“Bill Odidi is a print and broadcast journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya with interests in News, Current Affairs, Sports, Art and Culture. He works with the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) in Nairobi. He also writes on music and the arts for the Business Daily and Daily Nation newspapers in Nairobi and contributes articles for various websites including www.thisisafrica.me and www.africareview.com. Bill is also a board member of Music In Africa Foundation a web portal dedicated to the music sector in Africa and Ketebul Music, an independent music and documentary production outfit based in Nairobi. Among his documentary projects with Ketebul Music are "Retracing Kenya's Funky Hits" (2012) and "Retracing Kenya's Songs of Protest" (2014) where he worked as a researcher and writer. He co-wrote a chapter for the book "Preserving Popular Music Heritage: Do-It-Yourself Do-It-Together" edited by Sarah Baker (Routledge 2015) He has reported on stories from around East Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt, South Africa, the U.K, Netherlands, the U.S, Jamaica, China, and other parts of the world. He has contributed radio programs for the BBC World Service and Radio France International (R.F.I) In 2006, Bill was the winner of the Radio for Peace building, Africa (RPFA) “Radio Talk show for Peace building” Award
This is a piece I wrote on the evolution of benga as Kenya's most influential genre of music.