Thursday, 9 March 2017

Photos From The Exclusive Dinner With The Hennessy Boss. Meet The Top Personalities Invited

Moët Hennessy Kenya was pleased to host the Global Brand Development Director Mr. Laurent Dominguez on his maiden trip to Kenya.

Together with the Mr. Alexandre Helaine, Moët Hennessy Eastern Africa Market Manager, Mr. Dominguez met with top lifestyle personalities for a fine dining experience which gave all the attendees an an immersion into the rich heritage, finesse and sophistication of Maison Hennessy.

He translated the rich history and ‘savoir faire’ of Hennessy into a story that made everyone understand and appreciate the passion and the quest for perfection of the brand, a truly global adventure dipped in rich history of French origin that started in 1765.

Mr. Dominguez used the stages of a 4 course fine dining meal to let the personalities sip and savor the different pearls on the Hennessy crown. The attendees were able learn and taste the great cognacs of Maison Hennessy; the Very Special (VS), Very Superior Old Pale (VSOP) and of course the ultimate Extra Old (X.O) accompanied by stories of how each name came to be.

Mr. Dominguez mentioned that “Kenya as an economic hub in the region serves as an important market for the Hennessy brand”.

Photos/ Courtesy

Industry Nite Celebrates 3 Years, In Style

Last Friday, Kenyan Music lovers and the Music fraternity showed up for the 3rd year anniversary celebration. The celebration which was hosted at Privee, Westlands saw a turnout of over 800 people.

The crowd was treated to an array of amazing performances from Stonee Jiwe, Shally Maina, Ndegz, Mayonde, Phy, Kagwe Mungai, Fena, Muthoni Drummer Queen and Khaligraph Jones... Hosted by Sheila Kwamboka aka Kwambox.


Some of the highlights include Gabu from P Unit who joined Fena on stage as she performed her latest hit single Sema Ng'we. Fena resonated with the audience that sang along to her songs during her performance.
Mayonde was also a crowd favorite as she pleased the audience with her impeccable vocals as well as her gyrating.
The crowd loved when Kagwe Mungai joined MDQ, Mayonde and Fena on stage to perform Kama Kawaida, a track that has taken over the airwaves since its release early this year.

To conclude the night , Khaligraph Jones got on stage to the roars of an excited crowd. He delivered verse after verse , bar after bar in his usual finesse. He finally called on stage any lady to perform with him hi latest hit Micassa Sucassa and one lady impressed him so much , he gave her his chain.

The Delicious Birthday cake was cut and shared to the audience.

The night continued with mixes from VJ Ace Cross and DJ Hypnotic.

​We are currently planning our April edition themed. Electric Avenue. A celebration of Nightlife of Nairobi through the People, Fashion and the Music.
7th of April. More details coming soon.
We continue to appreciate your support.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

How It Went Down At Industry Nite (PHOTOS)

Last Thursday on 2nd Feb 2017, Lightbulb Entertainment hosted yet another Industry Nite at the Gallileo Lounge Waiyaki.

With yet another amazing line up, which saw the up and coming talent in Nairobi as well as the veterans in the game share one stage.
WYRE the Love Child, made the crowd feel the carribean vibes with his electric performance. Performances of Bless my room, Chuki, Uprising among others songs gave the audience life together with his band, the iklektik band.

Sanaipei Tande, with her amazing performance of Ankula huu, Rastaman, Mfalme wa Mapenzi. The audience were touched with her emotional performance of her new hit single Amina. 

Ousmane, the man with the voice for the ladies was also hype on his set. His songs already speaking to the ladies, he effortlessly went through his catalogue of bangers like ‘Dunda’, ‘VIP Love’ and ‘Nuks’ with good reception.
Lyrical Erico, with his remix hit Bambika alongside Shanky Radics, once he hit the stage, he had the same energy as before. 

​Lyrical Erico with Mr.Lenny on stage

Steph Kapela, the singer/rapper extraordinaire made an amazing performance and brought he crowd to a stand still with his performance of his songs BY FAITH, GOT THE SAUCE and DON'T FORGET ME. We always love Steph Kapela's energy on stage and his enthusiasm in the Kenyan music industry scene.

Steph Kapela
Other amazing acts of the night included Jivu, Royalty by black, Le band and Beraccah Kisia. 

Uncle K from Jivu
Lovers Rock Edition attracted some stars as well. Joe Makini from Tanzania was in the house, Fena, Singer Phy, among others. 

All in all the performances were top notch and we would like to thank the artistes who came through for the eclectic performances and their fans, Vj Ace Cross on the decks and the host for the night Sheila KwambokaShamir could not make it as he was diagnosed with malaria on the day of the show. His support all through is high appreciated and we wish him a quick recovery. Kelmah Shiko did not perform.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Singer Habida Jets Back To Kenya Plans To Open A Studio In Nairobi

MTV-award winning Kenyan songbird Habida Moloney releases new single SWEET LOVE
solid entrant back into the music scene, the song is Habida's ode to her family, Kenya and the music industry. It touches on all the little and big things that make her love Kenya so passionately
In SWEET LOVEHabida features Ghanaian crooner JTown, celebrated for his genuine talent and having some of Ghana’s best rhymes. 
The breath-taking jazzy R&B song was engineered by UK music geniuses and co-produced by the acclaimed UK-based African producer Silvastone.
Habida is planning an exclusive listening party soon to celebrate the song and some major announcements. She is inviting 10 of her super fans to join her at the upcoming invite-only event. 
SWEET LOVE is a special Valentine’s Day dedication to Habida fans and a strong comeback. 
Fresh off touring and traveling continents in the past several months, she says of the release, “This song is a different sound from the usual Habida sound because I have grown as a woman, wife and mother,” adding, "I wrote SWEET LOVE while I was homesick and missing all the little things that make Kenya unique like Swahili Food - I had missed Kaimati, Mahamri and Pilau," concluding that home is where her heart and roots reside.
Hot on the heels of her return to Kenya, Habida will be setting up a music studio and management imprint in Nairobi, a process that will start this February. She hopes that this will be an incubator for emerging Kenyan talent. 
She talks about the inspiration and why she intends for her studio to fill a gap in the Kenyan music industry. 
“While accompanying my husband on his tours of duty in South Africa and Nigeria, I realized that good management is vital for the growth of artistes." 
Habida will also be building a team that will be handling various aspects of her brand.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Wasee Ehhh! Juliani Is Back! This Is His New Project

Gospel sensation Juliani has released a new hit song – Machozi ya Jana. The emotionally stirring song seeks to create awareness about social injustices, extra judicial killings and an end of police abuse of power in the country.

The song specifically advocates for justice for the a slain trio that were abducted , tortured and murdered mid last year – Willie Kimani, Josephat Mwenda and Joseph Muriuri.

The musician who has been out of the music industry for almost two years now, returns with a bold call for police accountability and protection for the vulnerable and weak in our society.

“In Kenya, it has been easy for a corrupt and incompetent police officers to frame and detain an innocent person who must then wait in jail, for long, for a chance to prove his innocence. This has led to a culture of impunity among the police service that has seen increasing cases of brutality and killings. This song says enough is enough. We want accountability for such actions from the highest levels of authority," said Juliani.

He will be releasing the official video in the coming weeks.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Stella Mwangi's Single Is Official Theme Song For Reebok Classics 2017 Campaign

Stella Mwangi's single WORK off her new EP is the official theme song for Reebok Classics Free Your Style 2017 campaign. 

The commercial features American singer, actress and dancer Teyana Taylor as the new face of Reebok Classic. In the video commercial Teyana is dancing to Stella Mwangi's WORK – just like in her performance in Kanye West's "Fade" video.

WORK is Stella's third single, off her self-titled new EP, getting Hollywood certification. While BIG GIRL was leased to Donut Media – an American production that specializes in producing TV and YouTube content on the freshest car, motorsports, supercars, auto news and car and prank videos every week; SET IF OFF was recently featured on BET Africa's, Being Mary Jane Season 4, eps 4. 

Stella Mwangi's EP is a fusion of songs with high energy and her distinct Hip Hop flow that unites her fans across the globe. Fusing Swahili and English in her European songs, Stella continues to create a diverse sound while remaining authentic to her African origin and style.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Industry Nite Set To Rock Nakuru

This Friday at Club 64 the stage is set for another great event.
Headlining the event is Juacali. This will be his 3rd performance at Industry Nite.

Performances by Juacali, Pascal Tokodi, C2K and  Moonboy from Nairobi. Evie Vara, Musa Pro, Double Jay and Deacon from Nakuru.

Industry Nite is set to begin the its third tour around the country and the first stop being Nakuru. Last year in the month of June and July, we toured four counties, Machakos, Meru, Nakuru and Mombasa where we engaged over 2,000 artistes through the workshops.

2017 we plan to tour the country with the Music Workshop.Theme: The Business of Music. The workshops are to market the music industry to university students as a viable industry to practice their career.

Pascal Tokodi and Moonboy are ready to sweep the ladies off their feet with their enchanting vocals. C2K's witty rhymes and bars will leave the audience yearning for more.

We can't wait for Juacali to take us back to some old skool Kenyan music. On the decks, we will have VJ Ace Cross and the host for the night Kwambox.

You can't afford to miss this one.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Meet Kenya's Personalities Viewed As Youth Influencers And Role Models

Safaricom’s youth network BLAZE has last evening unveiled the12 contestants who will be taking part in its new reality show, BLAZE BYOB TV, which will premiere on Monday 6th February 2017.

The contestants were selected from Nairobi, Rift Valley, Central, Western and Coast regions, and include: Susan Mueni, Joseph Wanja, Paul Zakaria, Cate Akoth, Valentine Nekesa, David Kimani, Wayne Ochieng’, Sam Ngure, Susan Maina, Vinsencia Gisore, Keith Asumba and Lynette Achieng’.

The aspiring entrepreneurs are all aged below 26 years, and were selected following a rigorous auditions process that was carried out during the BLAZE BYOB mentorship summits held between June and October 2016.

The TV series will be on air for a period of eight weeks, during which the contestants will be evaluated on their ability to perform outstandingly well across a series of tasks that will assess their business skills, navigating carefully crafted challenges that simulate real-life situations, and working with mentors and established brands to earn the judges’ and audience’s favour.

Contestants will be eliminated each week, with the overall winner bagging a grand prize of KES 5 million that includes KES 3 million in start-up capital and the remainder in the form of mentorship, financial advice and business support from Safaricom and various partners. However no contestant will go home empty-handed, with each receiving a consolation prize that will go towards supporting their businesses upon elimination.

“Every year, over 800,000 young men and women enter a job market that can only provide employment to less than an eighth of them. We must find a solution to the challenge of youth unemployment by encouraging them to embrace entrepreneurship and create jobs,” said Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore during the launch of the TV show.

“The title of the show – Be Your Own Boss – reflects what we see as a step towards finding a solution to unemployment, and that is encouraging the youth to create their own employment. We believe that these 12 contestants represent millions of Kenyan youth who can become entrepreneurs, and therefore employers, if they receive the guidance and support required to venture into business,” he added.

Based on a reality TV-show concept designed to be relatable to a Kenyan audience, the show is in line with BLAZE’s promise to empower the youth and teach them how they can be their own bosses, by encouraging them to earn from their passions and talents and igniting a spark in them to achieve their own versions of success.

Contestants will be guided and evaluated by a panel of three judges selected from media and entrepreneurship backgrounds.

Trushar Khetia is the Founder and CEO of the Tria Group of Companies, which comprises of an out-of-home advertising company and Society stores – a retail supermarket chain with branches in Thika, Nairobi, Maua, Meru and Naivasha. He was listed in the Forbes’ 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa 2016 list.

Kennedy Ombima, popularly known as King Kaka, is a prolific rapper and entrepreneur, overseeing a portfolio of businesses that includes artist management, graphic design and apparel under the name Kaka Empire.

The third judge is Caroline Mutoko, one of Kenya’s best known radio personalities and current Chief Marketing Officer at Radio Africa Group. With over 15 years’ experience in radio, Caroline is widely referred to as the undisputed Queen of Kenyan Radio and a voice that inspires Kenyan youth.

“The selection of the judges was not easy either. These three judges represent what we feel Kenyan youth can relate to: burning passion for business, a desire to tread the unconventional path and a hunger for success. With Caroline, Trushar and King Kaka we’re presenting to contestants and the audience three Kenyans who are excelling in their fields, who know what it takes to succeed and who are willing to share what they’ve learned on their journeys to where they are now,” added Bob.

Since its launch in May 2016, BLAZE has signed up close to 900,000 subscribers, with over 44,000 youth attending the mentorship summits in Eldoret, Thika, Nakuru, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu. Of these, 778 young men and women auditioned for the TV show, going through an intensive five-stage audition process that resulted in the selection of the final 12.

The BLAZE BYOB TV show will air on KTN between 8.00pm and 9.00pm every Monday, beginning 6th February 2017 and closing with a live grand finale on Monday 27th March 2017.

Aririririri! MP Isaac Mwaura's Wife Gives Birth To Miracle Babies! Baraka Mingi Sana

Welcoming a child is a blessing.

For nominated member of parliament, Isaac Mwaura, he has been given not double but tripple the blessing.

 "Feeling grateful!!! Mukami and I have been blessed with triplets. Two boys and one girl. This is the best day of our life. Our God is trully faithful... Akiahidi, atatenda....We truly thank God!! Mukami R. Mwaura"


Here are the congratulatory messages to the happy first time parents

Wilfred Mokaya Nyamweya Macho kwa macho wako wapi? Seeing is believing! N way thank Jehovah na don't repeat again panga uzazi Geoffrey Sagwe That indeed avalanche of goodies mhesh

Mwaura M Isaac Cbs. Wow one shot chapter closed such a blessing congrats!!! Felix Memba Waauuuh, we give glory to God. After waiting for all these years, God has blessed you three times. Congratulations MP RUIRU constituency.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Yamoto Band Lose Out On Mega Concert Over Communication Breakdown

As Sauti za Busara finalizes preparations for the four-day music festival, the much anticipated Yamoto Band will not be performing this year due to a communication breakdown between the group’s management and and Busara Promotions leadership.

Although Yamoto Band was announced earlier this year as part of the festival line up, Busara has canceled their agreement with the band after several failed attempts to reach the band’s management in a timely manner.

Yusuf Mahmoud, festival director, has been disappointed by the challenges of communication between emerging artists and managers, noting that a well-run festival takes months of diligent preparation and attention to detail to execute a smooth programme that runs as scheduled. The festival has always prided itself on setting high standards for professionalism within the music industry, offering guidance for those new to the field.

"There is so much music talent in Tanzania, but often these gifted artists are let down by a lack of promotional material and unprofessional managers who do not respond to email, refuse to sign contracts, fail to show up for meetings or answer phone calls,” Yusuf lamented last week in the Sunday News.

Journey Ramadhan, festival manager, made a concerted effort to ensure that Yamoto Band was featured in this year’s lineup to no avail. A scheduled meeting in Dar to confirm details was thwarted when the manager explained he was out of town and could not keep the appointment.

"To truly shine a light on Tanzania’s musical talents, we need managers to facilitate communication with respect to musicians so they can show off their talents and make Tanzania proud. It is absolutely essential that artists who participate in international festivals know how to communicate professionally through email,” said Journey.

Journey, who has been with Busara for nine years, has first-hand experience with the challenges of communication and lack of professionalism in the industry. “We must discuss the proper way to ensure artists get a chance to share their talents and overcome the major blocks we face in promoting music in Tanzania,“ Journey explained.

Yusuf has called on artists and their managers to use Sauti za Busara as source for professional growth, citing the ways in which the team provides support for marketing and promotion. The festival is more than just a festival, but also a platform to enhance the profession and set higher standards for communication between artists, managers and organizers who converge for the four-day musical extravaganza.