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Hear the seamless blend of postrock pulse and buoyant African guitar groove found on its latest record, Hera Ma Nono, when Extra Golden rolls in on Sunday, June 22, at 7 p.m. Admission is $15. Call 861-2011 or visit www.rickshawstop.com.
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Indie-rock guitarist Ian Eagleston first became interested in the guitar-driven Kenyan dance music style of benga while visiting Nairobi more than a decade ago. After his fascination transformed the focus of his graduate studies in 2003, he started collaborating with local musicians, including prominent singer-guitarist Otieno Jagwasi and drummer Onyango Wuod Omari. Eagleston brought his compatriot Alex Minoff to East Africa, and the quartet tracked its debut, Ok-Oyot System, as Extra Golden in a single hectic session at a Nairobi nightclub. Though Jagwasi passed away from liver failure before the album's 2006 release, the group has soldiered on with Opiyo Bilongo filling the void.

 
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