Most of the songs here are pretty typical examples of Kenyan popular music, especially as it was being played when Debra was traveling the country, researching REPORTING LIVES. Two songs, though, she notes are “outliers … Songs that made no particular sense in the context of East Africa, yet were blaring from the speakers of matatus and boom boxes everywhere I turned.” She also couldn’t resist including the ubiquitous “Jambo Bwana,” played over and over at every tourist trap and “rest stop” one might ever visit, and the sort of song that gets stuck in your head for days at a time.
Below are some of the music videos from Youtube – enjoy!
Otenga by Kenge Kenge
Kothbiro by Ayub Ogada
Dunia Ina Mambo by Eric Wainaina
Unbwogable by Gidi Gidi Maji Maji
Mama Africa by Suzanna Owiyo
Vunja Mifupa by Samba Mapangala & Orchestra Virunga
Jakolando by Extra Golden
Usinibore by Just A Band
Lazizi by Sauti Sol
Zunguzung by Yellowman
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go by Wham!
Jambo Bwana by Them Mushrooms