Charles A. Chepkwony Kolu Band — Magtalena/ Oriango & Kipchamba

Side A: This shit has lengthy breakdowns that sound to me like early house music—if it was done on twangy guitars, muffly bass and break-your-bones live drums in East Africa.

Side B: By popular demand, “Face 2” of the Charles A. Chepkwony Magtalena cassette. The second side is labelled Oriango & Kipchamba. Anyone know who/what that is? Whatever it is, I like this Kenyan guitar band split.

One of the musical themes from Face 1 seems to get reprised in the third track of this side (Bane Matanda), making me wonder if both sides are not the same band?? Maybe just another ones of those random tape programming oddities??? Mysterious.


Side A

Kilyano Ratanga
Yach Busurek
Bakach Chebaigeiyat Sikilai
Kas Imam O Pilista


Side B

Bane Matanda
Sukuli Ab Musoknotet*
Wuiyee My Lover*

*w/ the amazing spoken intro


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

May 6, 2007 at 3:33 am

The musician Kipchamba arap Tapotuk died in early April. Here is a link to his obituary in The Standard (Kenya).

Oriango arap Chepkwony was a member of his band. Perhaps he is related to Charles A., or perhaps is the same person.

The cover says “From Original Recordings: Chandarana Recording Co.” According to the obit Kipchamba and Oriango recorded with the Chandarana Music Store of Kericho, Kenya, until about 10 years ago

May 7, 2007 at 7:56 pm

thanks so mch for the info and link, tom. VERY helpful.

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Spencer Owenreply
May 15, 2007 at 9:14 pm

Yo, I never thanked you. Thank you!!

July 20, 2007 at 4:58 pm

help! i can’t get these to download!

August 19, 2007 at 9:23 pm

I fixed these, let me know if there ares still problems

November 28, 2007 at 9:00 pm

i like this rhythm ,,

do they know where I can find similar music?

i am collector of African music.. if they please have some information they write to my email

thank you

joseph misikreply
November 3, 2015 at 1:57 am
– In reply to: isak

i have a lot of african music especially the east
african ones.

November 28, 2007 at 9:20 pm

to people that interests him this music writes me I have much

August 17, 2008 at 3:26 pm

Truly awesome, both sides. One of the best so far. Many thanks.

– Dave

March 9, 2009 at 5:22 pm

3 of them aren’t working still….

Kofi B.reply
March 25, 2009 at 5:57 am

Yaw, madamfo, please fix all of deez tracks. The other side, too. Some of dem r brokn. Peace.

March 28, 2009 at 2:55 pm

fixed them.

December 1, 2009 at 10:55 pm

What you might not know, which happens to be why I stumbled across this, is that a recent artist named El Guincho, from Spain, uses a guitar sample from the song Pelina in one of his popular songs “Antillas”. Great Stuff.

February 27, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Thanks for posting both sides of this beautiful tape recording. This is some nice lo-fi tropical guitar weeping royt hoyre.

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December 22, 2015 at 11:46 am

Golden Kipsigis a subtribe Kaleninjin tribe in Kenya from the 70’s …sang by people from Bomet county

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March 13, 2016 at 2:07 pm

Oriango and Charles are two different people. I know that for sure. The music in this cassette was sang by two different bands

September 12, 2016 at 4:46 am

i love this music

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