Machito – Kenya

This post is the twenty fifth post of my new series based on the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die by Robert Dimery.

In this series I’m going to be looking through the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and commenting on the albums featured, telling you about albums I think should have been featured, artists that should have been featured too and just anything else I feel like commenting on!

This isn’t a sponsored series but if you’d like to read the book with me I’ll put a link at the bottom of this post to where you can buy it. This series is just something I wanted to do because I’d been reading the book and found that I had a lot of opinions!

Every Tuesday and Thursday I’m going to take one album from the front of the book starting in 1950s and one album from the back of the book starting in 2000’s, I’ll give you a bit of the albums history, the track list and of course my thoughts on the album!

In this post we’re going to be talking about Machito – Kenya!

As this album is available on Spotify I’ll put a player below this paragraph so that if you’d like to listen along whilst you read the rest of this post you can!

Kenya was released in 1957 on Roulette Jazz, it was produced by Ralph Seijo, the art director is uncredited and the run time is 35:46!

Machito was a Latin Jazz musician most noted for his part in refining Afro-Cuban jazz!

I’ve not been able to find too much out about this album really which is a shame because it means I can’t tell you much about it either…

Machito, Machito-Kenya, And-Then-Charlotte-Said...,

I can tell you though that as with Sabu – Palo Congo, I hadn’t heard this album before but again I really enjoyed listening to it!

Let’s take a look at the track list:

Track One: Wild Jungle

Track Two: Congo Mulence

Track Three: Kenya

Track Four: Oyeme

Track Five:  Holiday

Track Six: Holiday

Track Seven: Cannonology

Track Eight: Frenzy

Track Nine: Blues A La Machito

Track Ten: Conversation

Track Eleven: Tin Tin Deo

Track Twelve: Minor Rama

Track Thirteen: Tururato

I don’t have a favourite track from this album but I have really enjoyed listening to it all as a whole.

Machito, Machito-Kenya, And-Then-Charlotte-Said...,

All that is left for me to say is whether or not I think this album belongs on this list of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and the answer is yes, I think it’s only fair that everyone hears some music from a man responsible for refining Afro-Cuban Jazz.

Although it may only seem like a subsection of music, anyone who can be noted for having a profound impact on music deserves to be given credit for it!

That’s it for this post from my new series based on the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die! As I said at the beginning of this post this isn’t in anyway a sponsored series but if you’d like to buy the book so you can read along with me then click here for the link to purchase from Waterstones if you live in the UK and click here for the Amazon link if you’re in the rest of the world.

Those aren’t affiliate links; I just want to make sure you guys know where to buy the book if you want to read along too!

Thanks for reading,

Take Care, 

Charlotte xo



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