Boomkat Product Review:
The precious catalogue of game-changing Kenyan guitarist George Mukabi finally comes to light beyond the record collections of East and Central Africa thanks to this compilation issued thru a triumvirate of ace labels outta Oregon; namely Mississippi, Olvido, and Raw Music International.
This record gives a fascinating, intimate listen to his unique, intricately rhythmic finger-picking style, joined by harmonious vocals sung in Kiswahili by Peter Akwabi, and punctuated by infectiously tight percussion played on a fanta bottle.
“An almost mythical giant of African guitar, whose reinvention of acoustic fingerstyle quickly spread from western Kenya throughout East Africa, before his tragic death in 1963. Spellbinding guitar lines, sweet harmony vocals, every melody an instant classic, and a life story steeped in legend.”