Ep 17: The Diary of a Crate Digger & Vinyl Hip Hop DJ on Kenya's Vinyl community with Sam the Digga

By Njeri Wangari

Sam the Digga (Sam Ombasa ) lives to play, collect, listen to and share records.  He is perhaps one of Kenya’s most underrated Vinyl DJs whose passion to keep the art of playing a record on a turntable in the club alive has made him a truly inspiring remnant.   In this episode, Sam and Njeri begin the convo on growing up and their early musical influences. Both children of the '80s, cassettes were the in-were the in-thing during their formative years, so what sparked their love for vinyl records?  Njeri starts off the poem Hip-Hop from her first poetry collection Mines & Mind Fields; My Spoken Words (available on Amazon), this prompt both to speak on the genesis of their love for Hip-Hop and the process of how they both express it. Who are their favourite rappers? They share as they give their take on the evergreen debate on Tupac vs Biggie. Crate digging is an art that one acquires and which is often informed by a love for music in general or specific genres. Sam shares some tips as he and Njeri speak on some of their collections, how, where and why they collect vinyl.  Sam speaks of Kenya's Vinyl community, working with James Rugami - Kenya's premier vinyl dealer, and finding new ways of thriving as a DJ amidst a pandemic with curfews & close of entertainment spots.   Follow him on Twitter @samuelombasa Find his dope Hip Hop mixes here https://www.mixcloud.com/samthadigga/ This episode is proudly supported by EUNIC Kenya Follow Njeri Wangari everywhere @Kenyanpoet- Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. Check out her poetry collection Mines & Mindfields; My spoken words on Amazon or wherever books are sold Have thoughts, feedback or questions about this episode, email njeriwangari@kenyanpoet.com Watch/listen to this episode https://linktr.ee/KenyanPoet

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