Bainito Muyanda — Kifo Cha Wamalwa

This stuff all kind of sounds the same to me. I just like ultra-minimal stick-hitting-wood percussion on each song. I know nothing about Kenyan music. This is another tape that was given to me by my friend Josh.

I’m guessing the title of the album and the first song refer to this guy.


Side A
Kifo cha Wamalwa Kijana
Walia Inyanya
Gari Mademo Shina
Vandu vandi vatevananga za Fred


Side B
Ndali Ndataga Inzaga
Kusagare Embenzi
Ugimire Rigembe
Agaromba Wafa
Ndali ni Nzikaye Igisambai
Nang’weye Khunzaga


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August 21, 2007 at 4:21 pm

A little back story:

I was on the hunt for some Abana be Nasery tapes while I was in Kenya. I assumed that since they were one of better known musical exports in the last 20 or so years from Kenya, tape sellers would have some of their music. I was wrong. Nobody knew what I was talking about. So, instead, I picked up every cassette with an acoustic guitar and a crazy looking dude on the cover hoping for something akin to the 2 guitar and fanta bottle stylings of Abana be Nasery….

August 21, 2007 at 4:52 pm

thanks for the anecdotal background josh, much appreciated. i think this particular acoustic-guitar-and-crazy-looking-dude cassette is a keeper. not sure i am entirely sold on the genre as a whole but i am glad we got to check out this one.

September 1, 2007 at 3:29 pm

Good musical matter!

I have a small collection of the music of Kenya, specially:
Benga, Kikuyu, Dholuo, Akamba & Kalengi… etc

you can contact to me with some person to share or to interchange something,

September 1, 2007 at 5:57 pm

hi Josh

Drop me an email: you can find the address and I will see what I can do about Abana Ba Nasery …

the blog is at and there is an email link somewhere on the page.

thursdayborn, keep up the great work …

– Steve

September 5, 2007 at 7:12 pm

This is sweet – takes me back to Tanzania when I visited there in 1999. Thanks dude! Which reminds me – I think i’ve got a tape in the loft somewhere… I’ll have to dig it out…

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