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Kenya Special [VINYL] [Box set]

Various Artists Vinyl
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Vinyl (20 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Soundway
  • ASIN: B00BNR6REM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,504 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Soundway Records present Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & '80s - a treasure-trove of rare and unusual recordings from East Africa. Spread out over two CDs and one triple LP, Kenya Special is accompanied by detailed liner notes, original artwork and photographs. It follows on from Soundway's much acclaimed African 'Special' series that to date has focused on the highlife and afrobeat output from 1970s Nigeria and Ghana. Kenya Special is a collection of 32 recordings (most of which were only ever released on small-run 45rpm 7" singles) that stand out as being different or unique as well as some classic genre standards. From Kikuyu language 'liquid soul', Luo benga and Swahili afrobeat to genre-bending Congolese and Tanzanian tracks recorded in Nairobi, Kenya Special sees Soundway yet again taking the less trodden path. Many of the tracks featured here are peppered with innovation and experimentation highlighting how diverse the music scene in Kenya was at the time. Bonus 7 inch single: A. Mutumia Muriu - The Lulus Band B. Nzaumi - Ndalani 77 Brothers Download only Extras: Tiga Kurira - The Rift Valley Brothers Keep Change Kairitu - Gatanga Boys Band Afrousa (Move On) - Afro 70 The Famous Nyahururu Boys - Mwendwa Kibe Kibe - The Mombasa Vikings Pelekani - The Eagles Lupopo Yanagiria Kayo - Kiratu And His Group Mngeni Mali Yare Yore - Orchestre Super Volcano

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it just for the band names 8 May 2013
By Runmentionable TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this collection of Kenyan pop from the '70s and early '80s after hearing a few tracks on 6 Music and being impressed by the overall recipe - raw production, insistent hooks, loose-limbed funk and wild spirit. Oh, and the band names. What those few tracks promised is delivered on pretty much every one of the 32 songs included on this superb double CD. Plus you get some other ingredients like great playing, and singing that gets you right where you'd want it to.

I'm no expert on African music so I can't put it in much of a context, but, if you do buy this, the excellent booklet will give you all the info you need. From my hopelessly ill-informed perspective, I hear a range of obviously African sounds influenced by various Western musics, including some jazz, a tiny bit of psychedelia, and, above all, the inescapable power of James Brown funk. Even if you're not a dancer by inclination, ideology, age or physical fitness, this will get you moving.

What's particularly appealing is the basic production, which time and again just sounds like the band turned up, someone turned a tape on and that was about it. There's an unpolished sound and a looseness that's immensely appealing to anyone with love for the post-punk era, and an open sound that's as reminiscent of early Postcard Records as anything else. Except the playing and the singing is so much better. More recent African music often sounds like it's produced in a slick style with an eye on the international market. No-one can begrudge the artists that objective, but if you prefer "Nuggets" to Kings of Leon or Coldplay you'll probably enjoy this far more than contemporary African compilations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funky EAST Africa 26 Aug 2013
By JB88
Format:Audio CD
Soundway does it again. Introducing listeners to new (but literally old) sounds that is. We're so used to a focus on West African music, with Afro-funk, Highlife or Afrobeat compilations and re-releases from many record labels over the years. What this incredibly danceable compilation shows us is that is you can find just as funky a sound in each corner of the continent. The highly innovative fusions of traditional music with influences from outside the country and continent make the music so unique. I also guarantee it will get you dancing. As always with Soundway,the booklet's liner notes, photos and introduction are so informative and interesting, and they give any outsider an accessible introduction to Kenyan guitar music. Tamba Tamba by Nairobi Matata Jazz stands out..as does Teresia by Huruma Boys Band. All of it's great though. Get yourself a copy of this!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great beats 27 Feb 2014
By peko
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Yes I enjoyed this cd, lots of sounds from past kenya mixing funky sounds with african styles, not a great review i know, just get it
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5.0 out of 5 stars VERY SPECIAL COMPILATION 24 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
MAY I TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE REMARKABLY HARD WORKING MUSIC LOVERS BEHIND THIS UNBELIEVABLY WELL COMPOSED, ARRANGED AND EXEMPLARILY PRESENTED AUTHENTIC AFRICAN COMPILATION. THIS 2CDS PACK TOGETHER WITH 3 OTHERS ARE JUST SIMPLY PRIME EXHIBITS OF THE SOMETIMES SEEMINGLY INSURMOUNTABLE OBJECTIVES THAT ONLY GREAT LEADERS & ICONIC MUSIC LOVERS ACHIEVE. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND A SINGLE LINE OF THE LYRICS BUT MY GOODNESS I SURE CAN FEEL THE, MELODY, REAL ACOUSTICS, RHYTHM AND UNDENIABLE INGENIOUS PASSION IN EVERY SINGLE TRACK. THIS IS AN ARTISTIC GIFT FROM ALL INVOLVED SO MUCH THAT I WOULD PAY DOUBLE IF IT MEANS THE MUSICIANS & APPLICABLE SURVIVORS GET HANDSOME ROYALTIES. NEVER MIND THE CURRENT PRICE.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it 28 Jun 2013
By Toby
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Do yourself a favour, buy this album. It's a splendid mash up of funky afrobeat from East Africa. Makes an ideal soundtrack when out and about in my campervan. Worth buying just for the Rift Valley Brothers tune alone...
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