The Tyranny of Benga
It doesn’t matter what part of Kenya you come from, there is a high-pitched guitar call to which your body answers to.
You may be dressed to the nines and trying hard to impress the lady you are with, or in a courtroom, making the closing remarks on a monumental case. When that guitar calls, you’ll put all your decorum aside as your knees buckle, elbows wing, waist spins and you dive into a jig unbefitting your status in society, complete with closed eyes and spouted lips. After several seconds, you open your eyes worried you might be alone in this, only to find the entire room replicating your every move. This is the call of Benga.
I answered to the call as well as Dan Aceda, The Villagers Band led by Chris Adwar and Eric Wainaina and The Best Band in Africa put together The Tyranny of Benga yesterday.
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