just got back

hey good people,

Just got back from a 15 day trip to the motherland where I spent time meeting old friends and family, participating in an important event and most best of all, getting some serious re-union and beach de-compression time in with my wife and kids.

While I was there, I managed to pick up some new vinyl from some of the strangest places in Nairobi. My excursions led me to an amazing stash one guy was holding at Kenyatta Market. He just kept producing record after record after record including an almost pristine copy of an old Kelly Brown record that I sadly had to pass on due to financial constraints.

As an aside, it is amazing what people will produce from their back rooms with a little bit of convincing. Even more amazing is what people think their old vinyl is worth. I had people ask me to spring $25 for a single record in horrible condition.

Don’t worry, I passed on the offer.

I have missed being here with you but don’t worry, posting resumes shortly!

– Steve

Discuss - 38 Comments

  1. Jay says:

    Bandundu Oye! Steve Oye!! Welcome back and the clan upholds your dictum. When can we have a get-together or reunion? Esororo what happened to your putnum files?

  2. Lydia says:

    Hi Steve
    welcome back! Too bad about the Kelly Brown record. Any time we wore pants that our mother thought were too tight she would admonish us for wearing “suruali kama ya Kelly Brown”…. :-) Those were the days! Well maybe one of these days the music will be available for us to enjoy and relive those wonderful days!

  3. Robert says:

    Hi Steve,
    Welcome back! Maisha sawa nafikiri?
    Continue posting the vintages though in short supply these days. Hebu tafuta hi “Early 1970s?
    Arusha Jazz Band
    Mama Suzie / Mary Mtoto (7″ 45; Polydor POL 185)”

  4. jke says:

    Welcome back and I hope that Nairobi HipHop hasn’t been too much of a nuisance to your ears :-)

  5. kabuga says:

    Please help!

    I have tried a million times to download this KBS song from africolombia blog without success. If someone succeeds, pls post it here.http://www.zshare.net/audio/6249281961e953bc/

  6. joji says:

    @kabuga,

    Nilifaulu kudownload wimbo huu : ‘Siko Salangu – Kenya Blue Star.mp3′ bila shida yoyote. Nadhani bora kichwa chake kiwe “Si kosa langu”. Ni huo unaouhitaji?

    Lakini utaupata namna gani? “pls post it here” : maana yake? Sielewi …

    Salamu.

  7. Abdullah says:

    @joji

    Can you re-upload the song to sendspace and post the link here?!

  8. joji says:

    @ Abdullah

    Do not know anything about how re-uploading the song to sendspace.

    But here is full url. Hope this helps.

    http://dl069.zshare.net/stream/e81f1148e6b06a989ea5b7e5a89ed321/1247994419/62492819/Siko%20Salangu%20-%20Kenya%20Blue%20Star.mp3

    Salamu.

  9. John B. says:

    Hey, welcome back! Thought your readers might like to hear these tunes:

    http://likembe.blogspot.com/2009/07/from-congo-to-kenya-pt-1.html

    also these:

    http://likembe.blogspot.com/2009/06/kamba-sounds.html

    Cheers!

  10. kabuga says:

    @joji

    Pls upload using sendspace. My attempt to download are still futile. It is si kosa langu.

  11. joji says:

    @kabuga

    ‘si_kosa_langu-Kenya_Blue_Star.mp3′
    http://www.sendspace.com/file/i4ugmp

    Salamu

  12. kabuga says:

    @joji

    Asante sana ndugu!

  13. kabuga says:

    John B has a very nostalgic Moni Mambo song on one of the links he has provided above.

    Anyone with sisili, wangare, titina mamasamba by the late Moni Mambo?

  14. Mutunga says:

    @John B (re: comment # 10):

    I’ll translate some of the Kamba songs for you. I’m currently on holiday and giving the web a wide berth. :) Talk to you in September!

  15. David Ochan says:

    @ KABUGA
    I’ll post SISILLI by Moni Mambo tomorrow,
    Thanks

  16. Esororo says:

    @ Steve
    I hope all is well and back to reality after two weeks break.

    @ Jay
    Putfiles is gone for good but if know or remember some of the tracks you liked I will post them for you.

    Here are some:

    Merengue Babalou by Tabu Ley
    http://www.sendspace.com/file/aebq94

    Senga Ngai by Orch. Conga International
    http://www.sendspace.com/file/b5wvvd

    South View by Super Mazembe
    http://www.sendspace.com/file/zn4mjq

    Aoko by Les Mangelepa
    http://www.sendspace.com/file/jjhyd9

    Have a wonderful week people and enjoy……

  17. Esororo says:

    @ Saminator

    The track NISAIDIE by Les Wanyika might be Tushirikiane – Simba Wanyika.
    here you go:
    http://www.sendspace.com/file/8od7pu

  18. David Ochan says:

    @FRED
    Please enjoy BITOTA by Mulembu Tshibau of Fuga Fuga.
    I started by Part 2 and joined it by Part 1. You can easily reverse that.

    http://www.sendspace.com/file/wm6dgi

    @ KABUGA
    This is SISILI by Jimmy Moni Mambo of Shika Shika

    http://www.sendspace.com/file/kz2nyr

    @ CLAN TWIGA
    This is MEMI by Orchestre Kiam where the likes of Aurlus Mabele (of LOKETO) cut his theet.

    http://www.sendspace.com/file/jyyjmc

  19. Esororo says:

    @ David Ochan

    Thank you bro for Bitota. It has been a long time since I listened to this song.

    @ Samuel

    What happened with Mopero & Shama Shama LPs? I am still waiting. Can I help Bro…..

  20. Fred says:

    @ Ochan,
    Thanks a lot. It has been a long hunt and wait. It is still a great track.

  21. Abdullah says:

    Sorry for the previous post, was just testing.

    @ David:

    Can you please post the Bitota, Sisili and Memi as mp3 files?! Thanks.

  22. Abdullah says:

    I’m looking for “Ubaya Hauna Cheo” and ” Maisha Ni Mapambano” by Les Wanyika if someone can help.
    Thanks.

  23. Lydia says:

    Guys thanks so much for the great music – what a treat!
    @David What format is the music you posted in? Can anyone convert it to MP3 so we can enjoy….. thanks!

    Am also looking for Kanda ya nini by Papy Tex .. hope someone out there can help out…

  24. Esororo says:

    @Lydia

    The format is M4A stands for MPEG 4 Audio, and it is a popular file extension used to represent audio files. I guess you and most Ntwiga Clan are used with MP3 and how it shrinks down the file size of songs and other audio files. M4A and MP4 do the same thing as MP3 does, but even better. Quality is better and file sizes are usually smaller than MP3 files.

    MP3 is a common audio format for consumer audio storage, as well as a de facto standard encoding for the transfer and playback of music on digital audio players.

    The Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) was formed by the ISO to set standards for audio and video compression and transmission.

    (ISO) International Organization for Standardization. The organization oversees worldwide proprietary industrial and commercial standards.

    You need a M4A File to MP3 File Converter. Here are the Converted files. Enjoy….
    No more stress for you….

    http://www.sendspace.com/file/ycvar4
    http://www.sendspace.com/file/lkp6q3
    http://www.sendspace.com/file/bppk66
    http://www.sendspace.com/file/kuc4db

  25. Robert says:

    Hi ntwigans does any of you have the Lipua Lipua song “Nzela Mobali Yo Potuna” badly look for it

  26. Lydia says:

    @esororo
    Thanks for helping out with those file convertions and also the the info on different formats. For sure I learned something – now to get the skills. Asante also for Kanda ya Nini – I have been looking for that for a long time.

    @ Robert
    here is your request – enjoy
    http://www.sendspace.com/file/fb929d

  27. Lydia says:

    @ Saminator
    A while ago you requested Suliya. Check this and see if its what you were looking for.

    http://www.sendspace.com/file/atz6d5

  28. Robert says:

    Lydia Asante sana

  29. Robert says:

    @ Lydia
    You can believe it have played the song over and over, memories of the Lipua Lipua greats kept rolling on and on in my mind. What other Lipua lipua’s classics do you have?

  30. Samuel (samwiri) says:

    Clan Ntwiga Oye,

    Esororo

    I was meant to send Mopero tracks to Steve for him to upload here. I will do it this weekend beofre I go off again. I

  31. Tina says:

    Sorry, I was blogging on the wrong side of the planet, blame it on Steve for not being a good traffic cop.

    @To All
    Does anybody know about this dude ‘Pablo Lubadika’, I mean his nationality and music; is he from Congo proper or Braza? was his genre of music soukous or rumba? Did he have a stint with 4 Etoilles? help educate me on this. All wk long we’ve been having a non-productive argument about this.

    And if anyone has 4Etoilles’s ’samba’, ‘coup de fil’, or ‘makini’, and any Lady Isa tracks, pl’se post for me.

    Also my father has some old rumba tracks with no names, would like to post them for you guys to i.d. the artists. What is the e-mail through sendspace to post these here?

    Enjoy the weekend

  32. Fred says:

    @ Lydia,

    I have written some instructions to help you upload and share yours files. I just hope they are helpful. Here they are:

    Lydia, there is no email to post to. Follow the following steps.
    1. Go to sendspace, that is http://sendspace.com
    2. Click on browse to locate the files you want to upload and share.
    3. Enter your email (This is where a link will be sent), do not enter recipient’s email.
    4. Check terms of service to agree
    5. Click Upload. It will take a while for the files to up load
    6. Once uploads are complete, you will get an email that will have the links.
    7. Copy these links and paste them in Ntwiga.net and you are done.

    This is optional and it would be done at step 2
    Click Multiple File Uploader if you have several files to upload and follow through the steps respectively. (NB: This is best used for zipped files as large as 300 MB)

    Alternatively do what I use
    Create a free account with sendspace
    Click on the Wizard, download it and install it.
    Once installed on your computer, load the wizard and log in then go to preferences to change a few things there.
    1. In Account: check Automatically login to avoid logging in every time you start the wizard also check send me an email when file uploads. This will ensure you get an email with the links once uploaded.
    2. In transfers: you can opt to: (a) close the wizard when uploads are complete (This will close the wizard once all uploads are done) and (b) actvate use of the right click so that to upload you simply right click the file you want to upload and select upload to sendspace
    3. In GUI Tweaks: select/check both show wizard in system tray and minimise the application to sysytem tray.
    The advantage with this is that you can control your files and that it can upload several files while you are asleep or away doing something else. Simply minimise it to the system tray and relax.

    Good luck.

  33. Abdullah says:

    @Tina:

    Les Quatre Etoiles – Samba:
    http://www.sendspace.com/file/8qw65e

    Les Quatre Etoiles – Coup De Fil:
    http://www.sendspace.com/file/judigg

  34. Fred says:

    @ Tina,

    In my last post # 31, I meant to address it to you but got mixed up some how. Excuse me for the confusion with the names.

  35. Leonard says:

    Is this where I could ask if anyone could share Makassy’s “Chama Cha Mapinduzi? ” probablyrecorded by Radio Tanzania Dar es Salaam?

  36. Charles Onyait says:

    Steve

    This is the most useful site i have come across ever since. It will be a pleasure to share theses ‘golden oldies’. I hope to ba able to share the fun and sweet exchanges with the rest of the ardent fans of true african roots music. Great job steve.

    Tried to download Gemile, Pepee La Jolie and Bibelo by Theo B.K but the uploads seem to have expired. Any one who can re-upload same for me? Will be most grateful.

    Charles

  37. Dav says:

    I have been collecting a lot of the vinyls all over Kenya. Some are still in pretty crisp condition. Next time you are in the motherland, please drop me a line. You may like to have a look at my collection. Still haven’t got round on conversions from Vinyl to MP3. I guess I will learn from the gurus.

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