Markus Kamau | Chants Sans Frontieres

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Chants Sans Frontieres

by Markus Kamau

Guitar rock brewed in an East African pot.
Genre: World: African
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1. Maasai Intro
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0:31 $0.99
2. Pesa ni Pesa
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4:09 $0.99
3. Gitonga
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5:41 $0.99
4. Concrete Savanna
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5:00 $0.99
5. Maasai Interlude
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0:37 $0.99
6. Pole Pole
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4:04 $0.99
7. Vicky
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4:18 $0.99
8. Mama
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5:26 $0.99
9. Maasai Interlude II
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0:34 $0.99
10. Just a Little Bit (of your love)
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4:06 $0.99
11. Fight No Mo Forever
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12. Taswira
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4:52 $0.99
13. Imba Nairobi
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14. Maasai Finale
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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.


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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!


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 screaming to my norwegian fans here that hey i know marcus,,,,thats his breathtaking work yaye..congratulations bro...iddi achieng here