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BLINKY BILL

The DJ, rapper and producer is putting modern Kenyan music on the global map

It’s probably fair to say that Africa’s music ecosystem is oThen overlooked in the UK as a landscape of popular music stardom. The reasons for this oversight are unclear and certainly unjustiThed, as it is evidently not for lack of quality. In Kenya, and Nairobi specifically, there is a scene bubbling which teems with talent and ambition. It’s a city in which many of the great traditions of music in Africa are coalescing with modern-day rap, soul, RnB and electronic music. Nairobi has form here. It’s in the Green City in the Sun that the pluralistic tradition of Benga music, which combines sounds from Cuba to the Congo, was first born.

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