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Monday, 23 February 2015

Lupita to play Ugandan mum to chess mastermind

Lupita's star shone this past weekend at the Oscar's red carpet.

Anyhow, on matters acting, the Oscar winner will have a chance to wow audiences again in a Ugandan production dubbed “Queen of Katwe”.

It is about an African chess prodigy, Phiona Mutesi, who was profiled in ESPN the Magazine in 2011.

Mutesi’s story also inspired a book, also entitled “Queen of Katwe,” which chronicles Mutesi’s rise from dire poverty to the World Chess Olympiad. Nair has a reputation for making movies with complex, layered female leads, which explains the interest in Mutesi, who became a chess champion growing up and practicing in a small, poor Ugandan village.

Lupita, who is playing Mutesi’s mother, will likely work with David Oyelowo, the same actor with whom she’s co-starring in “Americanah.”

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Former Miss Kenya Cecila Mwangi Loses Mum


Cecilia Mwangi who is known for her charitable work in the fight against jiggers is mourning.

The former beauty queen lost he mum over the weekend when she was attacked at her home in Kitale.

Ahadi Trust posted the condolence message on their official Facebook page.

Post by Ahadi Kenya Trust.

My thoughts and prayers are with Cecilia and her family at this time of mourning.

50 Shades Of Grey Cannot Be Screened To The Public In Kenya

Those looking forward to a voyeuristic moment at the cinemas as they watch 50 Shades Of Grey, will be disapointed.

The Kenya Film Classification Board has "RESTRICTED" the "screening or distribution" of the bondage themed movie.

The board posted the warning on their official Facebook page.

Monday, 9 February 2015

2Face Flaunts Wedding Ring To Dispel Cheating Rumours

Pop star, 2face Idibia will not take any of the rumours currently surrounding his 25 month-old marriage to Annie Idibia lying down.

He was spotted at the 355 Lounge, Victoria Island, Lagos, a night after the controversial picture was released, proudly flashing his wedding ring at the MTV Base roundtable #chooseorlose forum in the company of his long-time friend, Sound Sultan.

The superstar who wedded actress Annie two years ago at a star studded ceremony in Dubai, clearly had a point to prove regarding the strength of his marriage, in the midst of several rumours and allegations making the rounds.

This was after a picture of 2Face Idibia and Pero Adeniyi, mother to 3 of his children, were spotted kissing in the club.

According to reports, the picture of 2Face and Pero together was supposedly taken as recently as a few days ago when the two of them bumped into each other at one of 2Face’s clubs in Lagos.

Monday, 26 January 2015

AKA To Tour West Africa

Multi-award winning Hip Hop artist AKA will be embarking on a West African tour this week.

AKA will be undertaking a radio and promo tour in Nigeria and Ghana, aimed to connect with his fans and the music industry in Accra and Lagos where he has already received much love for his latest single ‘All Eyes On Me’ featuring Nigeria’s Burna Boy.

The single is currently at No 1 position across major music and video channels across the continent.

AKA has made a passionate statement about his debut performance in West Africa and how he views himself as a differentiated artist on the African continent.

“It’s time that we as Africans connect and tell our own story. This West African tour is the beginning of a long awaited story; I believe that the rest of the world is ready to hear”.

Commencing the two-legged tour at the legendary Industry Nites in Lagos on Wednesday 28 January, AKA then hits Accra’s Rockstone’s Django on 31 January for an outrageously fun and electrifying live music experience.

AKA anticipates spending 4 nights in Lagos and 3 in Accra to give him an opportunity to touch base with local fans and media and spend time in studio with some of Nigeria’s biggest names in music.

Mathew Ohio, head of Industry Nite Lagos had this to say “We are very excited to host AKA for the first time in Lagos, Nigeria. Industry Nite is all about cultural exchanges within Africa, from our national and international tours to our African All Star series. Looking forward to a wonderful show.!!!”

AKA’s manager and label MD at Vth Season, Benza comments: “AKA is an exceptional performer. His music and videos have already garnered him millions of fans and followers in the last year. Now at the top of his game in South Africa after winning numerous awards, its only fit for AKA to share his gift with his fans in Nigeria, Ghana and the rest of Africa. After last year being named by Dj Edu of BBC 1 Xtra as the 1 of 5 African music star to make it big in the UK, we have calculated the right time to commence this tour.”

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Victoria Kimani Gets Lead Role In Dramatic Flick

Kenyan star singer Victoria Kimani is making her mark in the silver screen.

The Chocolate City’s East African beauty queen, has bagged a role in a new movie titled 7 Inch Curve.

The Prokoto hitmaker plays the role of  "an upcoming musician whose day takes a wicked turn".

The singer stars alongside Wole Ojo, Gabriel Afolayan, Yvonne Ekwere, Uche Agbai, Ivie Okujaye, Baaj Adebule and others.

7 Inch Curve is written and directed by Shola Thompson.



Tuesday, 20 January 2015

This Is Kenya's Freakshow!

Freakshow Collective will perform it’s first play Freakshow February 5,6,7, 2015 at the Alliance Francaise.

It is a collaborative play featuring Nairobi’s best actors, musicians, dancers and spoken word artists.

The show tackles issues including: gender, identity, sexuality and illness. Freakshow Collective is a brand new theatre company based in Nairobi.

Freakshow Collective creates new plays for social impact and features a variety of art forms including acting, music, dance and spoken word.

In their debut performance of the new play Freakshow, the company examines what it means to be considered “different” by society.

The play aims to put subjects that are typically controversial on stage and educate and enlighten audiences. Freakshow features some of Nairobi’s most prominent artists.

The cast includes actors: Paul Ogola, Dival and Lawrence Murage, spoken word artists: Mufasa and Teardrops and members of the Kenya Dance Academy.

The play also features new actors in their debut performances. Under the direction of Canadian theatre artist, Brianna Roberts the cast has devised the script together using their personal stories about times when society has made them feel like a “freak” based on something they cannot change.

The performers will be sharing scenes of their personal experiences with gender, identity, mental illness, sexuality, physical illness, addiction and body image.

The play runs February 5, 6 and 7th at 7:00pm at the Alliance Francaise. Tickets are 500ksh and are available at the Alliance Francaise, PAWA254 or by calling 0728611264 or emailing freakshowcollective.ke@gmail.com

What Would Nicki Minaj Think Of This?

Nigerain singer TeeBlaq is starting the year with a hard punch as he teams up with ace director, Unlimited L.A. for the visual of the Olamide-assisted track titled 'Nicki Minaj.'

Shot in Lagos, The Eldar Records' ensigned is all high energy as Unlimited L.A delivers a visual that is true to the song title.

Unlimited L.A recreate scenes from some of Nicki Minaj's best videos as dictated by the song.

On the heels of the most recent hit 'Vasashii', Tee Blaq is about to make 'Nicki Minaj' a favourite with fans.

Watch the eye candy, which also premiered on music channel across Africa today!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Victoria Kimani Featured In Chocolate City New Year Mixtape


Kenyan songstress joins a predominant Nigerian list of acts from the annual Chocolate City New Year Mix.

This mixtape is released by spinmaster DJ Caise releases and which features Chocolate City’s biggest stars; M.I, Ice Prince, Victoria Kimani, Nosa, Dice Ailes, Pryse and Koker.

DJ Caise delivers something to celebrate the New Year with to fans and loyalist who have been avid spectators of Chocolate City content and activities,

To download the audio simply follow this yellow brick road.

Davido, Phyno Join Charass To Tell Yall About Coco Butter

If you want to know what the secret to love and beauty is, check out the remix to Coco Butter.


Act to watch in 2014, Charass shot the video for the remix to his 2014 sleeper hit titled Coco Butter which features African superstars Davido and Phyno.

The Adasa Cookey - directed visual is as earthy as the song interpretes with top notch performance by the featured act and catching set.

The video would premiere on your TV sets soon...

Listen to the audio below.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

A Chance For Kenyan Talent To Collaborate With World Musicians

Kenyan musicians have a chance to travel to the US for a music fellowship programme dubbed OneBeat.

Applications for the programme are now open till February 14, 2015! If you're between the ages of 19 and 35 please apply.

OneBeat employs collaborative original music as a potent new form of cultural diplomacy.

It will bring 25 musicians from around the world to the U.S. for one month this fall to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop strategies for arts-based social engagement.

Musicians from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, with or without formal musical training.

If you do music of all genres, including but not limited to: traditional/folk, hip hop, experimental, electronic, jazz, classical, sound design, beat-making, multimedia art, or any combination of these styles is welcome.

In additional to full-time professional musicians, the initiative also invites adventurous musicians who double as community organizers, instrument builders, writers, videographers, musicologists, educators, storytellers, dancers, shadow-puppeteers, and more.

What you should know about OneBeat: 

Collaboration is central. OneBeat offers musicians the opportunity to collaborate on new projects and to explore new musical traditions. Rather than showcasing solo talent, OneBeat musicians will work together across stylistic and cultural divides in pursuit of new musical possibilities.

OneBeat is socially engaged. We are looking for musicians who have a strong commitment to their communities and who are seeking new ways to engage in youth development, music education, music therapy, conflict resolution, a global dialogue through music, and other ways of working towards more egalitarian and democratic societies.

OneBeat is a FREE program (but not a paid gig). The OneBeat program covers all Fellows' travel, transportation, food, and lodging. We also offer a modest stipend. While we are not able to pay performance fees, OneBeat offers Fellows a chance to create new material, establish lifelong musical partnerships and friendships, learn new marketable skills, tour the US, and develop professional connections.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

These Are The Mentors For The New Maisha Magic Reality TV Show

Patoranking in School Uniform. Hot or Ice Cold?

Alubarika Hitmaker, Patoranking amazed the crowd on Thursday January 1st 2015 at the 2014 Lagos Countdown powered by Star lager, which held at Eko Atlantic City, VI Lagos.

The Headies 2014 next rated winner stormed the stage dressed like a secondary school student to perform hit songs like Alubarika, Girlie O, Emergency, amongst others.

Is it a hit or a miss?

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Celebs Happy New Year Wishes To You


Sautisol
Welcome to 2015 Team Sauti Sol ! 2014 was a great year but the best is yet to come ! HAPPY NEW YEAR !!! ‪#‎Cheers‬

Elani
2014 has been more than a blessing to us!! ‪#‎TeamElani‬ We love each and every one of you for making this year ours.We couldn't have done it without y'all.We are truly grateful and humbled.As we end this year,May God keep blessing each and everyone of you amazing souls and May you have an awesome 2015 ahead ‪#‎OnePeople‬ ‪#‎OneFamily‬ ‪#‎OneLove‬

Wahu Kagwi
HHHAAAAPPPPPPYYYY NEEEWWWWW YYYEEEAAARRRRR!!!!! 2015's gonna be great!!! wishing all the lovely people on this page the best year yet!! baraka tele!

Chef Ali L'artiste
Happy new year to you all great people... Wishing you a Prosperous Year ahead full of Love and happiness

Rabbit - Kaka Sungura
Happy New year to all my fans, it was a successful year thanks for the love and Ohh not forgetting them haters. May all your wishes come true this 2015.

Mr Seed
Thanks to all ‪#‎TeamMrSeed‬ .. Happy new year to all #TeamMrSeed all around kenya, Africa...anywhere you are..watch out for 2015 great collabos coming

Deejay Krowbar
His way, His will, His people, His music... This new years, my personal prayer is Jesus to have his way in my life... The greatest part about that is HIS YORK IS EASY... HAPPY NEW YEAR GUYS. 


Gillian Iliana Waters shared Michael Jai White's photo
Happy Happy New Year from Us to You!


Suzanna Owiyo
A new day & a brand New Year has come bringing with it opportunities to shine.Wishing you all a blessed, peaceful enjoyable 2015

Deejay Soxxy
I have been blessed to see the end of this year not because i always held on to God but because God did not let go of me. Looking forward and wishing you a great 2015.

Ambassada
If you get to see this, that means you are still alive and blessed. Happy New Year beautiful people. Much lov.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Lupita Nyongo Pens A Poem For You!

Lupita Nyong'o has written a sweet poem for you, her fan.

Here is Lupita's entire heartwarming poem.

This year was one of a kind,
And a kind one to me.
There was lots to be done,
And a whole lot to see.
I had family and friends,
And colleagues galore,
Now I have fans,
Plus a million and four!
You tweet and you post,
And you instagram too.
You chat, comment, draw,
You just do what you do.
And though I don't answer 'Cause time is a-tickin',
Know that you matter By the posts that I'm pickin'.
I keep posting 'Cause I know that you care,
And I care to post
When I know that you're there.
So this season,
Though I know your name not,
I'm happy I got you,
And that I gave what you got.
I wish for you peace,
Love, joy, laughter beams,
And in the new year,
May you live out your dreams!
(And as Dr. Seuss says:)
"If things start happening,
don't worry, don't stew,
just go right along and you'll start happening too."

Love, Lupita N.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Miss Kenya Does Us Proud In London. Jets Back Today!



The curtains to the World's most coveted and premier beauty pageant came down on Sunday at the Miss World Finals 2014 held in Excel London.

Kenya witnessed probably its biggest and well organized pageant which produced Miss World Kenya, Idah Nguma as the second Kenyan get to top ten in the final stage out of 121 countries.

She joins Yolanda Masinde in the year 2000 who accomplished the same feat.

Idah was named Miss Africa runners up after she dazzled with her charisma. She was the winner of Beauty With a Purpose which comes with $10,000, made it to top 5 in Beach Fashion Category and was voted top 25 in peoples choice category.

Kenya’s Auction Gift (Passion of Elephant) from Maltbronze raised 5,000 pounds.

In a press statement, the Miss World Kenya secretariate wrote, "We at the Miss World Kenya secretariat are proud of her for her exemplary performance."

Idah jeted back into the country today aboard Kenya Airways flight no. KQ101 at 0630hrs.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Tis The Season!!! Star Beer Creates A World Record Breaking Bottle-Tree For Christmas

Nigeria's first indigenous beer brand, Star Lager has completed the building of the world's largest bottle tree in Lagos State, Nigeria.

The record-breaking tree is made with a total of 8,000 star bottles as against 3,000 bottles announced during the commencement of the project.

This development was as a result of the excitement the project elicited in the minds of consumers and Lagosians who trooped in to submit empty bottles as contribution towards the project.

Attention grabbing and beautifully made, the Star Bottle Tree sits proudly at the Star Beer Village, Eko Atlantic City (venue of the much anticipated Lagos Countdown 2014) Victoria Island, Lagos.

With over 17.5 million people, Lagos is the most populous city in Nigeria and the seventh fastest-growing city in the world.

It is also the commercial capital of Nigeria, making it an increasingly attractive hub on the continent.

The bottle tree is a first of its kind in the country, symbolizing greatness and the enterprising Nigerian spirit personified by Star Lager, the country's leading beer brand.

The Star Tree aims to break the current World Record of 1,000 beer bottles being held by the Chinese city of Shanghai.

Follow conversations on social media, using the hashtags #ShineInto2015 #StarBottleTree.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Yao Ming Talks About Saving Kenyan Elephants

After his visit to Kenya to see the extent of poaching and conservation efforts in Kenya's Maasai Mara, Yao Ming shot a documentary.

Together with WildAid, Yao is calling on the public to do its part to end the ivory poaching crisis by taking the Ivory Free pledge at ivoryfree.org.

The new campaign asks consumers to pledge to never buy, own or accept ivory as gifts, and to support stronger government bans and actions to tackle the illegal ivory trade.

Ivory Free is a partnership between WildAid, Animal Planet, African Wildlife Foundation and Save The Elephants, and has been launched in conjunction with the premiere of Saving Africa’s Giants with Yao Ming – a new program that follows WildAid ambassador and the former NBA star on a journey to Africa to see its natural beauty and witness the devastating elephant and rhino poaching crises.

“We all share this planet with each other and with these majestic animals. We all have a responsibility to do something to save Africa’s elephants. We all have to do our part. I’m doing mine, and you can do yours by going to ivoryfree.org and taking the pledge,” says WildAid Ambassador Yao Ming.

“This is a global problem that requires global solutions, from both individuals and governments. That’s why we’re asking people to take the pledge at ivoryfree.org to never buy or accept ivory, and to encourage their governments to enact stronger domestic bans on the ivory trade,” says WildAid Executive Director Peter Knights.

The film features the work of WildAid, Save the Elephants, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Daphne Sheldrick and The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Dr. Will Fowlds, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, African Wildlife Foundation, Tusk Trust, Kenya Wildlife Service, and South African National Parks.

Source

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Suzanna Owiyo's New Single Is Hot. Produced By Sauti Sol Hunk!

Suzanna Owiyo releases WAMIEL—new single and music video.

WAMIEL is the first of a series of a new music project in collaboration with new age producers and directors bringing Suzanna's funk. The project’s culmination leads to her new untitled album, set for release in 2015.

She says, “Finally the wait is over. To my fans, I present me to you WAMIEL. You’ve always showed me tremendous support that inspires my creative mind.

WAMIEL (Dholuo for Let’s Dance) is a bonafide dance song and with authentic African beats that include rhythmic guitars applauding Benga. WAMIEL has been produced by Fancy Fingers of Sauti Sol and its video shot and directed by Enos Olik of Bokeh Family.

The song flaunts Suzanna’s free spirit and current inspiration. She says, “My responsibility is to serve you with more music and my journey continues with WAMIEL. Let’s dance to this beautiful tune that has no formula but only you, can understand your own moves. Just let loose and simply dance. No one is watching.

Jimmy Dludlu Hanging Out With Kenyan Jazz Stars

Villa Rosa Kempinski last Thursday 4th Dec, 2014, hosted renowned Jazz maestro Jimmy Dludlu during an exclusive meet and greet session during Jazz night at the Balcony Bar.

Bob Collymore, Safaricom CEO was among the guests that graced the occasion. Also in attendance was Jazz artist Aaron Rimbui, Jacob Asiyo, Tim Njiru, among others.




Viola Karuri's New Coast Inspired Chuuuune Is Out!!!!

Win, Win, Win A Phone For Loving Victoria Kimani And Flavour!

Tis the season.

I'm giving away a Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus phone.

All you have to do is, post this link of Victoria Kimani and Flavour's collabo, I Don't Love You on Twitter and ask your pals to watch it and retweet it.

Do tag me too on @hotsecretz.

The person with the most retweets and favourites walks away with the phone.

Ni hayo tuu.

Praiz Unveils New Album. I Thought There Was A Kenyan Collabo?

Soulful singer Praiz has finally released the track listing and final artwork for his hugely anticipated debut album.

Praiz was a real hit when he was in Kenya and was said to be working with Afro fuion singer Atemi. So, I was excited when i heard he has a new album out. I thought Atemi would be part of it.

Anyhow, the amazingly gifted singer who has risen from a talent show finalist to become one of Nigeria's most decorated R&B singers, is releasing a double album featuring him in his best cuts yet, as well as collaborations from some of the best in the game.

The album is titled Rich and Famous - with a cleverly curated theme that covers conventional R&B, and superb pop sounds.

Guest appearances include: Wizkid, Paroranking, Iyanya, Awilo Longomba, Chidnma, Shaydee, Sheyi Shay, BEZ, Sound Sultan, Kayswitch, King, Skales Morell and Iceberg Slim, Wande Baloy, Sammy.

Please see full track list below:

FAMOUS PRAIZ

SISI FT. WIZKID

HARDER FT. PATORANKING

PERE FT. IYANAYA

MERCY

OSHE FT. AWILO LOGOMBA

SWEET POTATO FT. CHIDNMA

I NO USE U PLAY FT. SHAYDEE

AFRURUM GI NA ANYA

FOR YOU FT. SHEYI SHAY

PHYSICAL SOMETHING FT. BEZ AND SOUND SULTAN

DELILAH FT. KAYSWITCH

JALABIA AND SNAPBACKS FT. KING, SKALES, MORELL AND ICEBERG SLIM.

RICH PRAIZ

A WOMAN’S NEED

I MISS YOU

IF I FAIL

SUPER HERO

HEART BEAT

SHOW ME THE WAY FT. WANDE BALOY

ADDICTED

RICH & FAMOUS

LOST IN YOU FT. SAMMY

LOSING IT

CAN’T LET IT GO

WANT YOU FT. KING

AMAZING

SHOW ME THE WAY

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Jimmy Dludlu Is In Kenya. Get Ready For Friday Night Show

Safaricom will host well renowned South African Jazz Artiste Jimmy Dludlu on Friday 5th December at the Safaricom Indoor Arena, Kasarani.

The Swahili Jazz Band fronted by artist Juma Tutu will curtain raise at the second concert in the on-going Safaricom Jazz Series, dubbed “Jazz with strings attached”.

Speaking during the launch of the concert, Safaricom Marketing Director, Ritah Okuthe said, “As a Kenyan brand, Safaricom is committed to growing local talent and positively impacting the lives of Kenyans. I am therefore confident that this campaign will not only deliver world class entertainment, but it will also create an emotional connection with our consumers.”

The purpose of this concert, says Ms Okuthe, is to raise the bar in local entertainment. “As a company, we are investing heavily in these artistes to ensure that we bring high quality concerts to Kenyans.”

With over 20 years’ experience, Dludlu who specializes in Jazz, Fusion and African Jazz is optimistic that he will captivate the audience with his upbeat and groovy tunes just as Nigerian guitarist Kunle Ayo did when he staged the first Safaricom Jazz Series concert in September.

All proceeds will be donated to the Ghetto Classics music program in Korogocho Slums to buy music instruments for musically gifted children from underprivileged backgrounds.

The Ghetto Classics is a program involving over 300 children from the Korogocho Slum.

It aims to provide an opportunity for the underprivileged to better their lives through their different musical talents.

As part of their agenda, Safaricom aims to transform the lives of the youth involved in the program by helping them raise funds to buy the musical instruments and sustaining the program.