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Various Artist | East Africa Highway (2023)



No Wahala Sounds are proud to present East Africa Highway latest compilation of rare recordings of the early 1980s from the vaults of Audio Productions Limited, Nairobi, Kenya. The bands featured are from Kenya (Kangundo ‘D’ Boys, Kyanganga Boys Band, The Lulus Band and Gem Lucky Jazz); Tanzania (Founders International Band and Orch. Bima Lee) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (Orch Moja One). These songs were originally released on 7″ single on the APL imprints of Nyalando, Sound of Music, Boxer, Mlima and Julus, all overseen by producer Babu Shah. The early 1980s were the golden age of benga and rumba, and these tracks are being released for the first time outside of Kenya.

VA: East Africa Highway

Our previous releases have been featured on BBC 6Music and BBC3’s Late Junction, as well as being reviewed in Songlines and Mojo. No Wahala Sounds

1. Gem Lucky Jazz – Margy Sugar ‘Na’ [04:23]
2. Kangundo ‘D’ Boys – Uchawi Ni Mbaya [04:26]
3. Orch. Bima Lee – Ombi [06:53]
4. The Lulus Band – Ni Uranjuhigirie [04:25]
5. Orch. Moja One – Manimba [08:40]
6. Kyanganga Boys Band – Iveti Matuku-Aya [04:14]
7. Founder International Sound – I Love You Posha [07:57]


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