‘Vinyl is king!’: Why Kenya is having a record revival

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‘Vinyl is king!’: Why Kenya is having a record revival

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James “Jimmy” Rugami looks through records inside his vinyl records stall in Kenyatta Market in Nairobi, Kenya. Pic: Photo Courtesy

Vinyl is king!’: Why Kenya is having a record revival

Nairobi, Kenya (CNN)It was 1986. Vinyl was everywhere: From Chicago warehouses to Nigerian discotheques.

In the foothills of Kenya’s highest mountain, Mount Kenya, James “Jimmy” Rugami received a broken record player — which he fixed — from his brother.

He set off to the capital Nairobi and spent all his savings on records. Now, 32 years later, he’s Kenya’s foremost record dealer and operates Nairobi’s go-to store for African music gems. He’s a living archive of African music.
“Most of the music shops were closing down because of piracy and CDs. Guys were moving to other formats of playing music. I would go buy records from those shops closing down,” said Rugami.READ MORE
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James “Jimmy” Rugami looks through records inside his vinyl records stall in Kenyatta Market in Nairobi, Kenya. Pic: Photo Courtesy ‘Vinyl is king!’: Why Kenya is having a record revival Nairobi, Kenya (CNN)It was 1986. Vinyl was everywhere: From Chicago warehouses to Nigerian discotheques. In the foothills of Kenya’s highest mountain, Mount Kenya, James “Jimmy”

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