Life is moving fast: the blog is not abandoned, it is just …
I will let you know what it is when I figure it out.
In the meantime, a couple of quick notes.
I just picked up Orchestra Les Mangelepa’s 1985 pre-deportation album, Madina.
Not sure who the producer was on this but this particular album is the work of a production maestro. ‘Maestro’ is a word that I rarely use people so take me seriously.
For your listening pleasure, one track off the 12′, Madina, the title track which is 8 minutes of sound roller coaster.
This track has 2 alternating rhythm sections, a “High-life” feel to it with a complex guitar/drum/trumpet/sax interplay and an interlude that starts at about 3:03 that my friend Joe told me “absolutely requires seat belts”.
And the kicker.
They sing in English so (almost) everyone can enjoy the vocals on this.
Next up, this little gem.
And, currently on heavy rotation at Casa Ntwiga
Classic Grooves #6 from Spirit of House. A track listing can be found here.
Pick it up here.
An important note: don’t let the name of the website fool you. This is what Kenyans of my generation call “Soul” – if you are a fan of Atlantic Star, Mac Band, Cameo and groups who played that type of sound, this is exactly it.
The mix is DEFINITELY worth the download and listen.