Monday, 26 January 2015
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.”
Thursday, 22 January 2015
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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 video would premiere on your TV sets soon...
Listen to the audio below.
Wednesday, 7 January 2015
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
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Thursday, 1 January 2015
Welcome to 2015 Team Sauti Sol ! 2014 was a great year but the best is yet to come ! HAPPY NEW YEAR !!! #Cheers
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
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.
Thanks to all #TeamMrSeed .. Happy new year to all #TeamMrSeed all around kenya, Africa...anywhere you are..watch out for 2015 great collabos coming
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!
A new day & a brand New Year has come bringing with it opportunities to shine.Wishing you all a blessed, peaceful enjoyable 2015
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Idah jeted back into the country today aboard Kenya Airways flight no. KQ101 at 0630hrs.
Sunday, 14 December 2014
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
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.
Wednesday, 10 December 2014
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.
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
The person with the most retweets and favourites walks away with the phone.
Ni hayo tuu.
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:
SISI FT. WIZKID
HARDER FT. PATORANKING
PERE FT. IYANAYA
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.
A WOMAN’S NEED
I MISS YOU
IF I FAIL
SHOW ME THE WAY FT. WANDE BALOY
RICH & FAMOUS
LOST IN YOU FT. SAMMY
CAN’T LET IT GO
WANT YOU FT. KING
SHOW ME THE WAY
Thursday, 4 December 2014
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.
Wednesday, 3 December 2014
Jo was that teenage girl growing up in Kenya in the 70s. As the author, she has an intimate understanding of era and place that authenticates this story's Western perspective of a uniquely African adventure.
An MA in English Language and Literature from Leiden University in the Netherlands, with a major in African Studies, helped lay the foundation for "Belonging in Africa".
Here is a synopsis of the book.
Kenya in 1978 is an electrifying place for an 18-year-old. From wanton gyrations on the disco floor to dreams of a freedom all her own after finishing school and finally leaving her parents' house... Sara is elated by life!
When Sara falls wildly in love with Sam, she tweaks her plans. Their passion is perfect, but all too soon the outside world intrudes.
Sam and Sara might be blind to the color of their skins, but everybody else knows that black and white should never mix.
Sam confronts Sara's father, who is horrified by his daughter's choice of lover. He has other plans for his little girl.
Sara is impressed by Sam's resolve when he stands up to her father - but is she willing to set aside her own belief in equality to become what Sam expects of his woman? Could she ever entertain the idea of a polygamous relationship?
Love is undeniable, but a future together in a complicated world may not be quite as easy as Sam and Sara imagine.
In 2008, Jo Alkemade wrote the children's book: "Jennifer and Jojo: Friends Forever", published by Kenya Literature Bureau and approved by the Kenya Institute of Education for classroom use. Various short stories have been published in online magazines, and in the anthology "Short and Happy (or not)".
After a lifetime of globetrotting, Jo has settled in a small town just south of Santa Fe, New Mexico in the USA.
Kenya continues to hold a special place in her heart, and she visits whenever she can.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) joined football stars, celebrities, international health organizations and corporations to announce the launch of Africa United ( http://www.weareafricaunited.org ), a global health communications campaign aimed at preventing the spread of Ebola in West Africa.
The campaign, which is supported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation and driven creatively by actor Idris Elba, is designed to recognize the vital role of frontline healthcare workers, as well as to provide critical education and resources for the people of West Africa.
Educational messages will be delivered on local and national radio and TV, billboards and by SMS to audiences in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and neighboring countries.
In a new TV spot titled “We’ve Got Your Back,” Elba and a group of football players committed to the fight against Ebola in West Africa, including Yaya Touré, Carlton Cole, Kei Kamara, Patrick Vieira, Fabrice Muamba and Andros Townsend, are voicing their solidarity with the healthcare workers who are risking their lives every day to fight Ebola.
In the video, the players acknowledge that, although fans regard them as heroes, healthcare workers tackling Ebola are the true heroes. Each player wears the name of a healthcare worker on his back as a symbol of respect for “the world’s most important team.”
“For me the battle against Ebola is a personal one. To see those amazing countries in West Africa where my father grew up and my parents married being ravaged by this disease is painful and horrific,” said Idris Elba, actor and the creative force behind the development of the campaign public service announcements.6
“Imagine having to sit down and tell your family that you were going to fight this disease. That conversation is happening across West Africa and around the world every day. I am in awe of the bravery of these health workers, who put their lives at risk day in and out to stop the spread of this terrible disease. My hope is that, in some small way, through the development of these PSAs and the creation of the Africa United campaign, we can ensure that these workers get the support they need and that health messages are delivered to people on the ground to help them in their fight. #wevegotyourback. We will support you.”
In another campaign video titled “West Africa vs. Ebola,” Elba stars as a soccer coach giving a rousing and educational team talk to West Africa in preparation for its “life or death” game against Ebola. Elba explains the symptoms of Ebola and tactics for how to beat the virus, which includes spreading the word and working as a team.
"I wanted to support this campaign for so many reasons. I could not sit back without doing something to help fight Ebola. It is important we don't treat this as something we just discuss with work colleagues or simply follow on the news for updates - instead our focus should be to do something,” said Yaya Touré, Ivorian professional football (soccer) player.
"I also wanted to get involved with this campaign as it pays tribute to the many, many African heroes who are in the villages, towns and cities using their skills, resourcefulness and intelligence to battle Ebola. Those people on the front line are often forgotten. African mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters are doing everything they can to fight Ebola - we have to support them. #WeveGotYourBack"
She described the song as one "that is dear to my heart as I have been through enough to write a song like this. I release it to all to show that we can all over come anything with God by your side.
Adding, "It has been a long and hard year and how else to end the year with a song like SUPERWOMAN! Because after all I've gone through I have come out a SUPERWOMAN!"
She posted on her Youtube page, "#DearSuperwoman even in pain she stands up. Even in sadness she smiles. Even in fatigues she hustles! A superwoman always overcomes and you will never know by how much!"
Here is the music video. Enjoy...
Friday, 28 November 2014
Tina posted the message on Facebook saying, "Thanking God for yet another beautiful year!! As I celebrate my birthday I want to thank the special people in my life. My mama and papa for bringing me into this world and always being there to help me become the person I have become."
She then continued, "My family. My husband Nathan Kimani aka Masanduku the 2nd for his endless support and love.My kids for always putting a smile on my face.My siblings who have been my best friends since I made my entry into this world. And you my friends!! you make radio so much fun!! Nawapenda wote!"