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.



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



Lupe Fiasco – 'Bitch Bad'

“Disclaimer: This rhymer, Lupe’s not usin’ bitch as a lesson
But as a psychological weapon”

“Conversation piece”

Released on June 25th 2012 ‘Bitch Bad’ is the second single from the album Food Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1, the song tackles misogyny in the hip hop culture and the use of the word ‘Bitch’ in rap music delving into the effects of its use in society and on developing children.

This though is not the first time that Lupe has addressed the use of the word early at the start of his career his album featured ‘Hurt Me Soul’ where he speaks of his ‘hate’ of hip hop due to the dismissal and degrading of women in lyrics.

“I used to hate hip-hop… yup, because the women degraded
But Too $hort made me laugh, like a hypocrite I played it
A hypocrite I stated, though I only recited half
Omittin the word “bitch,” cursin I wouldn’t say it”

‘Hurt Me Soul’ from Food Liquor

In the video below Lupe sits down with Rap Genius to discuss the definition of ‘Bad Bitch’.

Bitch bad, woman good
Lady better, they misunderstood


Lupe Fiasco – Words We Want to Say?

“I really think the war on terror is a bunch of bullshit, just a poor excuse for you to use up all your bullets”

When it come to expressing yourself being an ‘artist’ gives you more freedom than any other avenue; this was more the case when twitter and facebook was not available to any individual with thoughts and an internet connection.

Obama was sworn in for his second term having won over the republican candidate Mitt Romney, the ceremony coincided with Dr. Martin Luther King’s weekend celebration bridging years of struggle; the moment marked a great point in the history of African-America; this moment was somehow overshadowed by the protest of Lupe Fiasco of whom invited to perform at a Youth Inauguration ball found it fit to rap an extended version of his single ‘Words I Never Said’.

From the information that has come from this ‘display’ it just leaves you to question both parties. Fiasco is known having expressed his viewes and also appeared on Bill O’ Rilley freely expressing how he felt about the American Government and President Barak Obama, stating that he is “the biggest terrorist” logic must has been amis on the part of the individual scheduling the artists.

Fiasco was ultimately escorted off stage by security but was this all a show to display the ‘freedom of speech’ that is enabled unto the American person?
Was it just a promotional gimmick?
Why did Lupe agree to perform at the event in the first place?
Someone Fiasco, StartUp RockOn even Obama anyone with answers.