In Kenya, music is East African history past and present
15 June 2018 | 1:04 pm
Music in East Africa is a record of the history, struggles and aspirations of the region. DW's Edith Kimani traces patterns in Kenyan music, from a collection of second-hand vinyl records to one of today's hottest Afro-pop bands.
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