Thursday, 17 August 2017

Photos: Heineken Lagos Fashion & Design Week Empowers Fashion Entrepreneurs

Fashion Focus Talks, the annual seminars held before the Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week, ended with the finale in Lagos on Friday August 11, 2017. The fashion seminar featured Eku Edewor, TV presenter and model; Ink Eze, Founder AsoebiBella; and Tsemaye Binitie, Fashion Designer as speakers.

The events, targeted at emerging and aspiring fashion entrepreneurs between ages 18 and 35, were held between August 7 – 11 in Enugu, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos respectively.

Themed 'From Passion to Profit', the 2017 Fashion Focus Talks featured a series of carefully curated classes aimed at opening up creative minds to explore different, and sometimes alternative ways of making their careers profitable.

This year, the series also featured fashion industry stakeholders Kelechi Amadi-Obi, Photographer and Publisher of Style Mania Magazine; Zara Odu, Brand Developer; George Okoro, Photographer; Omoyemi Akerele, Founder of Style House Files; Yummie Ogbebor, Bolaji Fawehinmi, Few Model Management Director; and Ezinne Chinkata, a Fashion Consultant.

 “Heineken has remained a committed partner of Africa’s biggest fashion event through its sponsorship of Lagos Fashion and Design Week. Through ‘Fashion Focus Talks’ Heineken creates opportunities for  young emerging, fashion entrepreneurs to discover more about  the  fashion industry, said Aminah Jagun, Assistant Brand Manager, Heineken NB Plc.”

The Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2017 themed, 'Africa: Shaping Fashion’s Future', will return for its 7th edition from 25-28 October, 2017.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Super Star Producer Turned Artist Makwa 6eats Premiers Debut Music Video – iNamba

The award winning producer turned artist, Neo Makwa better known as Makwa6eats premiers the video to his debut single iNamba which features the entire RapLyf crew.

Makwa6eats is a well rounded artist who perfected the art of DJing, before trying his hand at music production, which resulted in him producing the Gold & Platinum selling hit singles Nomayini, Mayibabo & Ngiyazifela Ngawe by Kwesta, Nice Life Problems by TLT, Laundry Day Fresh by Kid X and Shebaba by Yanga to name a few. 

The multitalented superstar in the making crossed over to being an artist when he produced and sang the chorus on Mmino which is Kwesta’s ode to Music where he speaks about his come up in the game. 
Makwa6eats’ transition from being The producer to an Artist comes from his realization that he had pioneered a hip hop sub-genre that fuses traditional and indigenously South African elements into a youthful, catchy and current sound, which is authentically different. 

It was only fitting for him to change his name to one that defined him as the artist and not just the producer.

Makwa who has just released the music video to his single iNamba, which is the record labels anthem was created to showcase the artists signed to RapLyf Records, they are Makwa, TLT, Kid X and Kwesta.
iNamba is a song that makes statement which shows that the label’s primary focus is creating amazing music while developing and grooming up and coming artists.

In this video Makwa is the Torch Bearer and he is bringing light to the game, he is with no doubt the answer to what the music industry has been missing, the video embodies some of the struggle and hardships he went through, but in all that he managed to persevere by following his dream. The light is a symbol of strength and persistence, it is there to teach us to never give and we should keep the fire burning. 

Connect with Makwa online: @makwamusic

New Music: Malawian Singer-Songwriter "Malaika" Releases New Single - "Falling For You"

"Falling for you is an afobeats inspired pop song with a dancehall feel, the saucy song challenges gender stereotypes encouraging women to go after what they want, in this context a man, instead of always waiting for the guy to make the first move. Talking about what inspired her to write the song Malaika says far too many women are unfulfilled and unhappy in relationships because they don't feel they can express themselves sexually or communicate their desires without running the risk of being labelled "wild" or accused of cheating.

The music video is produced by Tawanda Sibotshiwe ( Jusa Dementor) in association with Stage Works Films.

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Gospel Star’s ex-girlfriend Pregnant For New Lover

Gospel singer Hey Z Da Brand separated late last year with his wife Mercy Njoki, a former Tahidi High actress. The two had dated for six years.

Their very public break-up was the talk of the town. Hey Z said his wife was cheating on him with her boss, who happens to be her current beau and future daddy of her child.

“I asked that guy are you f*cking my wife or not? He said no,” Hey Z said.
Now Njoki has acknowledged that Bobb is the love of her life, according to her recent social media post:

“When I met Bobb, I was not looking for love, I had lost faith in this thing called “love”. That word became Greek to me! I went through so much bullshit that made me numb. I just gave up hope. But he held my hand and walked with me... And I’m grateful to have made the best decision in my life. This is where I want to be for the rest of my life... Happiness is not expensive! You just have to associate yourself with the right energy... I am the happiest and the most relaxed person right now. This is a brand new Njoki... Love is a beautiful thing after all.”

Now, Njoki is sporting a bulging baby bump. Congratulations to the both of them.

Temple Management Company Partners With Jay-Z’s Roc Nation

 A month after the launch Temple Management Company (TMC) in East Africa, the management label hits yet another milestone with the launch of its new record label—Temple Music Limited (TMPL). This platform has been established for the development, production, promotion and distribution of African talent to the world.

Living up to its global status, Temple Management Company also recently clinched a partnership with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation as a global distributor of Temple Music. This is a game changer that will benefit all its artists signed across West and East Africa – validating the company’s vision to remain leaders in African talent and event management outfit while representing the best talent in entertainment.

Speaking on this new addition to the Temple family, The Managing Director of Temple East Africa, Troy White asserted that the launch is a huge boost to the creative space in East Africa and Africa at large. He said: “We are excited that Temple Music will be providing an experience we have been eager to share for a long time,” adding on the Roc Nation merge: “Joining forces with Jay Z’s imprint Roc Nation is a true show for how we plan on doing it big, and we will keep pushing further by distributing East Africa’s most versatile quality content. East African music is about to go global!”

In East Africa, Temple Management has signed multi-talented artiste Blinky Bill, radio host and mcee, Shaffie Weru and the exceptional DJs: DJ Adrian and Mix Master Lenny in the past one month. These artistes represent East Africa’s fast rising lot and some of Africa’s most recognizable talent.

 In fact, they comprise a perfect mix and balance of the new wave versus the old music sounds. Within 18 months of its inception, Temple Management has been able to set standards in the talent management industry through its 360-management approach. TMC has made its mark in West, East and South Africa through the offices in Nairobi, Kenya and partnership with Johannesburg-based, urban digital platform Touch HD. Its newest addition, Temple Music, is a boost for the music industry in Africa.

Hero Radio Is Not Shutting Down-CEO West Says

The CEO of Hero Radio, Sam 'West' Gitonga has come out to refute claims that the station has shut down. This comes after a memo circulating online alleged that the management had decided to close down the station in what they termed as "the tide has proven to be stronger than us. We wish to announce that we are with immediate effect halting all your services as we shut down to strategise on our next move,” the statement read in part.

In the statement, management thanked its fans for their “undying love and support” adding “In every journey, there must be stopovers. Unfortunately, Hero Radio has come to one. We have decided to break so many beautiful hearts who have worked tirelessly to ensure we remain afloat."

Now the CEO has come out to rubbish the memo terming it as "fake" adding that they are re-branding and will launch new products as well.

Sam West said in an official statement, "It has come to our attention that a fake memo purported to he from Hero Radio has been making rounds on social media. The fake Memo has not been signed or authorized by the Management. We would like to let our audience know that Hero Radio is not closing shop and neither are we sacking our loyal dedicated staff members.

He continued, "We are in the process of rebranding. We have a new state of art studio, which will be launched on September 1, 2017 at our premises in Naka, Nakuru. New talents, exciting visual content and a new website are set to be launched then."


Gotv Launches CSR Initiative Themed On Recently Launched Jela 5-Star Show

Multichoice Kenya, via GOtv, has initiated a series of CSI programs targeting different prisons across the country.
The corporate social investment initiative that seeks to uplift the well-being of prisoners mirrors the recent comedy show called Jela 5-Star on Maisha Magic East set around a short hold prison.
The countrywide initiative commenced at Kamiti Maximum Prison when GOtv and Maisha Magic East donated toiletries, clothing items, detergents, and GOtv decoders worth over Sh200,000/- to the prison during the launch.
 “Jela 5-star is scripted and set around a prison and tells the story of inmates. In reality, we do not just want to make comedy out of real life scenarios, but we also want to use our influence and resources to play a positive role in the country. That is why GOtv has launched this initiative to spread cheer among inmates while also improving their lives. It is only by creating value for our customers, our employees and society at large that we’ll build a successful business for the future,” said Simon Kariithi, GM GOtv Kenya.
“We understand that inmates face a lot of challenges in prisons and need a relief from their day to day lives in remand. We know that entertainment is a powerful way to tell stories that touch the hearts and minds of people. That’s why we thought it important to come with the Jela 5 Star cast to enact the episodes and provide comic relief to the inmates.” said Timothy Okwaro, Mnet Director of East and Southern Channels.
The cast and crew of Jela 5 Star also acted out snippets of the show to entertain the inmates. The Jela 5 Star inmate CSI initiative, which will be held once every two months at either a male or female prison in Kenya.
Jela 5 Star is one of the 15 local shows that Maisha Magic East launched for the year 2017/2018 in an effort to promote local productions. Jela 5 Star is a dramatic comical production that brings to life situations that can be tragic as they can be hilarious, highlighting through comedy, a few areas where remand prisoners would appreciate improvement. 
The new comedy drama airs exclusively on Maisha Magic East on GOtv Channel 4 every Monday to Wednesday from 8.30pm – 9.00pm.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Eddy Kenzo On New Album & His Coke Studio Africa – 2017 Return

Uganda’s “Sitya Loss” and “Jubilation” hit maker Eddy Kenzo just released his new album ‘BIOLOGY’ during his ongoing European tour. Right before he set off on tour, the BET award-winner was in Nairobi to collaborate with Ghanaian artist and music producer Bisa Kdei, celebrated for hits such as “Mansa” and “Life” featuring Patoranking. The two have already worked on music collaborations produced by top South African music producer DJ Maphorisa. Their songs will feature on the upcoming show, set to premiere across over 30 African countries from September this year.

While still on tour, an ecstatic Eddy Kenzo has talked about his new album and return to Coke Studio Africa this year: “I am so happy to finally present my fans with ‘BIOLOGY’ – it’s by far my most detailed work of art and the best album to come out of Uganda. It’s a great moment and also perfect timing for me to return to Coke Studio 2017! I feel the blessings,” adding, “We had a good time with Bisa Kdei and you best be assured that this year on the show my collabos will be bigger, better and badder!”

While Bisa Kdei will be making his debut on the show this year, this will be Eddy Kenzo’s second time on the show and second pairing with a Ghanaian act. Last season he was collaborating the Star Gal: Efya and the two produced the original song “Too Much” produced by Kenya’s DJ Madtraxx. Since his Coke Studio stint last year, Eddy has gone on to collaborate with Coke Studio Africa season 4 artist Bahati in the song “Barua Kwa Mama.” Eddy Kenzo recently won 4 awards at Uganda’s Tuma Music Awards, and the coveted Trace Mziki East African Music Video Award at The Zanzibar International Film Festival for the music video of “Jubilation”.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Kenya Fashion Awards Holds Its Nextgen Fashion Weekend 2017

Kenya Fashion Awards (KFA) an initiative which honors and celebrates outstanding performance and excellence in the fashion industry last weekend held its 3rd edition of NextGen Fashion Weekend at the Michael Joseph Center – Safaricom.
NextGen Fashion Weekend is an initiative by Kenya Fashion Awards that involves training, practical sessions, competitions among others for young and upcoming talent in collaboration with internationally recognized brands and professionals with a vast knowledge and experience within the respective areas of interest.

The 2 day event provided a platform for Upcoming Designers and Fashion Design Students from different colleges and universities across the country to showcase their designs and creativity as well as compete. The winners were selected through a judging process and will be announced at a gala ceremony to be held on 7th October 2017.

Ms. Galina Tatarinova, Co-Director of Kenya Fashion Awards said: “Kenya Fashion Awards is raising awareness of the importance of the development of this economic sector by running business/talent development programs designed to support, mentor, empower and create opportunities for the next generation of professionals within the industry. We believe in empowering and creating a foundation for the young and upcoming talent within the industry in establishing their careers or businesses. ”

The event through the designs showcased highlighted emerging designers’ creativity and fashion sense. NextGen Fashion Weekend aims to create a fair opportunity for every emerging designer in the industry to have a moment of experience, to be in the spotlight, and build confidence.

Mr. Atman Ngau, Co-Director of Kenya Fashion Awards said: “There’s hope, this is the future of fashion; we would like all the participants to experience taking this as an inspiration and an opportunity to jumpstart their career. For many of the participants this show forms the basis of their career and beyond.” 

The youth exhibit a natural creative curiosity and inventiveness as seen in the music, film, fashion and craft that they are successfully engaged in. As the creative industry grows there is a need for clear guidance so as to reap from the industry.
The creative economy is an evolving concept based on creative assets embracing economic, cultural, social and technological aspects. It has linkages at macro and micro levels with the overall economy, hence an important development dimension that can foster economic growth, job creation, export earnings while promoting social inclusion, cultural diversity and human development.

Tourism Ministry Honors Graduates Of The Empowerment Of Youth In Travel And Tourism

The Ministry of Tourism, United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Amadeus East Africa have honored 20 graduates of the Empowerment of Youth in Travel and Tourism Pilot Program at a ceremony held at the Utalii Hotel, Nairobi. 

Amadeus, UNWTO and the Ministry of Tourism of Kenya rolled-out the program in November, 2016 with the key objective of providing youth and women of underprivileged communities with access to employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in travel and tourism. 
The graduation ceremony brought together Hotel/Tour firm Managers, Parastatal chiefs, Senior Officials of Government Agencies and Tourism stakeholders. 

“Despacito” Breaks Record For Youtube’s Most Viewed Video Of All Time

Luis Fonsi’s music video for “Despacito” featuring Daddy Yankee has broken the record for the most viewed video of all time on YouTube, a record that was previously held by Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” featuring Charlie Puth after overtaking five-year record holder “Gangnam Style” by Psy.

On Friday, August 4, the official music video for “Despacito” hit 2,993,786,682 views and surpassed “See You Again” (which was at 2,993,651,270) to become the most viewed video of all time. The video is also on track to soon become the first video of all time to surpass 3 billion views on YouTube.

The song received 874,732 views in Kenya, the sixth highest in Africa, and the highest in East and Central Africa region. In Africa, Morocco took the first position with 12,188,501 views, followed by Egypt at 10,420,747, Tunisia 7,485,117, Algeria 7,471,457, Mauritius 185,744 and South Africa 1,728,104. In Tanzania, views stood at 213,961, while Nigeria had 155,079. Uganda had 55,880 views, Rwanda 52,302, Somalia 54,290, Burundi 14,678 and 4,298 views in South Sudan.

It took just 203 days for the official music video for “Despacito” to become the most viewed video in YouTube history (these numbers do not include the also popular video featuring Justin Bieber, which has 464m views).

The official Despacito video has racked up a number of additional impressive records including:

It is the most liked video in YouTube history.
It reached the 2 billion and 2.5 billion views milestone faster than any video in YouTube history.

It is the most viewed music video of 2017 in over 40 countries.
Daily views have averaged over 14.5 million, reaching as high as 25 million views in a single day.

It has been viewed over 1 million times in over 99 countries, racking up massive views in countries as diverse as as Mexico (376 million), Brazil (213 million), United States (183 million), Italy (142 million), France (80 million), Indonesia (36 million), United Kingdom (36 million), India (32 million), Israel (17 million) and Egypt (8.8 million).

Exclusive: Coke Studio Stars Take A Journey Into Kenya’s Iconic Sarova Stanley

For a second year in a row, Coke Studio Africa partners with Kenya’s most iconic group of hotels to host all the show’s stars at Nairobi’s Sarova Stanley during the recording of the Africa’s biggest music show. Coke Studio Africa draws artists from several countries including: South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Zimbabwe, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, DRC and Cameroon.

Over 60 mega stars from around Africa have been hosted at Sarova Stanley. They include Africa’s Best Female Artist (2-time MTV Africa Award Winner) Yemi Alade of the “Africa” fame hit single, Tanzanian Alikiba known to a legion of fans as King Kiba and the show’s international guest star Jason Derulo from America. All the artists have a candid Sarova Stanley story to tell. Jason Derulo said: “I had a lot of food at Sarova Stanley and all the proteins and meat remind me of Haitian food. The meat and sauce accompanying it is very well seasoned just like Haitian food. The only new thing is how Kenyans cook the lamb, it becomes smooth and almost like a chicken wing.”

Located right in the middle of Nairobi CBD, Sarova Stanley has been a perfect location for the super stars, drawn from over 15 African countries, to nibble a bit of Nairobi’s history. The history of Sarova Stanley dates back to 1902 when the hotel established itself as the first luxury hotel in Nairobi. Since its establishment, it has played host to several international celebrities like Ernest Hemingway, Winston Churchill, Clark Ga-ble, Grace Kelly, Michael Caine, Sean Connery and Frank Sinatra.

It doesn’t stop there. In 1952, the then Princess Elizabeth visited the hotel as part of her world tour. Most recently, Sarova Stanley provided catering for the just concluded IAAF U18 Championships in Kenya, as the official hospitality partner.
Sarova Stanley has granted Nairobi a couple of firsts. It was also the first place that the Nairobi Stock Exchange was established – right at the bar! Sarova Stanley’s Main Café was also the first pavement café in Nairobi.

It evolved around a famous ‘Thorn Tree’ and yes – you guessed right, that’s why Sarova Stanley now has the Thorn Tree Restaurant. While walking through the hotel mahogany rotating doors today, you are in deed walking through the first and original doors of the hotel, as is its black and white floors.

On the upcoming season of Coke Studio Africa, you will for the first time see your favourite music acts at the Sarova Stanley like never before. While Coke Studio Africa brings together artists from different genres, eras and regions to create a modern and authentic African sound through musical fusion, the Sarova Stanley takes pride in hosting prominent guests and personalities from around the world, to expose them to quality hospitality and provide a home away from home.

The new season is set to premiere in different regions from August this year and will broadcast in more than 30 countries across Africa.

Paul Rosenberg Named CEO Of Def Jam Recordings

Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, today announced that Paul Rosenberg, one of the industry’s most prominent managers and record label executives who is renowned for developing and supporting the careers of artists including Eminem, 50 Cent and D12, among others, has been named Chief Executive Officer of Def Jam Recordings, effective January 1, 2018.
Rosenberg is the founder and CEO of Goliath Artists Inc., a New York-based management firm that handles the careers of global superstar Eminem, Danny Brown and others.  He is also President of Shady Records, a label launched by Eminem and Rosenberg that released breakthrough albums from hip-hop acts including 50 Cent, D12, Obie Trice, Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse and Bad Meets Evil (Eminem’s collaboration with Royce Da 5’9”).
Steve Bartels, who has decided to step down as CEO of Def Jam, will remain at the company until the end of the year.  Rosenberg will report to Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, and be based in Def Jam’s New York headquarters.
In making the announcement, Grainge said, “Over the past four decades, Def Jam has played a pivotal role in elevating hip hop into what is today the world’s most culturally impactful musical genre.  Def Jam’s track record of introducing culturally significant artists is a direct result of the entrepreneurial brilliance that Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin instilled in the label from inception.  Paul brings with him not only a remarkable record of success in hip hop, but an entrepreneurial drive and a deep passion for artist development that will build upon Rick and Russell’s enduring legacy.”
Grainge added, “I would like to thank Steve Bartels for his sound leadership of Def Jam since 2014 when the label returned to its roots as a standalone company within UMG.  During that time, Steve played a pivotal role in the success of Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Big Sean and most recently breaking Alessia Cara, among many others.”
Bartels said, “It has been my honor and privilege to helm Def Jam Recordings.  I am proud of the strength and diversity of the roster that we have built, which continues to reflect the independent roots it was founded on.  I am confident the label rests in the sure hands of not just a music executive but a man who cares deeply about the artists and will continue this legacy of Def Jam forward.”
Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam, said, “I consider Def Jam my foundational legacy and could not be more grateful with the great care with which Lucian and Michele Anthony have brought it to a new generation.  Paul is one of the true mentors for talent and executives in this business and I could not be prouder of continuing and expanding my long-standing support of Universal and of Def Jam’s incredible great new leadership under Paul at a time when hip hop is at yet another high-water mark." 
Rick Rubin, Def Jam co-founder and legendary music producer, said, “Def Jam is a place where artists are free to express themselves, their creativity and their vision.  Paul comes from a place where artists and creativity come first. He supports artists taking creative risks and backs them 100% when they do. Def Jam continues to wave the flag of hip hop culture and Paul will imagine it anew.”
Rosenberg said, “I can’t overstate what an honor it is for me to have the opportunity to carry this brand forward.  The Def Jam name has meant so much to me for so long, and it’s a dream come true to be able to be a part of the next chapter in the label’s storied legacy.  I’m thrilled to be able to meet Lucian’s challenge of carrying the company forward with new goals and great expectations.”
Rosenberg will continue to oversee the career of Interscope Records/Aftermath Entertainment artist Eminem and run Shady Records.

Afrima Jury Arrives In Lagos For 2017 Adjudication

The 13-man international Jury of All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, which represents the five regions of Africa, the Diaspora and the African Union Commission arrives Lagos, Nigeria on Tuesday August 1, 2017, for a week-long adjudication process for the awards' fourth edition.

Arriving at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, the highly experienced music professional are as follows; Charles Tabu, a versatile Congolese music management guru, representing Central Africa alongside Cameroonian media executive Robert E. Ekukole. Southern Africa representatives include Delani Makhalima from Zimbabwe and Christian Syren from South Africa.

Others are Western Africa representatives David Tayorault, the Ivorian composer of many rave songs like ‘Coupe Decale', ‘Zouglou’ and ‘Yousomba’ and Olisa Adibua, a renowned Nigeria media and music industry personality. Tanzania's Joett, a 90’s music comeback buff, composer and member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers will sit in for Eastern Africa in addition to Tabu Osusa, CEO of Ketebul Music who is one of Kenya's music authorities.

Representing the Africans-in-Diaspora realm are Hadja Kobélé Keita, a US-based music executive with Universal Music Africa/Island Africa and Rita Ray, a UK-based BBC Radio 3 Presenter and popular Club DJ. Moroccan Omar Es Saidi is representing Northern Africa and Angela Martins, sits in for the African Union Commission, AUC.

Commenting on the adjudication process being embarked upon by the AFRIMA Jurors, Robert Ekukole stated  “This is a crucial stage in the AFRIMA Awards process. The objective of adjudication is to access well-deserving artistes and music professionals for nominations in the regional and continental categories and eventually to emerge as winners through public voting”.

The adjudication process includes the responsibility of screening, categorizing, assessing and selecting nominees from the total of 4,816 works submitted for 2017 awards consideration from African music artistes, songwriters, music directors, producers and entertainment journalists at the closure of the two-month entry submission window in July this year.

Speaking at the arrival hall, AFRIMA’s Associate producer, Adenrele Niyi stated that “We can't over emphasis to the Jury that the core values of the awards with acronym FACE-IT, which are fairness, authenticity, creativity, excellence, integrity and transparency, must reflect in the adjudication process, pre-selection process, auditing phase, nomination process and the eventual public voting process”.

Africa’s biggest music event, All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, with support from the African Union Commission (AUC), in its fourth edition is soaring high by showcasing the best and rewarding great musical and cultural efforts with the 23.9 karat gold plated AFRIMA trophy. The main awards events are scheduled to hold from November 9 to November 12, 2017 and broadcast to over 80 countries around the world.

Google Search Trends on Kenya Elections Day

Google has released trending searches on what Kenyans are searching for since the polls opened today, 8th August at 6AM.

Google Search Trends, a publicly available tool that indicates search patterns over a period of time, reveals search interest in the two main Presidential candidates - Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga with the former standing at 40% and latter 60%.

The search trends also shows the top questions by Kenyans since the polls opened. The top five queries are: Who will win the elections? Will Uhuru Kenyatta win the elections? How will voters be identified in Kenya? How is the election going? and How to celebrate after winning the election?

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Nick Mutuma Set To Feature On The Second Season Of Mini Series “This Is It”

Celebrated Kenyan actor Nick Mutuma is set to star on the upcoming second season of the two part Kenyan-Nigerian mini –series This Is It. Cast as Tomide, he stars alongside Nigerian actress Chiagoziem Nwakanma as Dede. The romantic comedy drama mini-series directed by LowlaDee – (Dolapo Adeleke) follows the first year journey of the young, clueless newlyweds Tomide and Dede.

Ahead of the premier of the new season, LolwaDee (Dolapo Adeleke), the Director of the show said, “We are excited to be working on this new season. Expect more drama, romance but above all entertainment,” adding, “Working with one of Kenya’s finest TV act Nick Mutuma on this project has been very instrumental in the growth of the show both in Kenya and Nigeria and Africa as well.”
Nick is excited to be part of the new season. He says, “Being part of this mini-series has been a blessing. The audiences has grown with us (Tomide and Dede) and we are thankful for the overwhelming support. Watch out for the new season is going to be pure entertainment!”

While season one documented the first 6 months of their newlyweds Dede and Tomide, this second and final season of the mini-series will focus on the last six months of their first year narrating their journey through settling in a new life faced with random unexpected everyday issues. The show will also feature guest appearances by Joyce Maina (Kenya), Olumide Oworu (Nigeria), Jemima Osunde (Nigeria) and 53 extra’s Ozy Agu.

This Is It Season 2 will air on LowlaDee TV’s YouTube channel from September for up to 10 weeks. Earlier in the year, the first season of the show was been picked by Kenya’s NTV Kenya and aired on a weekly basis

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The New Novel KISUMU Is Finally Here. Grab Your Copy!

Pandpieri, Kisumu. 1970s. Otis Dundos is a shy and awkward kid. He is just another wee-wee bare foot, horny-toed boy growing up with his dusty feet and bare chest having fun with dangerous adventures. In the ‘80s, then, as a man-boy he tries fit in. 

He is more an archetype than a flesh-and-blood person. He tries to observe and remember, now, as a young adult, to commit the memories to music in a lively and extensive fashion.  Providing a catharsis through comedy, lancing the lakeside city’s moral boil with satire, Kisumu tells the life ordinary men and women trying to live the Kenyan African dream. It’s is a story of humble beginning, awkward and misdirected fumbling and miraculous accomplishment.

Kisumu  was always a slobbering, panting, salivating hotbed of anticipation and drooling expectancy. Kisumu is as much a town of problems as it is a town of drama, subdivision of fantasy.  Drama? Dreams? Did he change Kisumu musically? That’s not the issue.  The issue is for all his efforts, guitarist Otis Dundos always had bigger problems here in Kisumu like everbody else.

Hotels, Restaurants And Pubs Associations Sign Joint Licensing Deal With Cmos - Mpake, Kamp & Prisk

The Kenya Association of Hotel Keepers & Caterers (KAHC) and The Pubs, Entertainment & Restaurants Association of Kenya (PERAK) have today signed a joint licensing memorandum of understanding with the three Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) – Kenya Association of Music Producers (KAMP) representing producers, Performers Rights Society of Kenya (PRISK) representing performers and Music Publishers Association of Kenya representing Authors, Composers, Arrangers and Publishers.

The deal follows several months of negotiations that were spearheaded by the Kenya Copyright Board which is the regulator for CMOs and custodian of the Copyright Act in Kenya. It brings to life the dream of joint licensing where music users (eg bars and hotels) would be issued a single invoice by the 3 CMOs.

The CMOs agreed with KAHC and PERAK that there will be a pilot for the first six months and that the licensing will be based on a percentage of Single Business Permit and Liqour License where applicable.

An implementation committee will be formed with representatives from all parties to ensure smooth transition and effective collection and distribution of royalties for musicians.

Mozilla-Backed Research Reveals Kenyans Offline Due To Prohibitive Costs And Security Fears

Compelling Mozilla-backed research (, carried out by Research ICT Africa, finds that significant barriers to internet access remains in four African countries – Rwanda, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. The research aims to understand, from a comparative perspective, how the citizens use the internet when data is subsidised and when it is not.

Knowing that affordability is one of the primary barriers to Internet access and particular optimal use, the main objective of the focus groups was to obtain qualitative information that reflects the perceptions of female and male Internet users, new users, and non-Internet users from urban and rural locations about how people use the Internet.

The Communications Authority of Kenya reports that some 38 million people – about 82 percent of the population – were online in 2016. The four mobile operators in the country have 4G internet connections on mobile but not in all parts of the country. Researchers’ findings include:

Social media tops the list of uses for the internet and there is even a perception among some users that the internet is about social media.

The price of data bundles and internet-enabled phones render the cost of doing what most users want to do online prohibitive to many.

Strategic solutions for high costs include working late into the night before reward bundle periods expire, visiting friends who have Wi-Fi at home, and using multiple promotions from different operators.

Even when people have smartphones, they do not always carry them for offline security reasons. In particular, there are concerns that, thieves may frequent areas with free public Wi-Fi in order to steal patrons’ internet enabled devices.

National network coverage was seen to be a challenge for both voice and data particularly in rural areas.

“While internet access is good in Kenya relative to elsewhere in Africa, real barriers remain to internet use,” said Research ICT Africa Executive Director Dr Alison Gillwald. “If we don't look beyond access issues to the real concerns around privacy and security, for example, we'll never bring all of the internet to all people.”

“One participant in this study reported concerns about getting skin cancer from their phone, proving there’s a lot more we still need to do to improve digital (and health) literacy,” said Mozilla Senior Global Policy Manager Jochai Ben-Avie. “At the same time, Kenyan internet penetration is on par with some of the most developed countries, and that’s due to the ingenuity of Kenyans to find ways to connect despite the relatively high cost of data.”

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

New Music Alert: Wild Thoughts/Sukari Cover

Popular online series, Jamhuri Jam Sessions releases a new video for its latest cover, WILD THOUGHTS (SWAHILI/ENGLISH COVER) off their soon to be released compilation album: Jamhuri Jam Sessions at Nyama Mama. On this episode, the featured artist is the amazingly gifted Steph Kapela accompanied by Joe Mutoria on the guitar.

The newly released video brings out an afro twist to Rihanna’s Wild Thoughts. The music’s setting carries a personalized version to East Africa’s audience and beyond. This vibrant and catchy rendition portrays the immense talent that can be found within Kenya’s borders. 

WILD THOUGHTS (SWAHILI/ENGLISH COVER) audio has been produced by Joe Mutoria, and shot in the cozy Kenyan ‘high end kibanda’ themed restaurant, Nyama Mama Delta Corner, Westlands by VJ One.

Nestlé Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week With Stay Healthy Campaign

As part of the world breastfeeding week celebrations, Nestlé Start Healthy Stay Healthy launched a breastfeeding campaign themed ‘Breastfeeding, it takes all of us’ by holding roundtable discussions with key stakeholders to discuss ways in which they could assist mothers breastfeed exclusively for 6 months and beyond.

Nestlé also runs an educative program called Start Healthy Stay Healthy for parents and caregivers to promote healthy nutrition in the crucial first 1000 days.  It provides science-proven nutrition education services to establish good nutrition and feeding practices in the First 1000 Days - including maternal nutrition during pregnancy, and the promotion of breastfeeding as the best start in life.

For years now, Nestlé has been at the forefront in supporting and promoting awareness of the need for exclusive breastfeeding as strongly advised by the World Health Organization (WHO). The company has for the past two years hosted Health Care Professionals, including nurses and midwives and opinion leaders, for breastfeeding and scientific conferences organized by Nestlé Nutrition Institute Africa (an independent, non-profit making organisation and the non-commercial arm of Nestlé), in support of the World Breastfeeding Week event held from 1st to 7th of August every year.

Exclusive breastfeeding, according to WHO, helps reduces infant mortality from common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea or pneumonia and also contributes to the health and well-being of mothers.
Nestlé has 271 employees in Kenya and 99 are women in various capacities.