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The Mighty Cavaliers - Wacha Maneno
The Mighty Cavaliers - Baruwa Ya Soweto
The Mighty Cavaliers - Africa Tuungane
The Mighty Cavaliers - Mama Come Home
The Mighty Cavaliers - Mapendo Mapendo
The Mighty Cavaliers - Mambo Bado
The Mighty Cavaliers - Wacha Tabia Mbaya
The Mighty Cavaliers - Mimi Ni Wako
The Mighty Cavaliers - Bring Your Love
The Mighty Cavaliers - Nifanye Nini
The Mapendo album of the Mighty Cavaliers, up to today, has been shrouded in mystery. If you look at the original cover of this very rare Kenyan funk-infused album all you will find are the names of the engineer and the producer, as EMI Kenya omitted the names of the musicians and the songwriters. Digging deeper a rather sinister story of deceit develops whereby Mapendo becomes symbolic for all what was wrong about the Kenyan record industry in the 1970s, and the music industry in Africa as a whole. As this maltreatment of artists proved endemic throughout the continent, although little talked about.

One of the three surviving members of the Mighty Cavaliers, bass player Bonnie Wanda - who started his career in 1971 with Gloria Africana - vividly remembers participating in the recording of the two albums the band made in 1976 and 1977 - Fisherman and Mapendo - and how they, especially on the last album, got short-changed by shrewd record label executives. In the 1960s it was mostly Indian and European record bosses that called the shots and usually gave musicians the chance of a one-off payment for their session time and recorded songs or wait for - hopefully - a generous royalty check. In most cases records didn't sell more than a thousand copies with an occasional hit selling in the tens of thousands, so musicians were reluctant to register themselves with the Music Copyright Society of Kenya. Although without doing so one couldn't receive royalties.

'For two years the Mighty Cavaliers performed five nights a week at the Starlight Club for five hour sets.

The re-release of Mapendo, the first of the German Want Some Records label, is another exciting puzzle piece in the tapestry of groovy Kenyan music. It proves that there are still great gems out there to be re-discovered for audiences worldwide.

Text written by Michiel van Oosterhout

This Album is dedicated to the musicians
Bonnie Wanda, Rashid Salim, Vuli Yeni, Juma Waweru Njuguna and Athmani 'guitar boy'."


All songs, Composed, Arranged, Produced or Performed
by The Mighty Cavaliers.

Graphic Design: Benjamin Kühne (Cover restauration/Label Design); Tom Krailing (Sticker Design)
Written By: Michiel van Oosterhout
Text Editing: Nebil

Mastered by: Nick Robbins (Soundmastering)

All tracks are under exclusive license of Want Some Records. Licensed from Daudi Kabaka/Reuben Kabaka."


A1: Wacha Maneno
A2: Baruwa Ya Soweto
A3: Africa Tuungane
A4: Mama Come Home
A5: Mapendo Mapendo
B1: Mambo Bado
B2: Wacha Tabia Mbaya
B3: Mimi Ni Wako
B4: Bring Your Love
B5: Nifanye Nini