Our WPRB DJs have been all over the world this term, but they’re still in touch. Dr. Dre-vika has this to say:
It’s me, Dr. Dre-vika!
I’ve been in Kenya all semester studying abroad, so I have been a bit out the WPRB-loop for a while, especially with limited electricity/internet. However, I thought I would serve as a sort of international correspondent and let you all know how things go on the equator!
First of all, it is so weird to not receive 21231231092 albums in the mail every week as music director. Where do I find all the hip new music the kids are listening to these days?
I actually ended up subscribing to the WPRB charts, just to make sure an exciting album didn’t come out without my knowledge.
But really, when there is no internet and no contact with anyone except for the 11 other students + the professor at your campsite, you turn to whatever music you’ve got on your computer and hope for the best.
A few gems that I found that I think could serve as some Hottie Derision deep cuts that I completely forgot I had on my computer are:
Love to Make Music To by Daedelus
(it’s on Ninja Tune, so obviously I would love it)
and Idea of Happiness by Van She
(which came out relatively recently, so I’m not entirely sure why its existence slipped my mind).
Today, I bought tickets for the DFA Records 12th Anniversary Party in Brooklyn in May, so that I can go when I come back to this side of the Atlantic. I am so pumped. James Murphy, the Rapture, and Yacht, plus everybody else on my favorite record label ever, all in one night? This will certainly be the best.
In more local news, we have been having a bunch of parties with the people that live and work here, and they all make fun of us for dancing like the mizzungu.
But everyone here has been super friendly and great and willing to share with us their music and dance moves. I learned a new one that is kind of like a shovel-digging motion that I can’t wait to break out in the club when I get back. We listen to music with like sick drum beats and great vocals in Kiswahili, and that’s about all I know about the music so far. There’s an artist named Franco, who is apparently all the rage here.
Since we are pretty isolated in the middle of nowhere, I have not been able to get much more exposure to musics, but as the next couple courses are supposed to take us around the country a bit more, I hope to learn more about all the great music Kenya has to offer.
We did go to Ol Pejata, a game conservancy, about a week ago, and we drove around listening to the radio, which was basically a bunch of great upbeat east African pop, and saw some lions and elephants and giraffes and zebras, which was super fun.
Til next time!