For some reason, I'm in an East African mood. Therefore, this week's picks are from the beautiful country of Kenya. Please enjoy!
"Sandore" - Suzanna Owiyo
Suzanna Owiyo is a Kenyan artist from Kenya. Owiyo uses a fusion of traditional western Kenyan music and contemporary rhythms. Using both contemporary and traditional instruments including the nyatiti (Kenyan harp), Owiyo creates a music that is fun, danceable and unforgettable. This track is from her 2009 album Mama Africa. I would also like to point out that Owiyo owns the best pants suit I've ever seen.
"Otenga" - Kenge Kenge
Also from Western Kenya, Kenge Kenge explores Benga influences. Benga evolved as a genre in the 1940s to 60s in Nairobi. Kenge Kenge performs Luo Benga which involves several traditional instruments including nyatiti, bul drums, the nyangile sound box, ongeng’o metal rings, asili flute, and the oporo horn.