We’ve found some amazing, understated albums that you can purchase
There are some amazing albums out there including Nyashinski’s Lucky You and some just about to drop like Sauti Sol’s Midnight Train and Serro’s Kuwe. However, there are some understated albums that you can purchase now. Here are five to get you started.
Everyone’s just winging it and other fly tales by Blinky Bill
Blinky Bill is a Kenyan creative who believes that music should be less of a stagnant framework and more creative with the capability of transcending borders. This album is a soulful fusion of jazz and funk.
“Mungu Halali”, a single off the album, is a declaration of gratitude. The video features Leonard Mambo Mbotela, the KBC veteran and media guru, of the “Je Huu ni Ungwana?” fame and gives the video its old school opening. It also features Mbithi and Dan Muli of Just A Band – Blinky’s former electronic and funk band – who bring the video to a nostalgic close and Blinky’s parents and plenty of artsy Nairobians like Patricia Kihoro, Lyra Aoko and Wanja Wohoro.
Number of songs: 12
Price: KSh. 1,160
Anatimiza by Kambua
If you’re looking for a good, feel good Kiswahili gospel album, then look no further than this.
Number of songs: 11
Price: KSh. 200
Shift Happens by Emma Cheruto
A groovy soulful album about a web of love.
A description of the album says, “(It) highlights the inescapable cycle of love. You never know if you are dealing with your everlasting love or just caught up in the cycle. The flow of the songs is symbolic, starting with ‘’Nice Car’’ which talks about the immediate admiration of seeing someone you fancy, and as the E.P. progresses one can see the slow change from love to doubt, and inevitably hurt, loss and all their passionate dynamics.”
Number of songs: 8
Price: KSh. 1,000
Let’s Pretend by Mankind
An album by a duo who refuse to fit in and create ‘mainstream’ music.
Looking for a different kind of album? An album that demands you recognise its own identity to the tune and sounds of Afropop? This is the album you’re looking for.
Number of songs: 13
Price: KSh. 299
AfroSynthesis by Shamsi Music
AfroSynthesis is a soulful jazz album that showcases African jazz in groovy broad-strokes and infused with tales from Africa.
The album features the likes of Siti & The Band from Zanzibar, Fadhilee Itulya and Manasseh Shalom from Nairobi all previous performers at Safaricom Jazz fest.
Number of songs: 15
Price: KSh. 1,000