Friday, 20 January 2017

Meet Kenya's Personalities Viewed As Youth Influencers And Role Models

Safaricom’s youth network BLAZE has last evening unveiled the12 contestants who will be taking part in its new reality show, BLAZE BYOB TV, which will premiere on Monday 6th February 2017.

The contestants were selected from Nairobi, Rift Valley, Central, Western and Coast regions, and include: Susan Mueni, Joseph Wanja, Paul Zakaria, Cate Akoth, Valentine Nekesa, David Kimani, Wayne Ochieng’, Sam Ngure, Susan Maina, Vinsencia Gisore, Keith Asumba and Lynette Achieng’.

The aspiring entrepreneurs are all aged below 26 years, and were selected following a rigorous auditions process that was carried out during the BLAZE BYOB mentorship summits held between June and October 2016.

The TV series will be on air for a period of eight weeks, during which the contestants will be evaluated on their ability to perform outstandingly well across a series of tasks that will assess their business skills, navigating carefully crafted challenges that simulate real-life situations, and working with mentors and established brands to earn the judges’ and audience’s favour.

Contestants will be eliminated each week, with the overall winner bagging a grand prize of KES 5 million that includes KES 3 million in start-up capital and the remainder in the form of mentorship, financial advice and business support from Safaricom and various partners. However no contestant will go home empty-handed, with each receiving a consolation prize that will go towards supporting their businesses upon elimination.

“Every year, over 800,000 young men and women enter a job market that can only provide employment to less than an eighth of them. We must find a solution to the challenge of youth unemployment by encouraging them to embrace entrepreneurship and create jobs,” said Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore during the launch of the TV show.

“The title of the show – Be Your Own Boss – reflects what we see as a step towards finding a solution to unemployment, and that is encouraging the youth to create their own employment. We believe that these 12 contestants represent millions of Kenyan youth who can become entrepreneurs, and therefore employers, if they receive the guidance and support required to venture into business,” he added.

Based on a reality TV-show concept designed to be relatable to a Kenyan audience, the show is in line with BLAZE’s promise to empower the youth and teach them how they can be their own bosses, by encouraging them to earn from their passions and talents and igniting a spark in them to achieve their own versions of success.

Contestants will be guided and evaluated by a panel of three judges selected from media and entrepreneurship backgrounds.

Trushar Khetia is the Founder and CEO of the Tria Group of Companies, which comprises of an out-of-home advertising company and Society stores – a retail supermarket chain with branches in Thika, Nairobi, Maua, Meru and Naivasha. He was listed in the Forbes’ 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa 2016 list.

Kennedy Ombima, popularly known as King Kaka, is a prolific rapper and entrepreneur, overseeing a portfolio of businesses that includes artist management, graphic design and apparel under the name Kaka Empire.

The third judge is Caroline Mutoko, one of Kenya’s best known radio personalities and current Chief Marketing Officer at Radio Africa Group. With over 15 years’ experience in radio, Caroline is widely referred to as the undisputed Queen of Kenyan Radio and a voice that inspires Kenyan youth.

“The selection of the judges was not easy either. These three judges represent what we feel Kenyan youth can relate to: burning passion for business, a desire to tread the unconventional path and a hunger for success. With Caroline, Trushar and King Kaka we’re presenting to contestants and the audience three Kenyans who are excelling in their fields, who know what it takes to succeed and who are willing to share what they’ve learned on their journeys to where they are now,” added Bob.

Since its launch in May 2016, BLAZE has signed up close to 900,000 subscribers, with over 44,000 youth attending the mentorship summits in Eldoret, Thika, Nakuru, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu. Of these, 778 young men and women auditioned for the TV show, going through an intensive five-stage audition process that resulted in the selection of the final 12.

The BLAZE BYOB TV show will air on KTN between 8.00pm and 9.00pm every Monday, beginning 6th February 2017 and closing with a live grand finale on Monday 27th March 2017.

Aririririri! MP Isaac Mwaura's Wife Gives Birth To Miracle Babies! Baraka Mingi Sana

Welcoming a child is a blessing.

For nominated member of parliament, Isaac Mwaura, he has been given not double but tripple the blessing.

 "Feeling grateful!!! Mukami and I have been blessed with triplets. Two boys and one girl. This is the best day of our life. Our God is trully faithful... Akiahidi, atatenda....We truly thank God!! Mukami R. Mwaura"


Here are the congratulatory messages to the happy first time parents

Wilfred Mokaya Nyamweya Macho kwa macho wako wapi? Seeing is believing! N way thank Jehovah na don't repeat again panga uzazi Geoffrey Sagwe That indeed avalanche of goodies mhesh

Mwaura M Isaac Cbs. Wow one shot chapter closed such a blessing congrats!!! Felix Memba Waauuuh, we give glory to God. After waiting for all these years, God has blessed you three times. Congratulations MP RUIRU constituency.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Yamoto Band Lose Out On Mega Concert Over Communication Breakdown

As Sauti za Busara finalizes preparations for the four-day music festival, the much anticipated Yamoto Band will not be performing this year due to a communication breakdown between the group’s management and and Busara Promotions leadership.

Although Yamoto Band was announced earlier this year as part of the festival line up, Busara has canceled their agreement with the band after several failed attempts to reach the band’s management in a timely manner.

Yusuf Mahmoud, festival director, has been disappointed by the challenges of communication between emerging artists and managers, noting that a well-run festival takes months of diligent preparation and attention to detail to execute a smooth programme that runs as scheduled. The festival has always prided itself on setting high standards for professionalism within the music industry, offering guidance for those new to the field.

"There is so much music talent in Tanzania, but often these gifted artists are let down by a lack of promotional material and unprofessional managers who do not respond to email, refuse to sign contracts, fail to show up for meetings or answer phone calls,” Yusuf lamented last week in the Sunday News.

Journey Ramadhan, festival manager, made a concerted effort to ensure that Yamoto Band was featured in this year’s lineup to no avail. A scheduled meeting in Dar to confirm details was thwarted when the manager explained he was out of town and could not keep the appointment.

"To truly shine a light on Tanzania’s musical talents, we need managers to facilitate communication with respect to musicians so they can show off their talents and make Tanzania proud. It is absolutely essential that artists who participate in international festivals know how to communicate professionally through email,” said Journey.

Journey, who has been with Busara for nine years, has first-hand experience with the challenges of communication and lack of professionalism in the industry. “We must discuss the proper way to ensure artists get a chance to share their talents and overcome the major blocks we face in promoting music in Tanzania,“ Journey explained.

Yusuf has called on artists and their managers to use Sauti za Busara as source for professional growth, citing the ways in which the team provides support for marketing and promotion. The festival is more than just a festival, but also a platform to enhance the profession and set higher standards for communication between artists, managers and organizers who converge for the four-day musical extravaganza.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Radio Personality Hosts Charity Drive At Machakos Girls Rescue Joined By Jimmy Gait, Bahati, Ommy Dimpoz And Alicios


On the 18th of December, several celebrities joined radio personality Mzazi Willy Tuva in a charity drive to the Machakos Girls Rescue center.

The event was graced by; Mzazi, Jimmy Gait, Bahati, Mr. Seed, Ommy Dimpoz, Alicios, Radio Citizen's Syombua Mwele, Pastor Edward Ngaira, Focus, Eric Manyikah, Sameer Bry, Urban Touch Crew, Melody Sinzore, Aruna and a Joseph Lendrix foundation representative.

Speaking on the sidelines of the event Mzazi Willy said ,"Everyone can make a difference, what you consider a small gesture is really big to someone in need. I thank all the celebrities who came through to help and especially Jimmy Gait for coming with his corporate partners After 40 Hotel."

During the event, the Manager of the rescue center Mrs. Constance Mwasa also expressed her gratitude for the kind gesture. "This will keep us going for a while, but we need much more. We urge the Mzazi Foundation and all their sponsors to continue working with us on a long-term basis”. She added.

Talking on behalf of After 40 Hotel, Miss Ciru Muchemi, the General Manager of Samchi Group said, "We are really happy to be here, we feel privileged for the opportunity to give. We as After40 Hotel are grateful to be part of such a worthy initiative. We look forward to more partnerships and such opportunities. Mine is just to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year."

Also present at the charity drive was Timothy Kimanzi, a waiter at the hotel, who hails from the area.

For Mr. Kimanzi the occasion hit a little close to home, having grown up in the area the charity drive meant more to him than most."I honestly can't express the joy I ;this trip has really touched me. This means so much to me, it's amazing that the company that I work for cares about my own people and would bring us all the way here,” he said.
Kimanzi was accompanying other staff members from the hotels that were accompanying their brand ambassador, Jimmy Gait, for the charity event.

The charity drive was organized by The Mzazi Foundation.

Kenya's Top Talent To Headline The Next Edition Of Industry Nite

 The next edition of Industry Nite that will take place on January 5, 2017 at the Galileo Lounge.

It will be the first edition of the year and the line up is on fire.

Dubbed #FUNKYFRESH, the star studded line up includes Stella Mwangi, Anto Neo Soul, Phy and H-Art The Band.

Tanzania's Mzungu Kichaa Kick Off Mind And Soul Tour Around The World

Mzungu Kichaa and his Tanzanian band have had a fabulous tour in Denmark titled #MindBodySoulTour with 20 concerts across the country. Their next European tour is being planned for August and September 2017.

The new single Mind Body Soul which has its video premiere this week, is part of a bigger body of work by Mzungu Kichaa around the same song making up 11 tracks, in Danish, English and Swahili with various remixes.

For the Danish version Mzungu Kichaa teamed up with SOS Children’s Villages, which has secured airplay on Danish national television and a feature in an educational program reaching 120,000 Danish school children.

"I am the father of two girls, and I think it really only becomes clear how important a role you have as a parent when faced with the responsibility. What I think is special about SOS Children's Villages is that they try to create the cohesive family feeling and security found in a traditional family".

Although the video is dedicated to showcasing the strength and determination among children, the song also carries a greater universal message that can be applied to anybody. We hope you will enjoy it!

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Meet Faith Muturi's Adorable New Born Son! She Pens The Cutest Message For Her Son

Nairobi's newest mum, Faith Muturi has penned the cutest message to her baby boy who is less than a week old.

The former CrossOver 101 TV host wrote,

Dear Son,

Words can't describe the joy we have in meeting you. We have loved and prayed for you earnestly even before you were born. We are honoured and overjoyed to be your parents. We pray to raise you up as God desires. We'd like to let you know what your name(s) mean. They are a reflection of our prayers for you and God's promises in your life.

Lemuel means 'Devoted to God'. That's our ultimate prayer for you. That you will love for God, all the days of your life. Lemuel is also similar to Emmanuel- you are a constant reminder that God is with us. The name Lemuel is of a king who gave wise counsel in Proverbs 31. Son, you are royalty.

Your Dad gave you the name Imani. Your journey this far has been one of Faith. You have overcome great battles to get here. May you always have faith. Be persistent, resilient and determined to be all you can be. You're a champion! Gakio means hardworking. Just like your grandpa, may you work hard, not just for yourself but to add value and make a difference in society.

So now you know! May your name(s) continually remind you who you are and more importantly, whose you are. A man of great purpose and destiny. We are here for you through the different seasons of life. Love, Dad & Mum.

YUMMY MUMMY! Marya Unveils Sizzling Hot Pregnancy Photo Shoot Pics With Hubby Kevoh

Singer Marya is looking forward to being a mummy together with longtime boyfriend Kevoh.

The Chokoza star says she wants to be surprised by the sex of the child and thus will keep it a secret for now. They are also keeping the name of the baby close to their chests.

So, what was Marya and Kevoh's first reaction when they found out they were pregnant? "I was in total disbelief. To date, I am still in shock," Marya revealed.

Kevoh added, "I was scared, nervous, surprised, but overall, very happy."

Marya hopes after baby number one, she can add on, two more to the brood. They both agree that their baby will definitely have an Instagram account where fans can follow the life and times of the little angel.

Like most pregnancies, Marya's has been relatively easy apart from "sleepless nights and headaches" she also craves "for fruit juice cocktail, a lot."

Is she ready for mother hood? "No," Marya said, "I am not ready for motherhood but one thing for sure I know is, I will be a good mother and Kevin will be the best dad to our child."

She added, "I can't wait for motherhood, I know it isn't easy but I am looking forward to the experience. The most amazing thing is having Kevin by my side."

Asked about his preparation ahead of baby's arrival, Kevin said, "I don’t have a manual on how to prepare or raise the baby but what I know is that we shall raise the kid in the best way possible and our folks are there to advise us as well."

Kevin says the first thing he has bought for his child are Baby Jordan outfits.

The excited daddy-to-be added, "I'm overwhelmed and happy that my soulmate is carrying my child and I bet she will be the best mum and wife ever. Marya is the best thing that has happened to me so far and we make a great team, “TeamChokoza” and very soon she will be back with a bang and for your info I will be managing her and later on other artists as well."

Laughing, he recounted how Marya once "told me to take a flight from Dubai, immediately, to go cuddle her."

Marya is also gearing up for a pretty busy 2017 as she has a number of music projects coming up and a reality TV show in which she is one of the lead stars.

She says the difference between music and working for TV is the same. "It is actually not so different the only challenging thing is, you have to be someone different every time the camera is on."

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Aiii Sebo! Really? Uganda Charges KTN Journalist Joy Doreen Biira With Aiding Terrorism

A day after Joy Doreen Biira's traditional wedding, Ugandan police arrested the KTN journalist.

Joy Doreen was arrested after giving an eye-witness account of the fighting that has left 55 people, including 14 police officers, dead in Kasese.

She was apprehended alongside her Kenyan fiance, Newton Kungu and three friends on Sunday and taken to Central police station in Kasese.

A post on her Facebook account, that was later deleted, read: “It’s so sad what I’ve witnessed today… Part of the palace of the kingdom I’m from, the Rwenzururu kingdom, burning down…” Her friend Rosebell Kagumire wrote on Twitter: “Family members said the military came to the home and demanded photos (Biira) had taken of the attack on the palace."

Ugandan police spokesman Felix Kaweesi told NBS television on Monday that Biira was arrested for taking pictures. “Police asked her about her motive for taking the pictures and why she did not abide by the law. They had a concern… She had to tell them what she was doing.”

Kaweesi noted photography had not been prohibited but that operations require procedures that Biira may not have followed.

“I think she misbehaved. She might have accessed a cordoned-off area.”

They were detained at Kasese Police station before being released on Monday afternoon.

Now, the police has charged Joy Doreen with abetting terrorism.

The four will report to Kasese Police station on December 8, to answer to the said charges.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Kenya's Singing Cop Sammy Ondimu Ngare Calls Out Politicians For Their Duplicitous Statements About Corruption In The Force

Popular Kenyan cop Sammy Ondimu Ngare known for his social campaign #AskariNiBinadamu has written a strongly worded opinion piece about how politician treat their bodyguards.

This article was inspired by ulcerations by politicians who claimed the force is mered with rampant corruption and that they are paid for doing nothing.

In his opinion piece, Sammy, highlights the lifestyle of a mheshimiwa's bodyguard. He does this in a bid to shed light into the life of a man in the force. This is in line with his social campaign, #AskariNiBinadamu for Kenyan citizens to view policemen as human.

Here is his opinion piece on the matter.


Ukisimama kwa podium unaongea mbaya kutuhusu.. "Ooh nyinyi ni wajinga, kazi yenu ni kupokea hongo tu, mnatumika vibaya, kazi imewashinda, tunawalipa mishahara bure na hamfanyi kazi..."

Imagine unapoongea haya yote niko nyuma yako kama mlinzi (bodyguard). Hebu fikiria naingia job mapema na kutoka late usiku wa manane.watoto wangu hawanijui maana natoka asubuhi na nikirudi washalala. Weekends hautaki niwe na familia yangu wataka nikupeleke kwenye starehe ujienjoy na wenzako. Mkutanapo kwenye starehe zenu sisi twabaki kwa magari tukinyosha viti tukilala tukisubiri simu zenu. Wala lunch ya 7k, pesa yatosha kulipia mtoi wangu shule. Dinner pekee yalipia rent familia yangu. Uingiapo kwako outside kuna colleague yuapigwa na baridi kukupa security. Hata haumjui kwa jina. Usiku usikiapo risasi zikilia wampigia simu na kutaka kujua ni nini mbaya. Nikichelewa kufika kazini asubuhi wapigia wadosi wangu na kuwaambia uwongo wote vile mimi ni mbaya.

Juzi nimewaona waheshimiwa kwa vyombo vya habari mkisema mtahamisha Askari wote toka kwa county, nashangaa wale mnataka wazuri watatoka wapi. Sijawahi kuona hata siku moja polisi twasifiwa kwa kazi njema tulofanya na sio eti hatufanyi. Hebu jiulize mhesh, uko na askari anakulinda usiku na mchana ushawahi take your time kujua yuaishi vipi? Anakula nini? Watoto wake wanasomea wapi?

Bungeni hautetei maslahi yangu, wajua mshahara wangu hata sio nusu ya entertainment allowance yako. Je, mheshimiwa wajua kuwa mimi ni mwanadamu kama wewe? Wewe ukiumia hata kama ni headache wabebwa na ndege hadi ngambo kwa matibabu zaidi, mimi hata hiyo ndege siijui vile inakaa ndani, sijui kama iko na steering, brake, clutch ama gears...huwa naiona tu kwa TV, gazeti na maybe nikikupeleka airport naona ikitake off.

#Askari_ni_Binadamu. Kama sio wewe mheshimiwa, Nani basi atatusaidia? Natumahi kilio changu utakisikia na utashugulikia maslahi yangu..

Kumbuka ukinitusi mimi ni mjinga, yule ako nyuma yako kama bodyguard sio eti ni tofauti na sisi.

Mola akulinde nami anilinde pia, tunapoendelea kuhudumia wakenya.

Mola aibariki Kenya yetu.


Monday, 21 November 2016

Televista and Trybe launch on DStv

MultiChoice Africa is delighted to announce the launch of Televista and Trybe TV to the DStv platform in more African countries.

The two were launched last Thursday, 17th November.

TelevistaTV, which was launched on DStv channel 194 on all DStv packages, is dedicated to the best of Africa's TV series and Telenovelas from around the world. The programming offering will bring a wide range of themes for the whole family to enjoy including traditional romance stories, drama, mystery, action and adventure with high quality production values and featuring top talent from the Telenovela industry and African TV drama/series circuit. TelevistaTV is dedicated to the most compelling telenovelas from Portugal, Spain and even India mixed with brilliant local TV series for the whole family.

Another addition to the DStv family is Trybe, which was launched on channel 195 across all DStv packages. Trybe is a 24-hour channel that provides the best of African movies cutting across all genres, up to date news on the industry, spotlight the fastest rising talents; no-holds barred interview with the A-list stakeholders across the continent; exclusive access to premieres and other movie events; and an all-round exciting African programming. Trybe is another hot new destination for all things Nollywood in Africa.

On Trybe, Up Close & Personal will give viewers the opportunity to find out who the movers and shakers of the movie industry are and how they live. Every day, viewers can also catch an array of classic and latest African movies; the latest news and gossip on your favourite celebrities on Reverb News; exclusive interview with stars, icons and celebrities on One on One and more. Trybe will be available to all DStv subscribers (DStv Access, Family, Compact, Compact Plus and Premium) on Channel 195.

“We welcome the addition of the Consolidated Media Associates (CMA) Group’s channels, Trybe and Televista to the DStv platform. These two channels will bring our valued DStv subscribers access to additional general entertainment content, which further enhances their home television entertainment experience and ensure that there is something for the whole family to watch this holiday season,” said MultiChice GM. “The launch of Trybe will also add to the local content available on the platform which is line with our commitment of promoting local entertainment to uplift the local broadcasting industry to greater heights.”

Friday, 18 November 2016

PESA NI SABUNI: There's a New Millionaire in Town! ( Photos)

A Lesos-based Electronics repairer yesterday joined the list of millionaires in town after bagging the Kshs 22,842,642 Million SportPesa Jackpot.

Shadrack Kitur was beside himself when he found out he had won the millions and had to wait till morning to digest the news as he had never imagined coming across that amount of money.

He even restarted his phone thinking it could be a software issue but the message remained and it dawned on him that he is indeed the newest millionaire in town after correctly predicting the outcomes of 13 football matches.

Kitur started betting last year but the highest amount he won was Kshs 2,000. He didn't give up hope and continued betting having saved to buy a smart phone.

Married with two children, Kitur says his wife has always supported his betting and ensures he does so responsibly.

"I normally place my bets after I close my shop which is mostly in the evenings," he said.

"I like the fact that SportPesa payouts are instant," he added.

Sportpesa advocates for responsible betting to ensure customers enjoy the experience in every aspect.

The new millionaire in town is a Manchester City fan.

Kitur plans to expand his business by importing more accessories, build a home as well as houses for rent to sustain his income.

SportPesa recently launched a USSD code to enable clients who have no smartphones or access to computers enjoy the benefits of playing on its platform for free.

The introduction of the Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) will bring on board sports fans and gaming enthusiasts previously locked out of the SportPesa platform because they did not have smartphones and computers to access the site or app.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Kenyan/ Congolese singer Alicios releases new music video "Anita". A story of a home wrecker

Kenyan/Congolese power vocalist - Alicios - of the hit song Mpita Njia featuring Ugandan songstress Juliana Kanyomozi, is back with a new music video – ANITA. The new single set to feature in her upcoming music project is written by Alicios and produced by RKay. Alicios also co-directed the video alongside Tanzanian video directors: Joowzey and Lucas of Joh Filmz.

Alicios speaks about the afro-zouk/rumba song: "I am very happy to release the music video, especially after the successful interaction I had with my fans during the "Anita Challenge" across my social media platforms. I want my fans to keep singing and dancing to ANITA. They always ask me to sing to them in Lingala so now I'm also asking them to sing me ANITA in Lingala too.''

ANITA is based on a true story with a storyline revolving around a home wrecker – a story about a woman wanting to discontinue the relationship between herself and her childhood friend because all she does is break people's homes. It's a message to women of similar behavior to be cautious of karma and life's ironic twist." The music video was shot in Tanzania and scripted by Alicios. She says of the location, "It was at a perfect location in Uswahilinia place called Gongo la Mboto," adding, "It was fun despite the heat from the sun." 

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Bahati Has A New Song About A Girl. Ali Kiba's Ex Jokate Is Featured On It (Watch)

Big Kev Gives Update On His Healt And The Biggest Music Project He Is Working On

Kenya's Event afficionado, Big Kev is recovering from his 13th brain surgery.

The CEO of TruBlaq took to social media to update his fans on how he is doing.

"I had promised that I would post updates on my situation unfortunately I have not been able to do this.

You see, three weeks ago I began having problems with my sight, started of as double vision and then everything went black.

This is a major setback to my recovery. Imagine doing physiotherapy and occupational therapy in absolute darkness. At first, I was completely down cast, but as the days have gone along, I've decided I'm not helpless.

Praise Be To God!

I am believing for my full healing. In the meantime I'm going to sharpen my other senses.

They say Disability is not Inability and there are many who have trodden this path before me so I've decided to come back to work today. I was listening to the book of Daniel and there's the story of Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego, they faced Nebuchadnezzar and refuse to bow down to the idol. The king was furious and threatens them by death through the furnace. They tell him their God will save them.

BUT EVEN IF HE DOES NOT, they still won't bow down to the idol. You see sometimes in our lives things don't go the way we want them too, But we should always remember to count our blessings. When we pray, the answer is YES, NO and WAIT.

If its NO or WAIT, hold first to God's promise, everything will be alright.I'm trusting God for my full healing. Since my brain is working, I'm consulting with my team to have a huge and successful event on the 17th of December dubbed.


We are working really hard to get me back on my feet.

By the way the scans we were waiting for on the 4th Nov, mostly checked out, I give God the Glory!

See you at the Extravaganza on the 17th December with Ron Kenoly featuring Pitson, Size8, Willy Paul, Christina Shusho, Esther Wahome, Dj Mo, Ben Githae, Mercy Masika, Solomon Mkubwa.

Gates open at 4pm.

Thank you and Keep Praying."

Dear Kenyan Hiphop Artistes Wake The EFF UP! Jemedari Pens Strongly Worded Letter To The Industry

Dear Kenyan Hiphop Artist,

(Notice I called you an artist, not a rapper)
Now, more than ever, Hiphop needs you. Not because you are dope, not because you have bars, not because you write great punchlines... Kenya's Hiphop needs you because for the last few years, it has been reduced from the most powerful genre of social expression and entertainment to what it is now - a stunted fringe activity that society lets its high school graduates indulge in as they find their path through life. Dear Kenyan Hiphop artist, when did you give up? When did you decide that WaPi was it for you? When did you stop pushing the boundaries? When did you lose sight of the big picture and settle for selling two mixtapes a day? When did your hunger die? When did you choose to quench your thirst with substandard third grade liquor instead of knowledge?
Corporate Kenya sees you as an "add on". After the over hyped international acts, then the mediocre yet overplayed "local guy", you'll be on stage for 30 minutes as they wait for the venue to fill up or as they wait for the main act to arrive. Your punchlines will be drowned as the sound guy is still checking his levels and you'll be pushed off stage as soon as a cute chic asks why "Dj Nanii" has not started playing.
Hiphop needs new music, new faces, a new personality and new spaces. Hiphop needs to evolve and grow. Hiphop needs to sit in boardrooms in agencies and say how good it can push value for brands.
Hiphop needs to go to Koroga festival and show how versatile in can be standing next to Koffi Olomide and Awilo Longomba on stage. Hiphop needs to sit in radio studios and hold conversations during prime time.
Hiphop needs its own voice in TV and radio. Hiphop needs to be at more shows and have more photos online. Hiphop needs to learn how to document it's movements better.
Hiphop needs to be in Alliance Francaise, in a movie soundtrack in Hollywood or at least Riverwood. Hiphop needs to be in schools drama festivals, food festivals, sitting next to Ngugi Wa Thio'ngo at literary events or at the KIE discussing inclusion of Kalamashaka lyrics in Fasihi
Hiphop, especially Kenyan Hiphop, needs you!
This battle is bigger than your beef, bigger than your 200 pax show, bigger than your T-shirt brand, bigger than your NGO endorsement, bigger than your little weed franchise.
Step up or step away!
No movement without moves


Monday, 14 November 2016

New Music Dawn! Fans Can Stream Hot Music From Coke Studio App

Coke Studio has made it easier to enjoy watching and listening to music from the TV show via a mobile phone.

Coca-Cola Central East and West Africa has launched the Coke Studio Mobile App, available on both the Google play store and the Samsung store.

The mobile application is built on the Android platform and it enables its users to stream, download and create playlists of music from Coke Studio Africa Season 2, 3 and 4.

The Coke Studio Mobile App launch is timely and relevant for the African continent, particularly in Kenya where there is a high mobile subscriber rate of 70% and growing smart phone usage. A 2014 study by Ericson predicts that mobile subscriptions will reach 930 million in 2019. This growth is attributed to the growing advancements in network, accessibility of cheaper smart phones and data plans.

Speaking during the launch, Simon Kariithi, the Internet and Mobile Director for Samsung Electronics East Africa expounded on their involvement with the app.

“Samsung is a global leader in innovation, and we always have our consumers at heart. By embracing a platform like the Coke Studio mobile app, we believe that we have an opportunity to create great experiences for our esteemed consumers as they discover new music. Hosting this application on our Galaxy Apps store is part of our ongoing commitment to technology and consumer trends,” he said.

The app, which gives consumers a chance to listen to and discover music from over 50 African artists, is available in 5 languages: English, French, Portuguese, Swahili and Amharic, making it a truly Pan-African experience.

Waithera Kabiru, Digital Marketing Manager, Coca-Cola Central, East & West Africa, expounded on the role the app will play on the consumer journey.

“We are very excited to launch the Coke Studio mobile app, as it will enable millions of youth around Africa who love music to be able to access great content on their phones. Through the mobile app, users are able to listen to content on demand from the TV show via audio streaming or video, and download the music or create playlists for future listening” she said. “It’s truly a revolutionary experience”.

Ni Jimmy Gait Tena! Gospel Star Takes Kenyans Trolling Him Online AS A Stepping Stone To Launch New Single

You may troll him all you want but Jimmy Gait is taking the stones and using them to build his house.

Jimmy Gait has been trending for all the wrong reasons. Kenyan online have been making memes about his possible song titles based on the topic of discussion.

Most times the themes of the songs are drawn from the sponsor phenomenon, corruption, the 'Sipendangi Ujinga' jokes and Donald Trump winning the election among others things.

He took the bull by it's horns and decided to own the narative.

The Muhadhara singer posted this flier on his social media causing a trending topic.

The flier was accompanied by this message, "Hi good people. #JimmyGaitTena I have been following closely on the suggestions you have been giving me... Finally, I now have a new release coming out in a few...Guess the tittle of the song."

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Professor Writes Book About Kenyan Gospel Music Based On Juliani's Life

To some, Christianity and hip hop seem antithetical. Not so in Kenya. There, the music of Julius Owino, aka Juliani, blends faith and beats into a potent hip hop gospel aimed at a youth culture hungry for answers spiritual, material, and otherwise.

Mwenda Ntarangwi explores the Kenyan hip hop scene through the lens of Juliani's life and career. A born-again Christian, Juliani produces work highlighting the tensions between hip hop's forceful self-expression and a pious approach to public life, even while contesting the basic presumptions of both.

Larry Madowo wrote a forward for the book. 

He says, "I've known Juliani for a long time so I was honoured when Dr Mwenda Ntarangwi asked me to write something small about him when we bumped into each other in Detroit a few years ago. Mwenda wrote an excellent book about an extraordinary artist. It will soon be available in Kenyan bookstores. If you can't wait, it's available on Amazon."

In The Street Is My Pulpit, Ntarangwi forges an uncommon collaboration with his subject that offers insights into Juliani's art and goals even as Ntarangwi explores his own religious experience and subjective identity as an ethnographer.

What emerges is an original contribution to the scholarship on hip hop's global impact and a passionate study of the music's role in shaping new ways of being Christian in Africa.

"A remarkably imaginative and personalized approach to popular music and youth culture, which sheds fascinating light on Kenya's changing culture, history, politics, and especially Christianity."--Paul Gifford, author of Christianity, Politics, and Public Life in Kenya

"A very provocative, fascinating, even entertaining peek into the youthful ferment under way in African Christianity."--Emmanuel Katongole, author of The Sacrifice of Africa: A Political Theology for Africa

"Reading The Street Is My Pulpit is refreshing in diverse ways. It is a lesson on the intersection between creativity and social media in Africa, a continent that is reaping the benefits of information technologies in fundamental ways. The book is also a journey into ethnographic research in the digital age."--Kimani Njogu, author of Youth and Peaceful Elections in Kenya

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Janet Mbugua Weighs In On The President Trump Win

Many people were shocked at the results of the American presidential results.

The world has to content with a Donald Trump win.

Janet Mbugua also weighed in on the Trump win,

"Remind me again why we're surprised by this turn of events? ???? It's almost like Clinton herself didn't believe in the 'I'm With Her' chant; the Democratic campaign at times seemed a little fatigued," She wrote on her facebook.

Adding, "Plus the US (and most of the West and heck, many countries around the world) remains sexist and racist and deeply polarized."

The Citizen TV news anchor continued,"Also, I feel like Trump represents the end of the era of the so called 'elitist' world leaders. He plays to the tune of 'the people' does Duterte of the Philippines and SA's Zuma. The tide has changed...and it's a bitter pill for many to swallow."

Janet concluded, "Still, this is just heartbreaking. It's sad. It's surreal that he seems set to win this race."

Monday, 7 November 2016

Nairobi Are You Ready? Miss Glamorous Kenya Has Been Launched

The Kenyan modelling and fashion scene has come of age. With Kenyan-born models making it big on the world stage, it’s time to put the spotlight on the flourishing scene and promote our very own.

This December, aspiring Kenyan models have a chance to kick-start their modelling careers at what has been dubbed Kenya’s ultimate modelling talent show, Miss Glamorous Kenya 2016/17.

The event aims at discovering and nurturing models to horn their skills ready for the modeling agencies, advertisers, fashion houses and designers of this world.

“Leading a career as a model has always been a dream for many, but only a few have managed to turn their dreams into something tangible. This is why Afrika Nasaha through Affrik Models has organized this event,” says the convener and founder of Miss Glamorous Kenya 2016/17, Mr. Francis Mwangi.

He adds, “Sometimes it can be daunting to make it big in this industry but for those looking to become Kenyan models, we've made it easier for you.”

What do the top models stand to win apart from the unmatched exposure they will get?

Winner: KSh.100,000 and a 2-night all-expense-paid trip to Zanzibar 1st Runners-Up: KSh.40,000 and a 2-night all-expense-paid trip to Dar-es-Salaam 2nd Runners-Up: Ksh.20,000 and a 2-night all-expense-paid trip to Malindi

Other prizes include KSh.10,000 and a 2-night all-expense-paid trip to Coast for special categories winners as well a gift hamper for each participant.

Miss Glamorous Kenya 2016/17 will be taking place on the 17th December, 2016 at the CUEA University from 7PM.

To participate in the event, contact Affrik Models through email: or call 0714858757/0733570592 to book your audition appointment. 

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

After Eviscerating Her Fellow Female Artiste, Femi One Goes To Church In New Single, Thanking Jah

Rapper Femi One has released a new song, Jah.

The song is a celebration of how far Femi One has come in her music career.

This comes after Femi released a diss song aimed at over six Kenyan female artistes.

Here it is.

Moving on, Femi describes her new song Jah.

"I am just thanking God for the blessing. This song means a lot to me because Jah is a big step in my career and I have grown as an artiste and a brand too," says Femi One.

Jah was produced by the talented Ricco Beatz and mixed and mastered by Richie G of ATL Entertainment.

"Ricco Beatz is a talented producer who understands what i want and the direction i want to go," says Femi One.

The video was directed by N.X.T a talented duo, Qbick and Lawdak from Zambia.

Watch the new release below.


Monday, 31 October 2016

(PHOTOS) American Singer, T-Pain takes over the music at Heineken "Live Your Music" Party in Lagos!

The highly anticipated ‘’Live Your Music’’ party which was announced as the official after-party for HeinekenLFDW 2016 delivered on its promise of providing the ultimate musical experience for music lovers as the party started in the last hour of 29 October and the music kept on blazing until the early hours of the morning of 30 October.

Bright lights, blasting speakers, thumping feet, excited whistles and united chants were all prominent features of the ‘Live Your Music’ party hosted by multiple-award winning American R ‘n’ B singer, T-Pain.

One of the numerous interesting parts of the party was the music Takeover. The Takeover is an interactive Heineken Live Your Music feature that involves a programmed system that proposes two songs for audience to choose from using a wristband. The crowd went into a frenzy as they selected between green and red lights on their wristbands to vote the song that eventually played.
T-Pain performed some of his hit tracks "Buy You A Drink", "Panda", amongst others during his first session.

Dotun of Cool Fm kept the show rolling with his grand mastery of the crowd, and together with the DJs, he took the audience down memory lanes with tracks that have ruled the airwaves over the past decade being churned out to the delight of the crowd. These include hits from artistes like Da’grin, 2face, 9ice, Eedris Abdulkareem, Awilo Logonba, Remedies, Styl Plus, Dr. Sid and many others.

The grooving also got turned up a notch when T-Pain and his crew were challenged to show their dancing skills to Nigerian dance steps including; galala, shoki, yahoozee amongst others. 

The crowd went into another frenzy as T-Pain hijacked the Shakiti bobo move and started dancing the move as vigorously and entertainingly as possible.

The party kept on till the early hours of the day, and everyone was thoroughly entertained. The Live Your Music wasn’t just another party, but an ultimate musical experience that is only befitting a brilliant and fantastic fashion show like HeinekenLFDW2016.

Check out the photos...