Sunday, June 17, 2012

Mlimani Park - Kenya Soukous from the 80s

This is another tape that I purchased in Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania in 2009. Mlimani Park (DDC Mlimani Park Orchestra being their full name) is one of the best known Soukous groups from Tanzania.  Unfortunately the tape was in relatively new condition when I bought it but the recording is not exceptional.

Strangely enough this tape has a song about Daniel Moi, the president of Kenya (not Tanzania) in the 80s.  I was living in Kenya in the 80s and remember this kind of music blasting out of every single shop everywhere all the time.

You can find similar music here, where I've written about other tapes I purchased.

Probably my favorite track is Nakubali Makosa, which means "I Remember Mistakes" in Swahili.  About half way through where the track switches to the dance break there is some great instrumentation.

Side 1

Side 2


Apurva Bahadur said...

Dalston - this is wonderful music! Many thanks for sharing. Apurva from Pune, India.

mukul said...

great blog concept! i stumbled across it while trying to find a long-lost friend, quark/jono, who taught me to mix 20 years ago. please can you help me get in touch with him?

David said...

Great tape, Mlimani Park on form & on fire - pity about the condition of the tape, but the music is well worth hearing!! Thank you

Unknown said...

Horrible recording. The tracks are mislabeled, and Bitchuka sounds like Mickey Mouse on helium.

dalston shopper said...

Maybe but can u buy that album in any better recording anywhere? With all the same songs?