A) Freedom Struggle

Watume

A) Freedom Struggle
B) Freedom Struggle (Dub)

Label: Polydor
Year: 1988
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I haven't heard of Watume but I'm pretty sure Dave Otieno is a Kenyan. Somewhat charming but completely off afro-reggae track, very infectious chorus that somewhat reminiscence of that spinners soul tune! A little too bad it's good factor here, I don't know what to make of it! Check the dub too, all in the audio. Clean copy better than the one from recorded in the audio

I haven't heard of Watume but I'm pretty sure Dave Otieno is a Kenyan. Somewhat charming but completely off afro-reggae track, very infectious chorus that somewhat reminiscence of that spinners soul tune! A little too bad it's good factor here, I don't know what to make of it! Check the dub too, all in the audio. Clean copy better than the one from recorded in the audio


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2 thoughts on “Watume”

  1. Doug says:

    Dave Otieno is one of the great studio guitarists of Kenya and he usually has a band or two he plays with live while in Kenya. These days, as part of The Nile Project, he’s doing a lot of international touring. http://nileproject.org/dave-otieno/
    He was also part of Kenya’s performing crew at the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

  2. Mark Hankins says:

    This is Dave Otieno’s song. It was recorded and sung by Otieno, left-handed virtuoso guitarist who is still playing in Nairobi with his band Wakurugenzi and who is a respected and sought-after guitarist. Mike Ofula plays bass. Lawrence MacGoye is on keys. Wally Amalemba of African Heritage Band (replacing Watume’s regular drummer Randy Selwano) is on drums. Markus Kamau and Dave split rhythm chops (though Dave’s stratocaster is sharper). The track was recorded in August 87 after Watume split and when Markus Kamau (Mark Hankins, an American) was headed back to the US. Kamau’s song Wanjiku was recorded during the same session.

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