Wednesday, 23 August 2017

‘Madaraka’ – A Kenyan Documentary On The Power Of Culture & Collaboration

A new Kenyan documentary titled ‘MADARAKA’ (Swahili for Freedom) highlighting the power of culture and need to emphasize on youth empowerment in local communities is set to launch in Kenya this September. The documentary shot in Nairobi and Kisumu spotlights renowned Kenyan artistes: Sauti Sol, Owuor Arunga, Sosuun and Nazizi. Ghanaian artiste Blitz The Ambassador and the founder of Sarakasi Trust, Marion Van Dijck. All the personalities featured in the documentary encourage self-reliance through creative collaboration.

The versatile instrumental group has joined One Vibe Africa in support of MADARAKA’s launch and will be delivering at a special performance at the Nairobi and Kisumu launch events.

Ahead of the Kenyan launch, Wael “L” Abou-Zaki the director and writer of ‘MADARAKA’ says, “The vision for the documentary was to highlight the power of art and culture, systemic issues facing the African diaspora and what can be done when you empower a community. The domino effect that comes from a positive perspective is clear in this picture and showcases what can be done when you change the narrative in your mind and its effect on your surroundings."

Highlighting several themes including self-empowerment and entrepreneurship, the powerful film produced by One Vibe Africa and Zaki Rose is set to shape the Kenyan narrative locally and abroad. It will also document the beginnings and growth of One Vibe Africa as an international organization. 

The documentary will take the audiences through Kenyan culture and current trends while showcasing a recording music studio founded by One Vibe Africa. ‘MADARAKA’ will also highlight workshops conducted by world-renowned artists and innovators to discuss topics related to Madaraka the documentary and concept, and the culture of Africans.

New Music Alert: Otile Brown Releases Acha Waseme!

The official video to Otile Brown's hit single "Acha Waseme" is here, produced by Ihaji. Shot and Directed by X Antonio of International Textures. (c) 2017

Here is the video:

Michelle Yola "Prezzo's Ex" Blasts Uncle Ukwaju Over Mustafa!

Now we do know that there is beef going on between Mustafa (Uncle Ukwaju) and Prezzo all based on Yola. From the scene on The Nairobi D, we saw Mustafa and Yola going on a spa date where he offered to massage her.

She is not too pleased with the fact that he is gaining fame by using her name only because he had one selfie of them together.

In an exclusive interview with, she said that he is not her type and he will never be her type and that she is not happy with the fact that he was going round to blogs with the story that they are dating!

My thoughts about Uncle Ukwaju is nothing because he tried to make a story out of me based on his beef with my ex-fiance and I didn’t find that cool because there was a time we were hanging out on set and he took a picture that he ran to the blogs with claiming we are dating, yet it was just us on set. He said he had a thing with me so he started the beef they are having. There is nothing going on between us because he is not my type and he will never be my type.


Jimmy Gait Hospitalised For Treatment

Award winning gospel singer Jimmy Gait needs your prayers. The Muhadhara hitmaker was recently hospitalized and he shared a photo of himself lying on a bed where he underwent some tests.
Jimmy Gait took to social media to request his followers to remember him in their prayers.

“Pray for me as I go through treatment. Thanks for all your support…much love!”

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

DJ Khaled To do a collabo with Adele???

DJ Khaled is desperate to work with ‘Hello’ hitmaker Adele on a song.

The ‘I’m the One’ hitmaker has teamed up with a number of high-profile artists, including Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Chance the Rapper, but he has the ‘Hello’ hitmaker at the top of his wish list along with rappers Dr. Dre and Eminem.

Talking to Billboard magazine, Khaleed said  “I want to work with Dr. Dre. I want to work with Eminem. I want to work with Adele.”

Khaled, 41, released his star-studded 10th studio album ‘Grateful’ in June.

New music: Zamajobe Releases Single

After her 4-year hiatus, Zamajobe is pleased and proud to announce her come
back into the music scene with her latest single, Sobabili. The Five time South
African Music Award (SAMA) nominee has expressed with great excitement
and joy, about this part of her journey and she feels that it has been long
overdue for her to share it with her fans. She’s been aware of the hunger from
her fans to hear more music from her, and the response of this new single,
Sobabili has really proven the cry.

The single was released exclusively on Metro FM (Breakfast Show) hosted by
Somizi and Dj Fresh, and the response has been overwhelming since then. The
single has made rounds and is on high rotation in some of the countries Top
Radio Stations. It has also been listed on the Top 10 charts in other stations
such as Gagasi FM, only two weeks after the release. It is without a doubt that
her come back has not only surprised those who’ve waited for her, but it has
sparked a lot of conversation around her long anticipated return.

With all the buzz happening, this is what Zamajobe has to say, ‘’I couldn’t be
more happier that Sobabili is so well received, especially now that I am
independent’’. She will now be working on her music and brand independently
and from this single, one can only imagine what the rest of the album could
have in store.

Benny Andersson - To Release Career Spanning 21-Track Solo Piano

Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, today announces a brand-new album of solo piano music from legendary Swedish composer and ABBA co-founder Benny Andersson. The album titled simply ‘Piano’ will be released on September 29, 2017 through iconic classical music label Deutsche Grammophon.
‘Piano’ takes listeners on a 21-track journey through his acclaimed and celebrated career as songs from ABBA, his musicals and other solo-compositions are re-interpreted as you have never heard them before, performed unaccompanied by just Benny himself, on his trusted grand piano. The album was recorded with Linn Fijal, engineer and studio manager at his own RMV Studios, on the island of Skeppsholmen, in the heart of his hometown Stockholm.
The tracklisting for ‘Piano’ is as follows:
1. I Let The Music Speak
2. You And I
3. Aldrig
4. Thank You For The Music
5. Stockholm By Night
6. Chess
7. The Day Before You Came
8. Someone Else's Story
9. Midnattsdans
10. Målarskolan
11. I Wonder (Departure)
12. Embassy Lament
13. Anthem
14. My Love, My Life
15. Mountain Duet
16. Flickornas Rum
17. Efter Regnet
18. Tröstevisa
19. En Skrift I Snöen
20. Happy New Year
21. I Gott Bevar
These are tender, touching and emotional arrangements, highlighting the theatrical, as well as classical-like qualities, both in writing and performance of music that has touched millions around the world since ABBA first came together in 1972.  The music on this album reinforces Benny’s profound gift for melody, a gift shared with many great classical composer-pianists throughout history, that have also inspired him throughout his life and career.
Speaking on the genesis of the album, Benny Andersson said: “In the process of recording this album, I have come to realise that the pieces I have chosen to play are an integral part of me. In endeavouring to reach for some core within them, I have found that the more I strip away the clothing, the closer I feel to the music, regardless of whether it was created last year or 40 years ago. In a strange way, I feel like I am playing my memoirs.”
“It was very different to how I’ve made records in the past, and that was part of the joyfulness of it all,” he adds, “Even without the bass, drums, guitars, strings and vocals on these songs, I think there is still substance in all of them. That was very pleasing to realise.”
Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Group said: “This new collection of solo piano recordings will reinforce Benny’s legacy as one of the finest contemporary composers of our time."
Frank Briegmann, President & CEO, Universal Music Group Central Europe and Deutsche Grammophon said: “Benny‘s songs have revolutionised pop music. He is an innovator and one of the greatest and most creative minds of his field. With this album, he presents as clear and unobstructed a view of his musical universe as never seen before in his long career. Apart from that, Benny also reveals himself to be an amazing pianist and these new interpretations offer a whole new perspective on his work. Benny has wowed and inspired his fans many times and in many different ways. And now he is doing it again. Together with everyone at Deutsche Grammophon, I am really looking forward to this album and I want to congratulate Benny on this wonderful release.”
The first track to be released from the album, a new version of ABBA classic ‘Thank You For The Music’ is available immediately to download and via streaming services.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Photos: Heineken Lagos Fashion & Design Week Empowers Fashion Entrepreneurs

Fashion Focus Talks, the annual seminars held before the Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week, ended with the finale in Lagos on Friday August 11, 2017. The fashion seminar featured Eku Edewor, TV presenter and model; Ink Eze, Founder AsoebiBella; and Tsemaye Binitie, Fashion Designer as speakers.

The events, targeted at emerging and aspiring fashion entrepreneurs between ages 18 and 35, were held between August 7 – 11 in Enugu, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos respectively.

Themed 'From Passion to Profit', the 2017 Fashion Focus Talks featured a series of carefully curated classes aimed at opening up creative minds to explore different, and sometimes alternative ways of making their careers profitable.

This year, the series also featured fashion industry stakeholders Kelechi Amadi-Obi, Photographer and Publisher of Style Mania Magazine; Zara Odu, Brand Developer; George Okoro, Photographer; Omoyemi Akerele, Founder of Style House Files; Yummie Ogbebor, Bolaji Fawehinmi, Few Model Management Director; and Ezinne Chinkata, a Fashion Consultant.

 “Heineken has remained a committed partner of Africa’s biggest fashion event through its sponsorship of Lagos Fashion and Design Week. Through ‘Fashion Focus Talks’ Heineken creates opportunities for  young emerging, fashion entrepreneurs to discover more about  the  fashion industry, said Aminah Jagun, Assistant Brand Manager, Heineken NB Plc.”

The Heineken Lagos Fashion and Design Week 2017 themed, 'Africa: Shaping Fashion’s Future', will return for its 7th edition from 25-28 October, 2017.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Super Star Producer Turned Artist Makwa 6eats Premiers Debut Music Video – iNamba

The award winning producer turned artist, Neo Makwa better known as Makwa6eats premiers the video to his debut single iNamba which features the entire RapLyf crew.

Makwa6eats is a well rounded artist who perfected the art of DJing, before trying his hand at music production, which resulted in him producing the Gold & Platinum selling hit singles Nomayini, Mayibabo & Ngiyazifela Ngawe by Kwesta, Nice Life Problems by TLT, Laundry Day Fresh by Kid X and Shebaba by Yanga to name a few. 

The multitalented superstar in the making crossed over to being an artist when he produced and sang the chorus on Mmino which is Kwesta’s ode to Music where he speaks about his come up in the game. 
Makwa6eats’ transition from being The producer to an Artist comes from his realization that he had pioneered a hip hop sub-genre that fuses traditional and indigenously South African elements into a youthful, catchy and current sound, which is authentically different. 

It was only fitting for him to change his name to one that defined him as the artist and not just the producer.

Makwa who has just released the music video to his single iNamba, which is the record labels anthem was created to showcase the artists signed to RapLyf Records, they are Makwa, TLT, Kid X and Kwesta.
iNamba is a song that makes statement which shows that the label’s primary focus is creating amazing music while developing and grooming up and coming artists.

In this video Makwa is the Torch Bearer and he is bringing light to the game, he is with no doubt the answer to what the music industry has been missing, the video embodies some of the struggle and hardships he went through, but in all that he managed to persevere by following his dream. The light is a symbol of strength and persistence, it is there to teach us to never give and we should keep the fire burning. 

Connect with Makwa online: @makwamusic

New Music: Malawian Singer-Songwriter "Malaika" Releases New Single - "Falling For You"

"Falling for you is an afobeats inspired pop song with a dancehall feel, the saucy song challenges gender stereotypes encouraging women to go after what they want, in this context a man, instead of always waiting for the guy to make the first move. Talking about what inspired her to write the song Malaika says far too many women are unfulfilled and unhappy in relationships because they don't feel they can express themselves sexually or communicate their desires without running the risk of being labelled "wild" or accused of cheating.

The music video is produced by Tawanda Sibotshiwe ( Jusa Dementor) in association with Stage Works Films.

Watch Video:

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Gospel Star’s ex-girlfriend Pregnant For New Lover

Gospel singer Hey Z Da Brand separated late last year with his wife Mercy Njoki, a former Tahidi High actress. The two had dated for six years.

Their very public break-up was the talk of the town. Hey Z said his wife was cheating on him with her boss, who happens to be her current beau and future daddy of her child.

“I asked that guy are you f*cking my wife or not? He said no,” Hey Z said.
Now Njoki has acknowledged that Bobb is the love of her life, according to her recent social media post:

“When I met Bobb, I was not looking for love, I had lost faith in this thing called “love”. That word became Greek to me! I went through so much bullshit that made me numb. I just gave up hope. But he held my hand and walked with me... And I’m grateful to have made the best decision in my life. This is where I want to be for the rest of my life... Happiness is not expensive! You just have to associate yourself with the right energy... I am the happiest and the most relaxed person right now. This is a brand new Njoki... Love is a beautiful thing after all.”

Now, Njoki is sporting a bulging baby bump. Congratulations to the both of them.

Temple Management Company Partners With Jay-Z’s Roc Nation

 A month after the launch Temple Management Company (TMC) in East Africa, the management label hits yet another milestone with the launch of its new record label—Temple Music Limited (TMPL). This platform has been established for the development, production, promotion and distribution of African talent to the world.

Living up to its global status, Temple Management Company also recently clinched a partnership with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation as a global distributor of Temple Music. This is a game changer that will benefit all its artists signed across West and East Africa – validating the company’s vision to remain leaders in African talent and event management outfit while representing the best talent in entertainment.

Speaking on this new addition to the Temple family, The Managing Director of Temple East Africa, Troy White asserted that the launch is a huge boost to the creative space in East Africa and Africa at large. He said: “We are excited that Temple Music will be providing an experience we have been eager to share for a long time,” adding on the Roc Nation merge: “Joining forces with Jay Z’s imprint Roc Nation is a true show for how we plan on doing it big, and we will keep pushing further by distributing East Africa’s most versatile quality content. East African music is about to go global!”

In East Africa, Temple Management has signed multi-talented artiste Blinky Bill, radio host and mcee, Shaffie Weru and the exceptional DJs: DJ Adrian and Mix Master Lenny in the past one month. These artistes represent East Africa’s fast rising lot and some of Africa’s most recognizable talent.

 In fact, they comprise a perfect mix and balance of the new wave versus the old music sounds. Within 18 months of its inception, Temple Management has been able to set standards in the talent management industry through its 360-management approach. TMC has made its mark in West, East and South Africa through the offices in Nairobi, Kenya and partnership with Johannesburg-based, urban digital platform Touch HD. Its newest addition, Temple Music, is a boost for the music industry in Africa.

Hero Radio Is Not Shutting Down-CEO West Says

The CEO of Hero Radio, Sam 'West' Gitonga has come out to refute claims that the station has shut down. This comes after a memo circulating online alleged that the management had decided to close down the station in what they termed as "the tide has proven to be stronger than us. We wish to announce that we are with immediate effect halting all your services as we shut down to strategise on our next move,” the statement read in part.

In the statement, management thanked its fans for their “undying love and support” adding “In every journey, there must be stopovers. Unfortunately, Hero Radio has come to one. We have decided to break so many beautiful hearts who have worked tirelessly to ensure we remain afloat."

Now the CEO has come out to rubbish the memo terming it as "fake" adding that they are re-branding and will launch new products as well.

Sam West said in an official statement, "It has come to our attention that a fake memo purported to he from Hero Radio has been making rounds on social media. The fake Memo has not been signed or authorized by the Management. We would like to let our audience know that Hero Radio is not closing shop and neither are we sacking our loyal dedicated staff members.

He continued, "We are in the process of rebranding. We have a new state of art studio, which will be launched on September 1, 2017 at our premises in Naka, Nakuru. New talents, exciting visual content and a new website are set to be launched then."


Gotv Launches CSR Initiative Themed On Recently Launched Jela 5-Star Show

Multichoice Kenya, via GOtv, has initiated a series of CSI programs targeting different prisons across the country.
The corporate social investment initiative that seeks to uplift the well-being of prisoners mirrors the recent comedy show called Jela 5-Star on Maisha Magic East set around a short hold prison.
The countrywide initiative commenced at Kamiti Maximum Prison when GOtv and Maisha Magic East donated toiletries, clothing items, detergents, and GOtv decoders worth over Sh200,000/- to the prison during the launch.
 “Jela 5-star is scripted and set around a prison and tells the story of inmates. In reality, we do not just want to make comedy out of real life scenarios, but we also want to use our influence and resources to play a positive role in the country. That is why GOtv has launched this initiative to spread cheer among inmates while also improving their lives. It is only by creating value for our customers, our employees and society at large that we’ll build a successful business for the future,” said Simon Kariithi, GM GOtv Kenya.
“We understand that inmates face a lot of challenges in prisons and need a relief from their day to day lives in remand. We know that entertainment is a powerful way to tell stories that touch the hearts and minds of people. That’s why we thought it important to come with the Jela 5 Star cast to enact the episodes and provide comic relief to the inmates.” said Timothy Okwaro, Mnet Director of East and Southern Channels.
The cast and crew of Jela 5 Star also acted out snippets of the show to entertain the inmates. The Jela 5 Star inmate CSI initiative, which will be held once every two months at either a male or female prison in Kenya.
Jela 5 Star is one of the 15 local shows that Maisha Magic East launched for the year 2017/2018 in an effort to promote local productions. Jela 5 Star is a dramatic comical production that brings to life situations that can be tragic as they can be hilarious, highlighting through comedy, a few areas where remand prisoners would appreciate improvement. 
The new comedy drama airs exclusively on Maisha Magic East on GOtv Channel 4 every Monday to Wednesday from 8.30pm – 9.00pm.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Eddy Kenzo On New Album & His Coke Studio Africa – 2017 Return

Uganda’s “Sitya Loss” and “Jubilation” hit maker Eddy Kenzo just released his new album ‘BIOLOGY’ during his ongoing European tour. Right before he set off on tour, the BET award-winner was in Nairobi to collaborate with Ghanaian artist and music producer Bisa Kdei, celebrated for hits such as “Mansa” and “Life” featuring Patoranking. The two have already worked on music collaborations produced by top South African music producer DJ Maphorisa. Their songs will feature on the upcoming show, set to premiere across over 30 African countries from September this year.

While still on tour, an ecstatic Eddy Kenzo has talked about his new album and return to Coke Studio Africa this year: “I am so happy to finally present my fans with ‘BIOLOGY’ – it’s by far my most detailed work of art and the best album to come out of Uganda. It’s a great moment and also perfect timing for me to return to Coke Studio 2017! I feel the blessings,” adding, “We had a good time with Bisa Kdei and you best be assured that this year on the show my collabos will be bigger, better and badder!”

While Bisa Kdei will be making his debut on the show this year, this will be Eddy Kenzo’s second time on the show and second pairing with a Ghanaian act. Last season he was collaborating the Star Gal: Efya and the two produced the original song “Too Much” produced by Kenya’s DJ Madtraxx. Since his Coke Studio stint last year, Eddy has gone on to collaborate with Coke Studio Africa season 4 artist Bahati in the song “Barua Kwa Mama.” Eddy Kenzo recently won 4 awards at Uganda’s Tuma Music Awards, and the coveted Trace Mziki East African Music Video Award at The Zanzibar International Film Festival for the music video of “Jubilation”.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Kenya Fashion Awards Holds Its Nextgen Fashion Weekend 2017

Kenya Fashion Awards (KFA) an initiative which honors and celebrates outstanding performance and excellence in the fashion industry last weekend held its 3rd edition of NextGen Fashion Weekend at the Michael Joseph Center – Safaricom.
NextGen Fashion Weekend is an initiative by Kenya Fashion Awards that involves training, practical sessions, competitions among others for young and upcoming talent in collaboration with internationally recognized brands and professionals with a vast knowledge and experience within the respective areas of interest.

The 2 day event provided a platform for Upcoming Designers and Fashion Design Students from different colleges and universities across the country to showcase their designs and creativity as well as compete. The winners were selected through a judging process and will be announced at a gala ceremony to be held on 7th October 2017.

Ms. Galina Tatarinova, Co-Director of Kenya Fashion Awards said: “Kenya Fashion Awards is raising awareness of the importance of the development of this economic sector by running business/talent development programs designed to support, mentor, empower and create opportunities for the next generation of professionals within the industry. We believe in empowering and creating a foundation for the young and upcoming talent within the industry in establishing their careers or businesses. ”

The event through the designs showcased highlighted emerging designers’ creativity and fashion sense. NextGen Fashion Weekend aims to create a fair opportunity for every emerging designer in the industry to have a moment of experience, to be in the spotlight, and build confidence.

Mr. Atman Ngau, Co-Director of Kenya Fashion Awards said: “There’s hope, this is the future of fashion; we would like all the participants to experience taking this as an inspiration and an opportunity to jumpstart their career. For many of the participants this show forms the basis of their career and beyond.” 

The youth exhibit a natural creative curiosity and inventiveness as seen in the music, film, fashion and craft that they are successfully engaged in. As the creative industry grows there is a need for clear guidance so as to reap from the industry.
The creative economy is an evolving concept based on creative assets embracing economic, cultural, social and technological aspects. It has linkages at macro and micro levels with the overall economy, hence an important development dimension that can foster economic growth, job creation, export earnings while promoting social inclusion, cultural diversity and human development.

Tourism Ministry Honors Graduates Of The Empowerment Of Youth In Travel And Tourism

The Ministry of Tourism, United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Amadeus East Africa have honored 20 graduates of the Empowerment of Youth in Travel and Tourism Pilot Program at a ceremony held at the Utalii Hotel, Nairobi. 

Amadeus, UNWTO and the Ministry of Tourism of Kenya rolled-out the program in November, 2016 with the key objective of providing youth and women of underprivileged communities with access to employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in travel and tourism. 
The graduation ceremony brought together Hotel/Tour firm Managers, Parastatal chiefs, Senior Officials of Government Agencies and Tourism stakeholders. 

“Despacito” Breaks Record For Youtube’s Most Viewed Video Of All Time

Luis Fonsi’s music video for “Despacito” featuring Daddy Yankee has broken the record for the most viewed video of all time on YouTube, a record that was previously held by Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” featuring Charlie Puth after overtaking five-year record holder “Gangnam Style” by Psy.

On Friday, August 4, the official music video for “Despacito” hit 2,993,786,682 views and surpassed “See You Again” (which was at 2,993,651,270) to become the most viewed video of all time. The video is also on track to soon become the first video of all time to surpass 3 billion views on YouTube.

The song received 874,732 views in Kenya, the sixth highest in Africa, and the highest in East and Central Africa region. In Africa, Morocco took the first position with 12,188,501 views, followed by Egypt at 10,420,747, Tunisia 7,485,117, Algeria 7,471,457, Mauritius 185,744 and South Africa 1,728,104. In Tanzania, views stood at 213,961, while Nigeria had 155,079. Uganda had 55,880 views, Rwanda 52,302, Somalia 54,290, Burundi 14,678 and 4,298 views in South Sudan.

It took just 203 days for the official music video for “Despacito” to become the most viewed video in YouTube history (these numbers do not include the also popular video featuring Justin Bieber, which has 464m views).

The official Despacito video has racked up a number of additional impressive records including:

It is the most liked video in YouTube history.
It reached the 2 billion and 2.5 billion views milestone faster than any video in YouTube history.

It is the most viewed music video of 2017 in over 40 countries.
Daily views have averaged over 14.5 million, reaching as high as 25 million views in a single day.

It has been viewed over 1 million times in over 99 countries, racking up massive views in countries as diverse as as Mexico (376 million), Brazil (213 million), United States (183 million), Italy (142 million), France (80 million), Indonesia (36 million), United Kingdom (36 million), India (32 million), Israel (17 million) and Egypt (8.8 million).

Exclusive: Coke Studio Stars Take A Journey Into Kenya’s Iconic Sarova Stanley

For a second year in a row, Coke Studio Africa partners with Kenya’s most iconic group of hotels to host all the show’s stars at Nairobi’s Sarova Stanley during the recording of the Africa’s biggest music show. Coke Studio Africa draws artists from several countries including: South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Zimbabwe, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, DRC and Cameroon.

Over 60 mega stars from around Africa have been hosted at Sarova Stanley. They include Africa’s Best Female Artist (2-time MTV Africa Award Winner) Yemi Alade of the “Africa” fame hit single, Tanzanian Alikiba known to a legion of fans as King Kiba and the show’s international guest star Jason Derulo from America. All the artists have a candid Sarova Stanley story to tell. Jason Derulo said: “I had a lot of food at Sarova Stanley and all the proteins and meat remind me of Haitian food. The meat and sauce accompanying it is very well seasoned just like Haitian food. The only new thing is how Kenyans cook the lamb, it becomes smooth and almost like a chicken wing.”

Located right in the middle of Nairobi CBD, Sarova Stanley has been a perfect location for the super stars, drawn from over 15 African countries, to nibble a bit of Nairobi’s history. The history of Sarova Stanley dates back to 1902 when the hotel established itself as the first luxury hotel in Nairobi. Since its establishment, it has played host to several international celebrities like Ernest Hemingway, Winston Churchill, Clark Ga-ble, Grace Kelly, Michael Caine, Sean Connery and Frank Sinatra.

It doesn’t stop there. In 1952, the then Princess Elizabeth visited the hotel as part of her world tour. Most recently, Sarova Stanley provided catering for the just concluded IAAF U18 Championships in Kenya, as the official hospitality partner.
Sarova Stanley has granted Nairobi a couple of firsts. It was also the first place that the Nairobi Stock Exchange was established – right at the bar! Sarova Stanley’s Main Café was also the first pavement café in Nairobi.

It evolved around a famous ‘Thorn Tree’ and yes – you guessed right, that’s why Sarova Stanley now has the Thorn Tree Restaurant. While walking through the hotel mahogany rotating doors today, you are in deed walking through the first and original doors of the hotel, as is its black and white floors.

On the upcoming season of Coke Studio Africa, you will for the first time see your favourite music acts at the Sarova Stanley like never before. While Coke Studio Africa brings together artists from different genres, eras and regions to create a modern and authentic African sound through musical fusion, the Sarova Stanley takes pride in hosting prominent guests and personalities from around the world, to expose them to quality hospitality and provide a home away from home.

The new season is set to premiere in different regions from August this year and will broadcast in more than 30 countries across Africa.

Paul Rosenberg Named CEO Of Def Jam Recordings

Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music-based entertainment, today announced that Paul Rosenberg, one of the industry’s most prominent managers and record label executives who is renowned for developing and supporting the careers of artists including Eminem, 50 Cent and D12, among others, has been named Chief Executive Officer of Def Jam Recordings, effective January 1, 2018.
Rosenberg is the founder and CEO of Goliath Artists Inc., a New York-based management firm that handles the careers of global superstar Eminem, Danny Brown and others.  He is also President of Shady Records, a label launched by Eminem and Rosenberg that released breakthrough albums from hip-hop acts including 50 Cent, D12, Obie Trice, Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse and Bad Meets Evil (Eminem’s collaboration with Royce Da 5’9”).
Steve Bartels, who has decided to step down as CEO of Def Jam, will remain at the company until the end of the year.  Rosenberg will report to Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, and be based in Def Jam’s New York headquarters.
In making the announcement, Grainge said, “Over the past four decades, Def Jam has played a pivotal role in elevating hip hop into what is today the world’s most culturally impactful musical genre.  Def Jam’s track record of introducing culturally significant artists is a direct result of the entrepreneurial brilliance that Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin instilled in the label from inception.  Paul brings with him not only a remarkable record of success in hip hop, but an entrepreneurial drive and a deep passion for artist development that will build upon Rick and Russell’s enduring legacy.”
Grainge added, “I would like to thank Steve Bartels for his sound leadership of Def Jam since 2014 when the label returned to its roots as a standalone company within UMG.  During that time, Steve played a pivotal role in the success of Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Big Sean and most recently breaking Alessia Cara, among many others.”
Bartels said, “It has been my honor and privilege to helm Def Jam Recordings.  I am proud of the strength and diversity of the roster that we have built, which continues to reflect the independent roots it was founded on.  I am confident the label rests in the sure hands of not just a music executive but a man who cares deeply about the artists and will continue this legacy of Def Jam forward.”
Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam, said, “I consider Def Jam my foundational legacy and could not be more grateful with the great care with which Lucian and Michele Anthony have brought it to a new generation.  Paul is one of the true mentors for talent and executives in this business and I could not be prouder of continuing and expanding my long-standing support of Universal and of Def Jam’s incredible great new leadership under Paul at a time when hip hop is at yet another high-water mark." 
Rick Rubin, Def Jam co-founder and legendary music producer, said, “Def Jam is a place where artists are free to express themselves, their creativity and their vision.  Paul comes from a place where artists and creativity come first. He supports artists taking creative risks and backs them 100% when they do. Def Jam continues to wave the flag of hip hop culture and Paul will imagine it anew.”
Rosenberg said, “I can’t overstate what an honor it is for me to have the opportunity to carry this brand forward.  The Def Jam name has meant so much to me for so long, and it’s a dream come true to be able to be a part of the next chapter in the label’s storied legacy.  I’m thrilled to be able to meet Lucian’s challenge of carrying the company forward with new goals and great expectations.”
Rosenberg will continue to oversee the career of Interscope Records/Aftermath Entertainment artist Eminem and run Shady Records.

Afrima Jury Arrives In Lagos For 2017 Adjudication

The 13-man international Jury of All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, which represents the five regions of Africa, the Diaspora and the African Union Commission arrives Lagos, Nigeria on Tuesday August 1, 2017, for a week-long adjudication process for the awards' fourth edition.

Arriving at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, the highly experienced music professional are as follows; Charles Tabu, a versatile Congolese music management guru, representing Central Africa alongside Cameroonian media executive Robert E. Ekukole. Southern Africa representatives include Delani Makhalima from Zimbabwe and Christian Syren from South Africa.

Others are Western Africa representatives David Tayorault, the Ivorian composer of many rave songs like ‘Coupe Decale', ‘Zouglou’ and ‘Yousomba’ and Olisa Adibua, a renowned Nigeria media and music industry personality. Tanzania's Joett, a 90’s music comeback buff, composer and member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers will sit in for Eastern Africa in addition to Tabu Osusa, CEO of Ketebul Music who is one of Kenya's music authorities.

Representing the Africans-in-Diaspora realm are Hadja Kobélé Keita, a US-based music executive with Universal Music Africa/Island Africa and Rita Ray, a UK-based BBC Radio 3 Presenter and popular Club DJ. Moroccan Omar Es Saidi is representing Northern Africa and Angela Martins, sits in for the African Union Commission, AUC.

Commenting on the adjudication process being embarked upon by the AFRIMA Jurors, Robert Ekukole stated  “This is a crucial stage in the AFRIMA Awards process. The objective of adjudication is to access well-deserving artistes and music professionals for nominations in the regional and continental categories and eventually to emerge as winners through public voting”.

The adjudication process includes the responsibility of screening, categorizing, assessing and selecting nominees from the total of 4,816 works submitted for 2017 awards consideration from African music artistes, songwriters, music directors, producers and entertainment journalists at the closure of the two-month entry submission window in July this year.

Speaking at the arrival hall, AFRIMA’s Associate producer, Adenrele Niyi stated that “We can't over emphasis to the Jury that the core values of the awards with acronym FACE-IT, which are fairness, authenticity, creativity, excellence, integrity and transparency, must reflect in the adjudication process, pre-selection process, auditing phase, nomination process and the eventual public voting process”.

Africa’s biggest music event, All Africa Music Awards, AFRIMA, with support from the African Union Commission (AUC), in its fourth edition is soaring high by showcasing the best and rewarding great musical and cultural efforts with the 23.9 karat gold plated AFRIMA trophy. The main awards events are scheduled to hold from November 9 to November 12, 2017 and broadcast to over 80 countries around the world.