‘Stories of Our Lives’ Soundtrack – Jim Chuchu

stories of our livesThe NEST - home of Nairobi’s alternative art thinkers, curious minds and adventurous audiences – (‘Our Guns Don’t Work‘) has released yet another brilliant visual + musical project. Stories of our lives is a documentary project which evolved when The NEST began collecting and archiving the stories of persons identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex from Kenya. The stories became so captivating that the artists decided to create a movie. Jim Chuchu (Jarel – ‘Let’s Go‘ & ‘Fairy Tales), director of the movie, was also responsible for this excellent soundtrack, which you can download via bandcamp. The movie received very positive feedback and was selected for the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). You can read more about the movie on the project homepage.

The innovative idea behind the NEST – aggregating the creative potential of highly talented and professional artists in a vibrant art scene as Nairobi – may be a concept we could see develop even in other African cities.

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‘Fofoulah’ LP – Fofoulah

foufoulahFofoulah, founded in London in 2011, is a quintet whose music is build on the beats of the Sabar drums, a traditional form of Wolof drumming from Gambia and Senegal. The band consists of Kaw Secka (Irok) on Sabar drums, Johnny Brierley (Outhouse Ruhabi) on bass, Tom Challenger (Red Snapper) on saxophone and keyboards, Phil Stevenson (Iness Mezel) on guitar and Dave Smith (Robert Plant’s Sensational Space Shifters) on drums. Their sound is so innovative and experimental (with elements of electronic music, dub and afro-rock) as it is rooted in the rich musical tradition of West Africa. A truly captivating sound!

Their debut LP ‘Fofoulah‘ will be released on 19 September 2014 on Glitterbeat (Aziza Brahim, Aminata Wassidjé Traoré, Ben Zabo). You can purchase the LP on bandcamp.

Listen below to three tracks from the album: ‘No Troubles (Kelinte)‘, ‘Make Good (Soumala)‘, ‘Don’t Let Your Mind Unravel, Safe Travels‘, which features UK singer Ghostpoet.

Lets join together, leave conflict and work together. There is peace in community
– from ‘No Troubles (Kelinte)

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LP ‘Naomi Wachira’ & EP ‘African Girl’ – Naomi Wachira

naomi wachira2It has been a long time since I listened to such deep, emotional and authentic Folk/Soul music. Naomi Wachira‘s music takes all of your attention – in seconds. Born and raised in the small town of Kijabe, which is situated in the Kenyan Great Rift Valley, Wachira, she started to develop her music passion at the early age of 5 when she joined her parents’ choir. Now, she has become one of the leading Folk voices from Kenya. It’s not only the melody, the rich lyrics that is so fascinating about her music, it’s also the sincere mission of Naomi Wachira to create music for everyone: “To write music that is applicable to anyone regardless of their education, beliefs, or socio-economic status”. The world out there should listen more to Naomi Wachira.

Listen to her excellent self-titled LP, her EP ‘African Girl‘ and watch the video for her breath-taking single ‘African Girl‘.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJMBubNUr1s  Naomi Wachari  *-*  ‘African Girl’

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‘Beats of the Antonov’ Soundtrack – Alsarah

beats of antonovJUSI I LOVE has already featured different music projects by multi-talented Sudanese singer Alsarah (‘Silt‘, ‘Alokoan Baladi‘, ‘The Sounds of Taraab‘). For the promising Hajooj Kuka directed documentary ‘Beats of the Antonov‘ Alsarah used her talents as an ethnomusicologist and recorded field-recordings from the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains people. Listen to four of the tracks below and watch the freshly released trailer for the documentary.

Here is the synopsis of the film: “‘Beats of the Antonov’, a feature documentary that tells the story of the people of the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains in Sudan, showing how they deal with civil war, and, more specifically, how the fear of the Russian-made Antonov planes that bomb these areas has had an unexpected result. Thanks to remarkable access, the film – directed by Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka, and produced by Sarah Abunama-Elgadi and Steven Markovitz for Big World Cinema – reveals how challenge and conflict can bring the best out of people, reflecting the music and identity in the above 2 conflict areas.”

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‘As’jiki’ – BIG FKN GUN

Asjiki big fkn gunThe trio BIG FKN GUN originates from Durban but is based in South African metropolis Johannesburg. Bra Sol, Keith Kunene, and Soulfaktor have already proven in earlier projects that they produce some of the most innovative Hip Hop creations coming from the African continent (‘Space’, ‘ABC’, ‘R!ot’).

As’jiki‘ is their newest masterpiece. A smooth and laid-back rap track. Download it for free here.

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