Kenyan 45s, Part 1 of 3.

January 15, 2009


My friend Leslie gave me three 45s that her sister bought while she was in Kenya. According to somewhere the word kinanda is a swahili word that means either small transistor radio or metal xylophone. According to the predictably racist sounding Social History of the Races of Mankind, First Division: Nigritians published in London, 1885 the kinanda is a 13 stringed primitive harp or lyre of the Wanyamwezi people. However I have my suspicions that this is the language that the song is being sung in. Alternatively it could be a style of music or a word that means music. I found a site complaining about some government program: It is like “kumpigia mbuzi kinanda” (playing music to goats).