Bengatronics squad. [Courtesy]

Many are familiar with the Benga sound; give an explanation for guitar licks, normally too swiftly to take, and crisp percussion, which hang the toes and hips transferring nearly of their possess volition. Bengatronics were on the forefront of keeping Kenya’s heritage with the masterly adaptation of used dance rhythms played on used devices whereas striking forward the vibe.

Their modern undertaking dubbed Kiunga Fire is one more conflict of folks and dad cultures of Africa. The album is an intense collaboration between Les Bengatronics from Kenya, Ugandan singer, songwriter and visible artiste – Sandra Suubi, and Cheb Runner, an electronic song producer from Morocco currently primarily primarily based in the Netherlands.

Michel Ongaro, a composer, performer and multi-instrumentalist from Kenya appears on most if now not the entire tracks on the album. Kiunga Fire is a deeper exploration of the symphony of folks devices, sounds and musical cultures as they manifest in the city space.

This undertaking is a first of its kind as it seeks to beef up intercultural and intergenerational dialogue and data swap, by exploring sampling techniques of the folk and dad devices from Kenya, Uganda and Morocco.

The entire masterpiece borrows richly on African sounds and has incorporated tens of used devices such as Adungu, l’Mqess, Nzumari, Bongos, Bendir, Benga Guitar, Masinqo, Orutu, Guembri, Tam Tam (Tbilats), Taarija, Tbal and Nakouss upright to celebrate the properly to do diversity of our cultures.

Featured in the album is Ohms Regulation Montana (Ke), previously fragment of the principle Kiunga album (Mombasa 2019) who returns to collaborate with Mandy (Ke). HaddinQo (Et) additionally returns with the MasinQo tune nonetheless is now in the hands of Cheb Runner (Mor), a co-producer on the album who additionally meets Ayrosh (Ke) for the principle time.

Unique from the oven is a Kamba serenade from Simply Yaba, the rising big title of RhumbaCane, a original sound out of Nairobi. Calvo Kali and Missing Rotich raise some Benga flavour from Kenya, whereas Sandra Suubi releases the Baximba energy from Uganda.



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