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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.
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.