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Music Spotlight: Diallo Hall Introduces Singer Liz Ogumbo

By Diallo Hall

Music has been central to the very existence of the Luo people of East Africa since the dawn of time. Their songs define the meter, tone, and rhythm for religious ceremonies, consoling the dispirited, or inspiring continued toil under the African sun.

Today, Liz Ogumbo – the Kenyan-born songstress, fashionista, and model –passionately continues the Luo tradition of expressing life’s journey through music, but with jazzy undertones, nu-soul sensibilities, and reggae “riddims” riding on spoken word. According to Ogumbo, “The KenSoul experience captures me today, my roots, my love, Africa, and my passion for living.”

Her 12-track debut album, KenSoul, invites listeners to explore a contemporary African musical experience. Expressed in Luo, Swahili, English and French, her soul is Kenyan but this former African girl child has blossomed into a global soul instrument. TIA everyone – This Is Africa!

Listen to Liz Ogumbo’s KenSoul here.

Enjoy!

 


Diallo Hall is the visionary and founder of AddisTunes.com. A New York/New Jersey native, a lifelong fan of music, a record collector of 25 years, and an avid international traveler, Diallo founded website dedicated exclusively to African music downloads with both the artists and listeners in mind  In fact, over the years Diallo he has earned a reputation as one of the top collectors in the world of rare Ethiopian vinyl records.

Diallo says that he has been inspired by the creativity of African artists – both of the past and today.  Even amid political turmoil and strife, African musicians have shown just how resilient the human spirit can be.  In Diallo’s words, the ultimate mission of AddisTunes.com is “to improve the world – one song at a time.”

With over 15 years of experience on Wall Street, Diallo also has strong business acumen.  He has worked with firms such as Standard & Poor’s, Fitch, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and UBS Wealth Manaagement.  He also holds a M.A. in international affairs, with a concentration in International Economics and Business, from Columbia University; and a B.A. in Political Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.

16 Comments

  1. Monica Casper

    June 8, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Terrific!

  2. Monica Casper

    June 8, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Terrific!

  3. Monica Casper

    June 8, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Terrific!

  4. Monica Casper

    June 8, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Terrific!

  5. Nicole A. Spigner

    June 8, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Diallo,

    Thanks so much for introducing us to Ms. Ogumbo! Really, I can't get enough of "Ubuntu"!! I was excited to find out that "ubuntu" conveys a humanistic sentiment that we surely could use more of. This is a great explanation by Nelson Mandela: http://embraceubuntu.com/2006/06/01/the-meaning-o…

    Thanks again, Diallo! I'm heading to AddisTunes for more amazing music!

    ~Nikki

  6. Nicole A. Spigner

    June 8, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Diallo,

    Thanks so much for introducing us to Ms. Ogumbo! Really, I can't get enough of "Ubuntu"!! I was excited to find out that "ubuntu" conveys a humanistic sentiment that we surely could use more of. This is a great explanation by Nelson Mandela: http://embraceubuntu.com/2006/06/01/the-meaning-o…

    Thanks again, Diallo! I'm heading to AddisTunes for more amazing music!

    ~Nikki

  7. Nicole A. Spigner

    June 8, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Diallo,

    Thanks so much for introducing us to Ms. Ogumbo! Really, I can't get enough of "Ubuntu"!! I was excited to find out that "ubuntu" conveys a humanistic sentiment that we surely could use more of. This is a great explanation by Nelson Mandela: http://embraceubuntu.com/2006/06/01/the-meaning-o…

    Thanks again, Diallo! I'm heading to AddisTunes for more amazing music!

    ~Nikki

  8. Nicole A. Spigner

    June 8, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Diallo,

    Thanks so much for introducing us to Ms. Ogumbo! Really, I can't get enough of "Ubuntu"!! I was excited to find out that "ubuntu" conveys a humanistic sentiment that we surely could use more of. This is a great explanation by Nelson Mandela: http://embraceubuntu.com/2006/06/01/the-meaning-o…

    Thanks again, Diallo! I'm heading to AddisTunes for more amazing music!

    ~Nikki

  9. Dalton

    June 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Why can't i hear the tunes?

  10. Dalton

    June 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Why can't i hear the tunes?

  11. Dalton

    June 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Why can't i hear the tunes?

  12. Dalton

    June 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Why can't i hear the tunes?

  13. Nicole A. Spigner

    June 10, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Sorry about the player malfunctioning. Technical difficulties.

    Please follow the link, above.

    NAS

  14. Nicole A. Spigner

    June 10, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Sorry about the player malfunctioning. Technical difficulties.

    Please follow the link, above.

    NAS

  15. Nicole A. Spigner

    June 10, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Sorry about the player malfunctioning. Technical difficulties.

    Please follow the link, above.

    NAS

  16. Nicole A. Spigner

    June 10, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Sorry about the player malfunctioning. Technical difficulties.

    Please follow the link, above.

    NAS