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February 9, 2009 Extra Golden blends rock and Kenyan benga style to create music that's steeped in personal strength through loss. The group's newest CD, Thank You Very Quickly, honors the memory of Extra Golden's former guitarist and celebrates the band's African and American roots.
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November 5, 2008 Extra Golden is a unique group: a true collaboration of American and Kenyan musicians who play an original blend of Kenyan benga and American rock. On its extensive world tour, the quintet played its music and a traditional benga tune in a session recorded by KEXP.
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April 2, 2008 Every year, more and more U.S.-based bands are playing African music. Discover new music from the likes of Akoya Afrobeat, Burkina Electric, Extra Golden, Markus James, and the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International.
January 11, 2008 When violence erupted after the disputed elections in Kenya, the turmoil has disrupted business and food supplies. Two Kenyan members of the international rock band Extra Golden have been severely affected by the riots, and now its American counterparts and fans are trying to help.
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November 4, 2007 Whether for political protest, celebration or sheer musical experimentation, African musicians continue to develop their native traditions. All Songs Considered presents some of the best African music out right now.
May 9, 2006 Benga is one of the most beloved forms of popular music in the East African country of Kenya, but it is little known on these shores. Extra Golden hopes to widen America's musical horizons with the release of Ok-Oyot System. Music critic John Brady offers a preview.
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April 25, 2006 In "Osama Rach," the late Kenyan singer Otieno Jagwasi confesses an obsession with Osama bin Laden. "I am asking President Bush and Osama, 'Why do you have to kill innocent people when you just want to kill each other?'"
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