Ngoma, a musical journey through Africa

When you watch television in Kenya or elsewhere in the African continent, you will without doubt notice that many music shows are tailored to the burgeoning youth/teen population. The media managers and content buyers have somehow created an impression that in music programming, it is just the youth that matter.

However, there is another audience that has been left out and in my opinion, this segment represents the true connoisseurs of good music. I am talking about the crowd that turns out in huge numbers when legendary artists like Salif Keita, Youssou Ndour, Hugh Masekela, Oliver Mtukudzi, Kanda Bongoman, Rokia Traore, Baaba Maal, etc come calling in Nairobi.

This crowd has ensured the success and growth of events like Blankets and Wine and even the quintessential Safaricom jazz event. The offering for this audience on our silver screens is limited.

Ngoma, a Kymsnet Media Network production will seek to talk to this audience and provide a weekly offering of some gems from the motherland. There is absolutely nothing wrong with what the current broadcast media is offering the youth. However, the biggest strength in Africa is our diversity and this is best captured by the sounds and rhythms that come from this great continent. There is another side that speaks of African pride, the African sound—benga, mbalax, rhumba, taarab, etc. There is also exemplary jazz and reggae sounds and others.

Welcome to Ngoma

One of the benefits of this noble profession is the occasional opportunity to travel and see the world and for me, these opportunities have come my way severally. Going around Africa and meeting different people and indulging in their culture has always left an indelible mark in my life. Culture encompasses many things–the food, the art, the languages, the conversations and of course the music. I have experienced this in Africa and their no where else I would rather be.

I have very fond memories of the places I have visited and I reminisce through the music that I have collected from these places. As a result, I have a sizeable collection of African music. One of the things that I have always wanted to do is to share friends. Here is that attempt.

Welcome to Ngoma, a musical journey across Africa curated by yours truly Msanii Kimani wa Wanjiru. In this edition, we get gems from the Democratic Republic of Congo, a memorable combination of two superstars– Koffi Olomide “Mopao” and Papa Wemba. Then we cross over to Cote d’Ivoire with that number Premier Gaou by Magic System.
There are nice tunes from Kenya– Yunasi, Cameroon and South Africa. Enjoy.