Friday, 29 August 2014

This Kenyan Movie Highlights The Politics Of Miraa

The movie Veve follows the lives of multiple characters trying to find themselves in a world of political intrigue, revenge, love and longings for success complemented by the background of the thriving yet unregulated veve business.

Amos, an ambitious politician, is running for another term as Maua MP whilst facing his opponent Wadu in the extension of his veve empire.

His wife Esther discovers the true nature of his affairs and seeks solace in Kenzo, a conflicted young man out to seek vengeance for his father’s death.

Sammy, Amos’ right hand man, has to choose between being loyal to his work and being a caring father to his 12-year-old son Kago. Maua ́s Veve Farmers want to farm a union to force Amos to pay decent prices for their veve.

Clint, a hedonistic wannabe documentary filmmaker meddles to far, blind of the dangers he is putting himself and others into.

All are in search of purpose not knowing, that their destinies are entwined in more ways than they imagine.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

This Is Why Busy Signal Won't Be Jetting Into Nairobi

Jamaican star, Busy Signal was expected in Nairobi as the headliner of a show over the weekend.

But that is not to be.

Busy Signal won't be jetting in as planned for the show because " of technical dynamics of a round tour concert which was assigned to the Ugandan promoter on behalf of Turf Music Entertainment as their African regional agent."

The organizers of the event: Fishborne, Shashamane and Heroes Entertainment claim in a press release that Busy Signal's travel arrangement were to be overseen by Turf Music Entertainment.

They promised that "...we are working closely with all the parties concerned to make sure that the show goes on as soon as possible and to agree on a new date that is favorable to everyone. We highly regret any inconvenience."

Adding, "It is very unfortunate that the show was not in our direct control and had to be postponed, we are working closely with all the parties concerned to make sure that the show goes on as soon as possible and to agree on a new date that is favorable to everyone."

Victoria Kimani's Seductive Prokoto Video Is Out! Watch

Victoria Kimani finally releases her highly anticipated and very energetic visual for her East African cross over smash Prokoto.

The jam features Tanzanian Bongo stars Diamond and Ommy Dimpoz. Shot in Dar es Salam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya, this Kevin Bosco directed video embodies everything East African, from the Artists, to the locations including the fashion and the dancing to the chakacha beat.

The Prokoto dance competition held soon after the song was released saw hundreds of candidates offer what they believe should be the official Prokoto dance, finally the "Nae Nae" inspired dance move is revealed in this not so serious fun and colorful visual.

You many download the single here.

Safaricom To Host Naija Jazz Guitarist

Leading Integrated Service provider Safaricom will host acclaimed Nigerian Jazz artiste Kunle Ayo for the Safaricom Jazz evening at the Carnivore restaurant on 4th September 2014.

Bob Collymore, Safaricom CEO said, “The Philosopher Plato is credited with saying that music is a moral law. It gives soul to the Universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life.”

“At Safaricom we believe in this philosophy and are glad to provide the opportunity for people to experience amazing music from the undeniably talented Kunle backed up by the equally talented local artistes,” he explained.

The Nigerian guitarist has been a jazz musician for over a decade. He will be backed up by his band, and will creatively enchant music fans all evening with jazz sounds from Kavutha and Jacob Asiyo from Kenya.

The premier event was held in February 2014 and was headlined by New- York based Cameroonian artist Richard Bona.

Jazz artists Aaron Rimbui, Kavutha Mwanzia, Jacob Asiyo, Eddie Grey and Chris Bitok were also part of the ground breaking concert that saw an estimated 6000 jazz lovers in attendance at the Ngong Racecourse.

Kes.4.5 raised from the proceeds was donated to the Ghetto Classics music program in Korogocho Slums and was used to buy music instruments for musically gifted children from underprivileged backgrounds.

Eve D Souza's TV Show Is Out. Check Out The Trailer

Auntie Boss is a drama that delves into the lives of 3 domestic helps and their everyday drama.

It is shot by Eve D Souza's production company called Moon Beam Productions.

The TV show revolves around the families they work for and the neighborhoods they reside in.

The dramatic comedy brings out the different dynamics at play in the lives of the domestic helps and stories that most Kenyans will relate with, as they are either on one side of the spectra as employers or as the domestic maid.

The trailer is hilarious, you can check it out below.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

How Naija Stars Turnt Up With Hennessy...

Last weekend was one to remember as some of Nigeria's favourite celebrities.

They partied with the premium brand, Hennessy at the Hennessy Sunsets cocktail event which held at 355 Lounge in Victoria Island, Lagos.

The event hosted guests to exquisite Hennessy cocktails and music from DJ Caise and DJ Lamboghini.

Notable faces at the cocktail event include Tiwa Savage, Lynxxx, Nedu, Toni Tones, DJ Sose among many others.

Here are some photos from the event...


How To Be A Baus Just Like A Girl!

“You throw like a girl, fight like a girl, kick like a girl, cry like a girl”
How often have you heard that phrase without thinking twice about what it really means, or how it could affect young girls who hear it? While it may be intended as a good natured joke by many, the reality is the words can have serious, far-reaching consequences as far as confidence in adolescents is concerned.
Always is taking a stand to bring awareness to the negative connotations of “like a girl,” and to drive a movement to change the phrase from an insult into a celebration of the strength, talent, character and downright amazingness of every girl.
For the past 30 years, always has been an advocate for empowering girls globally, bringing puberty education to millions of adolescent girls. Every year, 17 to 20 million girls across 65 countries benefit from the Always Puberty Education Program. With #LikeAGirl, Always continues to champion girls’ confidence and help them show the world how amazing it is to do things “like a girl.”
As part of the campaign, Always partnered with award-winning documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield to conduct a social experiment to illustrate how people of all ages interpret the phrase “like a girl.” The results of the research revealed that younger girls responded to doing things like a girl by being fearless when asked to run, throw or fight like a girl while the older girls interpreted the actions by fulfilling the negative stereo type. 
The study further reports that most girls’ self-confidence plummets when they reach puberty. According to the study only 19 per cent of girls have a positive association with the phrase like a girl. Through the campaign, Always hopes to positively influence every new girl entering puberty to celebrate being a woman and to have positive self-image by being more self-aware.
By starting the conversation, we will create awareness about the common words and phrases used by society to imply that girls are weak and inferior. We will be enable girls to take a bold stand to be champions of their lives.
Today, Always is inviting girls and women everywhere to join the movement and share what they proudly do #LikeAGirl. Tweet, take a picture, shoot a video or send a message to take a stand and show young girls everywhere that doing things #LikeAGirl should never be used as an insult that it means being strong, confident and talented.
To add your voice to the movement, watch the full video...

TRACE Has A New Boss. Mobile And Media Industry Expert Victor Bannerman-Chedid

TRACE has announced a key addition to its executive leadership team in Africa with the hiring of Victor Bannerman-Chedid as COO.

With deep experience in the mobile telephony and media industries, Victor Bannerman-Chedid will complement TRACE’s existing executive team as the company continues to focus on expanding its African operations.

“Victor brings extensive knowledge of the rapidly changing media and mobile market and will help TRACE as we sharpen our focus on delivering long-term value to all our valued patrons, clients and stakeholders,” said Olivier Laouchez, TRACE’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

“More importantly, he possesses a keen understanding of emerging trends in mobile communications and media in Africa and emerging markets in general.”

Mr. Bannerman-Chedid joins TRACE from Airtel, where he most recently served as Acting Marketing Director, Airtel Zambia.

He has previously held a variety of operational leadership positions with Airtel Nigeria, Vodafone Ghana, MTN Ghana and various financial institutions including Ecobank Ghana and UBA Ghana.

He will serve as Chief Operating Officer overseeing all operational functions for TRACE African operations.

“TRACE is a phenomenal and vibrant brand and an important player in the African media industry. I am extremely excited to be a part of its bright future,” said Mr. Bannerman-Chedid.

“I look forward to working with the talented TRACE team, harnessing their ingenuity and creativity to ensure the continued and accelerated growth of the organization. I am especially keen to be part of the process to introduce a brand new generation of mobile and digital users to TRACE.”

Nameless Has Game. See Him Try To Get Ugandan Hottie

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Behind The Scenes Of Jimmy Jatt's Glasses Up Video Shoot

 All hands were on deck yesterday for the shoot of Glasses Up.

Glasses Up is a track from the album "The Industry" by Jimmy Jatt and serves as the anniversary theme song of Jimmy Jatt's 25 years celebration as a legend in the music industry.

The afro-beat inspired sound track was produced by Tee-Y Mix. It features award winning artistes such as 2Face Idibia, Sound Sultan, Burna boy.

"Glasses Up is a toast to my friends, fans, supporters, well wishers that have stayed true to my music and for the support this 25 years" said JimmyJatt.

The video was shot on set in Lagos and directed by Patrick Elis, to be released soon.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Tiwa Savage Opens Up On Being Bullied, Depressed And Momma's Love

Africa's shinning super star, Tiwa Savage has just opened up about her life in high school.

She posted a long note on her Instagram page detailing how her charm did not come easy back in her school days.

The Onye hitmaker details how she was bullied because of her skin colour and deep Nigerian accent in a London school.

However, her mother was always there to make her appreciate who she was and that moulded the icon that Tiwa is today.

Tiwa wrote:
"During my high school days I was bullied for several years, I would get jumped on the bus, head flushed down the toilet and so on, it got so bad that I did something drastic and life threatening because I was so depressed. My mother was called to school on several occasions and each time she came she would ask to see the other students bullying me and would always pray for us all. Of course they would joke and laugh but my mother was always so calm and reserved and she would take me home, cook me Naija food (we were living in london at the time) and she would make me realize how loved I was and how rich my culture is, how beautiful I am being a nigerian girl (I was bullied for being African, skinny, dark and I had a strong naija accent) what my mother didn't do was fight, shout or argue with the other girls or their parents (who were at times very rude and disrespectful) Instead she showered me with love and reminded me where I was from. One of the many reasons why she is my hero, my role model, biggest inspiration, my best friend, my mummy @celiasavage I celebrate you today on your birthday. Anyone that has met you has experience what a calm, shy, gentle but very hip mummy you are. The only doromegasupermummy on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook , keek etc lol I love you mummy, I love you with my soul. Thinking of what you have done for me brings tears to my eyes. I only pray I can be half the mother you are to me to my children. I prayed to God this morning to grant us a couple more forevers. Happy Birthday Sexy mama."

Silvastone Talks Endorsement And New Music Projects

Silvastone was in Kenya recently for a coupla' projects. He spoke to Hot Secrets about his trip.

What song were you shooting the music video for?
I was shooting a forthcoming video for a song called "Loving Ma Baby". Its scheduled to be the third single off my upcoming 9 track EP entitled 'Transitions'. 

What is the song all about?
The song can be related to whatever you passionately love and willing to compromise for. With regards to the video concept I am serenading my beloved Africa. 

Where was the location for the shoot?
We shoot the video over two days in Watamu and Malindi with director Tedd Josiah. Having been to Nairobi so many times it was my first time to coastal Kenya and I loved it. 

You have a new single and video, "Bus Ma Head" and another song with Kanja that was released recently.  How are they being received by fans?
The reaction for both has been fantastic on everywhere - TV, radio and online. The video for "Bus Ma Head" has just been released so I am very excited about the fan feedback and airplay its already getting. Equally reaction to Kanja's "Lose Control" that I produced and feature on has been very similar to the early days when we released our first collaboration "Lights Out". I am pleased and thankful with the reaction from everyone. 

Any others exciting collabos or remixes you are working on?
I recently featured on the Davido "Skelewu" UK remix that is floating around out there. Also did a remix for Wayne Marshall's "Stupid Money" that producer/artist Damain Marley invited me to do. Also got a big remix I produced for a big UK pop artist called Dan Croll. My fellow Ethopians should listen out for what I did with girl band Yegna called "Abet" which I am told is huge club hit there too. Also listen out for my renditions of Will.I.Am's "Birthday" and Kid Ink & Chris Brown's "Show Me". And there is more collabos to come including with the biggest African hiphop artist that will be featured on the EP. In the meantime you can get a free download of my mixtape - The Resume, featuring my some of previous productions and remixes on my website. 

You will also be in the new season of CokeStudio Africa . How was the experience like?
It was fun and fantastic. A great experience working with not only 2 very talentend artists - Waje from Nigeria and Navio from Uganda, but also a great crew who really impressed me. Look out for CokeStudioAfrica series2 on your TV screens starting next month. I can't wait for guys to see it. 

And congrats. I hear you have an endorsement deal with AfricaMagic to be their brand ambassador. Tell me about it.
Yes. Thank you. Because of my constant presence across Africa I have been selected to help promote the AfricaMagicGO service that is now launching in the UK where I am based. 

Anything else you would like to add?
The future is bright, the future is Silva. Look out for the recently released 'Bus Ma Head' video online and your TV screens. Request it on your favourite show and buy it on iTunes etc. My debut EP "Transitions" will be out end of September and I promise you that you will love it. There is a video for every song including another I did earlier this year in Karuma, Northern Kenya. The second single from the EP is incidently entitled "Show Me (Someting)" and will premiere somewhere very soon. I love Kenya! Follow me on twitter, @silvastonebeats and check my website for much more info, videos and some free music, www.silvastonemusic.com

Vanessa Obura's Tribute To Robin Williams Starts Depression Project

Project One Of One is a project by Women Of Wonder aimed in creating awareness on depression and fighting against it.

In this video by singer Vanessa Obura, they seek to create awareness against the mental condition that is reported to have caused legendary Robin Williams to commit suicide.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Mafikizolo To Headline Malawi's Lake of Stars Arts Festival

Mafikizolo, will headline this year’s Lake of Stars Arts Festival which returns to Sunbird Nkopola Lodge on Lake Malawi from 26 to 28 September 2014.

Having just returned from performing at the Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards in Los Angeles, 2014 has been a massive year for Mafikizolo.

After sweeping the South African Music Awards earlier this year, they took home Best Song of the Year and Best Group at the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards.

Fellow South Africa acts John Wizards and Christian Tiger School will make the trip from Cape Town, bringing their electronic sounds to Lake Malawi.

In 2014 John Wizards played UK festivals including Glastonbury and Field Day, while Christian Tiger School have just returned from performing at Amsterdam’s Appelsap and South Africa’s Oppikoppi festivals.

Other international artists on the lineup include Reason (SA), Zone Fam (Zambia), DJ Jack Rooster (Kenya), Raj El Rey (Kenya), Tariro neGitare (Zimbabwe), Selmor Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), Pearl Natasha (Zimbabwe), Band Tower (Zimbabwe), Cable Street Collective (UK) and Stanley Odd (UK).

They will perform alongside an amazing line up of Malawi’s biggest artists including Peter Mawanga, Sally Nyundo, Mafilika, Skeffa Chimoto, Agorosso and Piksy.

Festival director Will Jameson says, “We’re thrilled to have been able to secure one of Africa’s biggest acts right now, Mafikizolo, to headline this year’s festival. Furthermore, with the support of Creative Scotland, the festival will build on the connections between Scotland and Malawi by hosting 12 creatives from Scotland including poet Michael Pedersen, writer Martin MacInnes, filmmaker Matt Hulse, painter Rabiya Choudhry, hip-hop act Stanley Odd and Knockengorroch festival director Katch Holmes.”

“Festival-goers can expect an intimate festival set in an unbelievable location on the palm-fringed shores of Lake Malawi where you can enjoy an eclectic programme of music, comedy, visual arts and poetry and family activities.”

“I would like to thank our 2014 supporters and partners that include DHL Express, TNM, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Lilongwe, Creative Scotland, Intercape, Live Nation, Proflight Zambia, Kenya Airways and Malawian Airways,” says Will.

Tickets can be bought online as well as locations around Malawi.

For more information and to buy your tickets, visit http://lakeofstars.org/index.php/tickets/

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

These Kenyan Artistes Want To Eradicate Malaria

Kenyan musicians have lend their voice to a malaria anthem under the Malaria No More campaign. The aim is to end malaria deaths.

The artistes are lead by gospel acts Daddy Owen and Size 8, Afro Soul diva Dela and rapper Octopizzo.

In the new malaria education campaign, the top Kenyan personalities will encourage families to use mosquito nets and other tools to save lives.

Speaking during the launch of the campain, Daddy Owen said, "I thank God for the opportunity as a young man to help people. There is a saying that we are the leaders of tomorrow but I believe we are the leaders of now. The only difference between a politician and a leader is that the politician is keen on the next election but a leader is keen on the next generation. It is not about an NGO involving celebrities in this campaign, this is something I’m passionate about and I will use my social media standing and good rapport with my fanbase to send the message across."

Check out the music video...

Akon Talks About His Lighting Project And Africa

Akon was in Washington DC this week for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, where he caught up with POLITICO’s Mike Allen to talk about how he is “Lighting Africa” and why celebrity activism is on the decline.

“I think the United States probably may take the value of Africa just a little bit for granted. I think with the right partners, the right neighboring allies and the right support, Africa could be dominating,” he said.

“Because it has all the natural resources you can imagine, and if all the other countries actually got together and created unity, the dollar would be humongous.”

Akon will be in Kenya this September to launch his project.


TPF Darlings Are Back With Smile!

“Smile” is the debut single by Amos & Josh, East Africa’s latest and youngest afro pop act.

The golden duo rose to fame in 2013 after participating in Tusker Project Fame season six, music reality TV Show, where they emerged first runners up.

Amos & Josh are really excited and glad to present to East Africa and their fans, the first of their recordings.

“Smile” is a groovy African love song that boasts the duo’s story-telling lyricism, harmonious vocals and synchrony.

“Smile” has been performed and written by Amos & Josh and co-written by Bien Aime Alusa.

Produced by Cedric (Cedo) Kadenyi. Executive Production: Sauti Sol Entertainment.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Lupita Is Vanity Fair's Best Dressed Celeb! Whoop Whoop!

For their September issue, Vanity Fair has released its 2014 International Best-Dressed list.

On it are winners from this year's awards season as well as European royals, sports stars and businessmen. 

Lupita Nyong'o is joined by Cate Blanchett, both Oscar-winning actresses on the magazine's annual list.

Other celebrities who also make the list include Emma Watson and Emmy Rossum, Neil Patrick Harris, Benedict Cumberbatch and Idris Elba. 

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Jazz Stars In Nairobi For Jazz Under the Stars!

The Jazz Under the Stars event is here once again. This time with a special treat to the new and returning guests; artists Julian Vaughn and Phil Denny from USA.

Kenyan veteran guitarist Eddie Grey and the Ensemble, June Gachui and the Kenya National Youth Orchestra  will also be on stage!

Do not miss this year's event which will be at Nairobi Club on Ngong Road this weekend, August 2.

Purchase your VIP ticket today that will give you access to the exclusive VIP only section.

VIP tickets are Ksh 5,000 each and include a welcome Chivas cocktail and some hors d'oeuvres.

General Admission tickets are also available at Ksh 3,000.

Ice Prince Unveils His Line Of Cool Eyewear: Superfly

Nigerian rapper Ice Prince in association with The Keltop Group presents a new brand of eyewear dubbed Superfly.

Superfly by Ice Prince is a multi dimensional merchandising franchise, debuting with a premium eyewear line designed by a special team of designers.

The eyewear line will be introducing both a male and female line, as well as a more upscale line tagged “The Deluxe edition”.

In manufacturing this product, time and dedication was put into every detail.

Superfly classic is that urbane design crafted with finesse for both sexes.

The Cat-woman sunglasses were designed to fit the stylish chic, giving her an upscale look.

The sunglasses will be available for sale on all fashion retail outlets including www.konga.com and www.jumia.com.

Here Is One Bebe Cool Song You Will Love Every Day

Friday, 25 July 2014

South African Actress Xolile Tshabalala Appointed AFRIFF 2014 Ambassador

South African actress, Xolile Tshabalala has been appointed the ambassador  for the Africa International Film Festival.

In a press release, Xilole said, "I’m excited about anything that brings Africa together.”

She continued, "When Chioma Ude, the founder of AFRIFF, called me, I had no choice but to jump at the offer-perhaps, it is also because it’s woman power. Yes, the festival is being run by an amazing woman.

"So, I feel excited about an opportunity for me to share my experience and belief about the beauty of Africa. More importantly, I am excited because it will also offer the opportunity to show that AFRIFF has demonstrated that she can hold a film festival equal to internationally acclaimed festivals.”

The South African actress, met with the AFRIFF team at the ongoing Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), where she held talks with the Project Director Afie Braimoh and the Artistic Director Keith Shiri who joined the team from London.

The actress, whose short film, Through Her Eyes, is screening at DIFF, was excited to join the team, having been eager to lend her voice to the much-publicised 4th edition of the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF)set for November 9 to16.

“I’m very excited as an artiste and as a female filmmaker. Also, as an African, I am so happy about anything that brings Africa together and puts us on the world map. I’m overwhelmed with joy for being a part of the AFRIFF team,” she said to reporters at the festival.

The star of Mnet’s Jacobs Cross and SABC1’s soap, Generation, alongside Nollywood actress Rita Dominic, will be the ambassadors for the festival.

Interestingly, Tshabalala resumed duty immediately, talking to people at the ongoing DIFF about the qualities that differentiate AFRIFF from other festivals.

AFRIFF holds at the popular Tinapa Business Resort in Calabar, Cross River State.

The event will feature daily film screenings, workshops, master classes, exhibitions, film premieres, glamorous opening and closing ceremonies. It will round off with an award night that will celebrate winning film entries.

Remember This Face: Genevieve Just Endorsed This Starlet!

Genevieve Nnaji has announced that an 18-year-old aspiring actress, Bola Suru, is the winner of Act The Part, an online contest.

Bola, a university admission seeker exhibited undeniable acting skills which shot her to the frontline in the contest amidst thousands of contestants who sent in videos re-enacting a role from a Nollywood movie of their choice.

The young aspiring actress could not contain her joy when she received the news.

“I have practically been praying about this since I emerged one of the three finalists. My sister actually found out about the competition and encouraged me to be a part of it. I am so excited about this”, says Bola.

 “Genevieve inspires me so much and I really can’t wait to meet her and ask all the many questions I need answers to as it concerns acting as a career”, she adds excitedly.

From the numerous entries received for the contest, three acts made it through the tough selection process and were announced as finalists last week: Bola Suru, Michael Akan and Chioma Okoye.

Bola emerged winner via popular votes. Bola came tops for re-enacting a role from the movie, Broken Heart; Michael’s re-enactment of his role from the movie Ije, which features Genevieve Nnaji earned him the second position while Chioma came third for her role from the movie Mirror Boy.

The Amstel Malta brand ambassador, Genevieve Nnaji also expressed her delight over the passionate participation from her fans.

“I started off my career at the age of eight, so seeing young talents very keen about what they do gives me so much pleasure because I can relate to that really well. I’m very thankful to Amstel Malta for this amazing opportunity and I look forward to meeting Bola Suru. We are definitely going to have a fun day together,” she said.

As winner of the competition, Bola will spend a fun filled day with the superstar actress and also win a fab makeover courtesy of Amstel Malta.