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Heavy Metal in Kenya

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Heavy metal found its way into Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, in the mid-1990s. On the one hand, travelers to the region brought with them recording devices containing Western heavy metal tracks. On the other hand, the spread of heavy metal...

Omutibo

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Omutibo is a popular music genre performed among the Luhya of western Kenya for entertainment purposes in celebrations, parties, restaurants and cultural festivals. It is lively and danceable and is laced with lyrics describing love affairs...

Bango

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Bango music was created by Joseph Ngala (also known by his stage name as Mzee Bango, or Mzee Ngala) in the late 1980s on the east coast of Kenya. A mixture of Portuguese, Arabic, African and Swahili musical arts and cultures, the genre...

Chakacha

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Chakacha is indigenous dance music of the Mijikenda people of Kenya that has been popularized by the Swahili people. Originating as a female wedding dance of the Mijikenda community, it was later integrated into Swahili all-night wedding...

Litungu Music

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...The litungu is a seven-stringed lyre and is the main musical instrument of the Bukusu people of Kenya (Masasabi 2010), who also refer to it as ‘lusia,’ which literally means ‘a string.’ The words ‘lusia lulayi’ are used to describe good...

Zilizopendwa

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Zilizopendwa is a Swahili term commonly used interchangeably with ‘golden oldies’ to describe songs recorded in Kenya since the 1980s based on idioms of early Kenyan popular music genres. The term literally means ‘those that were liked...

Benga

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...In the early decades of the twenty-first century benga is considered one of the definitive and most renowned Kenyan popular music genres; it is also one of the most-recorded and most-performed genres in the Kenyan popular music scene...

Beni

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Beni is among the very first popular music genres that originated as a result of the slave trade, colonialism, Westernization, industrialization and urbanization in East Africa. It was popular along the coastal towns of East Africa...

Rumba

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...Before its association with a succession of commercial pop music styles, the term rumba referred to a neo-African traditional dance/music form in Cuba that has remained popular into the twenty-first century. Some of the musical roots...

Hip-Hop in Kenya

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XII : Genres: Sub-Saharan Africa

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...In Kenya, hip-hop is the one of the most popular musics among urban youth. In many contexts, hip-hop comprises the following elements: MCing (rapping or chanting rhyming lyrics that are accompanied by a strong rhythm), beatboxing (the art...