Getting Vinyl in Kenyan Basements to Collectors Globally

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In Kenya, vinyl came and went just like it did across the globe. However, there still exist a few collectors, probably more than anyone can guess, that are looking to acquire some of the finest music ever pressed. Sadly, so much of this audio gold is lying in basements, stores and attics in grandparents' houses. In a bid to reverse this sorry state of affairs, I have began a reclamation process that seeks to spread this music to enthusiasts around the world.
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today I'm not about to do that and so the why behind this project is in December 2014 I was in Amsterdam it was my 1st nite that I was supposed to be going for a festival but doing that nite I said I'm going to go out and I went to trial which is where this images from the and I watched the Bamako was really really great teacher playing a vinyl and in this room it was all focus on him and I loved the esthetic of final itself I loved how it made us feel at 1 point I remember crying and it just it has to be away and so I decided that I hate it when I go back home I'm gonna start collecting these things and that's always of collect some not that old in collections I don't have a thousand records but I am very much interested in the media and from there so I basically decided that since Nairobi used to be a place where there was so much activity in terms of collection of records that in the seventies and eighties bands is to travel Italy 24 hours from Tanzania come and record music and the we have pressed and then distributed so those a lot of activity going on and the city's pretty sort for that but today you can find any of that we had records that record labels like Paulie all polygram India tea they all had offices they all had recording studios in Nairobi but today you can find any of that history anywhere so it's like this of pride and shift between the time when revising and now modernization is basically made it all the relevant on and between 1976 and 1990 there was actually a recording and a record pressing plants that established the and we were the only ones with 1 so people battalion from further so now it is people coming from Congo Congo are a K is a year and coming to record music influences between Kenyan musicians and musicians from Uganda and Tanzania people who may have never met before but now because they they had this 1 place where they had to record music and had these labels bring them together the interactive but what's happened to all that music what happened to all those people were buying those records from back then where is it now so we have a meter out every month in Nairobi every 1st Sunday of every month and it's the political sorry gardens and this is why I bought my 1st records ever so it was this a few months after go back home and i went to this meetup and I bought these 3 records they reflects what was the trend back in the day so that during the seventies and eighties and early nineties the dual only to reduce stations in the country 1 which they had an english only played mainly played Afro-American music as recorded so I think all these Canada's party connection cool the gang Salomaa disco Funk so that kind of stuff so a lot of people will collecting from that time collected these but the kind of stuff I'm looking for is around the indigenous music was recorded indigenous being it's people who came only from the people who came from Tanzania people were recording even from Kenya themselves can an artist so there was speaking in vernacular languages so that the court in core you in
Mary in so he which is the national language or people who are coming from say were influenced by musicians from Kenya so there's a popular music style called Bangor and it originated from the western part of Kenya but it became something that influenced the error and honors likely so how do we find that kind of music because people still buying that some so a lot of people who have records nowadays have them you as personal collection so it's something that existed in the family you had on all your life and the other place that people get records is collectors who ship and so basically I've come from Germany and I'm bringing everything I ever owned numbering it it to review of 2 can in general and lastly Europe America Japan so like I personally by records like modern-day records people was still using vinyl now I buy them but I buy them from here from Berlin and then whenever you know if someone's here have them bring it to me and as you can see that's like the whole process and so in Canada right now the resurgence of vinyl of the rest of the world is feeling is thing it's like someone who has just recently bought a player and they feel like they wanna find records that when I have a hard time finding new stuff on there only to record stores in their real and both of them are 3 1990 of so how the the what the miller bigger records stall was established in 1971 so it's a family business it's been around for ages and then the other store is actually a stole in it's it's very interesting how juxtaposed is so the store is here and just next to it that people were roasting meat and this place is known for gruesome so people walking in it's uh markets the massive market people walking the
having meat and then just by somewhere there's the store on by guy James occasionally and Jimmy is actually 1 of the people who sell records the monthly meters so that's the the only way you can get records in there now on a slide from actually looking for them yourself like I am going to people and finding so the aim of the project is to save the vinyl there's so many people who have lots of it and not doing anything with it basically I would tons of it's like I remember everyone I met and told that I collect vinyl on the side of the projected the domain of my granddad has some that I don't know where they are of or my dad used to collect those or we used to play Frisbee with that you know or I we was the player and now no 1 place so that's the experience I've been having a lot of the times and it made me question why people would let that music died because in reality now we've got Beyonce's got we are now we've got GCE but we used to have people like couple Wimba war-making amazing music and these record some of it in Nairobi but where is it we have it but you can find some of that stuff and 45 can veterans to its called music the new generation of musicians coming up in Kenya needs to find some of that for inspiration and use it as a base material and actually looking for it but they can find it on for example is a project in in Kenya and across East Africa actually of the century project and basically they bring together artists and they put them together through a boot camp of about a week and the recorded music so they bring expert sound engineers they have a partnership with a wooden these equipment there the chords sounds the drum kits the accords all sorts of production material and then they share so we collective like that in existence the kind of for that I'm putting together with this is to try and share some of that original material that can be found now with people like those so that more music and created using classic original inspiration and so the process behind it is I basically it's very on the it's very personal so I have to identify people who have records and will willing to actually doing them for the scores from the process of that I have learned very fast is difficult so most of you will tell you hey we have these things at home and the just chilling maybe you can come get them but following up with those people and getting them to actually give them to you is the next biggest part and after I get them I organized for the collection so I come out to
wherever you are in in the country most people have them in the rural areas so like have to plan a trip to go get them maybe 200 kilometers out of Nairobi 304 hundred then from there I Council of the releases so
some some of the productions that we had made in Kenya were actually they had catalog numbers that are recognizable and banker so it's something that was made for Germany and then brought to Kenya because Polledo phonogram all those record labels and can but some aren't even that they had a couple of numbers based on the fact that the produced in Kenya so how do you get that underscore how you get discounts recognizing that music was made you want Germany America and Japan and then restoration this process is particularly difficult because of limited resources of but essentially most records I get hot soup abstains from the 19 seventies hand you know the kids did something in the next 1 part of it so it's pretty difficult to actually play that stuff and then digitization so this is an end goal that I have I I honestly haven't actually started digitizing some the music of fun because most of it is actually available so I'm still looking to get that vernacular music that original Canyon music original tens and music on White challenge is
so far it's mainly been limited resources 1 of a lot of the people that i've met have been interested in selling the records so on top of that you have this sudden interest in selling and you're wondering if I go by this records from you know when do anything you're going to basically just leave them but if I do you don't understand the painstaking process of restoring them and also you don't really value them as much as you currently valuing them this is something that you're interested in because you think about or of course they are valuable but you can understand this sudden we the and then on Internet target is In essence the lots of people who have these things but using the internet to get to them is not the best way so it's my grandmother who has these records if I read your post on Facebook it's part of a was from 9 gag and as it was from broad life and then you know it gets lost in all the noise so using the Internet doesn't really work it has to be completely personal it kind of has to be door to door and then the last the limited resources aside from the restoration but it's also the digitization so you need to have 10 tables you need to have some a sound card have a bunch of things that allow you to actually collect this records and make them digital and finally before I move into the and I would like to credits David training so dividend sort of a century project and he wrote a seminal
piece of art records in East Africa so he was living in Tanzania for while he went to a certain record store and use following the history of how people making records back in the day in Tanzania as well there's been this huge death of the vinyl instance of people who have a good stores mainly getting foreign clients it's tourists were walking down the see of stored records and they walk in and start by people like me are considered different and weird because essentially has like white collecting these things like 44 you can download an app for that there's like so many alternatives now but but the idea is that this music should be lost and that's what the century project is also trying to do mediaevalism it activity it's a piece of research that was done or and the media situation in Kenya from between 1970 and 1990 so it talks about how the cassettes in the factories had to be closed also the fact that there was only 1 record pressing plants in East Africa and in the opposite of a monopoly and some people couldn't afford to make music but they were making great use so there's even a story of a band that basically fake a different persona to record twice so they went in as band aid and then later they sent a letter to the records and then they said about the the winter could another album and then it's sold like crazy and then later the record label realized or should this is saying that yeah so and then inspirations was dose of mother is a very close colleague and he basically talking about Michael Bay and to me that if the nodes overwhelming I should not walk it and of course Google of with that I'd like to open up to a Q session the main point of this presentation today was to just show you what I'm trying to do but also I'm looking at if there any collectors in the room what is your experience with collection have you tried something in terms of going for legacy records or I just curious about what it is like owning records in Kenya and looking for them or being a collector yeah so it you know years
and I and you that at the end only now I just was wondering about how year relationship or if you have a related with chase here because they're finding
material here are the Fianna where they're finding either and and and doing it's it's become popular again I think to do sets only with African music is all over like where like animosities in Africa that here as an bringing bringing tapes that that's people people out there
doing it but maybe it's not happening in Africa seems like you're trying to incite yes so that's the thing on and there's a lot of foreign interest in the music from the continent but there's no local interest in this area so that's why
I'm like you find the product cycles and it's laughter which is doing really really great work in unison center present wasn't spotted by locals as well I think essentially it's important for people like me to step up and do
something about it because of the end of the day this music is going to end up being lost and no one's actually act and stuff on I don't currently have any connections with teachers here in terms of
like OK you're looking for evidence of let me give it to you but I am working towards eventually doing that so the idea of this is not just keep it within Kenya or within projects in most African were also shared the world because essentially more people need to learn the music instruments by the a website is something that you love it with it here future idea to
digital digitized video maker library are so I'm probably gonna go improper gonna work is not necessary because digitizing its and then sharing by a website is going to open up a all other issue on copyright and stuff but sentient and to work with projects that are doing that kind of reclamation music selects and any other projects around the world any other questions in the what is the
best album that you found something about in some basis with recommendation of by virtue
of the fact that I never knew that name I have to say a finding Salomon and 1 and yeah I was late
this is them while this is someone who is like not doing anything with this record and I get to keep it and actually do something with it yet but I am looking I mean I feel like the moment on when I have a real joy is 1 actually find local stuff of which so far has not been that is actually any other questions yeah the you so
OK and if no 1 else has any other questions and let's say thank you very much for listening I'm around over the next 2 days I'm in Berlin until the 20 4th of talk to me as catch of let's make this happen Cone here are
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