Growing up I was hugely influenced by my mum’s taste in music. She used to love the likes of Abrar-Ul-Haq and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. I to date know all the songs from those days. I think my music influence became stronger from the age of 9. I still have mum’s old school audio tapes. Then I started making my own mixed tapes. I’m sure if I go through my old stuff, all this is gonna pop up.
Here we go! I used to listen to this so much! “Modern Talking / In The Middle Of Nowhere”. My favorite songs from this tape were Princess of The Night, Lonely Tears In Chinatown and Sweet Little Sheila.
Old recordings of videos that used to come on TV. Remember when Coca-Cola’s tagline was “Coke is it”? And the lyrics to their jingles were “Coca-Cola is it, when you wanna feel refreshed, Coke is it!” Hahaha! That particular tape made me appreciate music even more. Videos of Michael Jackson, Mr-T! George Michael when they were WHAM! The Ghost Busters ACTUAL video! SO many tracks and so many artists. It’s brilliant!
As the years went by, I got into stuff like California Girl, Mysterious Girl… It moved to Coco Jambo… Freeze by Madonna. And then Britney Spears came about, Back Street Boys, N’Sync. Westlife. 98 Degrees. I was brought up in a very multicultural environment. My neighbors were from all parts of the world. Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Ethiopia, Egypt, Senegal, Morroco. I’ll never forget how much fun I had in that estate. Music played a massive role in it too. We used to exchange posters! Of all boy-bands and Spice Girls and Christina Aguilera, Destiny’s Child. I would tape off from Capital FM’s Rick Dee’s and the Weekly Top 40! And then listen to each track, play-pause, play-pause and write down the lyrics and show off in school when I learnt the whole song and sing in front of the class. Hahaha. Don’t know where the singing voice went though!
Don’t know when the switch happened. Suddenly, I’m buying all these trance CD’s. I still have all of them. Darude. Safriduo. Benny Bennasy, Satisfaction, Paul Van Dyk, Derb, Cosmic Gate. The list is endless.
As we got closer to 2003 it turned to rock! Discovered Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park. That’s where SADY SADZ came from because Chester Bennington had his name as CHAZZY CHAZ on his bunk when they’d go on tour as Linkin Park. Goodness me. Music has always had such a HUGE influence in my life. Blink 182. Papa Roach. Iron Maiden. The list can really just go on forever.
Riz learnt how to play the guitar, I learnt how to drum and play the piano. I did Music as a subject in high school and did it for my finals during O Levels.
From rock it changed to hip-hop, and crunk. Hahaha. Oh gosh. Crunk! I think finishing high school at Braeside may have been the main influence. I used to say stuff like “Wessyde till I die“. And it was all about the West Coast and 2Pac and rap and stuff. Madness.
During college it was just a little bit of hip-hop but I started enjoying more Local Kenyan music and stuff like R. Kelly and Swiss Beats and Nina Sky and Daddy Yankee and stuff… That list won’t end either. Not forgetting when I was “Married to Sean Paul”. Hahaha.
I’ve always had the Bhangra, Bollywood and Arabic as part of my collection and part of my life.
I think after 2006 my music taste stabilized. I still listen to almost every genre, but there are some, that I now, just cannot tolerate. Or can actually say, that’s just not my kinda music.
And that’s the tricky part.
When you make new friends, and if you can’t relate to the same kind of music. It feels a little weird.
If you’re in a new relationship, and your music taste is miles apart, literally. It’s one of those no-go-zones or get-out-while-you-can things.
2010-2012 I’ll say I was a proper trance head though. At the moment it sounds like noise to me. There are some that are amazing tracks but some that make me say WHAT.THE.GUACAMOLE SAUCE?
Deep House, Techno, underground music at the moment is what it’s all about. And I love the fact that my brother, Riz is pushing that as much as possible in Kenya.
So I’m actually going to end this blog post with a couple of questions and I would love to know what you have to say.
– What does music mean to you?
– How often do you listen to music?
– Does it matter if your partner and you don’t have the same taste in music?
– What kind of music do you like dancing to?
I’m taking part in the National Blog Posting Month! I’ve committed to posting something everyday till the 30th of November! Hope you enjoy the absolute random reads and would love feedback too! Feel free to drop a comment at the bottom.