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A guide to Kenya’s alternative music scene
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A guide to Kenya’s alternative music scene

Discover the key faces, places, and sounds of Kenya’s new alternative scene guided by Tetu Shani.

A history of Nyatiti and the masters who play her name
Article
A history of Nyatiti and the masters who play her name

A brief history of the Luo clan’s great musical contribution, Nyatiti, an eight stringed pentatonic lyre with a percussive base.

Yaseen Mohamed’s most remarkable ’60s songs collected in new compilation
News
Yaseen Mohamed’s most remarkable ’60s songs collected in new compilation

A collection of  taarab songs from 1960s coastal Kenya by Yaseen Mohamed (Mac & Party). Compiled from the elusive Mzuri catalog, originally released in Kenya in the ’60s, the LP comes with extensive liner-notes describing the […]

Exploring Sauti Sol’s relationship with Nigerian music
Article
Exploring Sauti Sol's relationship with Nigerian music

Sauti Sol were like tourists but with Afrikan Sauce, they became honorary Nigerians. In Eastern Africa, the word “Uhuru” is more of a philosophical inquiry than a verb. Freedom, often pined over, really is unattainable. Because man is […]

Blinky Bill, trailblazer of the Kenyan urban scene
Interview
Blinky Bill, trailblazer of the Kenyan urban scene

With his first solo album, Everyone’s Just Winging It And Other Fly Tales (Lusafrica/The Garden), DJ, rapper and producer Blinky Bill puts Kenyan modern music on the global map. PAM met him after his concert […]

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Please welcome FLEE and their first release that focuses on Kenya’s benga music
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Please welcome FLEE and their first release that focuses on Kenya's benga music

Welcome! And we mean it! Those who launched FLEE are truly passionate for benga music. Their label / magazine / “cultural platform” is a great work that make us hear and listen to what used […]