The Elephant gives a preview of the Shades of Benga book, the history and the spread of Kenyan music as well as the role of media in promoting Kenya's popular sound. Aghan Odero, Theatre and Screen Director is in conversation with Tabu Osusa, Author, Director at Ketebul Music and Paul Kelemba a Cartoonists and Music Researcher.
A Conversation with Musician and Artivist Ndungi Githuku
How musicians are using there talent to change the world.
“You cannot sing African music in proper English.” – Fela Kuti Now, more than 40 years later, it might be difficult to imagine that Kenyan Benga music was associated with freedom fighters in Rhodesia’s Bush War (the Chimurenga) in the late 1960s through to the late 1970s. In the fight to end white minority rule […]
The Elephant podcast on protest songs.
Grassroots activism by Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Kasabuvu and a deteriorating local economy were among the reasons why the idea for a roundtable conference was first formulated in 1959 by the Congolese Labour party. The aim was to organise the independence of Belgian colonies in Africa. So on January 3rd,1960, the Belgian government announced that it […]
Meru, Kenya – OILING THE WHEELS OF COMMERCE IN THE 19TH CENTURY The American explorer William Chanler set up base in the Nyambene Range in 1893. He found a thriving local economy that attracted traders from across the region; a unique feature of this market was the use of the narcotic reddish-green twigs of a tree […]
Meru, Kenya – LATE MATURING PROBLEM CHILD Once the real archipelago of peace in the vaunted ‘island of stability,’ the Coast has become Kenya’s problem child. Formerly the most docile and well-mannered member of the family, although prone to indolence and performing poorly in school, the locals now appear truculent, drugged, and uppity. It is hardly […]