Magazine article New Internationalist

OK-Oyot System

Magazine article New Internationalist

OK-Oyot System

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Ok-Oyot System

by Extra Golden (Thrill Jockey Thrill 153 CD)

Music

Ok-Oyot System - the Lua words mean 'It's not easy'- is a one-off that came about by a delicious accident of fate that brought together a brace each of American and Kenyan musicians and set them loose in a studio in Nairobi, lan Eagleson and Alex Minoff from Washington DC had an indie rock band Golden; guitarist and singer Otiena Jagwasi had a number of benga bands, including Extra Solar Africa, and his drumming colleague Onyango Wuod Omari was in many of them. Eagleson, in Kenya to study benga, made the initial hook-up with Otiena and, voile, Extra Golden.

There were the most basic links between the two couples. Benga, like rock, is a guitar-based idiom; rock, like benga, inhabits club venues. …

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