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D. O. Misiani was one of the last surviving stars of the 1970s "golden era" of Kenyan music. Known at home as the "King of History", abroad he was dubbed "the grandfather of benga" for the speedy regional roots style which became almost synonymous with Kenyan music soon after the mid-1960s.

Born in 1940, Daniel Owino Misiani grew up in a part of northern Tanzania where the main ethnic group were the Luo, most of…

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