Gabby Omollo & Omondi Jassor, Lunch Time

Michaelangelo Matos

By Michaelangelo Matos

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Classic jittery Kenyan benga.

Guitar-wise, Kenya bites where the Congo billows, with Kenyan benga jitterier and atop the beat, while Congolese rumba/soukous tends to lay back more. This collection by Kenya's Omollo and Jassor illustrates the point well: the guitars are cleanly articulated, and without horns to compete with they own the soundscape, along with their singing, which is plainspoken but still plenty lyrical, just like the playing.