Orchestre les Mangelepa featuring
Embakasi, 1st Anniversary Album
Phonogram / ASL 1978

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Dit is de zesde plaat die we van deze band plaatsen. Hij stamt
uit 1978 en klinkt typisch oost Afrikaans. De stijl hangt een
beetje tussen cavacha en benga zoals je van een groep uit
deze contrijen zou mogen verwachten. Congolese invloeden
maar toch echt Kenyaans. Een heerlijk album, niet te missen..

This is the sixth record we post by this band. It is from the year
1978 and sounds typical east African. Its style covers both benga
and cavacha, just the way we’re supposed to expect from a group
from these parts. Congolese influences but still really Kenyan.
A very nice record, not to be missed..

titels ;

01 – Embakasi
02 – Maindusa
03 – Mimba
04 – Nyako konya

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Seven 7″ from Kenya volume 2
Various Artists

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Toch nog maar een Arikaanse post dan ? Dit zijn zeven
45 toeren plaatjes zoals reeds eerder verschenen op
deze pagina. Oost Afrika is nu weer even aan de beurt.
Benga is zulk aanstekelijk spul, ik kon er niet omheen.
Dus schop dat meubilair nog eens opzij en laat je gaan.

East Africa gets its turn today, benga is such contageous
music, there was no way around it. Seven 45’s in a row
as we did before at this page works perfect and make a
solid listen. So kick aside your funiture once again and
let yourself go..enjoy..

titels ;

01 – Suku Jazz Band – The kericho tragedy
02 – Suku Jazz Band – Willison mukuna
03 – Kapila Jazz Band – Aguko d.o.
04 – Kapila Jazz Band – Joshwa ochiel
05 – Orchestre Ndege Wa Anga – Mama rutty pt.1
06 – Orchestre Ndege Wa Anga – Mama rutty pt.2
07 – Metric Jazz National – Bodo nicky
08 – Metric Jazz national – Leo akendo
09 – Les Moto Moto – Azetu pt.1
10 – Les Moto Moto – Azetu pt.2
11 – Mwenga Jazz Band – Lucy
12 – Mwenge Jazz band – Inafaa umuoe
13 – Kaudha Twins Band – Ogode mc nyaruoth
14 – Kaudha Twins Band – Achien’g florence

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Beya Moke – Various Artists
RCA 1977

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Digitizing this lp was a tricky thing to do. This album has no
spaces between the tracks and using a cd recorder I had to
place the skips manually. At a few points I missed the exact
spot so it’s best listening to it as a whole. Let’s see what we
have here. A collector of Kenyan songs of extraordinary
quality. Six different bands doing ten songs. Looking at
the backsleeve we find a list of other important
albums in the same category, the search
continues, listen and find out why..

tracks;

01 – Sakade Band – Beya moke pt. 1
02 – Sakade Band – Beya moke pt. 2
03 – Western jazz band – Wenzangu nawauliza
04 – Western jazz band – Rosa
05 – Victoria Jazz Band – D. osiento
06 – Boy Masaka – Moon
07 – Boy Masaka – Draai veld
08 – Mori River – Harison oyier
09 – Mori River – Rosalina atieno
10 – Afro 70 Band – Nambie kweli

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D.O.7 Shirati Luo Voice Jazz Band –
Kenyafrica! vol. 4, Playa Sound 1976

D.O.7 Shirati, front

Yesterday I took a walk through Amsterdam, checking a few second
hand record stores and guess what happened. I stumbled upon this
wonderful lp. we had numbers 1,2,3 and 5 but 4 was still missing.
I’m so very happy with this find, Daniel Owino Misiani and his Luo
Voice Jazz Band belong to my very favourite benga groups. Very
nice to complete the series with this record, get it now and you
will not be sorry. Strong instrumental parts and vocal
harmonies make this album a solid listen..

One more thing; it would be very nice if someone
knows why every song is called after a person’s name.
I keep wondering why they do that in benga music..

tracks;

01 – Joshuah abuya
02 – G. ogalo
03 – James songora
04 – Chistopher odira
05 – Silus oyoo
06 – Obiero olumbe
07 – Siongo john
08 – Salmon okwaro
09 – Timothy ochanda
10 – Glary opiyo

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Le Kenya Danse – Various Artists
Soul Posters

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On Soul Posters we’ve got this collector of hot benga
and Swahili pop. It contains songs by nine bands we
have not heard before here at the GG. It is in perfect
condition and sounds as new. Another wonderful
find from the fair. We are so very lucky these
gems still pop up every once in
a while, enjoy it..

tracks;

01 – Makueni Brothers Band – Paulina
02 – N.P.D. Jazz Band – Osuta awes
03 – The Kenya Prisons Band – Janifer
04 – Nyeri Boys – Bururi muraya
05 – Nyeri Youngstars – Uthiu wa wendo
06 – Makueni Brothers Band – Mwitu mutethia
07 – Orchestre K.O. Jazz – Heren atieno
08 – King Orchestre Mutumbu – Wacha waseme
09 – Rawa Jazz Band – Nikupe nini
10 – Kanjunge Boys – Kanini gachumu

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Orchestre International de Nelly –
Kenya Partout ! vol. 5
Playa Sound 1976

Kenya Partout 5, front

Normally I wouldn’t fix a cover that’s been worn out or so but
some idiot had written his name all over the clouds and back
sleeve of this album so I made an exeption and fixed it a bit.
This is volume 5 in the Kenya Partout series, we had volumes
1,2,4 and 6 so far. Orchestre International de Nelly appeared
on several volumes already but this is just them. Very nice
and uplifting benga on Playa Sound from 1976.

tracks;

1 Lamu ketho wat
2 Elisha obonyo
3 Adhiambo wakili
4 Bethwel juma
5 Dan obonyi
6 Rich anyango gy lucy
7 Dan ogijo
8 Bayo kayem
9 Penina ya nelly
10 George mijuka

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Daniel Kamau – Kenyafrica ! vol. 1
Playa Sound PS 33001, 1976

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In the series ‘Kenyafrica !’, we had volumes two and five
so far. They were recorded in 1976 and it’s been over 3
years I posted the last one, in september 2011. Finally
I can bring you the number one in the series. It is an lp
by Daniel Kamau, he was born in the ‘Central Province’
of Kenia, the 2nd of february 1949. His parents worked
hard on their little farm to be able to raise the family.
Daniel loved to play the guitar from 9 years old but
wasn’t allowed to touch the guitars of his older brothers
because he was too young..Later he proved them all
wrong being the first to record an album of his own
still being a student. He had several hits during the
seventies, went to England and when he came back
recorded this here album. It is a sheer beauty and
I’m very glad to bring it, enjoy the benga
and pass it on to your friends..

tracks;

1 Kiririkano kia zk
2 Pascalena pt. 2
3 Delina
4 Jane macyline
5 Macho ine pt. 2
6 Chiru
7 Kairitu gatari thoni pt. 2
8 Helena
9 Kanini
10 Wendo uri murio
11 Kairitu kairu
12 Ningwite nawe pt. 2

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D.O.7. Shirati Jazz – Rose Atieno, Polygram 1988

D.O.7 Shirati Jazz, front

Some visitors asked for more benga. It just so happens I had
one waiting for y’all. Funny thing about benga, I mentioned before,
it seems all titles are person’s names. It’s the only type of music
in which we see this I rekon, That is as far as I know.
the D.O. stands for Daniel Owino Misiani, “the Grandfather of Benga”.
He was the founder of the most famous benga group called Shirati
Jazz. Born in Shirati, just south of the Kenyan border, he has been
playing benga since the mid-1960’s. His style is characterised by
soft, flowing and melodic two-part vocal harmonies, a very active,
pulsating bass line that derives at least in part from traditional nyatiti
and drum rhythms, and stacks of invigorating guitar work, the lead
alternating with the vocal. ( the Rough Guide )
Daniel Owino Misiani died in a road traffic accident in 2006, aged 66.
He was still an active performer at the time of his death and left two
wives and 14 children.

http://biochem.chem.nagoya-u.ac.jp/~endo/EAMisiani.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Owino_Misiani

tracks;

1 Atila min jopesa
2 Nick saronge
3 George atieno
4 Rose atieno
5 Rapar dr. c. omondi
6 Carolina akinyi
7 Otami dr. pt.1
8 Otami dr. pt.2
9 Patrick ogwayo
10 Bamla akinyi

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P.S.
I’m affraid I placed one small miscut, the tracks are so close to each
other it was difficult to skip tracks correctly. from track 3 to 4 it is
slightly wrong but if you play it as a whole you wont notice.

Shirati Luo Voice Jazz -Ikwokirikwo Hits of East Africa,Sungura 1972

Shirati Luo Voice Jazz, front

For today’s post we’ve got us an old Kenyan lp. It’s from
1972 and soundquality is not the best, the music however is.
Shirati Luo Voice Jazz was their name in those days and
their leader was none less than D.O. Misiani who we know
from his later work with “Shirati Jazz”. The cover you see I
found online, my copy came in a wrong cover unfortunately.
Nevertheless, even with cracks, pops and hiss,
I guess it’s worth a couple of spins..
Get it and spread it..

tracks;

1   J.o. ramebeya
2   Polina no.2
3   Hezron macoto
4   Margret odero olumbe
5   Okwiri janyakach
6   Jobwa no.2
7   Margret wambwa
8   Walton bunde
9   D. kathorin ager
10  Shirati dhinyime
11  P.n. mcotieno
12  Sipi akeyo

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Seven 7″s from Kenya – Various Artists

Seven 7 inches from Kenya, front

As promised, a collection of seven 70’s singles from Kenya.
Track 3 has a few small pops at the end but for the
the remaining lot, no precautions.
Just take it and play it, have fun.

tracks;

1   Orchestre Gem Lucky Friends – Rispher adero no.2
2   Orchestre Gem Lucky Friends – Joseph oloo
–   ( Richard Odongo 1974 )
3   Orchestre Kaudha Twins – Owiti kaboka
4   Orchestre Kaudha Twins – Osiep loyo wat
–   ( John Oketch & Willison Oketch 1974 )
5   Orchestre O.M. Jazz – Super m. ogada
6   Orchestre O.M. Jazz – Remember me, I remember you
–   ( Dr Nelson Ochieng Mengo 1974 )
7   Metric Jazz National – Afline december gift
8   Metric Jazz National – Afline the pretty no.2
–   ( George Kembo & Leonard Omedo 1974 )
9   Wego Jazz Band 75 – Omonde
10  Wego Jazz Band 75 – Matini
–   ( Sukuma Bin Ongaro 1975 )
11  Odhiambo Osumba Revolution – Otina
12  Odhiambo Osumba Revolution – Paro siso abala
–   ( Odhiambo Osumba 1970 )
13  Metric Jazz National – Odero koduko
14  Metric Jazz national – Nyamwaya j.b.
–   ( Leonard Omedo 1974 )

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Kenya Partout ! vol.4 – Various Artists,Playa Sound / Soul Posters 1976

Kenya Partout ! vol.4, front

I really got the taste of it, when listening to all that
marvelous benga while re-uploading, I couldn’t resist
to do another. This is Kenya Partout vol.4, we had
volumes 1 and 6 earlier, great covers and hot music.
No need to try and find this one as a cd release.
Check that picture clicked upon, poor
girl has two flies in her face.

tracks;

1 Owilla Lakeside Jazz – Wend mikeyini kabudha
2 Nyagowa Family Orchestra – Fibi odhiambo pt.1
3 Nyagowa Family Orchestra – Fibi odhiambo pt.2
4 Owilla Lakeside Jazz – Ogoma jagot ong’ielo
5 Lwanda Doho Jazz – Jotham owino
6 Owilla Lakeside Jazz – Gordon ogolo
7 Nyagowa Family Orchestra – Lawrence amollo & achieng’ dory
8 Owilla Lakeside Jazz – Walter alago
9 Nyagowa Family Orchestra – Octaph p.okello & adoyo elly
10 Lwanda Doho Jazz – Ruth achieng’

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Kenya Hit-Parade – Various Artists,A.I.T. / Soul Posters

Kenya Hit-Parade, front

By the look at it’s sleeve one would say it’s the cover
of a children’s book. Don’t be misled however, the music
on this LP is for the whole family. Wonderful mid-seventies
stuff I wish we had in our hitparade in those days. Succes
guaranteed on your dance-floor. Listen to Kenya Hit-Parade !
…damn,..I jus’ love dis.., volumes up !

tracks;

1 Orchestre Sega Sega – Dala ber moloyo No.11
2 Kawere Boys – William ogembo No.3
3 Gem Dudi Band – Barack ayieye
4 Victoria Jazz Band “B” – Patrick ochieng
5 Orchestre Mandalala – Tika kotongo-1
6 Mori River Jazz Band – Ben maseke
7 Owila Lakeside Band – Margaret atieno
8 Shirati Luo Voice Jazz Band – Okoro kalila
9 Orchestre C.-K. Jazz – Pamela awino-pt.1
10 Orchestre Saka-Yonsa – Nabangi makambo-1

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Kawere Boys Band – Kenyafrica ! vol.5,Playa Sound 1976

Kenyafrica ! vol.5, front

This is volume 5 in the Kenyafrica series. It features the
‘Kawere Boys Band’, a wonderful group that delivers
a strong album of benga. It appears on Playa Sound
and was released in 1976. The LP’s backside doesn’t
give us any information but I am sure this was one of the
leading bands from the era. Listen and you’ll have to agree.
Remarkable, most of the benga albums from the seventies
have titles concerning people’s names.
Volume up, make space, dancing
mood, jivin’ pace..

tracks;

1 Omolo Mzee
2 Aoko Sipy
3 Joseph Awiti
4 Twkiko Abala
5 Elizia Atieno
6 Anjilina Oloo
7 Ochieng Abok No.2
8 Anyango Anah
9 Anyango Margaret
10 Atieno Risy

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Kenyan Sound 1977 – Various Artists,Pathé Marconi / EMI 1977

Kenyan Sound 77, front

When I am looking through my collection to determine
which LP to post, I need to have a strong feel about the
sound off course. I also like to bring some variation, that
way we keep listening with pleasure. Another important thing
is the visual aspect of it, we wanna keep up the looks right ?
I think it is a crime to put commercial stickers on albumsleeves
that cannot be removed again. With this one I’m not even trying,
seen ‘m before and got frustrated already. You end up destroying
your precious find. Horrible. Anyway, as I said, the sound comes
first. It was hard to place the skips at the right moment, such short
silences in between, I hope they’re good. The Benga on this album
is absolutely indestroyable, we can’t go wrong there.
Love that Kenyan Sound of 1977.

tracks;

1 Victoria King’s Jazz – Mzee William Agao
2 Victoria King’s Jazz – Mr. Andrew Ogol
3 Victoria King’s Jazz – R. Bolo
4 Victoria King’s Jazz – Michael Odero
5 Victoria King’s Jazz – Ben Amon’go
6 Victoria King’s Jazz – Zablon Oloo
7 Jolly Matata Band – Okech Oula
8 Jolly Matata Band – Jaber Ola e Boma No.2
9 Kiwiro Matata Band – M.A. Bianeni
10 Kiwiro Matata Band – Oluoch Kanindo

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