1.) File under inspirational and motivational anthems
2.) Play straight after Laura Mvula’s ‘Phenomenal Woman’.
Kenyan, Australian all round dope singer Okenyo released the visuals of her latest single ‘Woman’s World’ and we are hooked, absolutely loving the cool, calm, collected soulful sound and inspirational lyrics with great affirmation. It is indeed a woman’s world.
From the styling by Benjamin Joseph, to choreography and all round feature of beautiful women including the amazing singer Thando.
We look forward to see what is next for Okenyo it is only a matter of time before the rest of the world catches on and starts raving about her and with her.
So I have been absent and at times missing in action when it come to blogging but we are back and hopefully better, ready to share the wonderful material that has been held back. I have a few things that went on during my break for example the Anti-Rape Summit that took place in Excel I come across some amazing Kenyan artists Mumbi and Wangechi and their producer Kevin Provoke; it was a wonderful time and as always with musicians turned to talk about the state of Kenyans music and the lack of radio support that artist receive, with all that talk I had to support the artists and left with both albums from the ladies. Mumbi’s EP and Wangechi’s LP.
Secondly I had a fantastic opportunity to take part in a pageant that had the sole aim of promoting charities in Kenya to people living in the United kingdom, a chance for the Diaspora youth to connect with projects back in their homeland. I choose the Sarakasi Trust a foundation that aim to help young adults establish themselves in the creative arts dance and music, while visiting in Nairobi in 2013 I had a chance to attend two shows at the Sarakasi Dome and was amazed at the talent that was showcased so it made perfect sense to choose them.
For the first time in 19 years the fashion House Prada features a black model in their latest campaign . Prada’s images for autum/winter 2013 were released and Kenyan born Malaika Firth is featured in the spread. Music Power and Politics would like to congratulate Malaika on this wonderful mark in her career, Naomi Campbell had to date been the only black model to be featured in a Prada Campaign in 1994 the year Firth was born.
Prada has been visionary in terms of its outlook embracing older male models and curvier women on their runways, it has been slow to add racial diversity to its campaigns before Jourdan Dunn was included in its 2008 catwalk show, Campbell stood as the last black model to walk for the brand, back in 1993.
Fashion and race is a topic that runs deep, aside from fashion the lack of visible faces of colour has been a subject that television presenter Reggie Yates and singer Alesha Dixon have pointed out. Is it the responsibility of producers and casters to add more diversity or should we continue to allow the ‘master narrative’ to play on?
Kind thanks to Monica Mwangi who kindly pointed out the story out, Music, Power and Politics