Orchestra Super Mazembe – Kaivaska

Super Mazembe, front

Orchestra Super Mazembe was a Congolese group that
went to Nairobi, Kenya in 1974. They were one of the most
popular bands in the genre together with among others,
Les Mangelepa and Samba Mapangala. Their biggest hit
was ‘Shauri Yako’, originally by Nguashi Ntimbo.

It is still as new as when I bought it in 1982. This was one
of my first encounters with African music. I didn’t post it yet
thinking that everybody has it already, a mistake off course.
On Virgin Records and maybe a little on the commercial side
I think this lp contains a couple of fairly nice songs. If you
haven’t got it already give it a spin and listen yourself.

tracks;

1 Mbanda ya mobange
2 Kassango
3 Ji ji
4 Nanga
5 Bamana
6 Samba
7 Malaba d’amour
8 Mokano
9 Mwana nyiau

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Orchestra Les Mangelepa – Madina ASL Records 1985

Les Mangelepa, front

From all Congolese groups operating from Kenya, Orchestre
Les Mangelepa was one of the finest. Earlier posts have found
many happy listeners and this one surely will too. For proper
info check http://www.muzikifan.com/shika.html.
In the mean time just listen..

tracks;

1 Madina
2 N’kimba
3 Lolo mukena
4 Kamwala

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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.

Zaïko Langa-Langa – Zaïko Eyi Nkisi ASL/Polygram 1985

Zaïko Langa Langa, front

We already know a small pile of records by these guys. Although
the line-up of this band changed quite a few times, this is a nice
piece of music again. It concerns a Kenyan release by the group
that originally came from the Congo off course. Zaïko Langa Langa
is the name and the album is from 1989 or 1985..
Sleeve speaks of 1985 and label of 1989, which one is it..?

tracks;

1 Etape
– Moselebende
– Kamanzi
– Misolina
– Etape
2 Zizita
3 S.v.p. mbey
4 Mokili echanger

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Les Mangelepa – Safari ya Mangelepa ASL/Polygram 1983

Les Mangelepa, front

Do you know that feeling ? Hunting for records, walking
through piles of vinyl at fairs and in dusty old stores in
hidden boxes and under counters. The moment one
stumbles upon an lp like this one is just what we do
it for. You see the image, read the name and a chill
rolls down your spine..you think, do not react too
enthousiastic now, the price will go up if I do..Then
later when walking out the door with yet another
treasure recovered one feels like an archeologist,
can’t wait to get home and play it. If it is as good
as you imagined upfront, mostly the first spin is
disappointing having expectations far too high.
But playing it again and again, one starts to
realize, this is gold. This is why we love
to collect & hunt vinyl,
total satisfaction!

tracks;

1 Safari ya mangelepa
2 Zoao
3 Harare
4 Odesia

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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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Victoria King’s Jazz,Pathé Marconi / EMI 1977

Victoria King's Jazz, front

On Pathé Marconi comes this LP of sweet benga, it’s from
1977 but contains songs, recorded in 1975 and 1976.
Benga was Kenya’s popular sound from the seventies,
but you can spot influences of Congolese music, for instance,
in Dr. Collella Mazee’s ‘Susana’. Highly energetic East
African sound, kick aside y’r funiture and dance away !

tracks;

1 Z. Abuya
2 Sunga Jomwandu
3 Oscar Obuogo
4 Come on Jack
5 Chunya we wita
6 Susana
7 Ben Bobo
8 Cham Luchi

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Gem Lucky Jazz – Kenyafrica ! vol.2,Playa Sound 1976

Kenyafrica ! vol.2

Volume 2 in the series Kenyafrica. This one concerns recordings
by a group called Gem Lucky Jazz from the seventies Benga-scene.
It’s on ‘Playa Sound’ and was released in 1976, hope U like.

tracks;

1 Margaret Achieng
2 Manas Otieno
3 Mwalimu F.A. Kodemeo
4 Jenipher Atieno
5 Chief James Ongongo
6 Paro Ogikie Pesa
7 Auma Lando
8 Julie Rose
9 Yuniy Honey pt.1
10 Yuniy Honey pt.2

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Orchestre Sega Sega – Kenya Partout !
vol.6, Playa Sound / A.I.T. Records

Kenya Partout vol.6, front

Don’t you just love a good piece of ‘benga’ ? Tonight’s post
brings us this wonderful album by Orchestre Sega Sega.
I didn’t get much wiser about them on the web, maybe
you are able to tell us something more ? I do know I like
this LP very much. Names that appear are; Odhiambo
Ossumbah, Osumba Rateng, Peter Owiso, Alego Ogwanjo,
Silvester Odhiambo and Okech Ombasa. I especially like
the vocal contributions here, less highly pitched harmonies
but more basic and spoken parts increase the atmosphere.

tracks;

1 Dala Ber Moloyo no.11
2 Ka Iduaro Kendo pt.1
3 Ka Iduaro Kendo pt.2
4 Patricia Atieno
5 Loko Ngech
6 Jomoko Chamo Jochan
7 Adhiambo P. pt.1
8 Adhiambo P. pt.2
9 George Onyango
10 Peninnah Onyango

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