“Smoke Machine” by Dear Reader feat. One Fine Day Music Kids

“Gari la moshi” is the Swahili word for train, literally translated, as “smoke machine”. Every day at regular intervals a train rushes noisily right through the centre of Kibera, Nairobi, the largest slum in East Africa. In 2015 South African singer-songwriter, Cherilyn MacNeil AKA Dear Reader, travelled to Kibera with the charity, One Fine Day, to do a songwriting workshop with kids living in the slum. Together they created the song, “Smoke Machine”, creating beats out of field recordings they recorded in Kibera, and singing in English and Swahili about the train that runs through the heart of their home.

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