Various Artists

The Nairobi Sound

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This is still the only release covering the '60s pre-benga electric guitar, and the acoustic material fills the gap between Kenya Dry and the more recent British releases. Both the acoustic and electric sounds back then -- before soukous took over the world -- were strongly local and idiosyncratic, and this set offers a side of each (including the original version of "Malaika," which Miriam Makeba once turned into an international hit).