This is the second feed from the one I narrated yesterday. I was just about to tell you a little of how I spent my days --radio-wise--- as I waited to join University. For two years. Two whole years. So, Station ilikuwa KBC English Service, ndio nionekane msee nimeishia chuo.Hizo days, ma-fm stations, kina Kiss, Classic, Umoja na Metro hazikuwa zinashika huko ocha. Wazae na wasee wa kawa walikuwa juu ya KBC ‘idhaa ya Taifa’, ile ya Kiswahili, kusikia kina Leonard Mambo, Anunda Sakwa, Gladys Herude na Elizabeth Obege.Mimi msee nilikuwa nadai vile ati nimefika chuo kubwa; man uliza msee yoyote Kakamega High School, ama Kach High, na utaambiwa sio chuo ya ma-softie. Kila mtu ni hardcore. So redio ni English service, ndio nisikie John Karani na Charity Karimi wakihost Beat-Time Show, saa zingine Jeff Mwangemi , lakini sanasana Jeff alikuwa msee wa ku-bring ile show ya Reggae noma sana kila Thursday eight asubuhi hadi nine, na repeat kila Monday afte, saa nane.Hapo katikati, kulikuwa na s…
You want to dance ‘helicopter’. It just fits. You want to shake your shoulders, just a bit (not the way they do in ‘kutalang’i). A little shoulder-shaking-arms-apart kind of dance, with your legs doing whatever they want to do. The head can nod, mbele-nyuma, or left- right, like you just took a sniff (Haa!) Yes, it is Nyanshinski’s song. The solo guitar that introduces the song and stays with you – disappearing to let Nyashinski relay his message and resuming as a signal that he’s done with his verse— is unforgettable. It reminded me of that guitar in ‘Kasuku’ by Maroon Commandos or the one in Sukuma bin Ongaro’s ‘Jirani Kuno’. And the way the bass guitar checks in at 00.09, eish, that combined sound of “vroom and uuhhmm” boooosss! Where’s Clint the Drunk? The bass man doesn’t have to play anything! I’d heard something like the rhythm guitar earlier on, not intrusive, but it is there, pacing the song, (it’s perhaps somebody getting creative on the keyboard and it works.) And the drums a…
When you see the ‘k’ in Jakaranda, you really want to
correct it. Who writes ‘Jacaranda’ that way? Well, Peter Kimani does, and it is
the name he chose for his fictional nightclub. (Ha! Had to spoil it for you this
early! Perhaps I should not have mentioned that. Sorry Peter, and Bola, I just
The book is not about dancing.
Yes, there’s plenty of that vividly described, you can feel
the party mood, smell the sweat of the revellers, the aroma of the nyamachoma and even the stench of the
urinal, and trigger whatever sense is triggered when you see, smell, and drink alcohol.
The reason I loved the book, is the meticulous research that
went into it. All great works of historical fiction need thorough research. In
Kenya, with the political identities defined or determined by ethnic
identities, and the question of identity being pretty much the determinant of everything
in an individual’s life, more so in political participation and public service,
such research was an inva…