World News    Extra Golden On Tour Thanks To Support From Barack Obama.    World Music at Global Rhythm - The Destination for World Music


World News    Extra Golden On Tour Thanks To Support From Barack Obama.    World Music at Global Rhythm - The Destination for World Music
Moroccan Sahara

Search

WORLD MUSIC NEWS
WorldMusicFeatures
WORLD MUSIC Profiles
  Artist Features
  World Music Legends
  Reggae Legends
  African Legends
Live Music Events
  World Music Concerts
  World Music Festivals
  World Music Clubs
Global Lifestile
  Travel
  Food
  Film
reviews
  Books
  DVD
  Live Music
WorldMusicFeatures
WORLD MUSIC CD ReVIEW
  Africa
  Asia & Far East
  Australia & Oceania
  Celtic & Irish
  Electronica
  Europe
  Greater Latin America
  Jazz
  Middle East & North Africa
  New Age & Avant Garde
  North American
  Reggae & Caribbean
  South Asia
  World Fusion
WORLD MUSIC links
back issues
 

Deutsch
Franais
Espa ol
Italiano
Portuguese
Japanese
Chinese





World News

Print Page
E-mail to Friend E-mail to Editor
Extra Golden On Tour Thanks To Support From Barack Obama.
Published September 19, 2006

Everyone's favorite junior senator, Barack Obama, has voiced his support for Extra Golden's Kenyan and American benga styles and helped them bring the band's Kenyan members into the U.S. for a tour this month.

As the senator said in a letter to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service Center, "As a group, Extra Golden already has an album entitled 'Ok-Oyot System,' on Chicago-based Thrill Jockey Records. Their unprecedented combination of Kenyan 'benga' (a popular East African dance music) with American, blues-based music has received critical raves..."

Benga is an indigenous, popular musical style originating in Western Kenya that incorporates Western instruments such as electric guitar, bass and drums but in a musical form that is locally specific. Co-founding member Ian Eagleson spent a year in Kenya to research benga music for his doctoral thesis in ethnomusicology. Extra Golden sings in both English and Luo, one of the two dominant languages of Kenya, and creates melodies, rhythms, harmonies, and lyrics deeply rooted in the local culture. Ok-Oyot refers to a Luo expression, roughly meaning "it's not easy." While Extra Golden sings of struggles, the overall theme is triumph of good will over adversity.

The Obama family is also from Kenya, and his recent visit made major headlines as Kenyans received the politician more like a rock star.

For tour dates, please click here

RSS Feeds

ADVERTISING LINKS

Gnaoua Festtival
Quincy Jones Eagle Rock
Lawson Sideblock
Globe Trekker 120 150
emusicsideblock

 


GoNomad
Roland

Contact us | Press Room | Contests | About Global Rhythm magazine | Advertise / Media Kit
Privacy Statement | Terms of Use
| Global Rhythm Contributors | Link to Us | Back Issues

Copyright © 2008 Zenbu Media. All rights reserved.

Powered by Ecomsolutions.net