Markus Kamau | Chants Sans Frontieres

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
Fela Kuti Joe Strummer Johnny Clegg

Album Links
Markus Kamau Tradebit MusicIsHere PayPlay Apple iTunes Bitmunk GreatIndieMusic

More Artists From
Kenya

Other Genres You Will Love
World: African Reggae: Soca Moods: Featuring Guitar
There are no items in your wishlist.

Chants Sans Frontieres

by Markus Kamau

Guitar rock brewed in an East African pot.
Genre: World: African
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Sign up for the CD Baby Newsletter
Your email address will not be sold for any reason.
Continue Shopping
just a few left.
order now!
Buy 2 or more of this title and get 40% off
Share to Google +1

Tracks

Available as MP3, MP3 320, and FLAC files.

To listen to tracks you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.

Sorry, there has been a problem playing the clip.

  song title
share
time
download
1. Maasai Intro
Share this song!
X
0:31 $0.99
2. Pesa ni Pesa
Share this song!
X
4:09 $0.99
3. Gitonga
Share this song!
X
5:41 $0.99
4. Concrete Savanna
Share this song!
X
5:00 $0.99
5. Maasai Interlude
Share this song!
X
0:37 $0.99
6. Pole Pole
Share this song!
X
4:04 $0.99
7. Vicky
Share this song!
X
4:18 $0.99
8. Mama
Share this song!
X
5:26 $0.99
9. Maasai Interlude II
Share this song!
X
0:34 $0.99
10. Just a Little Bit (of your love)
Share this song!
X
4:06 $0.99
11. Fight No Mo Forever
Share this song!
X
4:42 $0.99
12. Taswira
Share this song!
X
4:52 $0.99
13. Imba Nairobi
Share this song!
X
5:16 $0.99
14. Maasai Finale
Share this song!
X
0:28 $0.99
preview all songs

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Chants Sans Frontieres culminates more than 10 years of cross-cultural song writing and performance by American development worker cum musician Markus Kamau. Starting as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, his work has taken him all over the continent building the solar energy industry. His passion for African music has put him on stage with lingala, rock, ndobolo, reggae and traditional artists and he has absorbed influences and built up a fluency for African pop that few Westerners ever achieve.

In “Chants”, he composes songs in Swahili, East Africa’s lingua franca, and raps with the a deep expressive voice reminiscent of Manu Dibango. Leading the Boda Boda Band, he fuses rock and roll hooks and chord changes with soca rhythms, Congolese ndombolo guitar and Maasai chanting. And it works!

Part of the attraction of this CD is the excellent musicianship of Boda Boda band and the guest artists, a who’s who of Nairobi players. Listen to Kora-award winning Eric Wainiaina singing Kamau’s Pole Pole. Hear David Otieno playing an African flavour of rock guitar as fluid as Carlos Santana’s. Take in Abby Nyinza’s vocals on Vicky or Burundian drummer Kidum’s duet with Kamau on Mama. Hear the eerie flavour of producer Rober Kamanzi on Taswira. Or Idi Achieng’s back-ups on Fight No More Forever.

Kamau’s song writing, whether it be in Swahili or English, tells real stories about Africa from the vantage of someone who has been on the ground, understood and can bring it back home.

Markus Kamau may be a rocker --- but he is an African rocker.


Reviews


to write a review

Paul "Maddo" Kelemba, Nairobi Standard

Simply magnificient stuff!
Loved the jam last night.

I'm savouring your album right now - simply magnificient stuff!

Think of a grand Markus/Boda Boda concert with a full stage of equipment, complete with professional video/audio taping for the "live concert DVD".

Frere Paolo

Great songs, good tunes, and super guitar
This is a great blend of American folkrock and African melodies. A definite homerun, should be heard by much larger audience!

iddi


noma noma...i get to stumble on ua web in norway yawa on my tour but do i evun whisper?,am proud to have been part of the musical experience ondiek..am screaming to my norwegian fans here that hey i know marcus,,,,thats his breathtaking work yaye..congratulations bro...iddi achieng here