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Thursday, 26 March 2015

This Is How Willy Paul Traced His Missing Mum

Gospel singer Willy Paul put out an SOS after he found out his mother was missing.

The Sitolia star said his mother was not feeling well and he couldn't seem to trace her, two days ago.

With the help of various artistes, Willy Paul has managed to track his mother in Kericho. The details are scanty as to how she ended up leaving Nairobi and ending up in a diffrent town far away from home.

Willy Paul posted the progress of the search on his Facebook.

He wrote: "Thanks be to God!!!! I want to thank JAGUAR THE ARTIST for stepping in to help me find my lost mother... it's so amazing how he did it.. This has taught me a lesson... JAGUAR is. Secular artist but stepped in to rescue a gospel artist.. thank you once more brother... I also want to the a few artist from the gospel Industry for stepping in and working hard with me to this day that we know my mums whereabouts. Dk kwenye beat, Mr seed, hopekid, size 8, joy mosound(grooveawards) Njesh wa kabbz (grooveawards) dj mo, scepta, e.t.c thank you all and I thank God for using you all to help in the search.. ::: information given to us by jaguar help us.. He took us to the right people that helped us locate mum... her current location is Kericho and a team has been sent to get her... asanti Mungu. (sic)"

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Kwame Bonsu Attacked For "Slut Shaming" Strong Black American Actresses

Former TV host and model Kwame Bonsu is being attacked by fans of three African American actressed whom he claimed are practicing "new age prostitution".

Kwame posted a photo of Gabriel Union, Kerry Washington and Taraji P Henson with the caption, "new age prostitution".

Fans of the three, who are stars of popular TV shows, Being Mary Jane, Scandal and Empire, shot back at Kwame.

sheila_kari wrote, "Hahaha. Wow. Prostitution because they get material after ama? Double fucking standards!"

_fi.fi added, "What in your view are women's rights? You marching for your mother and your sisters IS INDEED feminism. You made a choice to be celibate and that is admirable. But let's not slut shame women for having sex. Sure these women/characters may not make the best decisions when it comes to their personal lives but really, who are we to cast judgement or dictate how they should lead their lives? If these aren't the role models you(we) seek, then look for others and keep it moving."

hotep_king @iamkwamebonsu nah dude don't want none of your peace! Disentangle yourself from those shackles that have you thinking women can't own their own sexuality. #FakeDeep #hotep"

iamvonneyb wrote, "Um.... Okay. I guess marching for women to wear whatever they want has nothing to do with standing up for them to do what they want with their bodies. Ima remember that for next time......... NOT"

iamkwamebonsu responded saying, "@iamvonneyb the fact that you would compare me marching for Women's rights with the culture of Women "doing whatever they want with their bodies" i.e side chicks, is quite disappointing. I marched for My Mother and Sisters and the rest of our women out there. I for one am not judging anyone. No need to attack an individual because the have an opinion. Your anger is misdirected. Not everything has to be a WW2 between #feminism & #chauvinism. And kindly avoid assumtions I am a celibate man, have been so for months and counting, at my own will! I would advice you to read on 'soul ties' as I did. And like @joewmuchiri said... let's not sugar-coat things. Best be real.. | @missmandii @warshkaris @sunnydolat @_fi.fi the message that is being flung here is that we no longer have the likes of Sondra Huxtable as our role models. Kindly research on The Industry and realize what role models and system of life is being shoved down the throats of the Black American as well as African families. The images you see and the caption is broader. I reiterate. . It says 'Prostitution'. . NOT 'Prostitutes'. Thus the term 'New Age'. Its what the ones behind the curtain want. Understand the message. | @hotep_king peace be with you."

The Guys Who Brought Kim Kardashian To Naija Have Postponed This Year's Event

Nigerian singer Darey Art Alade announced today, that his long-awaited concert Love Like A Movie will no longer hold on April 4 as planned. Last year, it hosted the world's most talked about personality, Kim Kardashian.

The mind blowing risqué event was to enter year three on February 14, but faced a postponement because of earlier planned presidential elections in Nigeria.

"The event is now being pushed back again", Darey says, because of the political climate and the "plenty uncertainties that made it difficult to plan". "I'm pretty disappointed myself. But LLAM will no longer hold on April 4. I truly apologize on behalf of the entire Livespot team."

A new date will be communicated in the coming weeks. "Everyone is asking us what's happening. All I can assure is that we will do it and do it big again. And it will be worth the wait."

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

This Is How The Abba Reunion Party Went Down In Nairobi

Villa Rosa Kempinski played host to the ABBA Reunion Tribute Band exclusive listening party at the Balcony Bar.

The group which is staying in the Hotel has been in the country since Wednesday and is set to perform on Saturday in a sold out concert.

 The Tribute Band will perform famous hits by the original group ABBA such as, “Waterloo”, “Dancing Queen” and “Fernando”, in conjunction with the Balcony Bar House Band, Hot Rod Band.

“Mama Mia” the Abba Experience is a musical that has toured around the world and is finally in Kenya.

“We are excited to be associated with this event. Everyone loved the original ABBA group and seeing a reenactment of their greatest hits for our esteemed hotel guests and staff will be a treat for them”, said Mr. Manish Nambiar the General Manager at Villa Rosa.

The show is a song-dance and costume extravaganza featuring the number one ABBA experience from the West End, London.

It will give the audiences a chance to re- live the addictive ABBA phenomena that swept through the airwaves and discos in the 70s and 80s which will be performed with unrivalled authenticity from both visual and audio perspective.

This Daddy Owen Video Has Super Crazy Moves!

If you have not watched the Daddy Owen and Papa Dennis music video shot in the UK, this is your chance.

The gospel video, Foundation, follows the life of a dude who has been beat down by life's challenges.

He picks himself up and rebuilds himself.

Anyhow, I love me the dance moves in the music video. Would have loved to see Daddy Owen mixing it up with those Lingala-hip-popping-hair-dying dancers.

If you haven't caught the action yet, here is the music video produced by Main Switch.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Comedian Churchill To Get A Sh72m Insurance Deal For TV Show

East & Central Africa’s biggest name in comedy Daniel Ndambuki, aka Mwalimu King’ang’i , aka Churchill has secured Kshs 72M Comprehensive Event Insurance for Churchill Live and Churchill on the Road events from UAP Insurance.

This landmark sponsorship deal covers public liability arising out of bodily injury and or property damage, sunk costs for event cancellation as well as image protector to cater for immediate costs necessarily incurred to assist persons injured in Churchill’s events for the next one year.

Akon To Crown Winner Of Africa's Biggest Competition

Celebrated pop star AKON jets into the country on 27th March 2015 for Airtel Trace Music Star Pan-African Grand Finale, the continent’s biggest music competition which will take place on Saturday, 28th March 2015 at Enashipai Resort and Spa in Naivasha.

Akon will arrive with a team of 3 people that includes Devyne Stephens, a well-respected Music mogul that discovered Akon, Jay Z, P Diddy, Alicia Keys, Usher and Mariah Carey among other music heavy weights.

The winner of the first ever phone-song competition will be crowned in a spectacular Grand Finale which will be filmed at Enashipai Resort & Spa 28th March and will be televised starting on April 18th at 8pm all over Africa on TRACE music channels and national leading Free to Air TV networks.

Kenya will be represented by Benjamin Webi, who was crowned Kenya’s edition winner in January this year.

Webi will battle it out for the grand prize with 12 other contestants from Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Gabon.

To vote for Webi, you will be required to either call 0900733733 or SMS the word “Webi” 33733. Final decision to select the pan-African winner will be made by public vote and 3 judges:
1. Akon, the multi-platinum artist/producer and the most African of the American artists
2. Devyne Stephens, the acclaimed manager of some of the best rap and R&B artists in the world (Alicia Keys, 50 Cent, P Diddy, Mariah Carey etc.)
3. Lynnsha, the multi-platinum artist from the French Caribbean

Judges will each retain twenty five percent voting power, leaving the public with an additional twenty five percent leverage.

Public voting polls are open until March 25 and you can vote for your favourite finalist by sending an SMS to the short code dedicated to their country, along with their key word.

The overall grand prize comprises of a record deal, promotion and mentorship campaigns for a total value that exceeds $500,000.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Patoranking Would Have Been A Hardcore Criminal!

Reggae act, Patoranking shocked many earlier today when he revealed during a media parley organized by MTV Base, that he would have been a criminal but for music.

According to him, music saved him from becoming a criminal, "The slum is not a place that gives many options. There, it was either you make it the right way or the crime way but I chose music and it has worked for me," he said.

He also expressed his appreciation to MTV Base for making him the Artiste of the Month and for helping him secure the partnership deal with international reggae music label, VP Records which he describes as one of the high points of his musical career, "As many of you know, VP Records is one of the biggest record labels in New York so being signed under that label is a big deal for me which is why I am grateful to MTV Base".

As regards his debut album, he disclosed that plans are in place to ensure an album release later this year and also wishes to feature International reggae artistes like Beenie man and Sean Paul, "There are plans for the album to be released soon. Hopefully, later in the year."

Head of Marketing and communications, VIMN Africa, Colette Otusheso added that the reason behind the parley is to create an avenue for journalists to meet with and get to understand music artistes better.

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Jaya And Lady J Dee Tells You Why Tomorrow Will Sort Itself Out!

Jaya releases “Sasa” featuring legendary Tanzanian artist Lady Jaydee. This is Jaya’s second single off her first solo project.

“Sasa” is about desisting from waiting for the proverbial tomorrow and only being concerned about today - the moment right now.

Jaya says, “We really spend a lot of our energy thinking about what will happen tomorrow, about hoping to feel better and how a situation will change. Sometimes we really just need to look to the moment right now, and realize that your present person is the most important thing in life because the next minute is not guaranteed at all!”

Written and performed by Jaya and Lady Jaydee, the music video has been shot by Enos Olik of Bokeh Family.

Audio has been composed and produced by Tim Ennovator Rimbui.

Jaya is currently recording her debut album under Pinecreek Records where she is also signed.

She is working with industry greats like R Kay, Ennovator and Jaaz Odongo on the production of the album. “Sasa” and “Wewe Ndiwe” will be part of her new album compilation, set for release this year.


 

K'naan Talks Somalia, Arrests And Fame

"Dreams... vision for a better world," K'naan talks about what made him work hard.

K'naan gave an indepth interview to Craig Kielburger about his personal journey from Somalia to Rexdale to international superstardom.

The Somali Canadian poet explained to Craig Kielburger about the meaning behind his song Fatima on Shameless.

Beside that, he talks about his kids, his life in Somalia and travelling around the continent.

You can watch the video below...

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Amani Gets Touchy Feelie With Kwame Bonsu In New Video


Amani has started 2015 with a bang, thanks to the release of a brand new video on a global platform.

The video “Kizunguzungu” has been released on Vevo, the world’s leading all-premium HD music video and entertainment platform with over seven billion monthly views.

The only other Kenyan artiste with music on this platform is Victoria Kimani.

“Vevo only admits high quality videos so even being accepted on this platform is a testament that is of International standards and a great piece of work. Fans will be able to view it globally on-demand through Vevo.com, the mobile web and apps for mobile/tablets and TVs, or through Vevo TV,” explains Amani in a press statement.

Recorded at Grandpa Records, the song ‘Kizunguzungu’ has the hallmark of another great hit characterized by heady club beats and catchy lyrics and powerful vocals.

She says that she will have back-to-back releases with more than 25 hit songs to her name Amani has passed the test of longevity for a female artiste in the industry.


Check Out Pics From Genevieve Nnaji's Lunch Date With Theatre Students

Amstel Malta brand ambassador, Genevieve Nnaji looked glamorous when she met and dined with 11 outstanding Theatre Arts student at an exclusive AMVCAs date at Eko Hotel, as part of the all-expense paid trip to the AMVCAs, courtesy of the beer brand.

The Nollywood superstar offered tips, advice, and also shared her experience with the aspiring actors, all of whom were selected from the University of Lagos, University of Benin, University of Abuja, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and University of PortHarcourt, based on academic excellence.


"This is one experience I’m so sure not to forget. Listening to her journey to success straight from the horse’s mouth was really inspiring and I know for sure that every effort put into being the best is certainly worth everything” said Mitchel Bare of Unilag.

Genevieve also expressed how pleased she was with the interaction she had with these brilliant students.

“I’m so impressed by the level of exposure these students already have as undergraduates. They definitely know what they want and I’m very confident this date was a good step in the right direction. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing them at the top” she said.

Amstel Malta promises to keep up supporting the best and encourages every young person out there to refuse the urge to relax with current achievements. “We want to see our youths strive harder to be the best in everything they set out to do. That’s why our activities are tied towards re-emphasizing our brand message “Be The Best You Can Be”.

These students wouldn’t have had this opportunity if they weren’t top of their classes, so the best is really always the best you can be and no one should settle for less” said Amstel Malta Brand Manager, Hannatu Ageni- Yusuf.

Africanised BET coming to DSTV

Viacom Africa is set to launch a brand new localised BET channel on the DStv Premium bouquet next month. Designed to reflect, respect, and elevate the rich variety and positive values of African and African-American culture, BET will be VIACOM Africa’s second BET channel on the continent, expanding the network’s general entertainment offering for viewers between 20 and 49.

Going live April 2, 2015 at 5:20PM, BET will air exclusively on DStv channel 129. The channel will co-exist alongside sister channel BET2 (formerly known as BET), currently available on DStv channel 135 on the DStv platform and GOtv channel 23.

The new 24-hour channel will provide an uplifting blend of locally produced and international programming from a variety of genres, including drama, family-friendly sitcoms, stand-up comedy, documentaries, talk shows, awards specials, reality series, gospel music, and more.

Commented Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks Africa, “VIACOM Africa is delighted to announce the launch of this new BET channel - our tenth channel and multimedia entertainment brand in Africa. BET will connect viewers with international trends, talent and thought leaders, whilst simultaneously celebrating Africa’s talent and creativity. This evolution for the BET brand on the continent significantly broadens our general entertainment offering and provides a dynamic and compelling new destination for viewers.”

“The new BET channel on the DStv platform will not only enrich our Premium subscribers’ television viewing experience with more current, world-class entertainment but the channel’s inclusion of African productions is in line with MultiChoice’s commitment to showcase African talent,” said MultiChoice Africa CEO, Nico Meyer.

DStv Premium subscribers can look forward to the first local production on the channel, a brand new South African reality series, Top Actor, and new seasons of original drama Being Mary Jane starring Gabrielle Union, and Kevin Hart’s spoof reality hit Real Husbands of Hollywood.

Another new face on the channel will be Martin Lawrence, entertaining viewers with his hilarious stand-up comedy series The 1st Amendment Stand-Up.

BET viewers will also be the first to view favourite BET franchises such as The Wendy Williams Show, hosted by the chat show queen, comedy drama The Game and high octane music specials such as Black Girls Rock (premiere: Saturday 25 April 2015 at 7;00PM), the BET Awards, The BET Honors and the BET Hip Hop Awards. Gospel plays a prominent role on the channel in the shape of music and praise from Bobby Jones Gospel, and reality series Sunday Best, SWV Reunited and Mary Mary.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Emmanuel Jal To Give Talk With Suits Actress, Meghan Markle


Former sudanese child soldier, Emmanuel Jal will be giving a talk together with Suits actress Meghan Markle at Kruger Cowne’s first in its series of breakfast briefings at Soho House.





The special International Women’s Day themed event is set to take place on 9 March, organised by the talent management agency and speaker bureau, where the speakers will discuss why it has never been more imperative that men join the mission for gender equality.

Co-founder and managing director of Kruger Cowne, Gina Nelthorpe-Cowne said: “Our breakfast club meetings are all about providing an intimate setting for us to engage with our customers, and for our customers to engage with our talent.

“It’s important for us that the event organisers, meeting planners and speaker bureaus we work with know the calibre of our artists available to them for public speaking. We want them to get a feel for the kind of topics these speakers cover and for them to experience their eloquent presentation skills.

“We are thrilled to have the wonderful Meghan Markle and inspiring Emmanuel Jal join us for the first in our series of monthly briefings for 2015. This will definitely be a start of many more breakfasts to come."

Sunday, 1 March 2015

This Is Webi's Compe For That Akon Recording Deal With Airtel/Trace Music Stars

Kenyan contestant for the ongoing Airtel/ Trace Music Stars, Webi, will be going head to head with other African stars later this year.

One of his contestant is Nigerian rapper Vector Tha Viper.

He is an award-winning Nigerian Hip hop artiste who has released two studio albums, his debut album "State of Surprise” (SOS) and “The Second Coming”.

He won ‘Lyricist on the Roll’ and ‘Best Rap Single’ at the 2012 Headies, ‘Best Rap Act’ at the 2012 Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEA) and several others. He is the voice behind the Sprite commercial that has aired on most radio stations across Nigeria since 2009.

He is also an ambassador for Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and Vitafoam.





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.