Ukweli & Sichangi -10,000 Hours ft Blinky Bill & Kerby

Absolutely in love with the East African Wave and the magic they keep spinning out.  The Kenyan based collective is a favorite on Soundcloud having produced some cool songs and with weekly mixes, ‘Wave Tape’ every Wednesday nothing like that mid-week music pump up and push through to keep you going.

This collaboration with Blinky Bill & Kerby is a partnership made in musical heaven, take a listen to ‘10,000 Hours’. Blinky’s effortless bars and Kerby’s flow has this song on constant repeat….none stop.

 

Victoria Kimani – ‘China Love’ ft R City

Not going to lie but I low key sleep on Ms Kimani only because I find the visuals sometimes overshadow the music and at times the songs are not for me oooo! that being said her latest album ‘Safari’ has seen her produce some lovely songs with strong lyrical concepts and am loving it,  ‘March Along’ is a perfect example of this, great lyrics, story and visuals just meeting up.

Her latest release China Love ft R City also a winner and has been on constant repeat, check out the video below.

Music: Okenyo – ‘Woman’s World’

“Don’t look down on me” the track opening sample.

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.

Watch the official video below:

VIDEO: Ayrosh – ‘Shuga Mami’

Nothing beats a track that truly represents a person and roots with so much ease, rare to find that when we do her at Maarifa we hold em high above the rest. Kenyan artist Ayrosh released a track ‘Shuga Mami’ and it has all the ingredients that we long for soul, R’n’B and a dose of Kikuyu (language from the Gikuyu people of Kenya). The production comes from the talented Mugo of Waithaika Ent the first of more set to come from the pair, we can only hope.

The song has a dope hook to start with and Ayrosh slides between Gikuyu and English with such ease and class. He sings about a love so pure and the visuals just bring it to life with him and his leading lady working out and enjoying each others company. So sit back relax and check out the visuals below.

 

 

Sasabasi – ‘Lakini Bado’

Are we witnessing a resurgence of good Swahili lyricist in the Kenyan music scene?

To say that it is  awesome to have new music from Sasabasi, the artist formally known as Vinticqueezy just proves how music and making it has to be something you  love and have the patience for.

Sasabasi is a talented Kenyan rapper based in Houston TX USA, who we come across a few years ago when he was featured in the song ‘PIGA PICHA’ ft Vyba,K-Teezy, Kaulaz.

After a break Sasabasi has made a return with ‘Lakini Bado’ which means ‘not yet’ in Swahili, produced by Giggz also based in the Houston Tx USA.

The song talks about how there is always something else either in a better sense or worse. How as human beings we are never satisfied; We always strive to reach out to the next goal.  The message behind the song is..  Just keep on pushing #LakiniBado

We are looking forward to see what else he has installed for us throughout the year. Check out the visuals directed by Hefemi & Agano. You can also follow Sasabasi on his  social media accounts.

SASABASI ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Instagram.com/sasabasi
snapchat : sasabasi

 

 

Politics: Kenya Elections 2017

Politics: Kenya Elections 2017

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General elections are scheduled to be held in Kenya on 8 August 2017. Voters will elect the President, his deputy, members of Parliament and devolved government members. It has been five years since Kenyans took to the poling stations and voted for Uhuru Kenyatta, and for the the first four months of 2017 it was interesting to watch the campaign season get into full swing from the large posters endless photoshoots for running MP’s and MCAS, this the  money making season for printing companies and photographers across Kenya, anyone with a dollar and a political dream stood a fair chance.

 

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Uhuru Kenyatta Leader of Jubilee Party.

To the ever so interesting stories on a Friday evening over Tusker

‘So and so has a fundraiser tomorrow for his campaign…..’,

Wait so we are raising money for him to campaign so that we can vote for him? A few Tuskers later and the idea seems logical enough we will do just that.

The Kenyan election require way more than a few words summary to really capture what has gone on from the preliminary elections that seemed to hardly cut anyone out of the race, to the live debates that needed Jesus and his people dem to fully sustain your attention for the whole two or more hours; although it served well to introduce the public to more of the candidates running for the presidential seat considering Rila Odinga had a debate alone as Uhuru Kenyatta was trending on twitter having refused to take part in the debate.

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Opposition leader Raila Odinga ODM Party

Here is a handy breakdown of what citizens are voting for:

  • Six separate ballot papers: For president, national assembly, female representatives, governors, senate and county assemblies
  • 47 parliamentary seats and 16 senate seats reserved for women
  • Eight presidential candidates: President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga are favourites
  • A candidate needs 50% plus one vote for first-round victory
  • More than 14,000 candidates running across the six elections
  • More than 45% of registered voters under 35
  • Some 180,000 security officers on duty nationwide in case of trouble

But we are here today 8/08/2017 and the people decide. The tension at moments can be felt over my Facebook feed, those ‘friends’ who spent the last 5 years hiding their tribalism let it hang out just as equally as those who strive for peace and unification update their wallpapers yes! ‘we are one’.

In the words of Juliani We are one or we are wana?  Because it seems like election season brings about a devil that we let brew and marinate over 5years. So what now?

We watch, we sit and watch and wait and wait to see what will happens over intense prayers, we wait to know who will lead us to Canaan.

The voting is currently underway across Kenya, check back for updates.

 

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