D.O.7 Shirati Luo Voice Jazz Band –
Kenyafrica! vol. 4, Playa Sound 1976

D.O.7 Shirati, front

Yesterday I took a walk through Amsterdam, checking a few second
hand record stores and guess what happened. I stumbled upon this
wonderful lp. we had numbers 1,2,3 and 5 but 4 was still missing.
I’m so very happy with this find, Daniel Owino Misiani and his Luo
Voice Jazz Band belong to my very favourite benga groups. Very
nice to complete the series with this record, get it now and you
will not be sorry. Strong instrumental parts and vocal
harmonies make this album a solid listen..

One more thing; it would be very nice if someone
knows why every song is called after a person’s name.
I keep wondering why they do that in benga music..


01 – Joshuah abuya
02 – G. ogalo
03 – James songora
04 – Chistopher odira
05 – Silus oyoo
06 – Obiero olumbe
07 – Siongo john
08 – Salmon okwaro
09 – Timothy ochanda
10 – Glary opiyo


9 thoughts on “D.O.7 Shirati Luo Voice Jazz Band –
Kenyafrica! vol. 4, Playa Sound 1976

  1. Bwana Moos, just so that you know, in benga music, most of the time you’ll find that the band is singing in praise of their friends who at one time or another rendered them some favours, or persons whom they deem to be good leaders,phillonthropers, persons whom they think would offer good leadership if elected into a given office. Incase of the ladies , you’ll find that they are most likely just praising her beauty( a girlfriend) In this particular album all these guys are friends to the composers and they sociolised at some stage in one or the other of the towns in kenya.

  2. So, like the griot? Interesting, Kabunge. Thank you.

    Moos, it must be great to wander nearby streets and pick up such gems as Shirati Jazz produced. Hats’ off again for sharing this wonderfulness with all of us.

  3. Hi Moos,
    This is off-subject but during most of today (several hours) your site has been down and showing an error message when trying to open. The message says ‘Error establishing a database connection.’. This is at least the second time this has happened in the last few weeks. Obviously it is only a temporary hiatus as I can connect now. Are you aware of this? If so would you let us know what’s happening? Otherwise – for your information.
    Apologies if you have already dealt with this issue but you are pumping them out so quickly right now – I can’t keep up!

    • Yes thank you Sylvester, I am aware of the problem but haven’t found the cause yet.
      We’re working on avoiding the problem but it might happen again before we find it,
      Thanks for asking..

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