D.O. Misiani and Shirati Jazz – My life and loves,Discafrique International 1988

D.O. Misiani, front, cd size

In today’s post we visit an African country we haven’t seen
much at the GG. One LP by Abana Ba Nasery some time
ago but this is ‘Benga’. D.O. Misiani is one of the pioneers
who transferred the old acoustic style to electric and
added bass and drum to it. The benga hype started late 60’s and went
on all through the 70’s. A benga lover once said;” Benga is a feeling you
get when dancing. Your body has weakened when you dance, because you
are happy. It is not weak because you are tired, but because you are dancing
the best you can.” ‘My life and loves’ is the name of this LP and features
10 dynamite tracks by the master, dance away on Misiani’s benga !

tracks;

1 Sweetie I love you
2 Sister Mary Lucy
3 Susana Wacha Maringo
4 Helen Nya Kisungu
5 Lala Salama
6 J. Rabour Bade Dongo
7 J. Rabour Bade Dongo part 2
8 Tafadhali Nikuone
9 Tafadhali Nikuone part 2
10 Amuka Salama

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15 thoughts on “D.O. Misiani and Shirati Jazz – My life and loves,Discafrique International 1988

  1. Wonderful! Sure would love to hear more music from Kenya … maybe you got some Les Wanyika? Or other stuff? Or maybe not … thanks a lot in any case!

    dan-the-man

  2. I look forward to hearing this! Most of the benga i have heard is, like this one, from the 80s. Would be exciting to hear older benga as well, do you know of any examples?

    I would also like to recommend the contemporary kenyan-american band Extra Golden, especially 2007s “Hera ma nono”, and this one with fantastic vocalist Opiyo Bilongo, “When I was in U.S.”, available here http://kanyokanyo.com/process.php?PHPSESSID=12702873cf1e97c1d33f8593187613a7&pname=ShowAlbumDetailsProcess-Start&CategoryID=1&AlbumID=20

  3. I’m looking for an album called “Benga Beat” by “Shirati Jazz” (from late 80s), have been searching for years. Great blog, many thanks.

  4. I’m looking for an album called “Benga Beat” by “Shirati Jazz” (from late 80s), have been searching for years. Great blog, many thanks.

  5. I’m looking for an album called “Benga Beat” by “Shirati Jazz” (from late 80s), have been searching for years. Great blog, many thanks.

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