concert that I got to attend with my good pals Jeff and Kamau, here are a couple of versions of Mr. Masekela’s classic from the 60s, Grazing in the grass as well as one other track that I just happened to have kicking around.
Video from the event will be going up shortly. My old creaky laptop does not have enough horsepower to go through the 11 or so GB of video I took in a decent amount of time so I am doing it piecemeal.
The concert reminded me that I may be one of the last 3 people on the God’s green earth who actually owns Hugh Masekela vinyl. And when I say vinyl, I mean vinyl, not CD re-issue. So I went into the ntwiga archives and dug up my old Hugh Masekela/Herb Alpert LP from 1978, dusted off the old Dual turntable and gave it a listen (YOWZAH, it turns out that punters on the interwebs think that this disk is worth a hundred bucks!!!???!!! One hundred dollars. That is a serious amount of change.)
Some fun tunes that I really like. In my book, most of these defy classification – for me, music is either (a)rumba (b)deep house or (c)other but I hope some of you will enjoy something different.
A funky new Kenyan band that is making waves and going places. They are well known for the track African Woman (that you can get a taste of here). Here is another excellent piece of music from them, Dereva: the pumping electronic percussion may be a bit much but me thinks me likes!
And the excellent Nyatiti work more than makes up for this.
I grew up listening to this track at my parents’ parties all through the 80s. And somehow, this track just floats up to the top of my playlist in one of the 40-something odd sets in the amazing African Serenades collection from Matsuli.
Can anyone help with some translation / context / story? I mean, this piece of music is beautiful, just beautiful.
This is oh so nice.
But again, aside from what I linked to before, the interwebs are stumped.
The next couple of items are from African Serenades 29
Meet the maestros on L’Afrisa International on this recording from 1972.
Thank you Zim for these gems: nothing to be had anywhere in on these guys one the net or in the books that I have.
In closing, before I go, make sure you check these other great music blogs that post Kenyan (and African) music: in no particular order