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On this episode soul, funk, and dance music from East Africa: Kenya and Tanzania. Infectious drumming, liquid electric guitar, hypnotic bass lines – the Nairobi sound of benga is a mash-up of traditional Kenyan music, Cuban rhumba, Congolese finger-picking guitars, and South African street buskers. Meanwhile, in Tanzania a similar sound was brewing. Based on Congolese rumba, muziki wa dansi (or "dance music" in Swahili), brought blistering horns and brass to nightclubs in Dar Es Salaam.
Mbiri Young Stars "Ndiri Ndanogio Niwe" from "Kenya Special (Selected East African Recordings From the 1970s & '80s)" on Soundway Records
Shirati Jazz "DR Binol" from "Benga Beat" on World Circuit
Rift Valley Brothers "Muhiki Waku Nitwendanire" from "Muhiki Waku Nitwendanire [7"]" on Sawa Sawa Sound
Huruma Boys Band "Teresia" from "Kenya Special (Selected East African Recordings From the 1970s & '80s)" on Soundway Records
Tanya Ria "Love You Didn't Want" from "Love You Didn't Want [7"]" on Afro 7
Santa Loi "Lakusema Mimi Sina" from "Lakusema Mimi Sina [7"]" on Pathé
Lawi Somona "Safi pt. 1" from "Safi [7"]" on SOA
Omoyo Sherry Moja & Victoria B Kings "Lea Odondo Mak-Awiti" from "Lea Odondo Mak-Awiti" on Oula Recording Company
Mbaraka Mwinshehe & Morogoro Jazz Band "Jogoo La Shamba" from "Ukumbusho vol. 3"
Mbaraka Mwinshehe & Orchestra Vijana Jazz "Madaraka Kwenye Bar" from "Ukumbusho"
Atomic Jazz Band "Njoo Mpenzi Njoo" from "Zanzibara 3" on Buda musique
DDC Mlimani Park Orchestra "Safia" from "Sitokubali Kuwa Mtumwa"