Friday, 21 July 2017

New Hit: Qritiqal Ft. Ckay "Hello"

Kenyan and Nigerian label mates Qritiqal and Ckay collaborate to bring you this hit single  "Hello".

 Hello was produced by Ckay and mixed and masterd by Gplus.

Hello is a tune for the young, hip, wavy and definitely for the summer season. 

New Music Alert: Mdee Music Presents Brian Simba

After the successful release of Vanessa Mdee's latest single Kisela ft Mr P which is still the number 1 trending video in Tanzania 7 days after its release. Mdee Music brings you yet another Tanzanian beast and if his name has anything to do with it Brian SIMBA is destined to reign. Discovered by the company after the release of his successful mixtape Masaki Theory, Brian SIMBA packs a mean punch. He represents a generation of innovative and experimental artists out of East African. The music he makes is a reflection of the culture of his city Dar es Salaam and his personal life experiences expressed with the use of witty wordplay and other devices.

Brian's debut single under Mdee Music Gambe was produced by Rachi and takes you to a house party in Dar es Salaam with fly shpapi's (fine girls) and #Gambe (Libation).

Mdee Music is the home of Vanessa Mdee who is CEO and founder as well as up and coming super star Mimi Mars.

Here is the Audio:

Photos: Behind the Scenes from Akothee's New Hit Single- Baby Daddy.

New Music Alert: Akothee Releases New Hit Single, Baby Daddy

Award winning Kenyan songstress Akothee has released her latest single titled "Baby Daddy". A day after it dropped, the song is currently trending on Youtube.

The fabulous mother of five says she hopes the song highlights the struggle of single parenthood in poverty stricken environments.

The video will“envision social, economic transformation due to paternal figures abdicating their roles in the family unit. You will see these cases daily in the news where men throw out their women on the streets and the domino effect of this actions impact negatively on the children,” Akothee says.
Akothee plays the role of the single mother who was thrown out of her home with her children.
The video hopes to increase awareness on the impact of poverty on children and the overall effects of single parenthood in poverty stricken environment.

Akothee added, “A single mother has a backbone made of steel and a heart of gold." 

Additionally, the video highlights challenges women face to secure food security and welfare of their children in absence of their fathers. Baby Daddy was produced by Akothee's personal producer Herbert Skillz who is based in Manchester, UK.

Photos: The world U18 IAAF Action At Kasarani

Kenyan Music Wins Big At The IAAF World Under 18

The World Under 18 Village was set up by the Ministry of Sports Culture and the Arts to showcase our Kenyan culture to the world. It was the perfect way to merge Kenya’s sporting clout with its rich culture. “The department of Culture and the Arts was set up 1 year 4 months ago and we made some pronouncements for the creatives in Kenya. We have managed to get this space for the creatives, we have the 50 top artistes who have been working closely with the Ministry.” PS. Okudo, Department of Culture & the Arts.

The Village hosted 66 Maasai Market vendors under the Open spaces initiative. This is an initiative by the Ministry under the Permanent Secretary Culture & the Arts Joe Okudo which creates space for youth entrepreneurs in the arts industry & beneficiaries of the Youth & affirmative funds at Government sponsored events like the Uzalendo Festival held on 12th December and now the World Under 18 Village.

The Open Spaces initiative invites vendors to showcase their works to the public for free and have the opportunity to sell their art works to the crowds in order to make a living and boost the cultural arts industry. In the same spirit of uplifting the youth, the Ministry through its organisers Ngoma Tucheze hired 50 youth influencers to drive traffic both online and on ground to the stadium through #wu18village & #wu18nairobi. This saw an influx of youth streaming in at all hours to the village from 1000 people on Wednesday to 4000 & 6000 on Saturday & Sunday respectively. 

Some of the Key attractions to the village were the Maasai Market, the food & Beverage vendors and the 50 artistes lined up to perform across the 5 days. 

Some of the artistes included:

Redsan Nameless Wahu Le Band
Size 8 DJ Mo FBI Dancers Villagers Band
Timmy T Dat Naiboy MOG CBK Band
Mercy Masika DJ Sadic Kriss Darling Gravity Band
Kaligraph DJ Crème Kristoff Sanaipei Tande
Vivian Avril Amos & Josh DJ Wijjie
Mc. Bram Mc. Dwayne Mc. Alemba Paul WaKimani Ogutu
Mc. Ballow Sleepy David Solomon Mkubwa Eunice Njeri
Bahati Roughtone Frasha Gabu 

Alongside these performances was a DJ competition and a Dance Off. According to PS Okudo, the youth needed a platform to show that they are creative beyond our expectations and the Village delivered by giving cash rewards to the winners on the second last day of the event.
The DJ competition saw 70 Dj’s take part for a cash prize of Ksh. 50,000. The winner Dj Velcro suffered from Cerebral Palsy that left him disabled in one hand. He spins using a special deck that allows him to schedule music and mix using only one hand. The crowds identified him as the one hand Dj who beat his competition hands down!

The Bazokizo dancers who hail from Dandora, wowed the crowd through the different stages of the competition to emerge at the top. The second and third places were also taken by dance groups from Mjengo & Korogocho respectively.

The Colour Festival team was on ground on Saturday to spread cheer and further engage the younger crowd in lots of fun & entertainment at the Village. This festival is one of the first to accommodate the Open Spaces initiative at all its events across the country.

The Ministry went further to host a Media Wrap up party on Saturday evening for the Media fraternity who have worked tirelessly to ensure maximum coverage during the 5 daylong event. The cocktail was graced by Sports, Culture and the Arts Cabinet Secretary Dr. Hassan Wario, PS Culture and the Arts Joe Okudo and PS sports Amb. Peter Kaberia.

The event attracted local and international visitors who enjoyed the music, the acrobatic shows and the cultural village as a whole.

VIDEO: 'Nick Cannon Wants to Spend One Night in Chyna'

Nick Cannon and Blac Chyna go head-to-head in this #WildStyle clip. New episodes of Wild 'N Out air Thursdays at 11/10c.

Courtesy: MTV

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Jack Daniel’s Picks Top 3 Finalists As Gentlemen Wanted Race Hits The Home Stretch

American whiskey brand Jack Daniel’s has shortlisted the three finalists in the search for a Kenyan brand ambassador conducted through the gentlemen wanted campaign.

The campaign that was launched in May this year received over 2,000 applications that underwent rigorous processing by a panel of judges and observers to narrow down to the three finalists.   

“When we launched the gentlemen wanted campaign two months ago we received an overwhelming number of applications and we are pleased to report that we are down to the final three. We are now calling on the public to help us select the best of the three by voting through our Facebook page”, said Zara Kuria, Jack Daniel’s Kenya brand manager.

The Gentlemen Wanted campaign was targeted at charismatic Kenyans above 21 years with the ability to embody the spirit of the brand and its values of authenticity, independence and integrity.

The first selected group comprised of 100 of the best applicants who were then narrowed down to top the 24.
The top 24 were then invited to attend one on one interviews where they were given the opportunity to convince a panel of judges, including Sports Star Humphrey Kayange and Actress and Media Personality Eve D’Souza on why they should be Kenya’s Jack Daniel’s Brand Ambassador.

The voting phase started on the 18th of July and closes on 31st July, after which the winner will be announced. The ambassador will then travel to the Jack Daniel’s distillery in Lynchburg Tennessee, USA, where he will be shown the same whiskey making process that Jack himself used, before heading back to Kenya to officially take up his role".

Busy Signal Geared Up For Free Up Peace Reggae Concert In Nairobi Kenya

Award wining Jamaican star Busy Signal is excited about his upcoming Free Up Peace concert in Nairobi, Kenya at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre on July 28.

“I’m gona be live performing in Kenya with my band,” Busy Signal told fans.
“It will be a celebration of greatness, the 33rd Anniversary of Shashamane.  I’m just awaiting just to be there to represent for Kenya,” Busy Signal added.

The organize Papa Pingi confirmed that “Busy's band members will be jetting into the country on July 24 and Busy Signal will be arriving on July 26.”

Bingi assured reggae enthusiasts that the concert’s main priority is security and lots of entertainment.

“The security will be beefed up just like Romain Virgo show last year. Busy Signal is a very good entertainer and he is ready to rock the Kenyan audience plus I'm also trying to promote our own homegrown reggae artist and they will be able to showcase their talent.”

Bingi continued: “This will also be Shashamane International 33rd Anniversary in the business plus we are trying to educate the youths to be peaceful during and after the election and that is why the show is Dubbed Free Up Reggae Concert.

New age pianist and composer Arash Behzadi

Mystery. Contemplation. Alienation. Togetherness. Longing. Loneliness. A complex web of dream-like reflective moments shape the mood of With†Closed

Eyes†, the video for the album of the same name created by Arash Behzadi, a globe-trotting
entrepreneur — and exciting new talent in contemporary piano composition.

“I see the piano as an allegory for life,” Behzadi explains. “The piano mirrors existence in all its complexities from moments of profound sadness and loss to exhilaration and new beginnings.”

The imagery and music of the video, With†Closed†Eyes†, which will be released July 19,
convey a dreamy sense of mysterious yearning. A young woman contemplatively strolls a
windswept beach, wistfully gazing out over waves crashing onto a boulder-strewn shore. We see her from different perspectives — sharing her view of the endless horizon, then facing her and observing her from a distance. What is she thinking? Is she sad? Lonely? At peace?

We then cut to Behzadi, casually seated and tapping out a melody on a boulder as the silver grey water slaps up against the rocks.

The next scene reveals the woman sensuously wrapped in a down duvet, stirring languorously in bed as a male figure in soft focus crosses a door frame in the background. Is he her lover?

For a moment her eyes meet ours, as enigmatic as the Mona Lisa. Is she content? Indifferent?

The music flows gently, serenely, around the two people as they embrace, together, yet alone, Behzadi at the piano immersed in the music, the woman, lost in faraway thought, lovingly leaning against him as he plays, her eyes closed, once more meeting our gaze, before she returns to contemplate the endless horizon.

“The piano’s wide tonal range is both a physical and musical expression of the infinite range of emotions a person feels while exploring their own experience,” Behzadi explains.
Behzadi’s pieces on the album, With†Closed†Eyes†, released in 2015, is a compelling collection of his own haunting piano compositions with titles such as “Solitude,” “Dilemma,” “Liberation,” “Journey of Life,” and “Existence.” all reflective of the gamut and flow of human emotions, the ups and downs of life, and its joys and the sorrows.

The about to be released video of the same name, directed and produced by Peyman Soheili in Florida interprets these emotions in a compelling yet mysterious visual narrative, all the more powerful in its spare simplicity.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Ziff Awards Night 2017: All The Winners

The Zanzibar International Film Festival tonight hosted its official Awards Ceremony, presented by Zanlink. South Africa’s Noem My Skollie/ Call me Thief directed by Daryne Joshua took home the coveted Golden Dhow Award, presented by Showmax, along with a $3000 cash prize. The film also won the SIGNIS Award for Best African Film. South African short film The Hangman, directed by Zwelethu Radebe won the Sembene Ousmane Award and Best Short Film.

At this event, the various juries presented all of its awards, from the annual Silver and Golden Dhows to a host of new awards including the Trace Mziki East African Music Video Award and the Adiaha Award for Best Female African Documentary Filmmaker.

After eight days filled with film screenings, over 15 different workshop programmes, live music, and ZIFF’s first film and TV market SOKO FILAM, ZIFF 2017 was a major success, appreciated both by the hundreds of industry players in attendance, as well as audiences from across the globe.

Davis announced a prize for the winning pitch of between $50 -200,000 to produce the feature film. The winner of the competition was Amy Lusekelo from Tanzania.


Film School Award
The Final Border – David Wayne Smith (AFDA South Africa)

Best East African Talent Award: Kony: Order from Above, Steven Ayeni (Uganda) - $1000
Best African Film: Noem My Skollie/ Call me Thief, Daryne Joshua (South Africa)

Chairperson / Bi Kidude Award
White Potion: Ash Mswaki, (Tanzania/Turkey)

Adiaha Award for Best African Female Documentary Sponsored by O MESS (Nigeria) and Red Flag Content Relations (South Africa) ($2000)
The African Who Wanted to Fly: Samantha Biffot (Gabon/Belgium/France)

Emerson of Zanzibar Foundation Award
Kokota: Islet of Hope: Craig Norris

European African Film Festival Award (1000 Euros)
T-Junction: Amil Shivji (Tanzania)

Sembene Ousmane Awards ($2000 each)
The Hangman: Zwelethu Radebe (South Africa)
Maria: Kamau Wandungu (Kenya)
Gerretta: Mantegaftot Silehshi

Trace Mziki East African Music Video AwardWinner to receive video produced by Wanene Productions.
Eddy Kenzo – Jubilation (Uganda)

Bongo Movie Awards presented by Comnet
Best Actress: Hawa Ally in T-Junction
Best Actor: Ibrahim Osward in Hadithi za Kumekucha: Tuna
Best Editor: Freddy Feruzi: Genge
Best Cinematographer: Freddy Feruzi: Genge
Best Screenplay/Writer: Kiumeni, Ernest Napoleon and Daniel Manege
Best Film in Sound: Homecoming; Seko Shamte
Best Director: Nicholas Marwa; Kiumeni
Best Feature Film: T-Junction; Amil Shivji

Best Short Film: The Hangman, Zwelethu Radebe (South Africa)
Best Animation: TIS, Said Hamich (France)
Best Documentary: Mama Colonelle, Dieude Hamadi (DRC)
Best Feature from Dhow Countries: Half Ticket, Samit Kakkad (India)
Best Short from Dhow Countries: Azaad, Rahul V. Chitella (India)
Best International Film: Wallay, Berni Goldbat (Burkino Faso / Qatar)
Best African Film: Watu Wote / All of Us, Katja Benrath (Kenya)

Golden Dhow for Best Feature Film presented by Showmax ($3000)
Noem My Skollie/ Call me Thief, Daryne Joshua (South Africa)

R. Kelly Reportedly Holding Girls Against Their Will in a 'Cult'

In what is being dubbed a parent’s worst nightmare, reports from several parents have come forth with disturbing details of R&B idol R. Kelly and his alleged abusive, sex-crazed cult where he’s operating straight out of his home.

Now that these parents have shared specific details on their reports, including multiple women being held against their will, violently abused, and forced into sex, the hair-raising accusations are rapidly arriving at the public forefront.

According to a lengthy, in-depth report from BuzzFeed News, parents whose daughters have been taken under Kelly’s wing have been involuntarily initiated into what they’ve declared a “cult.” 
Testimonies from the parents allege that he operates these “cults” from his properties in Chicago and Atlanta, detailing his heinous behavior and daunting conditions that the women have been forced to undergo. The Chocolate Factory singer has reportedly taken on complete mind control tactics to keep the women under strict control such as taking away their personal cellphones to replace them with his own purported for communication with him only and trapping them inside of the homes. From controlling what they are allowed to eat, wear, and when they are allowed to sleep or use the bathroom all the way to forcing them to call him “Daddy” and requesting permission to leave their assigned rooms, parents are fearing for the lives of their daughters under Kelly’s alleged dictatorship. He also reportedly forces them to have sex as he films. But that isn’t even half, or the most shocking, of the allegations parents have brought against Kelly.

Read the full story here:

Monday, 17 July 2017

Video: Tahmane Ft King Kaka 'Song Of Peace' Official

Song of Peace by Tahmane ft King Kaka is a Peace Song dedicated to promotion of Peaceful coexistence among citizens, despite diverse differences, political pressure and influence of violence by Dirty and Evil politicians.....
FILM DIRECTED BY: Gabriel Mak'owade & David Kariuki (Kiki)
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Boniface Mwangi
The song was Composed by Tahmane, Written by Tahmane & King Kaka. Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Rahpasa Records.


Nominees Unveiled As Kenya Fashion Awards Launches 5th Annual Chapter

Kenya Fashion Awards (KFA) an initiative which honors and celebrates outstanding performance and excellence in the fashion industry last night unveiled nominees for the year 2017 as it launched its 5th annual chapter at the Fairmont Norfolk in partnership with luxury Champagne House Moët & Chandon.

The Awards nominations were simultaneously revealed digitally via the Kenya Fashion Awards official website (, voting will take place for a period of three months on the same platform and can be done from any part of the world. The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony to be held on 7th October 2017.

Kenya Fashion Awards is committed to developing excellence and growth in a sector that is a significant contributor to the Kenyan economy. We recognize, nurture, support and promote regional fashion talent to a global market through raising awareness of the importance of adaptation of local brands and highlighting Kenya and the African region as the next fashion destination.

Alongside the Awards, KFA runs business/talent development programs designed to support, mentor, empower and create opportunities for the next generation of professionals within the industry.

Savara Women's Advancement Program Launches Training Sessions

The Savara Women’s Advancement Program (SaWA) by Savara Mudigi, a vocalist, producer, drummer, DJ, actor and a member of the award winning band Sauti Sol, has kicked off its core component, a training program for young women. This has come after a successful launch that featured the SaWA tournament at Camp Toyoyo and the SaWA Concert that had Sauti Sol perform for the first time ever in Eastlands.

The SaWA program seeks to inspire and motivate young women to live amazing and impactful lives so as to reach their full potential. The first phase of the training program was rolled out on 8th July 2017 in Eastlands area of Nairobi. The long-term vision is for the training to be available to all young women in Kenya.

The SaWA program comprises of eight full day seminars over a period of four months from July 2017-October 2017, plus a boot camp for the 50 ladies on completion of the course. It targets 50 women aged between 18 and 25 years and training focuses on equipping the participants with life skills to make them successful and respected members of the society.

The four major topics to be covered are:
·         Lifestyle and Mindset Transformation, facilitated by Angela Kagume
Angela is the founder of Re-Wire, an empowerment initiative that invites individuals to actively be part of redefining their lives, relationships and community in today’s fast-paced world.
·         Personal Financial Management, facilitated by Sheba Njagi
Sheba is a financial literacy trainer who specializes in Personal Financial Management, Investments and Debt Management. She does this so as to empower people to enjoy excellence in life through active use of their time, energy and financial resources.
·         Life through Art and Music, facilitated by Chiki Onwukwe
Chiki is a dancer and fitness enthusiast whose purpose is to promote healthy living through fitness. She is engaging the participants with her program Kuruka Fitness, which is designed to give people a high intensity, fun workout with nutritional advice. Additionally, she includes talks about issues like body positivity, self-love, or relationships with men.
·         Inspiring Female Role-Models and SaWA Mentorship Program, facilitated by Ruth Asan
SaWA  presents the participants with inspiring women who have made their own way in different fields and walks of life. The participants can get in touch with career choices that they might never have considered, or life stories that are will encourage them to follow their own dreams. The role-models are present to answer the participants’ questions, enter mentor-mentee relationships, and provide them with insights into their careers via internships, job shadowing or worksite visits. Ruth Asan is a political communication expert who has worked in women empowerment in several countries.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Exclusive Experience With The President Of Hennessy

Moët Hennessy Kenya was pleased to host Mr. Bernard Peillon the President of Hennessy (LVMH
Group) on his maiden trip to Kenya.

Together with Mr. Boris de Vroomen International Director Hennessy, Mr. Laurent Dominguez
Hennessy Brand Development Director and Mr. Pascal Asin Regional Managing Director Africa
and Middle East, Mr. Peillon met with key personalities for an Exclusive Hennessy Experience at
the KIZA Lounge and Restaurant.

Mr. Peillon took the attendees through the rich history and ‘savoir faire’ of Hennessy, a truly global
adventure dipped in rich history of French origin that started in 1765.

Mr. Peillon mentioned that “Hennessy shall continue blending music and artists for a richer world;
blending talents and influences while promoting the same in Kenya and Africa in general. As
Africa is a very important continent both in terms of culture and influence in the world”

He further added that “As Hennessy we look beyond the horizon, we are at ease in the world and
we are masters of potential. Hennessy is proud to collaborate with artists and sees the future in
optimism and confidence”.