I know this is a whole week later but I don’t care. I just have to share this because one whole week later, I’m STILL thinking about it. What is it? Allow me…
It was a beautiful pre-Valentines night, Feb 13th 2010, and I was the Kenya National Museum with a few friends and family. I had just walked past a picture gallery depicting the results of the 2007 post-election violence. At the end of the entrance walkway, I thought to myself: Kenyans have a decision to make. Either they will shun violence and political madness or they will bury more and more of their people over more of the same.
Now, here’s what I’ve been thinking about all week. The music! It was put together by Penya Africa, which I think is a record lable although I stand to be corrected on this. What I did like was that it wasn’t a bunch of sexual, misguided, typical and unoriginal music. It was music that made sense and some of it was socially conscious. It was original and beautiful and I honestly was so so impressed with the whole thing. I’m glad I waited a week to tell ya’ll about it coz now I can pinpoint which of the artists stood out to me. I loved them all (some more than others 🙂 ) Stan, Muthoni, Just A Band (?), Dela, Sauti Sol and my very personal favorite FENA. I even liked Alpha, who I’d never heard of before (don’t ask me what rock I was living under during his big debut in Kenya).
I know some of my readers are in Kenya so tell me; what did you think? What DO you think about Dela? Sauti Sol? FENA? What do you think what do you think what do you think? I’m dyyying to hear what you guys think about these and other Kenyan musicians so please do tell me about it in the comments section.
Congrats Penya Africa, for a job well done!