What Africa lacks in cuisine (in my humble opinion) it more than makes up for in music. Music has an incredible power to lift your spirits, energize you, and draw strangers together in an incredible collective experience. Whether it’s music blasting in a matatu or a free weekend concert, it’s hard not to appreciate the rymethic beats and soulful sounding lyrics of good African music. And this weekend provided plenty.
Thursday we stumbled onto a talent show at a local bar. It puts any US karoke bar to shame. These guys were really talented, and they dressed for the part.
The Alliance Françoise hosted a free outdoor concert on Friday. My favorite was the Slum Drummers, seen here. Absolutely amazing. They radiated joy as they performed, and their positive energy was infectious. I don’t think I stopped smiling the entire time they performed.
But the Kenyans in the crowd went berserk for Sauti Sol. They were good, but I was distracted by the guy with a giant gold owl chain and a Jheri curl mullet. I don’t have a picture, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.