November 14, 2019
With liner notes chronicling the early days of Kenya’s music industry.
Afro7 has released a reissue compilation celebrating Kenyan singer and composer Yaseen Mohamed’s legacy, titled Yaseen & Party.
While working for Mombasa record shop and music studio Assanand & Sons, Yaseen Mohamed learnt the taishokoto – a Japanese string instrument introduced to Kenya in the 1940s
Using an amplified taishokoto and a clavioline – an electronic keyboard that proceeded analogue synths – Mohamed and his wife Saada’s early work mixed Swahili poetry with rhythmic influences from Indian and Egyptian music.
Yaseen & Party compiled Mohamed and Saada’s work from the early ’50s and ’60s, with extensive liner-notes chronicling Mohamed’s life and the early days of the Kenyan music industry.
Head here for more, check out the artwork and tracklist below.
1. Mahaba Masikini
2. Laila Mpenzi
3. Mapenzi Yako
6. Nimepata Mwana
1. Mwana Na Kibarua
2. Nna Kiliyo
3. Haki Yako
4. Laity Siwi Ndege