Something is Wrong: Vintage Recordings From East Africa

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Featuring 35 rare archival tracks drawn from 10'' and 78 rpm "native records" recorded in Kenya and Uganda between 1938 and 1957, then pressed in England by EMI before being returned to East Africa for sale, this delightful and diverse collection opens a window on a long-lost world. Roughly divided among minstrel pieces, percussion ensembles, and lilting taarab love songs full of violins and Indian harmoniums, Something Is Wrong (the collection was originally issued as two LPs) has an eerie, wonderful vitality to it, and the package and presentation is top-notch, making this unique release a true treasure.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Featuring 35 rare archival tracks drawn from 10'' and 78 rpm "native records" recorded in Kenya and Uganda between 1938 and 1957, then pressed in England by EMI before being returned to East Africa for sale, this delightful and diverse collection opens a window on a long-lost world. Roughly divided among minstrel pieces, percussion ensembles, and lilting taarab love songs full of violins and Indian harmoniums, Something Is Wrong (the collection was originally issued as two LPs) has an eerie, wonderful vitality to it, and the package and presentation is top-notch, making this unique release a true treasure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/2010
  • Label: Honest Jon's
  • EAN: 4047179478922
  • Catalog Number: 50
  • Sales rank: 186,189

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wireless - Ssekinomu (3:05)
  2. 2 Enyi Wa Hiari - Ali (3:01)
  3. 3 Hongo Owiti - J.P. Nyangira (3:24)
  4. 4 Olieu - Ochieng (3:12)
  5. 5 Soya - Sumoni (3:16)
  6. 6 John Geko - J.P. Nyangira (3:33)
  7. 7 Ahenda - Owombo Wa Agola (3:22)
  8. 8 Silwezi Tabu - Jumbe Ali (3:41)
  9. 9 Gechande - Karanja (3:15)
  10. 10 Njane Kanini - Shinda Gikombe (3:13)
  11. 11 Kuleta Fakira - Chuba Shee (3:13)
  12. 12 Wangu Mliwazi - Badi (3:22)
  13. 13 Omwoyo Gwa Mukwano - Florence (3:25)
  14. 14 Meselou - Machakos Party (3:09)
  15. 15 James Onunga - Mbuyi (3:13)
  16. 16 Ekyalema Nakato - Ssekinomu (3:07)
  17. 17 W. Apondo - John Killion Guara (3:13)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Aoko - Were Omito (2:51)
  2. 2 Robert Opio - Wasonga Muga (2:51)
  3. 3 Joseph Wamidha - Simon Ogaya (2:58)
  4. 4 Choras - Ghatoria Macharia (2:51)
  5. 5 Okwara - J. Omwami (2:49)
  6. 6 Owebigere - Mulijo (2:45)
  7. 7 Vatali Vano - Andereya Ndombi (2:54)
  8. 8 Obala Jimmy - Bernard Odongu (2:35)
  9. 9 Mureg - Akumu Ogara (2:53)
  10. 10 Aronga Romba - Alfons Otina (2:47)
  11. 11 Ogwel - Oluoch (2:48)
  12. 12 Sura Mbaya - Black Label Band (2:48)
  13. 13 Akhafu Akhaf Indarat - El Antari (2:57)
  14. 14 Shindu - Reuben Imbinkha (2:39)
  15. 15 Abataka - Sumoni (2:59)
  16. 16 Na Yila Na Yela - H. Kekemu (3:01)
  17. 17 Kilindini Mujimupia - Francis Ouma (2:40)
  18. 18 Kitagararan - W.K.A. Laboso (2:34)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Owen Wright translation
Andy Walter Mastering
Jean Kidula translation
Sammy Kasule translation
Peter Cooke Liner Notes
Xavier Nato translation
Moses Mwima translation
James Isabirye translation
David Cheruiyot translation
Atieno Dok translation
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