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Mombasa ‎
African Rhythms & Blues

Spiegelei ‎– 26 564-5 U


The non-circular grooving soulful Jazz tune NAIROBI is my favorite on this first MOMBASA album. If you also had the chance to ride with the notorious “Lunatic Express” from Nairobi to Mombasa at the Indian Ocean coast Kenya, this tune probably was the perfect soundtrack while you are watching out of the window where zebra, elephant, giraffe and other animals doing there wildlife thing … Hakuna Matata!

View of the Lunatic Line. Picture by Paul Nantulya:


Debut album on the German Spiegelei label of the formation MOMBASA around Lou Blackburn, recorded 1975 at CORNET studio in Cologne. Finest Afro-Funk, groovy Afro-Jazz with heavy bass lines and strong percussion. Also provides some nice breaks, beats and samples.

Musicians: Gerald Luciano, Donald Coleman, Lou Blackburn, Cephus McGirt, Charles Jefferson.


A1 Nairobi 7:26
A1 Nairobi 7:26
A2 Massai 7:56
A3 Holz 4:17

B1 Kenia 6:42
B2 Makishi 2:32
B3 Shango 7:45


Bass [Electric], Percussion, Drums [Domba] – Gerald Luciano
Composed By – Donald Coleman (tracks: A3), Lou Blackburn
Congas, Flute [Bamboo] – Donald Coleman
Drums – Cephus McGirtEngineer [Recording] – W. Sorger
Producer – H. Manfred Schmitz
Trombone, Performer [African Shawn] – Lou Blackburn
Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Kalimba [African Thumb Harp] – Charles Jefferson

Recorded at Cornet Studio Köln, 14th April, 1975
ⒸⓅ 1975 Spiegelei/Intercord
Printed in Germany

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Mombasa ‎
African Rhythms & Blues

Spiegelei ‎– 26 564-5 U