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Work and Dance Songs from Kenya

Work and Dance Songs from Kenya

David Nzomo had already recorded several albums of Kenyan music for Folkways, including 1965’s Songs from Kenya, 1970’s African Rhythms: Songs from Kenya, and 1973’s African Politics: More Songs from Kenya, when he recorded this set of traditional Kenyan work and dance songs. In his liner notes, Nzomo writes, “Generally, African traditional music is functional. Thus songs are either Work Songs, Dance Songs, Play Songs, etc.” Before he performs each song, Nzomo explains its specific function, though some songs are said to be useful for a variety of functions. Nzomo is accompanied by a chorus of singers on most songs, many of which use a call-and-response form. Liner notes include a dedication, a foreword, and lyrics.

Track Listing

101
Ivinda ya Mbua - Farm Work Song David Nzomo 3:23
102
Wamama - Rhythm Work Song David Nzomo 3:17
103
Ndavu Yakwa - Work Song David Nzomo 3:34
104
Ndumane Muyale - Harvest Song David Nzomo 2:54
105
Mwiitu wa Mumbwa - Women Song David Nzomo 2:44
106
Itumbi ya Nyaa - Divorce Song David Nzomo 2:07
201
Nzin'ang'a - Call and Response David Nzomo 3:53
202
Katanga Nduli - Dance Song for the Young David Nzomo 2:11
203
Twakinya ya Masaku - Dance Song for the Old David Nzomo 3:17
204
Ngingo Tikili - Moral Dance Song David Nzomo 2:30
205
Oki na ki Ndukatavanie - Group Song David Nzomo 2:26
206
Sangalala - Moral Song David Nzomo 2:43

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