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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Seyi Shay Headed To Tanzania!

Nigerian singer Seyi Shay took to her Instagram to announce that she would be headlining a concert in Tanzania later this month.

The Pepsi ambassador has recently spoken in series of interviews about her intention to go on tour round Africa to promote her recently released album "Seyi or Shay" & the trip to Tanzania would mark the beginning of her tour around Africa.

 The Muzika Festival will take place in Mwanza and will feature stars in Tanzania and beyond.

Beside Seyi Shay, rapper Teckno have been confirmed as a headliner for the concert put together by STR8 UP ViBES.

Check Out Photos From The Brian McKnight Concert In Nigeria


The third edition of Butterscotch Evenings hosted by TV Sweetheart Michelle Dede took place on Saturday,30th January 2016 at Eko Convention Center.

Michelle Dede, host. The event played host to Elites, Socialites and Celebrities.

It was indeed an evening of outstanding world class entertainment headlined by 16 times Grammy award nominee Brian McKnight who serenaded the audience with his velvet voice performing hits like "Shoulda woulda coulda","one last cry","crazy love" and "back to one".

Also performing on the star studded night was some of Nigeria’s finest Styl Plus, classic songstress; Omawunmi, the ever exciting Sir Shina Peters, and the eclectic Singer/Songwriter Nikki Laoye who opened the show with her sonorous voice.

Guests were treated to a thrilling performance by the Bailamos Dance Company. Comedians Still Ringing tickled the audience with their original yet tongue in cheek jokes.

Okiki Marinho stunned the audience with her luxurious fashion pieces as the models came on stage cladded in her sultry pieces teamed with the must have leather handbags.

The Unstoppable DJ Spinall A.K.A TheCap kept the fire lit!

Michelangelo Productions took a minute to recognize #BoOM4GOOD; a foundation that is dedicated to fighting Meningitis which was set up in honour of Temi Braithwaite.

"...we are grateful to our supporters, sponsors and partners. We advise every ticket holder to hold on to their tickets as a special culinary show with Michelin star chef Tom Wolfe will take place later in the year" - Dotun Olakunri.

Butterscotch Evenings was proudly supported by Africamagic, Trace TV, Beat FM,Cool FM, Classic FM,Pernod Ricard, Bellanaija, Onobello, Linda Ikeji, Pulse NG, Genevieve Magazine, Ebonylife TV and The Guardian.


Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Julie Gichuru Partners With Fashion Bloggers To Market Her Business

Fashion store MIMI has announced a partnership with the 2015 winners of the Mimi Fashion Bloggers contest, in a bid to grow industry capacity, engagement and fashion reporting.

Speaking during the award ceremony of the winners, MIMI Founder Julie Gichuru noted the bloggers have enabled growth in the Kenya fashion industry. Citing the overwhelming response from the contest, she urged the public to support local stylists in order to sell Kenya as a fashion hub.

“We had overwhelming response to the blogging contest, which indicated that the public is truly interested in fashion. To this end, MIMI will partner with the top 10 winners of the blogging contest to support them to grow their blogs, as they profile fashion trends and the local market.” said Julie.

In the 2015 competition, Muriuki Kagiri, author of Dapper Brother emerged tops with 25,000 votes out of over 60,000 votes on his blog, followed closely by Shawn Osimbo of shawnosimbo.com and Sharon Mwangi who blogs in Style by Shari.

As the winner, Muriuki banked Ksh 100,000 in prize money. Shawn walked away with Ksh 25,000 shopping voucher and Ksh 10,000 while Sharon was gifted with a MIMI gift bag and Ksh 10,000 in prize money.

While accepting his token, Muriuki acknowledged MIMI’s efforts in supporting bloggers and urged the public to support more fashion bloggers and stylists in order to compete alongside the rest of the continent.

“Kenyan fashion is growing, and for us to have an edge against South Africa and Nigeria, we need to support our own. The competition has created exposure for my blog and I shall continue to write more about Kenyan fashion,” noted Muriuki.

Julie noted that plans are underway to expand the user ability of the platform to encourage local stylists to sell their clothes online.

“MIMI is engaging in a thorough analysis of the market to position ourselves as a platform for established and upcoming local and regional designers as part of our strategic growth,” She added.

MIMI shop is located at the Green House, Adams Arcade Nairobi and fashionistas can access online shopping via www.mimi.co.ke.

The next call for entries for the MIMI Blogger contest 2016 will be announced in February.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Keri Hilson's Detailed Plans For Kenyan Talent


Season 2 of Airtel TRACE Music Star, the biggest pan-African talent search competition, is back and will see Keri Hilson on the hunt for Africa’s next music talent from February 1, 2016!

One lucky talented Kenyan musician will have the chance to record a song with the Knock You Down Star if they win the Pan African contest.

With 2.3 million calls made in its previous season, the Airtel TRACE Music Star (ATMS) talent search is the biggest music competition to ever take place in Africa.

The number of contestants surpassed European and American talent shows such as “The Voice” and “Idols”. The mobile phone based ATMS talent search contest also won the “Best Pan-African Initiative” accolade at the prestigious AfricaCom Awards held in Capetown, South Africa.

Crowned Airtel TRACE Music star winner by megastar Akon, Mayunga won a record deal as well as promotion for a total value exceeding $500,000 and a mentorship programme with Akon.

His first track “Nice Couple” reached number 1 on all major radio and TV charts in his home country of Tanzania. A few months ago, he was in Los Angeles with Akon to record his second single “Please Don’t Go Away” and shoot the music video.

Now in its second season, this year’s Airtel TRACE Music Star competition will see Niger join Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Zambia as the newest African territory to enter the competition from February 1, 2016.

The best singing talent in each territory will be identified, rewarded and put in competition to run for the title of best African music talent.

To participate, contestants will need to call in a short code number with their mobile phones, record their songs to stand a chance to become the next big music star in Africa.

The grand finale will be held in Lagos, Nigeria in Q2 2016. The grand prize comprises a mentorship program with multi-award winning American singer-songwriter Keri Hilson in Atlanta.

The winner will not only star in their own music video alongside Keri Hilson; he/she will get an opportunity to record a duet with the “Knock You Down” songstress, as well as receive a signed contract with a major music label and worldwide media exposure through various TRACE’s platforms.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Kwame's Beautiful Love Song Enthralls Fans

Kwame’s latest single dubbed Aki Wewe (Mwah) has enchanted fans.

He is yet to shoot a music video for the hit song but the audio is receiving rave reviews on YouTube. One fan says, " This is some Next Level Music Stuff. Keep it up bro and Keep em comin thro. Sigh! I can't get enough of this. Too beautiful "

Another wrote, "Kwame ,You are our next Trey Songz, Tyrese, J Holiday, Ray J, R.Kelly combined."

This enthusiastic fan added, "Awesome just love your songs keep on pressing on Keep up bro you really make us proud and Kenya in general."

A fan from Australia said, "Hey!! Mate am listening to this song in Brisbane Australia. This track is a killer!! Good work! Nice work, you just won yourself one more believer."

beside these rave reviews, most fans decribed Aki Wewe as "refreshing" and "deep...great work".

Aki Wewe was birthed not in the throes of passion, but as a celebration of matrimony.

According to a press release, Kwame croons an enfeebling serenade to his wife, giving breath to words rarely heard from the lips of lesser mortals afraid to voice their emotions.

The chorus denotes a sigh that escapes his heart, whenever he recalls the apple of his eye. A love note he claims, gave rise to this masterpiece. Like pure spring water emerging from the parched ground.

The single was produced by Waithaka of Waithaka Ent, and MG. The backing vocals were provided by Barbara Guya, a stellar vocalist who has sung with the likes of Kidum and Suzanna Owiyo among a galaxy of dazzling stars.

Kwame’s honey-laced vocals and Benjamin Kabaseke’s deft guitar strumming give the song its soothing signature.

The entire jam is a breezy blend that will go into the annals of history as one of Kenya’s amazing love songs.

Kwame is a cupid-like chanteur; he has no qualms about making love an everyday affair. His favorite muse is none other than his beloved wife, who he talks about in glowing terms.

As evidenced by Malkia, he swings open the temple doors and lets the world into the holies of holies, the inner sanctum of his heart.

Here is the audio. Enjoy.


Thursday, 21 January 2016

Eric Omondi Has His Version Of The Hello Cover With Obama

Victoria Kimani Has A New Joint In Yoruba With Khuli Chana

Victoria Kimani is back with All the Way featuring South African heartthrob and hip-hop legend, Khuli Chana.

She pays homage to one of Africa's first female pop star, Angelique Kidjo.

In her classic song Wombo Lombo which she (from Benin Republic, sang in Yoruba).

This is Kimani's way of breaking language barriers and stereotypes in African music, as she too is Kenyan singing in multiple languages, introducing an R&B culture to Africa and this sound being the focus point in her debut Album which she is currently wrapping up.

Shot in Johannesburg, South Africa, she portrays a 90's vibe with is reminiscent to the original energy the song was inspired by.

Enjoy the feel good, happy, sultry record and youthful music video All The Way featuring Khuli Chana.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Kenyan Diva Dela Records Adele's Hello Rendition In Swahili

Dela Maranga has also added her voice to the Adele, Hello, cover bandwagon.

She has done it in a different way than the rest. She has sung the popular song in Swahili.

She posted on her Facebook: "Got to do this in an evening of randomness with my hommies Fancy Fingers, Webi and Andrew Ngatia. Now I get to share it with you."

Here it is. Have a listen...

Hot Thursday Madness: Habida Buries And Burns Her Ex...

Singer Habida has a new song out.

It is raw and revealing.

The song is about a heartbreak and how she gets over it.

The video is titled Keep On Walking.

It stars her looking down at an open car boot at a wrapped up body.

She then proceeds to drag out the body, drop it into a shallow grave and torches it.

Speaking a bout the song, Habida writes on Facebook, "A song close to my heart. Written to inspire all those who need to overcome their battle and KEEP ON WALKING!"

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Redsan Is Here With New Chune, Shoulder Back

Redsan is back.

Sony has released his latest music video shot in South Africa earlier this year by acclaimed Nigerian director Sesan.

Titled Shoulder Back, the dancehall anthem is making big waves on radio in Kenya & Tanzania at the moment.

The video has also been playlisted on MTV Base, TRACE Africa and playing on East African Television.

Here is the music video. Your thoughts?

Hot Celebrity Pic Of The Week: Kobi Kihara With Sean Penn

NTV's breakfast show presenter, Kobi Kihara is in the States on holiday.

The TV personality posted a photo of her and hollywood actor Sean Penn during  her stay in America.

She captioned the photo: "Yes that's Sean Penn ❤❤ Dinner at Four Seasons."

Monday, 7 December 2015

Hot Monday Tune: Longombas - What You Like

This Is How It Went Down At Nairobi's Secret Dinner En Blanc


The inaugural secret Diner En Blanc was held at Uhuru Gardens.

The turnout of white clad Nairobians was treated to a sumptuous dinner under the moon lit skies along Langata Road.

To be a member one pays weeks in advance. They are then picked at a designated spot and chauffeured to the secret location. This time the dinner was hosted at Uhuru Gardens.

Tickets were going for Sh7,000 per couple and they were sold on a first-come first-served basis as the set tables were limited to a certain number.



 



Sunday, 6 December 2015

Willy Paul Defends His Condolences To Jamaican J Capri's Family

The music fraternity world over and fans of Jamaican singer J Capri have reacted to here death.

J Capri died at the University Hospital of the West Indies yesterday morning.

23-year-old J Capri, whose real name is Jordan Phillips, was in a coma since being involved in a motor vehicle accident in the Barbican area of St Andrew on November 23.

In Kenya, Sauti Sol sent out their  "heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and fans of Jamaican musician Jordan Philips AKA ‪#‎JCapri‬ who passed away earlier today, only 20 days before her 24th birthday which could've been on the 24th of Dec. Another great musician gone too soon! ‪#‎RIP."

However, gospel singer had to defend his condolences to Fans.

Willy Paul also left a message saying, "Rip Jcapri....gone too soon but God had a purpose for your demise...condolences from #teamWillyPaulMsafi."

A fan questioned Willy Paul's message saying, "Willy....please shut up.No justification for that.It's double life.You will deceive many young people to eternal destruction and separation from God's love.Being a Christian means imitating Christ in every aspect. Holistic and complete life.Working towards perfection.You are lost.May God forgive you.If you do gospel,then music is not just music as you say....there is a big difference"

Defending himself he said, "being a gospel artist doesn't mean i should not appreciate the work of the secular musicians...we all do music...stop thinking like ancestors"

Here is Sauti Sol's message...

Our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and fans of Jamaican musician Jordan Philips AKA #JCapri who passed...
Posted by Sautisol on Friday, December 4, 2015

Former TV Anchor Tells You Why You Should Root For Her...


Former swahili news anchor has taken up a spot on an ongoing TV reality show.

Ann Ngugi has signed up for KTN's The Ultimate Challege.

She gives her reasons for taking up the challenge. "I have joined the KTN ULTIMATE CHALLENGE SHOW as a celebrity guest having worked as a News Anchor and Reporter for 13 years and left active media 2 years ago and now being a subject and not the story teller has been an awesome humbling experience (sic)," she wrote.

Adding, "Team yellow is my Team under the able hands of Coach Ibra .Kindly support our team by using the following social media IDS. teamibra2 on twitter, Ibrammoja fb name, Team ibra fb page, Teamibra on instagram. (sic)"

She then gave an explaination why you should all root for her.

"I know by now the question is why did I decide to participate on the show it is simple. One to lose the extra weight I have ,2 to inspire millions of both men and women into living more healthier happier life and three to work out with a team who have a similar vision as mine this season for I believe that where there is unity God commands a blessing. From me keep it locked on ‪#‎ktnultimatechallenge‬.every Sunday 8Pm. (sic)"

Friday, 4 December 2015

About Last Night. The Phylosophy According To Phy

Phy held a successful listening party at Ennovator Music Studios on Thursday, 3rd December 2015 to officially launch her new album.

The launch saw key industry players and the media in attendance.

 "The launch will forever go down as the special unveiling of my heart to the people because people got a chance to experience what I am all about in the record. I am thankful to all industry players and friends that showed up to see my work and for their reviews and feedback, " says PHY.

PHILOSOPHY is a collection of upbeat yet soulful Afropop fused songs with R & B influences featuring collaborations with Khaligraph Jones, Rabbit King Kaka, Kagwe Mungai and with Production from Tim “timwork” Rimbui, Jaaz Odongo and Saint P.

The ten track album is one that you will be listening for years to come.


Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Full Episode Of Kenyan TV Drama, Majaribu

Majaribu is a new drama series about two brothers torn apart by greed, jealousy and envy.

Majaribu airs on December 14, 2015, on Star Swahili, on Star Times, Channel 160, every Thursday and Friday at 7:30 pm.

It stars Tonie Mwangi, Innocent Njuguna, Sabina Stadler, Eddy Peter, Joyce Maina, Sybil Collette, Alex Khainga, Claude Judah, Kennedy Luyali and many other talented actors.

Kenya's RnB Style Is Here. Presenting SwaRnB

The unmistakable zouk influence that is accredited to Tedd Josiah's signature touch in music he has produced, can be felt and heard in this new single.

Tedd who has been MIA is back with a new Kenyan made music genre he dubs SwaRnB.

You can check out his work in a new single by newbie Mswazzi Massauti's debut single Mahabuba - which means My Love in Swahili.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Electrique DJs Release Collabo Single With Patricia Kihoro


Electrique DJs release Stronger featuring the sultry singer Patricia Kihoro.

This is the third single off Electrique DJs’ upcoming Album Coming of Age, set for release in January 2016.

Stronger is a bonafide feel-good afro house track with a powerful message for all. Stronger is written by Patricia Kihoro, and composed & produced by Electrique Djs (Big Daddy, Dj Andrea & MTM).

Live Instruments: Tom Olango (Bass Guitar) & Tobby Tinashe (Rhythm Guitar) Label: EER.

In the wake of this release, Electrique DJs says, “The urban contemporary African Musician Patricia is a natural fit for Stronger. Her vocals are smooth and melodious and naturally compliment this style of music. We identify with her as an African Musician.”

Stronger is an inspirational song that offers strength and encouragement during seasons of darkness and times of struggle.

If focuses on harnessing the strength within to overcome tough times.

It also marks the return of Electrique DJs to the music scene following their hiatus and decision to take a break earlier this year.

Miss Kihoro reiterates, “Stronger is a song about character - what makes us stronger? If we didn’t know pain we couldn’t enjoy the fruits of our labor. When have you have struggled, even smaller things will bring you joy—your character is getting Stronger.”

Jazz Giants Jet Into Kenya For Safaricom Jazz Lounge

Grammy Award winners Kirk Whalum and Norman Albright, as well as multiple Grammy Award Nominee Gerald Albright and upcoming star Sheléa have arrived in the country ahead of their performances at the Safaricom Jazz Lounge this Thursday.

The four, who arrived in Nairobi on Sunday evening and Monday morning together with their band, will perform at the series of concerts that will be held on 3rd and 5th December in Nairobi and Mombasa respectively.

“We are glad to have with us not one, but four, highly respected performers who will entertain music lovers this week when they take the stage at the Safaricom Jazz Lounge,” said Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore.

“We are also delighted to be showing our support for local jazz talent by having two of Kenya’s fastest rising jazz bands opening for the international acts.”

Edward Parseen and the Different Faces Band, and AfroSync will curtain raise for the international stars at the two concerts.

“We are very excited to be performing in Nairobi and are ready to deliver a memorable performance for our fans,” said Kirk Whalum. “We know that Kenyan jazz lovers have high expectations and we plan to deliver by performing some of our biggest hits including A Gospel According to Jazz, as we usher in the holiday season and celebrate both Kenyan and international jazz.”

To kick off their trip in Kenya the quartet will tour Ghetto Classics in Korogocho where they will interact with the members of the music programme, which seeks to provide music education to youth from underprivileged backgrounds.

Ghetto Classics is supported by Safaricom, which donates all proceeds from the Safaricom International Jazz Festival – which includes the Safaricom Jazz Lounge – to the programme.

Tickets to the Safaricom Jazz Lounge went on sale on Friday 20th November, and are retailing at Ksh.1,500 for advance tickets, Ksh.2,000 at the gate and Ksh.500 for students.

They are available from select Safaricom outlets (Sarit Centre, Thika Road Mall, Galleria Mall, Junction Mall, BuruBuru, Village Market, I&M and Nakumatt Mega in Nairobi, and Nyali and Rex Shop in Mombasa).

TV Reality Star, PHY Releases Debut Single, Ruka

Singer, songwriter and Maisha Superstar Season one winner, PHY has released a new song, Ruka.

Ruka is the title track for her new album Phylosophy which is set for release later in the week.

Ruka is a song for the free and fun loving individual that doesn't necessarily need to be in a club to have fun but pretty much anywhere.

It's that feel good song that lifts your spirits and by all means everyone is allowed to shout themselves hoarse every time the chorus comes on.

"I can't be the only one that locks myself in my room then jumps frantically on my bed to blaring music. Luckily I made us a theme song," says PHY.

PHY has featured Khaligraph Jones and King Kaka on this song.

"Working with King Kaka and Khaligraph on this record gave the song a dope feel and made it relatable to everyone across the board," adds PHY.

Ruka was produced by Timwork and the video was directed by Moses Osidiana of Brainworks.

Check Out Miss Kenya World - Machakos County!

Meet Ms. Sheila Kanini the newly crowned Miss World Kenya - Machakos County 2015/2016.

She is a first year Student at USIU. Her passion includes fashion and charity.


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Kenyan Jazz Stars Shine At Fete; To Join Grammy Winners On Stage


Safaricom unveiled the Kenyan jazz bands that will curtain raise for Grammy Award Winners Kirk Whalum and Norman Albright, as well as multiple Grammy Award Nominee Gerald Albright and upcoming star Shelea Frazier at the December edition of the Safaricom Jazz Lounge.

Edward Parseen & The Different Faces Band, and AfroSync, are expected to perform alongside the internationally acclaimed artists on 3rd and 5th December in Nairobi.


The two bands were unveiled during the Safaricom Night of Kenyan Jazz, an intimate concert held at the Michael Joseph Centre to kick off a round of events that will take place before the main Safaricom International Jazz Festival set for February 2016.

Speaking during the event Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore was enthusiastic about the ability of the two groups to hold their own alongside the jazz greats, saying the Safaricom Jazz Lounge was created to celebrate local talent.

“Since we launched the Safaricom International Jazz Festival in 2014 we’ve seen an overwhelming desire for events that celebrate our own local jazz talent, and that give our entertainers a chance to perform alongside some of the great international music legends of our time,” said Mr. Collymore.



“The performances by AfroSync and Edward Parseen and the Different Faces Band gave our audience a glimpse into the electric performances we can expect at the Safaricom Jazz Lounge in December, where some of jazz music’s most celebrated musicians will perform their highly acclaimed production: A Gospel According to Jazz,”

Joining the two curtain raisers on stage were Sahili Family, a Christian band that performs smooth Jazz and Blues, Fyuz’d Band, a quartet that specializes in Acid, Lounge and Contemporary Jazz, Shamsi Music and Scott the Violinist.

The bands were selected following auditions held at the Michael Joseph Centre earlier “We want to give more local jazz artists a platform to give Kenyans a taste of their music, and there is no better platform than the Safaricom Jazz Lounge and Safaricom International Jazz Festival,” added Mr. Collymore.

The concert comes barely three months after music lovers were treated to a world class jazz and Afro-pop experience by African music legend Salif Keita, during the Safaricom Jazz Lounge held at the Bomas of Kenya, in August.

All proceeds from the Safaricom Jazz Lounge will go towards supporting Ghetto Classics, a music programme based in Korogocho Slums that seeks to provide an opportunity for children from underprivileged backgrounds to explore their musical Tickets to the Safaricom Jazz Lounge go on sale on Friday 20th November, and will be retailing at Ksh.1,500 for advance tickets, Ksh.2,000 at the gate and Ksh.500 for students.

They will be available from select Safaricom outlets (Sarit Centre, Thika Road Mall, Galleria Mall, Junction Mall, BuruBuru, Village Market, I&M and Nakumatt Mega in Nairobi, and Nyali and Rex Shop in Mombasa).