Popular music in Kenya

  • John Storm Roberts
Keywords: Popular music -- Kenya


The various styles of Kenyan pop music differ of course, but there is apart from the guitar one very important common factor. This is a style of two-voice singing which is as typical of this countrys music as Rochereaus is of modem Congo music. The examples of this style in the commercial record lists are legion. A good one, chosen more or less at random, is Daudi Kabakas Msokoto Shilo, made in 1967. An instance from about 1963 is Kufika Nairobi, by Nashil Pichen and Peter Tsotsi.