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Sunday, 12 February 2017

Jambo, Bwana! Kenya's big hit song in simple Swahili; Them Mushrooms

This catchy song came out on an album three years after we had left Kenya, which explains why I had never heard it before - although it is one of those songs that, as soon as you hear it, you think you've always known it. Maybe I heard it being played, before it was recorded, at a hotel in Mombasa? I think not. Something tells me that my daughter and another school-friend brought up in East Africa used to chant this song at school in Dorset?

I dedicate it to Alex, who was born in Kenya. We used to love the Kenya coast near Mombasa.

Them Mushrooms, Jambo Bwana

With lyrics


Jambo bwana
Habari gani?
Mzuri sana
Wageni mwakaribishwa
Kenya yetu
Hakuna matata

BBC World Service interview, The History Hour, from 43,38 point

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