Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & ‘80s

Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & ‘80s is a compilation of rare and unusual recordings from East Africa, spread out over two CDs and one triple LP, released by Soundway in 2013.

Kenya Special is a collection of 32 recordings (most of which were only ever released on small-run 45rpm 7” singles) that stand out as being different or unique as well as some classic genre standards. From Kikuyu language ‘liquid soul’, Luo benga and Swahili afrobeat to genre-bending Congolese and Tanzanian tracks recorded in Nairobi, Kenya Special sees Soundway yet again taking the less trodden path. Many of the tracks featured here are peppered with innovation and experimentation highlighting how diverse the music scene in Kenya was at the time.

Artist /
Album / Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & ‘80s
Label / Soundway
Format / LP, CD, Compilation
Released / 2013
Genre / Afrobeat
Links / Label, Discogs, Bandcamp
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