Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Electrique DJs release Stronger featuring the sultry singer Patricia Kihoro.
This is the third single off Electrique DJs’ upcoming Album Coming of Age, set for release in January 2016.
Stronger is a bonafide feel-good afro house track with a powerful message for all. Stronger is written by Patricia Kihoro, and composed & produced by Electrique Djs (Big Daddy, Dj Andrea & MTM).
Live Instruments: Tom Olango (Bass Guitar) & Tobby Tinashe (Rhythm Guitar) Label: EER.
In the wake of this release, Electrique DJs says, “The urban contemporary African Musician Patricia is a natural fit for Stronger. Her vocals are smooth and melodious and naturally compliment this style of music. We identify with her as an African Musician.”
Stronger is an inspirational song that offers strength and encouragement during seasons of darkness and times of struggle.
If focuses on harnessing the strength within to overcome tough times.
It also marks the return of Electrique DJs to the music scene following their hiatus and decision to take a break earlier this year.
Miss Kihoro reiterates, “Stronger is a song about character - what makes us stronger? If we didn’t know pain we couldn’t enjoy the fruits of our labor. When have you have struggled, even smaller things will bring you joy—your character is getting Stronger.”
The four, who arrived in Nairobi on Sunday evening and Monday morning together with their band, will perform at the series of concerts that will be held on 3rd and 5th December in Nairobi and Mombasa respectively.
“We are glad to have with us not one, but four, highly respected performers who will entertain music lovers this week when they take the stage at the Safaricom Jazz Lounge,” said Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore.
“We are also delighted to be showing our support for local jazz talent by having two of Kenya’s fastest rising jazz bands opening for the international acts.”
Edward Parseen and the Different Faces Band, and AfroSync will curtain raise for the international stars at the two concerts.
“We are very excited to be performing in Nairobi and are ready to deliver a memorable performance for our fans,” said Kirk Whalum. “We know that Kenyan jazz lovers have high expectations and we plan to deliver by performing some of our biggest hits including A Gospel According to Jazz, as we usher in the holiday season and celebrate both Kenyan and international jazz.”
To kick off their trip in Kenya the quartet will tour Ghetto Classics in Korogocho where they will interact with the members of the music programme, which seeks to provide music education to youth from underprivileged backgrounds.
Ghetto Classics is supported by Safaricom, which donates all proceeds from the Safaricom International Jazz Festival – which includes the Safaricom Jazz Lounge – to the programme.
Tickets to the Safaricom Jazz Lounge went on sale on Friday 20th November, and are retailing at Ksh.1,500 for advance tickets, Ksh.2,000 at the gate and Ksh.500 for students.
They are available from select Safaricom outlets (Sarit Centre, Thika Road Mall, Galleria Mall, Junction Mall, BuruBuru, Village Market, I&M and Nakumatt Mega in Nairobi, and Nyali and Rex Shop in Mombasa).
Ruka is the title track for her new album Phylosophy which is set for release later in the week.
Ruka is a song for the free and fun loving individual that doesn't necessarily need to be in a club to have fun but pretty much anywhere.
It's that feel good song that lifts your spirits and by all means everyone is allowed to shout themselves hoarse every time the chorus comes on.
"I can't be the only one that locks myself in my room then jumps frantically on my bed to blaring music. Luckily I made us a theme song," says PHY.
PHY has featured Khaligraph Jones and King Kaka on this song.
"Working with King Kaka and Khaligraph on this record gave the song a dope feel and made it relatable to everyone across the board," adds PHY.
Ruka was produced by Timwork and the video was directed by Moses Osidiana of Brainworks.
Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Safaricom unveiled the Kenyan jazz bands that will curtain raise for Grammy Award Winners Kirk Whalum and Norman Albright, as well as multiple Grammy Award Nominee Gerald Albright and upcoming star Shelea Frazier at the December edition of the Safaricom Jazz Lounge.
The two bands were unveiled during the Safaricom Night of Kenyan Jazz, an intimate concert held at the Michael Joseph Centre to kick off a round of events that will take place before the main Safaricom International Jazz Festival set for February 2016.
“The performances by AfroSync and Edward Parseen and the Different Faces Band gave our audience a glimpse into the electric performances we can expect at the Safaricom Jazz Lounge in December, where some of jazz music’s most celebrated musicians will perform their highly acclaimed production: A Gospel According to Jazz,”
The bands were selected following auditions held at the Michael Joseph Centre earlier “We want to give more local jazz artists a platform to give Kenyans a taste of their music, and there is no better platform than the Safaricom Jazz Lounge and Safaricom International Jazz Festival,” added Mr. Collymore.
The concert comes barely three months after music lovers were treated to a world class jazz and Afro-pop experience by African music legend Salif Keita, during the Safaricom Jazz Lounge held at the Bomas of Kenya, in August.
All proceeds from the Safaricom Jazz Lounge will go towards supporting Ghetto Classics, a music programme based in Korogocho Slums that seeks to provide an opportunity for children from underprivileged backgrounds to explore their musical Tickets to the Safaricom Jazz Lounge go on sale on Friday 20th November, and will be retailing at Ksh.1,500 for advance tickets, Ksh.2,000 at the gate and Ksh.500 for students.
They will be available from select Safaricom outlets (Sarit Centre, Thika Road Mall, Galleria Mall, Junction Mall, BuruBuru, Village Market, I&M and Nakumatt Mega in Nairobi, and Nyali and Rex Shop in Mombasa).
Congolese crooner Ferre Gola will be landing in Kenya at JKIA today evening at 5:45pm with a team of 20 band members.
He arrives minutes after Pope Francis who will be in the country for a three-day visit, the first leg of his historic African tour.
He is set to touch down at The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 5pm.
During his visit, Pope Francis will celebrate mass with Kenyans and hold various meetings with President Uhuru Kenyatta, religious leaders, the youth, members of the diplomatic Corp and spend time with the less fortunate members of society.
Anyhow, Ferre who is famed for his hit Kamasutra, 100 Kilos and Seben is scheduled to perform at the Bomas of Kenya on Friday 27 from 6pm.
This will be Ferre's second visit to Kenya after he gave an electric performance in 2009.
This will however be the first time he will be performing while at the top of his career. He becomes the second high profile Congolese artist to performer in Kenya in the recent past after Papa Wemba who also serenaded fans in 2014.
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
The 50 young Africans who are the nominees for the 2015 season - with nominees from 11 countries across Africa- are an inspiring mix of superstars like television host Trevor Noah (South Africa), singer Yemi Alade (Nigeria) and change makers such as Kenya's Johnson Sakaja and .
The comic illustrations, created by Comic Republic, a comic start up passionate about expiring young Africans through comics, plays on the nominees’ individual story arcs, as well as TFAA’s tradition of inspiring the continent through enterprise and industry.
"We are happy to partner with Africa’s most prestigious youth event in celebrating Africa’s next set of leaders.”
This year's nominees, following an open call for nominations, come from across Kenya, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Botswana, Ghana, Nigeria, Gambia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Cameroon.
Meet The Future Awards Africa Class of 2015:
The Future Awards Africa Prize in Advocacy & Activism
1.Anoziva Marindire (Zimbabwe)
2. Olumayowa Okediran (Nigeria)
3. Segawa Patrick (Uganda)
4.Sakar Uchechukwu (Nigeria)
5. Queen Baboloki (Botswana)
The Future Awards Africa Prize in Education
1. Josephine Marie Goodwill (Ghana)
2.Abena Agyemang (Ghana)
3. Cynthia Onwuchuruba (Nigeria)
4.Lily Kudzro (Ghana)
5. Maccathy Lomotey (Ghana)
The Future Awards Africa Prize in Enterprise Support
1. Clarisse Iribagize. (Rwanda)
2.Enow Awah Georges Stevens (Ghana)
3.Olufunbi Falayi (Nigeria)
4.Catherine Mahugu (Kenya)
5. Venuste Kubwimana (Kenya)
The Future Awards Africa Prize in Community Action
1.Edmund Duodu Antwerp (Ghana)
2.Kelvin Mutize (Zimbabwe)
3. Elijah Amoo Addy (Ghana)
4. Felix Richard Manyogote (Tanzania)
5. Daniel Nii Adom Oodnkor (Ghana)
The Future Awards Africa Prize in Technology
1. Rasheeda Mandeeya Yehuza (Ghana)
2. Joshua Ihejiamaizu (Nigeria)
3. Abiola Olaniran (Nigeria)
4. Duran De Villiers (South Africa)
5. Arthur Zang (Cameroon)
The Future Awards Africa Prize in Entertainment
1. Yemi Alade (Nigeria)
2. Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania)
3.Refiloe Maele “Cassper Nyovest” Phoolo (South Africa)
4. Olamide “Badoo” Ayodeji (Nigeria)
5.Anne Kansiime (Uganda)
The Future Awards Africa Prize in Agriculture
1.Witness Sanga (Tanzania)
2. David Asiamah (Ghana)
3. Fanka A. Yenah (Cameroon)
4. Momarr Mass Taal (Gambia)
5.Lawrence Afere (Nigeria)
The Tony O. Elumelu Prize in Business
1.Samuel Malinga (Uganda)
2.Kasope Ladipo-Ajai (Kenya)
3.Evans Wadongo (Kenya)
4. Titus Mawano (Uganda)
5.Ali-shah Jivraj (Uganda)
The Future Awards Africa Prize in Public Service
1.Nkechi Okwuone (Nigeria)
2.Obiefule Iroabueke (Nigeria)
3.Emmanuel N. B. Flomo (Liberia)
4. Lefatshe Anna Moagi (South Africa)
5.Sakaja Johnson (Kenya)
The Future Awards Africa Prize for Young Person of the Year
1 Adesoji Solanke (Nigeria)
2 Teresa Mbagaya (Kenya)
3. Barclay Okari (Kenya)
4 Philip Obaji Jnr. (Nigeria)
5 Trevor Noah (South Africa)
This pic is all about our photo bomber .... @sticktainment Meanwhile .... @donaldindenial and I cooking some magic in the Studio ..can't wait for you to hear ✨ #SAmeetsKenyaA photo posted by victoriakimani (@victoriakimani) on
Check out the next artiste Victoria has jumped into the studio booth with.
Recently the singer was in South Africa for the first annual African Music Concert, and soon after met up with Donald to work on the pair's as-yet-unnamed collabo.
Donald is a platinum selling artist and you remember his as a BET AWARDS 2013 nominee.
Anyhow, Victoria seems super excited about the collabo, she posted an Instagram selfie with Donald.
She captioned it, "This pic is all about our photo bomber .... @sticktainment Meanwhile .... @donaldindenial and I cooking some magic in the Studio ..can't wait for you to hear ✨ #SAmeetsKenya."
A photo posted by DonaldInDenial (@donaldindenial) on
Monday, 23 November 2015
Check out a video spotlight featuring Idris Elba and footballers Carlton Cole, Yaya Touré, Andros Townsend, Patrick Vieira, Kei Kamara and Fabrice Muamba, and some of the true heroes tackling Ebola in West Africa.
Driis does the voice over.
Sunday, 22 November 2015
Following an exclusive Nairobi Listening Party & Press Conference, the album is available for fans in different forms and avenues. Sauti Sol are gifting their fans worldwide with free downloads of the new album for 48 hours via www.sauti-sol.com
“You don't have to wait any longer. The free album giveaway is our little gift to all our fans in advance of the physical copies for sale. We want this album to reach far and wide to all our fans across Africa and beyond,” said Sauti Sol in an official statement.
The 15-track Live and Die in Afrika album includes Sauti Sol mega hits: Sura Yako, Shake Yo Bam Bam and Isabella.
The unreleased songs include Live and Die in Afrika, Say Yeah, Its Okay, Dollar Dollar, Kiss Me, Kuliko Jana featuring Aaron Rimbui, Sambo Party, Nipe Nikupe and Relax. Live and Die in Afrika is Sauti Sol’s first self-produced album, with the expert co-production of renowned Kenyan producers like Kagwe Mungai, Cedric Kadenyi and Ulopa Ngoma among other co-compositions.
Physical copies of Live and Die in Afrika and merchandise will be available for sale at Nakumatt Stores in Kenya countrywide.
Sauti Sol fans will for the first time be presented to three different physical forms of the album Live and Die in Afrika:
The Compact Disc
The leather Limited Edition. This album casing is made of authentic cowhide. Sauti Sol Super Fans can get these copies through registration via www.sauti-sol.com For every ordered copy, fans will get a text confirmation.
The Wooden Limited Edition with a personalized engraving inside. This will be a gift from Sauti Sol to a chosen few.
PS: Limited Edition copies will be available while stocks last.
Friday, 20 November 2015
He captioned the photo: "King Kiba nikiwa na Maggie Q. Niambie kaigiza series gani ka unamjua."
Maggie Q is known for her action role in Nikita.
Benjamin Kabaseke takes his spot on the guitars to carry along the tune of heartbreak in the song titled Mafeelings.
Actress, DJ and singer Pierra Makena plays the role of Dela's friend who has a torrid affair with Dela's man.
The video was shot and directed by the award winning Nigerian director/ producer, Clarence Peters.
Catch all the action in the music video released today.
Thursday, 19 November 2015
It is a girl.
They named their new bundle of joy, Ladasha Belle Wambui which means Beautiful Blessing.
Adding, "May you grow to be God fearing and become what God has destined you to become . You the most beautiful being in this world . Welcome to the world my daughter @ladashabelle aka Wambo Cc @size8reborn"
Wednesday, 18 November 2015
Sauti Sol will be launching their latest music project dubbed Live and Die In Afrika on Friday. They unveiled the album cover and fans went mad about it.
Here are some reactions from fans
James Kimani; I'm proud of guys, and happy to live in soul generation#Liveanddieinafrika
Nick Kimtai Rookye; Ok girls lets call a spade a spade..ok. Its not a chicken. Its a cock..repeat after me. cock
Björn Hùni Wåldegard; Am thinking Bien is a Kanu dude.
Lynnet Mwangi; Ndio hiyo kuku ikae na hiyo posture Bien must have struggled with it heheh.....love the pic. #Men_Of_Our_Motherland
Sir-Me A-Taker; this album cover is just dope... I didn't expect this at all... Sautisol, you guys just aced it
Wali Blessed Tina; Bien with a cock... Chimano ungekuwa na kikombe ya chai, Savara ka redio ka battery 3 kwa masikio, polycarp picha ya posho mill...
Lillian Omoke; Good. Tell us where to buy original music. We refuse to pirate.
Polycarp Gideon Omari; Ladies be like "Bien you've got a nice cock "… Lol, all in all I like the album cover, I swear I must buy the original, ntaipata wapi pleaze?
Tuesday, 17 November 2015
PAWA254 is organizing a PAWA Festival to be held on 13th December 2015.
This is a street Festival taking place at the heart of the Nairobi Central Business District.
The Festival will serve as a platform for innovative young artists to showcase their creative genius PAWA Festival seeks to create a platform that will establish regular exposure for a wide array of Arts & Cultural professionals, students and enthusiasts to showcase their work.
The Festival will seek to reach out to new audiences with an interest of art genres such as music, Graffiti, Film, Fine Arts, Dance, Fashion, Poetry, Culinary, Photography, and provide a public space where diverse arts can be presented and also accessed.
Wednesday, 11 November 2015
Juliana Kanyomozi and Flavour's performance convinced the audience that they have an unbreakable bond. The chemistry was palpable and it endeared them to their fans.
YouTubers were super impressed. Check out some of their comments.
"I think I prefer this version to the original...Great Chemistry!" one fan wrote, "The most amazing performance I’ve seen on the show. The both of them just won a new fan. Chemistry and synergy is on point. The weren't competing or struggling to outshine each other and it was so cool. I almost believed they were in love. This is the best. Ok Bye."
Another fan posted, " Simply. Stunning. I was not ready."
Replied another, "I feel you. You're just there waiting for your simple recipe video to load and then you're just hit by all this fabulousness."
You may watch the videos below...
Nigerian songbird Seyi Shay just signed up as the new Pepsi Brand Ambassador.
Joining the ranks of other Pepsi Stars, Wizkid and TiwaSavage, the latest signing began her musical journey in the UK with a group signed by Sony/Columbia Records and was managed by global mega star Beyonce’s father Matthew Knowles.
Seyi’s top Naija songs also include a hit collaboration with her Pepsi co-ambassador WizKid.
Phy’s diminutive size hides her larger than life voice and an even bigger personality that has won her fans across East Africa, but also enabled her to win the first season of the Endemol/Multichoice produced Maisha Super Star TV series with contestants drawn across 3 countries.
She was also the runner-up for Airtel Music Star as well as was one of the 6 Kenyan acts featured in the Airtel Jam Sessions, a showcase of buzz worthy artists to watch.
The winner of 1.2 Million shillings as well as a Record deal valued at 3.5 Million Shillings with Kenyan Record Label: EnnovatorMusic/Kaka Empire has not stopped Phy from working on what has been a her most challenging endeavor, yet, her début album.
Talking about PHYLOSOPHY, Phy had this to say: "Working on the album has been my greatest blessing yet. The dream comes true for a girl born in tiny Village in Sotik! Proving anything is possible if put your mind to it. I have given my raw authentic self to this and I believe my world will collide with that of the listener creating a magical experience”
Now, Tedd Josiah has a new protege. Mswazi Masauti. The genre being introduced together with the new voice is dubbed SwaRnB.
In his message out to the world, Tedd writes on Facebook, "And as a new chapter unfolds right before our eyes, we welcome @mswazi_masauti #theboywiththegoldenvoice to the #SwaRnB revolution."
He adds, "This young man recently signed onto @teddjosiah's record label and is getting new material ready. With total neo-Swahili swag known as #Swagamente he oozes of charm, class and is red hot chilli on the microphone! Ladies get ready for this Kenyan #SwaRnB Styling and makeup by @misykez & Ashok creations, artist liaison @sammie_maillujr_kenya Join the #SwaRnB revolution."
The video was directed by the acclaimed video director Mr. Moe Omusa features Kenya's super star dance group: Sarakasi Dancers.
The video shot in Kenya's during Zamani's recording at Coke Studio Africa becomes the first African music video to premiere on Jay Z’s Tidal Platform.
“It’s about levels. We are just getting better and continuing to surprise Zamaniacs with every release. BOSS is a song for everybody – be the boss of yourself. Be the boss of everything you do. Make boss strides. Time for Africans to rise,” said the Chocolate City Boy, Ice Prince.
For the release of BOSS, Ice Prince has pulled nothing but boss moves. He has rewarded two of his fans a return ticket to Dubai in a merger with PlayNetwork.
The fans won at the just-concluded BOSS Post Your Video Singing Along, Dancing or Vibing to BOSS competition using hashtag #BOSSBYICEPRINCE
Monday, 9 November 2015
The beautiful and talented Nina Ogot covers the November issue of True Love.
She opens up about marriage,motherhood, her career as a TV host and working on her music.
Check out the glitz and sazzz that goes into making Nina look all ethereal and regal for the cover.
Wednesday, 4 November 2015
"Hi guys," he began.
"The past 48hours have not been easy. My past,care free and reckless, has come to the light. The manner in which it did is unfortunate. Nonetheless it needs me to meet it head on."
He explained, "My guilt is beyond doubt. My shame is enormous. I admit my wrong and take full responsibility for it. A lot has been said, tweeted, updated and illustrated. A lot of harsh words, a barrage of jokes, but at the same time, a flurry of encouraging communication from my fans, friends,colleagues and family. All is noted,appreciated and taken to heart. I shall reflect on it all."
Then he sent an apology to his family.
"To my family, I truly I am sorry. You are my rock, the foundation upon which I find strength. I apologize for bringing shame to our trust...your names, persons' and legacy. I humbly seek your forgiveness, your grace and mercy. Please forgive me. Thank you for holding my hand in my time of failure. You have always been and will always be my no 1 fans and for that I am grateful and will eternally be.
"To my Son and Daughter. Daddy made mistakes in the past like any other human being but he still strives to be a better person for you and mum."
He continued, "To my friends, colleagues and associates, thank you for the reprimand that came hard and heavy from all. Moreover, the words of encouragement and support that followed. I have let you down and seek your forgiveness. To Halima, I apologies for the trouble this has caused you, your daughter and your family. I am sorry for the exposure and ridicule this whole situation has caused. To my fans, asante for standing by me. Helping me keep my head up through this, while still letting me know the cold hard truth of my mistake. I am a man fallen from grace and I humbly accept this. In my imperfections I accept the fault. Thank you all for playing a part in making me a better human being. I assure you, fan or not, that I have learnt my lesson."
He finished off his apology saying, "Even in defeat there's a valuable lesson learnt. #BeEpic."
On Saturday, former long time girlfriend of Kenyan football star McDonald Mariga got engaged to a rich Rwandese tycoon.
Ariane and Mariga dated for seven years before the relationship finally went south in 2008.
Sources claimed that the locks of the house have been changed and she had to also return the car keys for the car she was driving.
Apparently the couple had an exchange on Facebook shortly after her eviction from the Ngong residence.
The concert dubbed Fere Gola Live has been moved to November 27 at the Bomas Of Kenya.
According to the organiser's Facebook page, the announcement reads, "CHANGES OF DATES FOR FERRE GOLA'S NEXT CONCERT SHOWS!: - November 27th 2015 there will be a mega concert in Nairobi, - November 28th there will be a mega concert in Tanzania - December 4th there will be a concert in Dubai."
This is the old poster.
Here is a video of the Lingala star signing the contract with Nsana Promotions.
Apparently, they need him for a "movie shooting in Los Angeles." Kipsang played the voice of Nien Nunb.
The online post asking for his contacts reads, "He used his native tongue of Haya. He was not credited in the movie. But not all of Nien Nunb's lines are in the Haya language, which is not spoken in Kenya but rather neighbouring Tanzania. The very first thing he says in the movie before the attack is in the native tongue of Kenya's tribe, the Kikuyu, and it translates to 'all of you over there, come here.'"
It continues, "If you know the whereabouts of Kipsang Rotich who was a voice actor in 1981-1984 and went on to become a local celebrity in Kenya back in the 80s, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and in the subject line it is very important that you kindly write his exact age and the name of the foreign college he attended in America in the 80s."
So far no one seems to know where Kipsang can be reached but various networks are been used to reach out to the 80's voice over actor.