The global spread of 78rpm country recordings and cinematic "Westerns" in the mid-20th century led to some far-flung fans of iconic U.S. culture. No more so than in some African neighborhoods where American country music has been all the rage since the the 1950s. Don't believe me? Check out the song Chemirocha from Kenya about Jimmie Rodgers! Meanwhile, in 1960s Congo, fashionable youths where preening at local nightspots dressed like characters in American Westerns.
Capturing the spirit of this peculiar fascination, AFRICAN TWANG presents a collection of astonishing American-style country songs performed by African pop artists. [These tracks were generously provided by Uchenna Ikonne and his blog With Comb & Razor.]