4 songs to keep peace in Kenya

Naïve? Oh well, only wishful thinking…

Slim Ali and The Hodi Boys -Sweet Mother -Kenya 1977

Slim Ali and The Hodi Boys present The Sound that made Kenya famous a.o. with the hard driving Benga beat spread from Malawi to Senegal and South Africa…

Read more on the multi-cultural melting pot of Kenya’s music on the excellent Addis Rumble blog

Rare album from 1977 released in South Africa, tough to find and presented here as today’s post. Peace!



Slim Ali And The Hodi Boys -Sweet Mother label A. gecomp

Slim Ali & Co in the studio -Credit: Fusion Magazine archives

Addis Rumble blog (thanks for the pic of Slim Ali & Co)


Safari Souvenir Volume 2 -rare Kenya music 1981-Them Mushrooms

So if you want to sample the best music from Kenya that was popular in the 70’-80’s, before the infiltration of reggae  and hip hop then try this rare selection of Kenyan artists. Compiled by Justus Musyoka. It features four tracks by the band Them Mushrooms founded in 1969,  playing mostly Chakacha, some Benga and also some reggae in later periods. Another Kenyan legend is guitarist John Ondolo, then there is Bozuwa and Bakambi N’kela. You will enjoy this ageless music.

Various   ‎– Safari Souvenir Volume 2 (Polydor ‎– SSLP 002) Released in Kenya in 1981

safari souvenir vol 2 cover front

safari souvenir vol 2 achter

safari souvenir vol 2 label A

A1 – Them Mushrooms  – Kenya Hakuna Matata

A2 – Them Mushrooms  – Bonde Kwa Bonde

A3 – John Ondolo – Safari Kilimanjaro

A4 – John Ondolo –  Ahsante

A5 – Bozuwa   Nights In Nairobi

A6 – Bakambi N’kela   Soweto’s Voice

safari souvenir vol 2 label B

B1 – Bozuwa  – (With My) Hands On My Heart

B2 – Bakambi N’kela  – Kilimanjaro

B3 – Bakambi N’kela  – Wewe Bwana

B4 – Them Mushrooms  – Mateseo

B5 – Them Mushrooms  – Mombasa

them mushrooms

The Best of Kenya Songs

Them Mushrooms

released in 2013 on CD (Africha Entertainment (TM) Limited)

Or buy  Safari Souvenir Volume 2  at Discogs

See also Safari Souvenir Volume 5