Sunday, March 8, 2009
Music to Spin By
I recently came across this gem at the library : The Rough Guide to the Music of Kenya. This CD contains a great overview of contemporary Kenyan music such as roots benga, rumba, coastal taarab, and urban rab. Sounds intriguing, no?High-energy benga, with its pulsing beat, great bass-lines, and funky, interlocking guitar riffs, puts me in mind of Congolese Soukous. Infectious, booty-shaking rhythms. Really, there is no sitting still when this music is playing! Which makes it perfect for spinning. Treadle to that beat; watch that bobbin fly. Twice through the CD gets me a bobbin-full, happy all the time. I'd highly recommend this CD to the lover of African music, or to someone who just wants to check out a new flavor of hip-shaking goodness. And if you're not in a spinning mood, then slip off your shoes, pop in this CD, blend up a batch of papaya margaritas, and do a barefoot boogaloo in the kitchen with your sweetie. As to what I'm spinning? Well, you'll just have to stay tuned!