Nairobi Half Life original music
July 3rd Supersoul Recordings will finally release the original score to the award winning movie Nairobi Half Life.
In 2010 Xaver von Treyer went to Kenya to record exotic instruments like the Obokano and Nyatiti and to get a vibe of the local music scene, where genge (a mixture of Dancehall and Hip Hop with Swahili singing and rapping) and reggae are omnipresent, even on public transportation like Matatus (a minivan packed with people and Kingston-like soundsystems). People drive to work with blasting good vibe music every day, the drivers are also the DJs and get yelled or cheered at depending on the popularity of the song.
Local producer Eric Musyoka (also named Kenya’s Dr. Dre) helped Xaver connecting witn the right people and even provided some sampled material of local instruments that gave the music a true african vibe.
The movie was nominated for best soundtrack at this years Africa Movie Academy Award hosted in Yenagoa, Nigeria as well as for 8 other categories, two of which where won (sounddesign by Eric Musyoka and best upcoming actor Babu).
The track you are hearing here is an extension of one of the tension themes where the gang goes to steal parts from cars in the middle of the Nairobi business district…