it isn't easy
ian on jagwasi's passing--
"it's sad that otieno couldn't be around to see all this. the good thing is that we carried on the things that we had started. another good thing is that his brother is a singer. we'd love to get him over to america in the future. we couldn't do it this time, because we didn't have the funds bring a bunch of guys over, and we needed someone who could play guitar and sing. but this guy helped us so much in getting this all together. if this succeeds, we'll be able to do it again, and be able to bring him over. and that'll be great, because we'll have his brother here singing his songs."
ian on the kenyans coming to america for extra golden's upcoming tour--
"the guys just got here today. they've never been to america before, and they're loving it. they're really excited. one of the guys is saying he feels like he's dreaming. he's not going to know it's real until he wakes up. they're totally excited and so are we. we're going to have about a week to practice. we have a lot of work to do, because the guy who sang on the record passed away a year ago. so we got another guy to come over and play lead guitar and sing. we got that, and it was like a miricle that they got over here. it was a complete nightmare to get visas and passports. it came down to like the absolute last minute. we're just really grateful and excited to be able to do this."
ian on his run-in with kenyan police--
"it was kind of a set up. this guy came over to our house who had some weed, and then thirty minutes after that some detectives showed up saying they were going to take us to jail. for about three hours we had to negotiate with these guys to stay out of jail -- it was basically a payoff. we kind of got blackmailed. we didn't really do anything wrong. we weren't buying pot or anything like that, so, i don't know how it happened. i'll never really know the full story, but i think there was some kind of backhanded stuff going on."
ian on niarobi's underbelly--
"kenya is a great place, but it's a pretty cut throat place. especially niarobi. outside, it's very peaceful, but inside nairobi, there's just a lot of hustling going on. it's hard to avoid it. you get caught up in it. i definitely didn't shelter myself from it. i got more than I had bargained for. it's definitely not a cake-walk. and nobody knows more than these guys, the kenyans."