Wednesday, 20 May 2015

This Month's Evening Of Afro Jazz WIll Be The Swahili Edition

Coast born, Afro fusion star Juma Tutu has constantly been referred to by his fans as 'The Kenyan Fela Kuti'.

This is largely attributed to him ingenious blend of mijikenda traditional music and unrivaled Afro jazz style of music.

This prolific musician will be sharing his musical story and journey with you at #AnEveningOfAfroJazz the #SwahiliEdition that shall be taking place at the Alliance Française on the 26th of May from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

He shall be hosted by @RickyNanjero and the #RickyNaMarafiki band who shall also serenade you with beautiful AfroJazz tracks from the album #SoSimple.

Tickets are only 500/-

AKA To Open Up To Fans In Revealing Documentary About His Life

South Africa’s recently crowned Best Male Artist [SAMAXXI] AKA announced on twitter that he will be hosting a private screening for fans on Saturday May 23, to premier his documentary ‘Moments In Life’.

The invite only event will take place at an unnamed destination in Gauteng, attended by select media and fans to launch the newly repackaged LEVELS UNLOCKED [CD + Bonus DVD].

To be one of the lucky few to attend this exclusive screening follow on twitter @AKAWORLDWIDE.

LEVELS UNLOCKED boasts super new album artwork with Bonus DVD, featuring previously unreleased footage, behind the scenes - interviews with featured artists and band members, a collection of music videos, plus live performance footage from various shows and festivals.

The perfect accompaniment to the Prince of Hip Hop’s critically acclaimed sophomore release which is fast approaching GOLD sales.

LEVELS UNLOCKED is a world-class slice of contemporary Hip Hop, produced to perfection by AKA and his crew of collaborators from across Africa – incorporating up-to-the-minute production, oozing with authentic South African lyrical references, while retaining its hip-hop credibility.

The album fuses hip-hop with dance music, placing grooves front and centre and also sampling from the electro/house tradition – featuring all the chart topping hits Jealousy, Kontrol, Congratulate, Run Jozi [Godly], All Eyes On Me, and latest single, Sunshine.

Maisha Lab Screenwriting Goes To ZIFF 2015

The Maisha Screenwriting Laboratory is sooo on for this year'sZanzibar International Film Festival.

Applications for the competitive laboratory are now open and the deadline is 13th June.

The Maisha Screenwriting Laboratory has been one of the most influential film training grounds in East Africa, inspiring regional filmmakers with over 1,000 participants already having taken part in the training.

Program Director of the Kampala based Maisha Film Lab, Fibby Kioria has explained that they expect to award 60 scholarships a year for the next three years to participants from Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya .

These sponsorships are made possible with funding from Stichting Doen. She goes on to explain, “in the 8 day workshop, the 60 selected participants (15 from each country) will work with internationally renowned mentors to refine their work and broaden their horizons in the film business and the art of filmmaking. The winning script will receive an award of $ 5,000 to produce their short film”.

The 2015 edition of the Maisha Lab is the seventh lab to be held in Zanzibar with ZIFF as the local partner.

ZIFF is proud to once again play host to Maisha as Festival Director Prof. Martin Mhando explains, “the Maisha lab utilizes the festival platform where, in addition to the workshops, screenwriters can watch a wide diversity of films and engage in discussions with other local and international filmmakers attending the festival.”

Prof Mhando goes on to explain the importance of the opportunity for Zanzibari screenwriters to take advantage of the lab taking place on their doorsteps. “In the past, lab participation by Zanzibari based screenwriters has been low, and yet we know that the need is great. More importantly, this opportunity is fully funded, providing a unique opportunity for the participant to expand their skills and knowledge as well as enabling them to develop networks in the film industry”.

Calling All Kenyan Filmmakers...AFRIFF Wants Your Movies

Riding on the success of last year’s edition, organizers of Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF), have commenced activities for the 5th edition of the event, inviting filmmakers across Africa and the Diaspora to send in their movie entries.

The festival is scheduled to take place from November 8th to 15th, 2015.

Speaking on the festival’s prerequisites for would-be entries, AFRIFF’s Artistic Director, Keith Shiri noted that only films produced after January 1, 2014 and are yet to be officially screened to an African or Global audience will be eligible to compete in the five categories of AFRIFF Awards.

“This year again, we are expecting to receive fantastic Feature Films, Documentaries,Animation, Short Films and Student Short Films, which is a category geared towards appreciating the efforts of upcoming and talented student filmmakers,” he said, adding that entry submissions will close on July 24th, 2015.

Keith who emphasized that AFRIFF would continuously be in the forefront of the drive for excellence, by giving inclusive expression to African cinema, urged intending participants to visit the festival’s website,, for comprehensive information on the guidelines and procedures for film submission and other relevant information.

AFRIFF is amongst the select film festivals worldwide that award monetary prizes for the best films in their competitive categories with the winning Feature film entry receiving $6,000; Documentary, $5,000; Short film $3,000; Animation, $3,000 and Student Short, $2,000.

Commendation is also received for Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actor andBest Actress, all under the Feature film category while the winning entries for the eclectic.

Special Jury Award For Outstanding Film and Audience Choice Award could be films from any of the categories.

Founded by Ms Chioma Ude, AFRIFF is a world class showcase that presents a complete immersion into the world of filmmaking with participation from local and international, actors, directors, scriptwriters, cinematographers, sound engineers, musicians, editors, light engineers, students, equipment manufacturers and businessmen.

The last edition of the festival took place in Tinapa, Calabar, Cross River State, attracting huge participation of filmmakers, film students, facilitators, enthusiasts and corporate sponsors to the different sessions of the week-long event.

Here Is The Full BET 2015 Awards Nominees List Including Sauti Sol

BET has announced the nominations for the "BET Awards" 2015.

Eight contemporary African artists have been nominated for Best International Act: Africa at the prestigious awards ceremony.

Repping for Africa and joining Kenya's Sauti Sol on the list is Aka (South Africa), The Soil (South Africa), Wizkid (Nigeria), Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Sarkodie (Ghana), Stonebwoy (Ghana) and Fally Ipupa (Democratic Republic of Congo).

In addition, Tanzanian supermodel Millen Magese (Tanzania) has been awarded the inaugural ‘Global Good Award’ in recognition of her philanthropic efforts in Africa.

The BET Awards 2015 premieres simultaneously on BET (DStv channel 129) and BET2 (DStv channel 135 and GOtv channel 23) at 22:10 EAT on Tuesday 30 June.

This year also marks a special milestone for the BET Awards as it celebrates its 15th anniversary at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday 28 June.

BET Networks recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across 20 categories with the BET Awards 2015 nominations.

The nominations are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is comprised of fans and entertainment professionals in the fields of television, film, music, social media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, and the creative arts.

“This year’s nominees showcase a diverse group of talent that includes longstanding entertainers, breakout performers, and outstanding athletes,” said Stephen Hill, BET’s President of Programming.

“We congratulate all of the talent on their remarkable contributions to the world of entertainment and look forward to them joining us in celebrating 15 years of the BET Awards.”

Added Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, VIMN Africa, “We are thrilled that African artists and achievers are once again given this global platform to celebrate their contribution to African and African-American culture through our BET Awards franchise.”

The complete list of nominees for the BET Awards 2015 are:

Aka (South Africa)
Fally Ipupa (Dr Congo)
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Sauti Sol (Kenya)
Stonebwoy (Ghana)
The Soil (South Africa)
Wizkid (Nigeria)
Yemi Alade (Nigeria)

Millen Magese (Tanzania)

Jhené Aiko
K. Michelle

August Alsina
Chris Brown
John Legend
The Weeknd
Trey Songz

Rae Sremmurd
Rich Gang
Young Money

August Alsina F/ Nicki Minaj – No Love (Remix)
Big Sean F/ E-40 - Idfwu Chris Brown F/ Lil Wayne & Tyga - Loyal
Chris Brown F/ Usher & Rick Ross - New Flame
Common & John Legend - Glory (From The Motion Picture "Selma")
Mark Ronson F/ Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

Big Sean
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar

Azealia Banks
Dej Loaf
Iggy Azalea
Nicki Minaj
Tink Trina

Beyoncé - 7/11
Big Sean F/ E-40 - Idfwu
Chris Brown F/ Lil Wayne & Tyga - Loyal
Chris Brown F/ Usher & Rick Ross - New Flame
Common & John Legend - Glory (From The Motion Picture "Selma")
Nicki Minaj - Anaconda

Benny Boom
Beyoncé, Ed Burke & Todd Tourso
Chris Robinson
Fatima Robinson
Hype Williams

Bobby Shmurda
Dej Loaf
Fetty Wap
Rae Sremmurd
Sam Smith

Deitrick Haddon
Erica Campbell
Fred Hammond
Mali Music
Michelle Williams

Gabrielle Union
Kerry Washington
Taraji P. Henson
Tracee Ellis Ross
Viola Davis

Anthony Anderson
Idris Elba
Jussie Smollett
Kevin Hart
Terrence Howard

Jacob Latimore
Jaden Smith
Mo'ne Davis
Quvenzhané Wallis

Beyond The Lights
Think Like A Man Too
Top Five

Brittney Griner
Candace Parker
Serena Williams
Skylar Diggins
Venus Williams

Chris Paul
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Lebron James
Marshawn Lynch
Stephen Curry

Beyoncé – 7/11
Dej Loaf – Try Me
Kendrick Lamar – I
Nicki Minaj F/ Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown - Only
Rae Sremmurd F/ Nicki Minaj & Young Thug – Throw Sum Mo
The Weeknd – Earned It (From The “Fifty Shades Of Grey” Soundtrack)

Avery Sunshine – Call My Name
Jazmine Sullivan F/ Meek Mill – Dumb
Mark Ronson F/ Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk Sam Smith F/ Mary J. Blige – Stay With Me
The Weeknd - Earned It (From The “Fifty Shades Of Grey” Soundtrack)

FKA Twigs
Fuse Odg
Lethal Bizzle
Little Simz

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Football Darling Mariga Accused Of Land Grabbing

Popular football star, McDonald Mariga has been accused of "invading into a prime plot in Embakasi area" by Hexmead Investments.

The investment group moved to court to sue the Italy-based Kenyan international footballer McDonald Mariga for illegally invading the prime plot.

According to Business Daily, Hexmead Investments has sued the Harambee Stars and Parma FC player for allegedly invading the land it claims to have bought in 1994 and for which it has a title.

The firm says it discovered that Mariga and his family had started constructing a building on the disputed property in 2008 and says they only stopped when a demand letter was sent to his father.

The developer says in papers filed at Nairobi court that the Mariga family has since returned to the contested plot with intention of resuming its development.

Hexmead wants the court to intervene and declare it valid owner of the disputed property.

“Upon receipt of the demand letter in 2008, the defendants stopped construction on the suit property. In 2010, the defendants again wrongfully entered a portion of the land and have threatened to proceed with construction work they abandoned earlier,” Hexmead property manager Lawrence Karuri said.

The Mariga family is yet to respond to the suit or even appear in court. Although Hexmead says in court that it has served Mariga’s parents - Noah and Mildred - with the court papers at their New Kariokor home, but they have not responded to the suit despite undertaking to do the same.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Sauti Sol Release A Beautiful Anti-Abortion Song

2014 MTV Africa Best African Act Winners: Sauti Sol have featured Amos & Josh in new single/music video NEREA.

The song extols the advantages of choosing life over abortion.

The message of NEREA is somber yet strong and evokes emotion. The song gives hope, while applauding every day hustle in Africa, and celebrating all human achievement, whether considered big or small.

This is the fifth single off Sauti Sol’s upcoming third album: Live and Die in Afrika, set for release in 2015.

The music video of NEREA re-enacts the younger versions of a vast mix of personalities, celebrities, presidents and champions in sports, arts and culture.

These are familiar icons, who have in a span of decades, shaped the lives of young and old people from all walks of life, and inspired the ideal to Live and Die in Africa.

The song is about the growth of an African man and how he takes full responsibility for his everyday actions. 

The simple sound of the acoustic track is a perfect mesh of Sauti Sol and Amos & Josh.

NEREA has been written by Sauti Sol. Co-written by Amos & Josh. Produced by Sauti Sol under Sauti Sol Entertainment.

The music video of NEREA has been shot and directed by Enos Olik of Bokeh Family - who also shot Sauti Sol’s award-winning SURA YAKO and Kenya's Most Watched Video in 2014 NISHIKE (both videos have surpassed over a million YouTube views).

Monday, 20 April 2015

A Comedy Reflecting Kenya's Political Climate

This crazy and wildly hilarious comedy will show just what will happen after we all wake up one day and find that the whole country Kenya has stepped aside.

That we have all discovered that we are all corrupt and bad people and that we have all stepped aside. We will wake up and find that all corrupt police, unfaithful spouses, inefficient nurses, unqualified teachers, thieves, gossipers, lazybones etc have all stepped aside from their responsibilities because of their ills.

Directed by: Sammy Mwangi assisted by Ndeng’a
Dates: 29 April to 3 May
Venue: Alliance Française
Times: 6.30pm wkdays, 3 and 6.30pm weekend Charges: 599/=
Contact info: 0722 / 0737 74 55 41
Till No: 747722

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Sosuun Cements Diva Title In New Single Release

Fast rising female rapper Sosuun has released her first single, since signing on iScan Media as her management team late last year, titled “Sura ya Kazi”.

The launch was held is at K1 Klub House on April 1, 2015 at the Afrobeat Wednesday event powered by Mseto EA.

The song is produced by Grandpa Records and the video directed by award winning director J. Blessing.

Sosuun has undergone a re-branding as evidenced by her new look/sound and is setting her eyes to represent Kenya at the highest levels in music.

Sosuun has recently featured prominently in another super collaboration that has been recently released from Grandpa Records called Fimbo ya Tatu which includes other super stars like Kenrazy, Wyre and Bien from Sauti Sol.

Reviews from critics have put her performance and delivery on the collaboration as the best.

Sosuun started rapping in 2012 and has progressively improved her game lyrically and image wise.

She is now approaching her peak under the guidance of her management and is ready to take the world by storm.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Kagwe Mungai Gives You The Dee. Yeah, He Does...

Kagwe Mungai has released his first single for 2015 dubbed “The Dee.”

The song whose catchy chorus is guaranteed to be on replay is a fusion of funk and pop, complete with lyrics that most people relate to.

This new single puts into song the common situation where a guy is in pursuit of a lady, hoping to start something with her, with him being romantic and complimenting her.

But after a while the romantic facade drops and it instead turns into a direct confrontation, with the guy clearly stating what it is that he’s after.

Written, performed and produced by Kagwe Mungai himself, he describes “The Dee” as an "up-beat dance-able song that is a reflection of what is currently present in society in relation to modern day relationships."

“The Dee” comes barely a few months after Kagwe released his club banger “Creeper” which had a ripple effect in the music scene. With more singles on the way, Kagwe Mungai is out to set records in 2015.

Heineken Is Taking Rihanna's DJ To Lagos This Weekend

After enjoying the perfect blend of Jamaican, UK Urban and American club styles channelled through DJs Tim Westwood, Babey Drew and Benny D at the Heineken Green Light parties last year, organizers have announced that Grammy award winning DJs, Black Chiney will storm Lagos, Nigeria for its fourth edition this Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015 at Quilox nightclub in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Sponsored by premium beer brand, Heineken, the star-studded party series reached its peak last year with three earth-shaking parties featuring the international DJs along with top Nigerian DJs including DJ Xclusive, DJ Spinall, popularly known as “The Cap” among others.

Alongside Black Chiney, this year’s edition will also feature popular Wazobia FM DJ, Snoop Da Damaja.

The Chinese-Caribbean-British-American group, Black Chiney has worked with several international superstars around the world including Snoop Lion, Rihanna, Sean Paul, Drake, Mary J Blige, Estelle among many others.

The 4-time Grammy Award winning group consists of superstar producer SupaDups, Bobby Chin, Willy Chin, Walshy Fire, Special K, Brandon Lee and English.

Black Chiney is one of the top Jamaican Sound Systems in the world, producing and performing a diverse and exciting mix of Ska, HipHop, Rocksteady, Reggae and Dancehall.

Watch Black Chiney talk about coming to Nigeria below.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Atemi And Lady B Release Their Zouk Love Song

Kenya’s power vocalist Atemi and Tanzanian songbird: Lady Jaydee release MOYO - a bonafide East African love song.

This is Atemi's first song collaboration with another lady. She says, “We really hit it off! I respect Lady Jaydee very much; she’s a talented artist and an easy to work with African singer. She really put her all into the song.”

MOYO is a song about different love situations. No matter how tempestuous, passionate or romantic love is in all the scenarios in the song; love is love.

Written by Atemi Oyungu, MOYO is Atemi’s debut single from her upcoming third album. The song has been produced by renown Kenyan producer R-Kay, also producer of Atemi’s USIJALI featuring Delvin Savara of Sauti Sol.

Atemi says of the zouk-esque MOYO, “This is a sound that I have been trying out and like very much. But fear not my neo soul fans - there will also still be a touch of soul on the upcoming album!”

Monday, 30 March 2015

Here Is A Tuesday Plan You Will Luuurrrrvvv!

Ricky na Marafiki band will be hosting their monthly EVENING OF AFRO JAZZ at Alliance Francaise's Wangari Maathai Auditorium, Nairobi.

An evening of Afro jazz is a monthly show that happens every last Tuesday of the month and its always sold-out.

This month’s theme is DIVA'S Edition. It will get to showcase Ricky na marafiki band and Chemutai Sage.

Come and experience the best of Kenya's Afro-jazz music sensation.

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!" 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 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, 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.