The playlist for ‘Reporting Lives’

Most of the songs here are pretty typical examples of Kenyan popular music, especially as it was being played when Debra was traveling the country, researching REPORTING LIVES.  Two songs, though, she notes are “outliers … Songs that made no particular sense in the context of East Africa, yet were blaring from the speakers of matatus and boom boxes everywhere I turned.”  She also couldn’t resist including the ubiquitous “Jambo Bwana,” played over and over at every tourist trap and “rest stop” one might ever visit, and the sort of song that gets stuck in your head for days at a time.

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Posted by Debra Pickett on 02/07 at 01:48 PM