A quick Wikipedia search for Old School describes this genre of music as the earliest commercially recorded hip hop music, with a period dated from around 1979 to 1984. Although, the same article does continue to state that most music stations dubbed ‘Old School radio’ play music up to the mid-90s.
Can I then define Local Old School as some of our earliest commercially recorded music – taking a cue from Wikipedia’s definition of the term? Hope so.
Any how, why am I going on about Old School? Well, it is my motivational music for today, and boy am I having a blast! I mean, there are some Kenyan classics that just rock. I mean, some like Githurai by Mr. Googs and Vinnie Banton (also mentioned in the newer Get Down by Maddtraxx) take me back to primo, and some (Jo by E-Sir) remind me of the days when Muthoni Bwika was still at Kiss 100!
Without hating on new music, mainly because there is some new Kenyan music that also rocks (still looking for an online resource where I can legitimately purchase Hali Duni by Mejja) , I think there was a rhyme quality then that is simply lacking nowadays. I mean, try saying this in two breaths…
kila mtu anashuku vile mtiririko huu wa huyu ndugu umeingia Nairobi na kusambaa kwa miji kama Nakuru napodhuru ubongo si uwongo kupendwa na kila mtu kama lebo ya FUBU nafikiri
[Breathe for < 1s]
labda ni vile nabwaga zawafanya mnataka kunihanda kuniweka nyuma ya Canter kunivukisha mpaka Tanzania na isipowezekana Somalia ama Uganda
Just in case you are wondering which song the above lyrics are from, it is ‘Lyrical Tongue Twister’ by the late E-Sir. You can find the full lyrics to the song here and more lyrics to local music here.
For a full listing of the music I was enjoying, feel free to subscribe to my scrobbles on Last.fm. In the mean time, I leave you with this track that was a big hit, and I know you will appreciate!