CROSSROADS KENYA: EAST AFRICAN BENGA AND RUMBA, 1980-1985 by VARIOUS ARTISTS

SKU124932
ArtistVARIOUS ARTISTS
TitleCROSSROADS KENYA: EAST AFRICAN BENGA AND RUMBA, 1980-1985
LabelNO WAHALA SOUNDS
Catalog #NWS 15
Genre
ReleaseW 28 - 2022
FormatVinyl - UKLP
 € 24,99 incl. VAT, excl. shipping

Tracks

  1. Wanja ni wakwa - new gatanga boys
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/n/nws_15_crossroads_kenya_east_african_benga_and_rumba_1980-1985/01_wanja_ni_wakwa_-_new_gatanga_boys.mp3
  2. arata rekai njuge - ruwengo bros band
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/n/nws_15_crossroads_kenya_east_african_benga_and_rumba_1980-1985/02_arata_rekai_njuge_-_ruwengo_bros_band.mp3
  3. palipo na maneno - les moto moto
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/n/nws_15_crossroads_kenya_east_african_benga_and_rumba_1980-1985/03_palipo_na_maneno_-_les_moto_moto.mp3
  4. bella idhi kanye - les victoria c kings
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/n/nws_15_crossroads_kenya_east_african_benga_and_rumba_1980-1985/04_bella_idhi_kanye_-_les_victoria_c_kings.mp3
  5. rakeri mama - banana hill band
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/n/nws_15_crossroads_kenya_east_african_benga_and_rumba_1980-1985/05_rakeri_mama_-_banana_hill_band.mp3
  6. kwa wasiojiweza - orch les volcano
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/n/nws_15_crossroads_kenya_east_african_benga_and_rumba_1980-1985/06_kwa_wasiojiweza_-_orch_les_volcano.mp3
  7. ima - orch zaituken band
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/n/nws_15_crossroads_kenya_east_african_benga_and_rumba_1980-1985/07_ima_-_orch_zaituken_band.mp3

Description

A collection of rare 45s from the golden era of benga and rumba, which have never been released outside Kenya before.

This compilation collects a number of 7" singles produced by Audio Productions Ltd. in Kenya's capital Nairobi in the first half of the 1980s and released on the Wendo, Lulus, Mlima and APL imprints. The bands featured on this release are the New Gatanga Boys, Ruwengo Bros Band, Banana Hill Band and Les Victoria 'C' Kings from Kenya, Les Moto Moto and Orch Les Volcano from Tanzania (the latter being led here by Charles Ray Kasembe after the death of the legendary Mbaraka Mwinshehe). The closing track is by Orch Zaituken Band, whose name is a contraction of the countries its members came from: Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo), Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. The group is emblematic of the Kenyan capital's role as a magnet for East African musicians seeking to earn a living by recording and playing live in the 1970s and 1980s.

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