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Kenya & Tanzania - #38

Kenya & Tanzania - #38

Playing tracks by

Mbiri Young Stars, Shirati Jazz, Rift Valley Brothers, Huruma Boys Band, Tanya Ria and more.

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.