I guess they figure I’m that kind of sister.
I understand where they are coming from. Among other things, I can often be seen rocking African prints and head wraps–but the truth is, although I enjoy neo-soul, I am not a big fan.
My seemingly Afro-consciousness which, were I in the West might correctly point to the likelihood that I would be into neo-soul, is simply me authentically being the African woman that I am and that I was raised to be.
When people realize this about me, they quickly trade in the likes of Jill Scott and The Roots for more African artists like Kidum, Oliver Mtukudzi, Youssou N’dour, and Prezzo…much to my delight.
Having lived in East Africa for the past 17 years, I must say: I love what I have discovered of East African music!
I like traditional East African music.
I love what I collectively like to call East African urban pop, i.e, popular music from East Africa’s urban areas.
And, I enjoy lots of other East African music along the spectrum.
Recently, as I noticed myself increasingly sitting out on some of the more popular western tunes in favor of local hits when I was out dancing, I began to question why.
The answer came to me one day as I listened to Sauti Sol’s “Blue Uniform” (which I LOVE by the way! :-)).
Essentially, I love East African music because it speaks to my reality: the songs tell my story or stories that I can relate to, in languages (or in a mix of languages ;-)) that I speak or that are commonly spoken around me, using rhythms that are very familiar to me.
So, today, in the spirit of celebrating East African music, I’d like you to tell me:
Question #11: In your East African city/town, who are the best local artists?
And yes, I did say ‘ best’, which I know is hard to determine, but just give it your best shot. To let me know what you think, leave me a comment below in the following format (for clarity’s sake):
Best Local Artists:
Why do you like these artists?:
As always, I can’t wait to hear what you have to say. My answer can be found in the first comment below.
Until the next time,
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