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African Jazz

Extra Golden: Hera Ma Nono

Read "Extra Golden: Hera Ma Nono" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Extra Golden Hera Ma Nono Thrill Jockey 2007

The FM-rock supergroup Foreigner chose its name to reflect the mixed nationality of its members, assorted Brits and Yanks. Wherever they were, they said, someone in the band was a foreigner. Presumably the anomie engendered by this situation lent emotional poignancy to tunes like “Long Long Way From Home," and, uh, “I Wanna Know What Love Is." Foreigner's experience demonstrates that back in the ...


Album Review

Extra Golden: Ok-Oyot System

Read "Ok-Oyot System" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Otieno Jagwasi is the quintessential benga musician. Born in Kenya's western Luo-speaking Nyanza Province, the cradle of the local style, he was a child prodigy on the fiddle-like orutu, which, when transposed to electric guitar, became the substrate of benga. He played with Circle K, a band that split off from benga godfather D.O. Misiani's Shirati Jazz. He gigged intensively, raised chickens and led two popular Nairobi bands--Extra Solar Africa and Orchestra Hits International--scoring some local successes. And then, shortly ...


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