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The Muungano National Choir, Nairobi

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Contains selections from around Kenya. Available in stores, or call (314)652-6800 to order direct from the African Chorus: $13.95 (USD) plus S/H.

REAL MEDIA EXCERPTS

1. MATESO (arr. Joseph Muyale) A social commentary on marital woes. Wife vows to move out, repentant husband begs for a second chance. 2. MAINA (arr. Chris Mugoha) Proud and stately, this initiation song prepares boys for manhood. 3. MUSHERE MWENE (arr. Peter Kibukosya) Africans are known for elaborate funeral rituals. In this Bantu song, arranged in steady, unyielding rhythm, a man’s body lies in state. His unfaithful widow must now suffer communal rebuke, the humiliation of "going out through the back door, and not the front like everyone else!" 4. WANAMICHEZO (arr. Boniface Mganga) Rooting for the athletes: “Lets all go out there and cheer them!” 5. BWANA KOTE NINAKOTAZAMA (arr. Nicholas Omondi) A paraphrase of Psalm 139… "Lord, I behold your omnipresence!" 6. MALAIKA (arr. David Zalo) A popular Kenyan pop tune. “My angel. If only I had money, I would marry you.” 7. NIWARA NONO (arr. Blasto Ooko) "For your atonement and our salvation, we sing and dance all the way to heaven." 8. BHAZO (arr. Chris Sikukuu) A South African freedom song. 9. EKEBWE (arr. M. Wanyama) The fox cries out to warn villagers of a locust invasion. 10. SELINA (arr. Arthur Kemoli) A man challenges his sweetheart's love and honesty. 11. NGULO (arr. Boniface Mganga) A Kamba song to encourage people on a long foot journey.12. MSICHANA MREMBO (arr. Fred Ngala) This quasi-pop song satirizes a girl, who despite her smashing beauty and high education, is unable to attract a man for a husband. "What could be wrong with her? Well, perhaps it’s her attitude…" 13. SIKUTA (arr. David Zalo) A social commentary on contemporary lifestyles."Forget the scooters,show more class with motorcars!" 14. MATESO (live reprise)

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