#GitheriMan Breaking the Internet

#GitheriMan Breaking the Internet

I come across this image on Sasabasi’s Instagram page a little dig he threw on someone queuing up to cast their vote on the 8/8/17 by the 9/8/17 this image was trending everywhere and Githeri man was the image that would stand out to represent the 2017 Kenya election.

He was trending on twitter and remained trending until the next day as news outlets scrambled to be the first to get him for an interview. CitizenTV managed to do so and we soon found out that Martin Kimotho was the prepared voter who got himself a snack in order to survive the long queue as he voted. We cannot fail to thank the fast thinking photographer who took the snap and offered an insight to the real heroes out to cast their votes and exercise their democratic rights. Ian Kinuthia took the photo that went viral having just finshed high school he wants to pursue a career in journalism.

#Githeriman made rounds around the world with some help from photoshop, check out some of the places you might have missed him.

 

Incase you never knew Sauti Sol has a fifth member. 

It might have been easy to miss him in a sea of face on Lamar’s ‘Humble’ video.

#githeriman trend

GIG: Adekunle Gold @ 02 Islington

GIG: Adekunle Gold @ 02 Islington
Venue: Islington O2
Date: 30th June 2017

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Adekunle Gold one of the most stylisticly unique artist in the thriving Afrobeat music scene offered the best of his Gold album in a sold out show at Islington O2.

Gold who recently became a free agent from the label YNBL founded by rapper Olamide has had one amazing rise to fame, authentic and true to himself, ‘Africans Son’ packaged for the world to share in life experiences through his music. Nothing is more true than the saying that ‘music is an international language’, this night offered medicine for the soul delivered in Yoruba.

Radio personality and Mr Factory 78 Adeshope warmed up the crowd with a DJ set perfect hypeman he had a buzzing energy that nearly made you forget why you were there in the first place.

Adekunle Gold graced the stage accompanied by a live band the 79th Element, Gold bought forth an authentic experience a full live band and African band from the bass to the talking drum this was a touch of Nigeria in London.

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He opened the show with the single ‘Ready’ and the crowd went crazy and in the midst of excitement for a second I panicked, he started with his biggest hit but rest assured plenty kept on coming from ‘My Life’, ‘Beautiful Night’, ‘Orente’, ‘No Forget’, ‘Ariwo Ko’, ‘Sade’ and ‘Pick Up’.

He bought through his best friend MoeLogo a talented artist based in the London and they sang their duet ‘Only Girl’, MoeLogo also performed a few of his song from his EP ‘Irete’.

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Just when my attention was about to go on a short break Adekunle stepped through with a remix the hit ‘Juice’ by artist YCee and Maleek Berry and it was a smash only he could do it and in that moment we saw the artist as a fan.

This show was a touch of Gold, from the band to the dancers everything was delivered to showcase an artist who represents his roots and culture through his music and what more can we ask for all the elements incorporated were just the right dose no over prescriped to cover a missing part. One thing also that cannot go amis Gold’s style that just has him looking like pure royalty. We cannot wait to see what comes next from Adekunle Gold as for now we await the video for his next single ‘ Call on Me’, of which he premiered during the gig.

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@maureenmaarifa

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AfroPunk Paris 2016

AfroPunk Paris is drawing closer than close so we wanted to take a listen back to 2016 with an overview that was produced for MaarifaPodcast. Looking forward to see the great set of artists who will be gracing the stage from the likes of Blitz The Ambassador to Sir The Baptist.

AfroPunk this year is on the 15/16 July 2017

Enjoy the mix below with a cocktail of artists who graced the stage in 2016.

Sauti Sol x Mi Casa -Tulale Fofoffo

Sauti Sol and Mi Casa hands down are the biggest bands from the continent of Africa they make boy bands look and sound sophisticated hence the more reason we were excited to discover this collaborations.

Christmas day after stuffing our faces and dancing the calories aways I played this song …. the “about to blow taster” that you give to the people before it all become common knowledge on the airwaves.

Chale! fast forward a few months and the video drops the excitment was real that was until I saw the visuals slow motions umbrella shots and dinning table catwalks, to say i expected more would be an unstatement, I am praying that the boys haven’t lost it as the last two videos have been slightly underwhelming .

The song still bangs though.

Maureen Muthoni

@MISSMUSO

 

Video: Sauti Sol – Isabella

Kenyan Afro-Soul group Sauti Sol winners of the Best African Act, MTV European Awards 2014 have kept fans waiting for their third LP “Live and Die in Afrika” as they build a large fanbase across Africa and occasionally get POTUS dancing during his visits to the motherland; this week they released their latest video Isabella, this is a return to a more mellow Sauti Sol as their previous single ‘Shake Yo Bam Bam’ heavily sampled “club banger” with an equally flashy visuals from Clarence Peters presented a new side.

Isabella is a simple ballad with heartfelt lyrics accompanied by a  piano new audiences can pick up on slight nuances of Nairobian Broken English for example “Mi I wanna have some fun.” The video features footage from their American Tour earlier this year and a parallel story of Isabella as she is taken to dance the night away to none other than Sauti Sol at a performance in Vegas. Watch the video below.

Maureen Muthoni

@MISSMUSO

MUSIC: Ibeyi – Stranger/ Lover

Iberia latest video release is of Stranger /Lover this was a stand out track while listening to their album earlier this year. The fine line of being a stranger and lover. The video is simple set against a black background the twins deliver their verses and chorus while masculine hands ruffle their afros.
Watch the video below

Maureen Muthoni

@MISSMUSO