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Nairobi Beat: Kenyan Pop Music Today

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Nairobi Beat: Kenyan Pop Music Today, a ten-song anthology, showcases modern African music made in Kenya, but it's not dominated by local artists. Instead, Kenya served as a center for new and emerging acts in the 1980s; acts who were merging Western musical influences with traditional African sounds, creating some exciting blends in the process. There's a bit of everything here, from flowing, mid-tempo works to rhumbas, rock-tinged pieces, rhythmically intricate offerings, jazz-based numbers, pop, and lots of guitar-dominated tunes. One more in an impressive series of valuable ethnic music collections issued by Rounder.

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