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Nairobi Yetu – Kilio Cha Haki (Album Review)

June 5, 2016 |

UpToYouToo; 2004 “Rap is like manure from heaven. Our rhymes are meant to be revolutionary, coming down to change everything.” _ Kah Imagine the best rappers Kenya has to offer putting away their egos and petty rivalries for a moment, synchronizing their schedules and coming together to record a well-produced socially conscious collective album. Impossible, […]Read More

Sample Sunday: Just A Band – Usinibore

May 15, 2016 |

Penya; 2009 Just A Band’s announcement that they’ll be going on a break this year is a perfect opportunity to take a step back and re-appreciate the material they’ve put out so far. The one song that defines their unrestricted and innovative creative process is definitely Usinibore off their 2009 sophomore album 82. While Ha-he resonated with the local masses by reviving […]Read More

New Music: Gabu & Frasha, Noel Nderitu, Mars Maasai, Bobo, Reithy + Jublak & Stitch

May 13, 2016 | | 2 Comments

It’s yet another day full of new, not-so-new and buzzing music releases from around and about the Kenyan scene. Let’s get right into it: Gabu & Frasha – W.A.B.E ft. DJ Joe Mfalme It’s getting busy on the P.Unit side of things. Aside from Frasha launch of his solo debut album Dakitare group has announced their […]Read More

Job Half Done For Artists As Skiza Tunes Court Battle Ends in Victory Against PRSPs

May 13, 2016 |

A protracted legal battle between music industry artists and Premium Rate Service Providers (PRSPs) over the distribution of royalties from Safricom’s Skiza Tunes music platform was concluded on May 11, 2016 by a High Court ruling in favour of artists.  Since the conception of the lucrative service, PRSPs have been acting as absolute intermediaries controlling both artists’ […]Read More

New Music: Athieno, Just A Band, Kahvinya, TwennyEights, R.I.Z.E + MANU

April 28, 2016 |

It’s yet another day full of new, not-so-new and buzzing music releases from around and about the Kenyan scene. Let’s get right into it: Athieno – IaM (Album) Stop the presses! Athieno released an epic album earlier this month, entitled IaM. As the title suggests, this album represents a journey back to the self and embracing […]Read More

How the KFCB Transformed Into Kenya’s Morality Mafia – Part I

April 25, 2016 | | 2 Comments

How does the average protection racket work? First, it secures territorial monopoly over the area it wishes to control, quite often by muscling out competitors through extra-legal means. If there is no obvious demand for its protection services, the organization will go out of its way to create that demand by propagating an atmosphere of […]Read More

Fantasy Collaborations: 10 Unusual Musical Pairings We’d Like To See

April 23, 2016 |

As we’ve mentioned before, this year is turning out to be a big one for musical collaborations across Africa. Kenyan artists have not been left out but have contributed some interesting collabos so far. With this trend going on, it is difficult not to start dreaming up some potential collaborations that would make so much […]Read More

Flight Path (Film Review)

April 23, 2016 |

Big Ideas Entertainment; 2015 As this week marks the first anniversary since the worst ever immigrant tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea amid a constant influx of refugees and immigrants into Europe in numbers not witnessed since World War II, it is good to see some Kenyan filmmakers trying to add their voices to the overall […]Read More