Tag Archives: Kenya

Your Ticket to… 2020 (in 20+1 Albums)

Your Ticket to… 2020 (in 20+1 Albums)

Hard to believe that such a dire and dramatic year could inspire such an abundance of remarkable albums. Or maybe, on the contrary, the multitude of emotions sparked by the pandemic and our new life’s circumstances might have been the main reasons why musicians were able to write, record and...
Album Review: Duma – Duma [Nyege Nyege Tapes; August 2020]
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Album Review: Duma – Duma [Nyege Nyege Tapes; August 2020]

When Venom’s legendary album Black Metal came out in 1982, ‘black’ meant two things: a vague reference to Old Nick himself and a fashion statement. Not one metalhead could have foreseen that it would be in – of all places – Nairobi where the mosh pits would be heaving with headbangers...
Your Ticket To… Benga

Your Ticket To… Benga

Kenya is rich in musical history, from the much loved taarab through to caracha and more recently cumulating reggae and even rock scenes. Stripping Kenyan music back to its origins however, reveals the culture shifting style of benga, a beautiful finger and thumb guitar style originating in Eastern Kenya in...
Preview: Owiny Sigoma Band U.K. Tour (U.K. Wide, 22nd to 29th May 2016)

Preview: Owiny Sigoma Band U.K. Tour (U.K. Wide, 22nd to 29th May 2016)

It is said that difficulties break some men but make others…as a matter of fact, Owiny Sigoma Band musicians have definitely become stronger people after their recently troubled months. The death of an important band member like Charles Owoko would have turned upside down and put through the wringer every ensemble, but the...