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from the album Times Squared
Song details
Performer: Madhouse; Eric Leeds
First Released: 19 February 1991 - Times Squared album
Album(s): Times Squared
Writer(s): Eric Leeds
Producer(s): Eric Leeds
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Kenya is the ninth track on Eric Leeds’ first album Times Squared (on the CD release, eighth track on other formats). It was written and produced by Eric Leeds, with Prince appearing as a musician, playing drums and keyboards.

Basic tracking (as an untitled instrumental) took place on 31 July 1987, at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (the day after Eleven, Fifteen, Ten, Ten And ½, and three other instrumentals later named Night Owl, Overnight, Every Night and Andorra, and the same day as Twelve). In August and September 1989, Prince asked Eric Leeds to compile tracks from the vault for a third Madhouse album. This track was one of ten selected, and in keeping with previous Madhouse releases tracks were given tentative numerical titles of 17 to 26 (the album would be titled 26) - this track was given the title of 24 as the eighth track on the album at the time. When Prince suggested the album should be released as a solo album by Eric Leeds, Leeds came up with titles for each track, in Spring 1990; this track became known as Kenya and the album became known as Times Squared.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
31 July 1987 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
August - September 1989 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Recording Personnel

Released version

Original 1987 unreleased version

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Kenya 2:40 Times Squared Studio

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
’’Instrumental’’ Studio a.k.a. 24; original Madhouse version recorded 31 July 1987, before overdubs and re-recording
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Kenya is a country in East Africa.
  • Starting with Times Squared, each of Eric Leeds' solo albums released under his own name will include an instrumental whose title is the name of a country or a city from the African continent: Yaoundé on Things Left Unsaid released on Paisley Park Records in 1993, and Djibouti on Now & Again released independently in 2000. Other instrumentals were also named after places of the American continents on each of his solo albums (see Cape Horn for details).

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