Spotlight on Kenyan Music

Titres :
1. Imbukula (Respect) - Jackson Ingosi
2. Mama (Mother) - George Mutinda
3. Ndihole Shina (What Shall I Do ?) - Abuti Mkoko
4. Nya Nairobi - Makadem Ohanglaman
5. Mama Kambo (Stepmother) - Monica Ng ang a
6. Maisha Yao (Their Life) - Hannah Wakesho
7. Mtema Kuni (Go Collect the Fire Wood) - Abdalia Khamisi
8. Pambazuka Africa (Wake-up, Rise-up Africa) - Abuti Mkoko
9. Sukari (Sugar) - Juma Abdalla
10. Vala Vandu (That Place) - George Mutinda
11. Yatima (Orphan) - Peter Wambugu
12. Zion Away - Lwanda Magere
13. Afrika - Michel Ongaro
14. Wakati ni Sara - Suzzana Owiyo

Contemporary songs from Kenya, rooted in East African musical tradition, sung in Kiswahili, kikamba, Luhya and other local dialects. Featuring Suzzana Owiyo and Achien’g Abura.

’Spotlight on Kenyan Music’ is a programme for the development and promotion of Kenyan afro-fusion music, initiated by Alliance Française de Nairobi with the support of the Embassy of France and Total Kenya.

It aims to contribute to the recognition of the country’s musical identity at national, regional and international level. The identification of emerging talents is pivotal to this project in order to ensure a sustainable development of the local musical industry.

A group of leading artists and producers (Achien’g Abura, Suzzana Owiyo, Suzzanne Kibukosya, John Katana and Tabu Osusa) and the Department of Culture, together with Alliance Française form the steering committee of the project. Through a series of auditions held in the various Kenyan provinces, a selection of young talents were identified, eleven of whom are featured on this Volume 1 of the Spotlight on Kenyan Music compilation.

The compositions on this album give you a taste of the rich variety of musical traditions and styles which have influenced the songs performed by these promising young artists. The last track on the album, ’Wakati ni sasa’, is a signature song for this project, bringing together top Kenyan voices. It is a symbol for renewed musical direction and a cry of hope for a better tomorrow for Africa.

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par   Sylvie Clerfeuille  19 février 2013 - © Afrisson