Orchestre Varieté Africaine from East Africa
Dick’s Records 1978

On Dick’s Records from Onitsha Nigeria we find this strange
album. It contains a funny rhyme, “A pretty kitten, All black
and white. Call him to play, I think he might”. As far as I can
see, it has got nothing to do with the music. We hear benga
from Kenya by Orchestre Varieté Africaine? Except for one
offering on Afrowanted, it is ungoogleable so to speak. The
label nor sleeve give us any information on the topic. No
song titles, nothing at all. If anyone can shine a light
on this record, please do .. enjoy listening ..

Op Dick’s Records uit Onitsha Nigeria vinden we deze wel
zeer vreemde plaat. Hij heeft een rijmpje op de hoes dat
voor zover ik kan vaststellen niets met de muziek van doen
heeft. “A pretty kitten, All black and white. Call him to play,
I think he might”. We horen benga uit Kenya door Orchestre
Varieté Africaine? Behalve een aanbieding op Afrowanted
is de plaat ungoogleable zogezegd. Het label noch de hoes
geven enige informatie over de band en het album, geen
titels, helemaal niets. Als er iemand is die erover ver-
tellen kan, heel graag, veel luisterplezier ..

tracks;

01 – track #1
02 – track #2
03 – track #3
04 – track #4
05 – track #5
06 – track #6
07 – track #7
08 – track #8

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7 thoughts on “Orchestre Varieté Africaine from East Africa
Dick’s Records 1978

  1. The name ”Variete Africaine” can hardly belong to a group that plays this kind of music. This is Benga, a genre of the Luo people from the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya. They hardly use English names for their bands let alone French.

  2. By no means an expert here, but I sure love benga.
    I am not fluent in the language…but I hear the word Shirati a few times on a couple of the last tracks here. Maybe Shirati Jazz?

  3. Black and white, and might play if asked? I’m probably reading far too much into this, but I wonder if it’s a claim that unsegregated bands will play together just fine. I know, sounds far fetched, but I have no idea what that poem and image could otherwise mean.

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