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Friday, February 04, 2005

In Praise of Kenyan Football & Farmers

Super Super Mambo Jazz is one of those Congolese orchestras that found fame in Kenya in the early 1970s. Gor Mahia F.C. was a classic hit, praising one of Kenya's best soccer teams. Gor Mahia F.C. formed in 1968, combined the two clubs of Luo Stars and Luo United, and won numerous titles (maybe because it was named after a famous traditional healer from South Nyanza?). I especially love the sebene in this song, the part where the guitarists and instrumentalists take over and drive the beat further and further.

Having just come back from Moshi, Tanzania, where the fields on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro are being prepared for maize planting, I have to add Super Super Mambo Jazz' song celebrating Kenyan farmers (Wakulima Wa Kenya). Yes, those are cows mooing in the background!

From the album Super Mambo Jazz '69 (1972):

Super Super Mambo Jazz - Gor Mahia FC (MP3)
Super Super Mambo Jazz - Wakulima Wa Kenya (MP3)


At 1:53 AM, Blogger Erewhon said...

Posting links to places where people can actually purchase copies of the CDs you're featuring would be a good idea. If you care about these artists at all, I'd think you would want to encourage people to buy their work, rather than throwing a bunch of "free" MP3s out here for people to download without any sense of responsibility to the artists at all.

The fact that you're posting a lot of MP3s by artists from underdevloped countries -- people whose lives are very marginal, their music even more so (in terms of being able to live, period) is a thorny moral/ethical issue in its own right. (Shoutcast, anyone?!)


At 5:45 AM, Blogger Pieter said...


The stuff I'm posting doesn't come from CDs; it's old and often scratched vinyl (not reissued). Finding copies of the vinyl is almost impossible. So linking to copies for sale is not an easy feat: if you find a place, let me know. www.mondomusic.co.zm reissued some of the Zambian oldies on CD and I do link to their site.


At 12:58 PM, Blogger Erewhon said...

Gotcha, Pieter.



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