Distant Cousins

Extra Golden & Kenge Kenge

| November / December 2007

Extra Golden

Hera Ma Nono (Thrill Jockey)

Kenge Kenge

Introducing Kenge Kenge (World Music Network)

Fans of world music often trust in terminology. If they’re told they’re listening to something called sou-kous, or morna, or rai, who are they to argue? But the casual listener might be puzzled to hear the bands Extra Golden and Kenge Kenge and learn that they both purportedly play a Kenyan music called benga, because the two groups hardly sound anything alike. They’ve taken the music in wholly different directions.