Friday, 25 September 2009


Ten Kenyan rappers will be part of the MTV Staying Alive Ignite TV series dubbed Shuga. The three from P Unit, Nonini, Nameless, Juliani, Jimmy Gait, Madtraxx and DJ Adrian have all made cameo appearances in the drama series.
P Unit and Nonini play friends of lead character Skola (played by David Omwange), appearing in scenes where they hang out in a parking lot with Skola, his buddy Kennedy (Antony Mwangi) and Sindi (Valerie Kimani) and indulge in a little freestyling.
Triple-MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain nominee Nameless features in a nightclub scene shot while radio and club favourite DJ Adrian puts in some hot deck action during the same scene. Both Nameless and DJ Adrian agreed to do the shoot because of their personal commitment to promoting safe sex.
Gospel singer Jimmy Gait appears as himself in a gospel choir scene in which he freestyles a song that he wrote on set – a moving track entitled “Just Let Him Know” - which ultimately encourages Eva Kanyang’onda’s character, Virginia to reveal her most intimate secret.
Madtraxx features in a powerful scene where he appears as a guest (playing himself) on Skola’s radio show, Campus Radio, discussing condoms and safe sex.
Juliani appears in a cameo role as a student pitching for a job, rapping a verse from his hit song Biceps during his pitch.
Funded by MTV Staying Alive, PEPFAR, HIV-Free Generation and UNICEF, the series is to motivate sexually active youth and young adults under 25 to modify their sexual behaviour. It will premiere on MTV base (DStv Channel 322) and on terrestrial TV stations Citizen TV and Nation TV in November 2009.