Friday, 22 September 2017

Maisha Magic Begins Its Search For ‘The Ultimate Comic’

Maisha Magic East in partnership with Daniel ‘Churchill’ Ndambuki is in search of Kenya’s ‘Ultimate Comic’. The new reality show dubbed Ultimate Comic is a televised stand-up TV comedy show which aims to find one rib cracking stand-up comedian between the age of 18 and 50 to perform comedy acts on stage, created by themselves.

The hunt will begin through auditions in four major towns in Kenya beginning in Mombasa from today, 22nd & 23rd September, then moving to Kisumu City on 29th and 30th September. Auditions will be held in Nakuru on 6th and 7th October and finally Nairobi on 13th and 14th October.
Maisha Magic East Head of Channel Margaret Mathore says, “The Ultimate Comic is a platform that Maisha Magic East is offering, for local comedians to showcase their talent. We strive to deliver the shows that people love into their hands and their living rooms while using our influence and resources to play a positive role in Africa. We remain committed to helping to grow our local people and creative industries. This show is a continued sign of that commitment by Maisha Magic East.”
Following the auditions, 40 successful comedians from across the country will be shortlisted to take part in the knock out stages and live shows before the grand finale scheduled for March 2018. In the winner takes all show, The Ultimate Comic will have a hefty task of not only bringing rib cracking stand-up comedy to convince the judges of the show that they are the funniest person, but will have to win the love of the whole country to garner votes for the top position.
Judges include renowned comedians Tony Njuguna, Felix Odiwuor popularly known as Jalang’o and radio host Massawe Japanni. The short listed comedians will also receive mentorship by various top personalities among them Charles Bukeko, aka Papa Shirandula, MC Jessy, Abel Mutua, Sammy Mwangi, Victor Ber, Carolyne Adong’o and Obillo Ng’ongo.
The Ultimate Comic aims to grow new talent in the comedy industry and accord a chance for both the young and old alike to realize their dreams. The call for auditions is open for comedians aged between 18 and 50, with fresh rib cracking ideas and jokes that will make for good quality entertainment. The winner of The Ultimate Comic will not only have the title Ultimate Comic, but they will also walk away with a TV contract, one million shillings and a car in the winner takes all competition.
The Ultimate Comic show will air on Maisha Magic East from Saturday 4 November 2017 at 8.30pm. It becomes the 5th of the 15 local shows to launch on Maisha Magic East for the year 2017/2018 in an aim to promote local productions and in turn support local talent in the film industry.
The new comedy reality show will air exclusively on Maisha Magic East on DStv channel 158 and GOtv channel 4 air every Saturday at 8.30pm




Coke Studio Hit Of The Week: Sauti Sol, Chidinma and Masterkraft : Gyration

Guardian Angel Unleashes New Single Nadeka


Kenya's Gospel Sensation Guardian Angel has a new video out. Titled "Nadeka".
‘Guardian Angel’ real name Audiphaxad Peter is a leading Gospel dance hall reggae/afro pop artiste, Songwriter and Instrumentalist from Kenya- East-Africa.

He plays both the guitar and piano. Born in 1989, he has released several chart topping songs that have placed him among major household names on the gospel scene in Kenya.

Some of his popular songs include Amazing Grace, Usikonde, Liwe Liwe and Pendo.




NADEKA LYRICS
CHORUS

Mungu wangu anapenda maskini na tajiri ana penda penda ndio maana mi na deka Niko mikononi mwake Kila kitu Kiko better
Mungu wangu anapenda maskini na tajiri ana penda penda ndio maana mi na deka Niko mikononi mwake Kila kitu Kiko better
VERSE 1

Ibilisi ananyeta Kuna watu wakicheki unabarikiwa Sana wanateta anazidi kuleta mvua ya baraka na ma better Inazidi kunyesha
Ibilisi ananyeta Kuna watu wakicheki unabarikiwa Sana wanateta anazidi kuleta mvua ya baraka na ma better Inazidi kunyesha
Aisifuye mvua imemnyea, namsifu juu amenitendea Maajabu Maajabu Ata wewe ukimkujia najua atakutendea maajabu Maajabu
Kuna wenye dhambi wengine takatifu jua likiwaka linawawakia wote wengine janja janja wengine waaminifu mvua ikinyesha inawanyeshea wote
Kuna wenye dhambi wengine takatifu jua likiwaka linawawakia wote wengine janja janja wengine waaminifu mvua ikinyesha inawanyeshea wote

CHORUS

VERSE 2

Mungu wangu anapenda penda penda na sa ndio maana mi na deka deka deka Mungu wangu anapenda deka penda deka ananipenda na deka.
Mungu wangu anapenda penda penda na sa ndio maana mi na deka deka deka Mungu wangu anapenda deka penda deka ananipenda na deka.

BRIDGE
Ukimuita anacome through ndio maana namsifu maombi anajibu Kuna wenye dhambi wengine takatifu jua likiwaka linawawakia wote wengine janja janja wengine waaminifu mvua ikinyesha inawanyeshea wote.
Kuna we dhambi wengine takatifu jua likiwaka linawawakia wote wengine janja janja wengine waaminifu mvua ikinyesha inawanyeshea wote.

No More Hustle When Booking A Ticket On The Madaraka Express, You Can Pay And Book Via MPESA

Kenyans will now enjoy an additional service that will enable them to book and pay for tickets on the Madaraka Express through their mobile phones.

This follows the introduction of an SMS based payment platform utilizing USSD code *639#.

The code will enable passengers to book, pay and even cancel tickets for the Madaraka Express.

Those seeking to buy tickets will be required to dial the code and follow a series of prompts that will enable them buy tickets to the Mombasa, Nairobi, Voi and Mtito Andei passenger terminals/destinations from the comfort of their locations.

The SMS based USSD code will also enable passengers to immediately make payments via MPESA to secure their tickets.

Kenya Railways Managing Director Atanas Maina says the new platform will enable passengers to make up to 5 bookings at a go and will also allow Kenyans to purchase tickets up to 7 days in advance.

 “We are seeking to leverage the technology offered by the new platform to counter the secondary market of tickets by middlemen who have taken advantage of the use of the stations as the main source of tickets. Through the platform, we hope to make it more convenient for Kenyans seeking to travel to plan their journey in advance and make bookings on time.” Mr. Maina added, “the system will also require those making bookings to provide their names and National Identity Card Number except for minors.” 

Once the booking is done passengers will receive a confirmation SMS with a special reference number indicating their destination, time and date of travel as well as the number of passengers reflected on the booking.

Passengers will then be required to print their tickets from the service booths at the station upon arrival and produce their National ID cards while checking in to verify that they made the purchase. 

Those utilizing the platform are advised to load their MPESA accounts with adequate funds before dialling the USSD code to enable them make direct purchases by following the SMS prompts provided. The new platform is set to be rolled out on 23 September 2017.

The development of an online booking portal which will allow online payment service providers to connect to the booking system is at trial stage and will be launched in the coming weeks.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Ringtone Hates On Willy Paul’s “Jigi Jigi”



“I don’t hate Willy Paul, I love Willy Paul. Kuna zile wimbo za Willy Paul napenda kama ile waliimba na Gloria Muliro”, said Ringtone.

In a past interview with Chito, Willy said his song was gospel-inspired by the book Songs of Solomon/Songs of Songs.

“Naezasema sasa anazoea, ile time aliimba na yule dem wa Jamaica tulisema ok. Sasa tena ingine, hatuwezikua tunaimba around dem and sisi ni gospel artistes, added Ringtone.

TV Actress Wanza Dies During Childbirth


TV actress Maureen Wanza on Tuesday became collateral damage in the ongoing nurses strike that has lasted 106 days. The actress died while giving birth to her first child in Kilifi County. She bled to death and unfortunately her baby also died minutes later.

Maureen was a familiar face in local TV productions, including Sumu and Almasi.



New Music: Opips & Jardel Release New Single 'Chini Kwa Chini'


Urban Musicians Opips and Jardel release new single "CHINI KWA CHINI" off their upcoming Debut Album, set for release next year. "CHINI KWA CHINI" is a feel good Loko Music with a ragga feel from the late 90s.

Dillie has produced the song for Team Mistari & House of Dillie. The video has been shot in Dandora Social hall with up and coming dance groups from the area and has been directed by ODIBZ for TeamMistari Production. This is the official Dance video and another version is expected out soon.


Kenyan artiste's work featured in popular TV series, Insecure


Kenyan painter Elias Mungora "commends the efforts" of America TV producers for seeking him out and using his painting in their popular TV show.

Elias' 2016 painting titled Urban Chronicles was featured in the new season of HBO series Insecure.

Making the announcement, he wrote on Facebook, "Also on positive things matters. Just to recognise and commend the efforts of the creators/writers /directors of Insecure. The conscious decision to look for stories /creative work to feature in their show even from regions usually ignored by such high profile productions is everything. Issa Rae and the time are leading the way here."

Elias said, "Yeah. The team reached out. Sort permission and acquired the image to use on the show. They followed the entire process." Adding, "It was a humbling experience." 
Insecure explores the black female experience from the perspective of the two female protagonists, Issa (Issa Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji) who have been best friends with each other since their college days at UCLA.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Oscar Winning Kenyan Movie: Watu Wote Official Trailer HD 2017

This is the Mandera bus attack film trailer in tribute to the 28 people killed by Al-Shabaab militants who attacked a Nairobi-bound bus in Mandera near the Kenya-Somali border on November 22, 2014.

 

Zari Finally Speaks Out After Diamond Admited To Cheating on Her


Am such an early morning person as some can see on my snap, usually up by 5am. Let's start this day on a different note, shall we…

Ladies and gentlemen I've heard you loud and clear, the advices, the consolation, the pity, the hurt you feeling on my behalf most of all the betrayal. But let's look at this on the positive side. When a person chooses to cheat on you it's not YOU actually its THEM which usually turns out that they played themselves while they thought they are playing you. You should never look down on yourself, don't ever think you are worthless because of another person's mistake & never blame yourself. But always look at how to pick yourself up and get going. That said, with my birthday approaching let's put all this negative energy behind us and appreciate, LIFE! 


New Music Alert: Proff - Yule (Music Video)


A​fro dancehall artiste who hails from Kenya’s capital Nairobi. He’s currently the most sort after artiste flying the flag high across the borders.

He has an album coming soon called '​Tofauti'​, is recorded in 4 countries with different producers featuring artistes both African and international.

He’s currently flying with his recently released song “Yule”, from his previous “Siku Nyingi” album. The sonis a typical love story about that girl he’s always wanted and it was directed by Sync in conjunction with Fast Cash Music Studios.


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

VIDEO: Short Kenyan film wins first Oscar

Watu wote, a film produced in Kenya becomes the first Kenyan film to win the student oscars. Katja Benrath from Hamburg Media School  won in the Narrative category for her short movie "Watu Wote a film based on the 2015 Mandera Bus attack.


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Photos: Safaricom Blaze Summit In Nakuru




























The Second Summit Of Blaze Byob Season 2 Lights Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium




Hundreds of participants took part in the second regional summit of Blaze BYOB season two held on 16th September at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru County.

Eight winners emerged from this summit. This was after several participants were intensely pre-screened in the 3-day creation camps and given a chance to pitch their business ideas to a team of qualified judges and mentors.

The winners got funding of Ksh100, 000 in each category to support their business ideas and a chance to be part of the BYOB TV Series 2 set to air later in the year. They included Primerose Oyiera (Fashion) – 100,000/=, Oeba Willie (Music) – 100,000/=, Miriam Wanjiru Mwangi (Retail and Manufacturing) – 100,000/=, Carribean Crew (Creative Arts) – 100,000/=, Michael Mibey Kosgei (Technology) – 100,000/=, Gulam Nabi Akram (Photography) as well as Vincent Korir and Edwin Kiprotich (Agriculture) - 50,000/= each.
During the summit, the youth, who were mostly students, received training and guidance in their areas of interests from selected mentors and also got inspiration from a team of mentors who have exceled in various fields.

Some of the mentors who were present at the Nakuru summit include; Nyashinski – Musician and Music composer, Jibril Blessing-Producer and videographer, Njugush- Comedian and actor, Abel Mutua- content developer, Wycliffe Waweru- entrepreneur and bicycle manufacturer, Caleb Karuga, an Agribusiness entrepreneur as well as Nasreen Dhanji, Catherine Gitau and Confrey Alianji  - for Technology.

The Nakuru summit was based on three major pillars among them; to mentor and train youth by giving them the tools required to be successful at BYOB creation camps. Secondly, to inspire the youth to follow their passion by introducing them to relatable mentors who talked about their personal journeys and thirdly, BLAZE CSR Friday; a session aimed at teaching the youth to give back to the society.

Nakuru Boys high school and Milimani Primary that run on an integrated program having visually impaired students were the two schools from the region that benefited from the Blaze CSR Friday. They each got a 1-hour mentorship session from a team of Kenya’s most successful young entrepreneurs and donations of learning equipment worth Ksh250, 000 each as part of CSR Friday from Safaricom Foundation and Blaze.

With the theme ‘Greatness Requires Internal Toughness’ (G.R.I.T), the youth were  empowered to possess GRIT and showcase what it means; fall,  get up again and keep pushing through.

Entertainment in the Nakuru summit was top notch with Nyashinski, Khaligraph Jones and King Kaka thrilling the crowd with electrifying performances. Radio presenter Mwalimu Racheal and Musician Timmy T Dat mceed the high pitched event.

BLAZE is a sub-brand of Safaricom and was created to give the youth aged 26 years and below products, services and benefits tailored specifically to meet their everyday needs.
A first of its kind platform in Kenya, East and Central Africa, BLAZE was founded on what Kenyan youth say is most important to them: freedom, empowerment and success.

Ruby Cup Ambassadors In Attempt To Revolutionize The Ladies Attitude Towards Other Menstrual Alternatives.​



With the rising number of feminists in Kenya, SaWA was yet again graced by another activist and feminist in the role model session.

Meet Rachel Mwikali, a 25 year old Women Rights Activist and Feminist, grassroots gender issues consultant and Brand ambassador for Ruby cup. Ms. Mwikali shared her experiences with SaWA ladies on her life journey, struggles and achievement.

Rachel Mwikali: Social Activist and Ruby Cup Brand Ambassador addressing the SaWA ladies
Born and raised in Mathare slums in Nairobi, Ms. Mwikali is a Grassroots Women Rights Activist. She coordinates a Pan-African Grassroots Women Liberation Movement, which works to unite Grassroots African Women and empowers them to take up leadership positions. Rachael has been at the forefront in empowering women in informal settlements to take up leadership in the society. She works towards changing patriarchal systems and other societal systems that work against women. She is motivated by the personal struggles she has undergone as a young woman growing up in an informal settlement.

She was awarded the We Effect’s first Lobbyist for Change Award in Stockholm Sweden for her fight for Young Women’s Rights.

Amaia Arranz, the Ruby Cup CEO was also one of the role models and mentor. “Women and girls affected by poverty face problems during their periods because they simply cannot afford menstrual care products. Without proper sanitary products, girls and women are forced to use unsafe substitutes like mud, old rags or old newspapers, which do not absorb well and often carry serious health implications in terms of infections and diseases quite simply, Ruby Cup makes a world of difference.” Amaia Arranz addressed the ladies during the role model session.

SaWA ladies learnt how they can combine a business school idea with passion to create a product that can generate income, empower the society and conserve the environment. Ruby Cup is a popular and commonly used cup in Kenya, Made from 100% soft, medical grade silicone, our menstrual cup is safe, comfortable and hygienic. The fifth session included free distribution of the Ruby Cups to the ladies. This exercise was spearheaded by Ms. Mwikali and Ms. Arranz the Brand Ambassador and explained to them the pros and cons of using the cups.
EDITORS NOTES:
Ruby Cup, a healthier, more sustainable, cost-effective and eco-friendly alternative to pads and tampons were distributed to the SaWA ladies. They can be re-used and re-cycled for a period of ten years before purchasing another one. They are economical and go at a retail price of KES 3,000.

Friday, 15 September 2017

The Abryanz Style And Fashion Awards Unveils 2017 Categories & Opens Nominations



The Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards - 2017 have officially announced the categories at their upcoming award ceremony. The  nominations are ongoing  and details are available at: http://abryanzstyleandfashionawards.com/ Back on its fifth edition this year, the 2017 ASFAs have unveiled a total of 17 categories of the awards in 4 classifications: Honorary Awards, Fashion Categories, Fashion Contributors and Public Influencers. 

In a different fashion from last year, the awards have excluded a total of 11 categories that were featured in the previous years. The new edition under the theme "The Fashion Takeover" – are set to be the biggest edition yet, drawing professionals in African entertainment – with a mission to shine a global spotlight on the African Fashion industry while highlighting creativity, achievement and excellence.

This year, two new categories have also been introduced: Fashion Entrepreneur of the year Uganda and Fashion Entrepreneur Africa in support of the ceremony's theme: "Fashion Takeover". These awards will recognize individuals who have shown outstanding commercial success of their fashion businesses or personal brands. 

See below 2017 ASFAs classifications of categories:

HONORARY AWARDS
1. Lifetime/Style and Fashion Icon Achievement Award
2. Humanitarian Award for Works in Fashion
3. Outstanding Model of the year
4. Fashion Entrepreneur award (Uganda & Continental)
  CORE FASHION 
 5. Fashion Designer of the Year (Uganda & Continental)
6. Model of the Year - Male & Female (Uganda & Continental)
 FASHION CONTRIBUTORS 
7. Make up Artist of the year (Uganda & Continental)
8. Hair stylist of the year (Uganda & Continental)
9. Fashion Photographer of the year (Uganda & Continental)
10. Stylist of the year (Uganda & Continental)
11. Best Fashion Blogger / Writer (Uganda & Continental)

PUBLIC INFLUENCERS

12. Most stylish/Best dressed celebrity - Male & Female (Uganda & Continental)
13. Most stylish Artiste - Male & Female (Uganda & Continental)
14. Fashionable Music video of the Year (Uganda & Continental)
15. Best dressed media personality of the year - Male & Female (Uganda & Continental)
16. Fashionista of the year - Male & Female (Uganda & Continental)
17. Best Dressed on the Red Carpet - Male & Female (Uganda & Continental)

2017 ASFAs will take place on the 8th of December at the Kampala Serena Hotel courtesy of leading CIROC Ultra Premium Vodka in association with KCCA, Bell lager and NTV Uganda. The show will be produced and directed by David Tlale from South Africa, Front of House Production from Kenya, together with Fenon Events and the ASFA team supported by MNT Consult. PR will be spearheaded by Anyiko PR Agency. Ahead of the main event, the organizers have already held a launch event held on (20th July) in Kampala, Uganda. As a build-up, a number of Fashion Takeovers will be taking place across the continent in Namibia, Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda.


Thursday, 14 September 2017

Lil Wayne Out Of The Hospital After Suffering Seizure

Sources close to the rapper tell TMZ ... the seizures that forced him into the hospital Sunday were due to a super busy schedule mixed with the fact he was getting NO sleep.


COURTESY

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

World 3,000m Champion Conseslus Kipruto Being Sued For Child Neglect




COURTESY

A woman has sued world 3,000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto for child neglect.
The woman says she is a 20-year-old orphan from Mosoriot in Nandi county. Kipruto's home is within Mosoriot area.

She went to a children's court in Eldoret on Tuesday seeking Sh50,000 every month for upkeep.

The complainant claims she cohabited with Kipruto between 2015 and 2016, that they had a boy but differed later and that he has cut all communication with her.
The athlete has been summoned to court on September 25 for the hearing.
The woman sought support from the Center for Human Rights and Democracy (CHRD) in Eldoret to file the case.

“She came to us for assistance and we will provide the lawyer to prosecute the case for her”, said CEO Ken Wafula.

The case was first filed in February but a date for the hearing had not been set.
“We cohabited as husband and wife from May 2015 and were blessed with one child," the woman says in her affidavit.

Read more: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/09/13/world-3000m-champion-conseslus-kipruto-sued-for-child-neglect_c1634686

I did not attend Tekno Miles’ Concert -Eric Omondi says… But Did He????????



One of Kenya’s funniest comedians, Eric Omondi, was reported to be very drunk while stepping out of Tekno Miles’ concert on Saturday. 

A video of the comedian was posted by one of his close friends, that is Joe Muchiri, Kenya’s male socialite on snapchat, where he looked like he was tipsy. 

Eric denied the claims of ever going to the show, not to mention being drunk during an interview with The Star’s Word Is.

“I was not drunk and further more, I didn’t attend the concert,” he rubbished the rumors.
However, other people have stated that he attended the concert and even described his outfit. So is Eric Omondi a liar???




Sexy Tanzanian Actress Predicts Uhuru Kenyatta’s Win In Coming Election




Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta enjoys support literary all over the World. 25,Year old Tanzanian Actress Antu Mandoza believes Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta enjoys support literary all over the World . 25,Year old Tanzanian Actress Antu Mandoza believes Uhuru Kenyatta won the 8th August elections and he will win again.    


Speaking to "Ommy Dallah " from her residence in Mikocheni Dar Es Salam Antu said " I prayed for him during the elections on 8th August and I was glad he Won. Am sure he will win the repeat with a big Margin on 17th Oct 2017.         

Antu who is also a Public relations graduate and communication expert  from UDSM says she would love to be part of the inauguration ceremony later in the year  as she is sure President Uhuru Kenyatta will be re elected .  Below is her tweet stating that Uhuru won the 8th August elections and he will win again.      


Speaking to "Ommy Dallah " from her residence in Mikocheni Dar Es Salam Antu said " I prayed for him during the elections on 8th August and I was glad he Won. Am sure he will win the repeat with a big Margin on 17th Oct 2017.      

Antu who is also a Public relations graduate and communication expert  from UDSM says she would love to be part of the inauguration ceremony later in the year  as she is sure President Uhuru Kenyatta will be re elected .