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  • review October 17, 2016

    Urgent Jumping! East African Musiki wa Dansi Classics

    Urgent Jumping! East African Musiki wa Dansi Classics is Stern’s latest deep dive into the reservoir of classic East African pop music from the AI Records archives. The two-disc set, compiled by U.K. (and one time Dar es Salaam) -based … Read more »

  • blog July 22, 2015

    Obama’s Nairobi Music Guide

    Photo: AP President Obama will be on a tight schedule when he arrives in Nairobi, Kenya this week, but if he has time to take in some music, there will be plenty to see. To find out what’s happening on … Read more »

  • blog July 1, 2014

    Kenyan Musicians Put Their Government to Shame

    This past weekend marked the first half of the 48th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, an international exposition held every summer on the National Mall in Washington, DC. This year’s program, “Kenya: Mambo Poa,” celebrates the people and culture of Kenya, … Read more »

  • review June 21, 2013

    Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings From the 1970s and ‘80s.

    Soundway records has gained a reputation among DJs, musicians and fans of ‘rare’ afropop for releasing extensive (and detailed!) compilations of West African Afro-funk and afrobeat, including the much beloved “Nigeria Special” series. “Kenya Special,” Soundway’s latest compilation is no exception: this … Read more »

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