In mid-2010, Brother Sister Records
traveled to Nairobi, Kenya
and set up a mobile recording studio in the slum township of Kibera in the offices of the Pamoja Youth Foundation
. Word of the studio quickly spread amongst young local Kiberan MCs
for an opportunity to lend their talents to BrotherSister's makeshift recording sessions. The recordings were then flown back to Australia and disseminated amongst Melbourne producers
for the second phase of production.
The result is an astounding 12-track compilation in which dynamic Kenyan rap sub-genres such as Rocco Hip-Hop, Genge, Bongo, and Swahili-Jah are routed through a range of styles ranging from R&B, Bass, Experimental Pop to Minimal Techno. This album marks the first of a projected series aimed at remapping local audio-geographies cross a global terrain.
Artists include local dub veteran Jackie Zebraz to more raw and emerging artists, such as Madcat (a market rastaman otherwise known as Fred Odemba), X-Cute (his friend, Hilary Otiendo) and Whipstar (a dedicated local MC still at high school).
Download these great selections from the album right here
on the FMA, or stream the album in its entirety here
If you'd like to learn more about the project, be sure to check out the BSR blog
, where you'll find some thoughtful reflections on the project as well as pictures of all of the artists, Kibera, and the makeshift studio.
BROTHER SISTER RECORDS
is an independent music label based in Melbourne, Australia with a focus on experimental and electronic music. Be sure to check out their collection here
on the FMA, and you can find all of their releases at their website