In this episode, we trace the history of country music in Kenya, dating back to the 1920s and '30s when local populations first heard Jimmie Rodgers on early country-western 78 records, to the current day, where the clubs of Nairobi are filled with rising stars bringing their own unique sounds to country music. Hear their takes on the hits of Don Williams, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and more. Tune in for an interview and performance from Kenyan country singer Steve Rogers, radio and tv presenters Catherine Ndonye and David Kimitho, music historian Elijah Wald, and Olvido Records founder Gordon Ashworth.
Fri., April 1 and Sat., April 2 Ata Kakat Market Hotel and (le) Poisson Rouge (respectively) Feels like we've been waiting forever for this singular pop talent to perform here--keep an eye out for a certain former Afropopper singing on stage too!
Sat., April 2 Club D'Elf at DROM The global fusionists are down from Boston to celebrate the release of their new album, You Never Know. I've heard it; it grooves.
Baile do Brasil at Nublu Featuring some of Brazil's hottest DJs and singer/songwriter Luciane Dom; popping off at 10 p.m.,it may finally be time for an old-fashioned double bill in the old East Vil!
Afropop Staff: Sean Barlow, Executive Producer Banning Eyre, Senior Editor Michael Jones, Chief Audio Engineer (jonesaudio.com) Ben Richmond, Director of New Media and Operations CC Smith, Editor at Large