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Best Kenyan Songs of 2016 – Part 2

December 31, 2016 |

Continuing from where we left off in Part 1 of this feature, we’re counting down our 50 picks of the best Kenyan music had to offer in 2016. As has been mentioned before, the competitiveness in music circles is at an all-time high and these 50 tracks barely scratch the surface of the great content […]Read More

Best Kenyan Songs of 2016 – Part 1

December 29, 2016 | | One Comment

Recent developments in the Kenyan music scene has made the task of compiling “Best Of” lists such as the one below very difficult indeed. It is becoming harder and harder to ignore new and upcoming talent. Barely a month passes by these days before stumbling upon awesome new stuff from someone you’ve never heard of. 2016 […]Read More

From the Rising of Sun to the Moonlight Bloom

November 20, 2016 |

By MremboSafi Shaash Entertainment; 2016 From Monitah’s eagerly awaited Sonnie Side Up EP, Moonlight Bloom is a hauntingly beautiful soundtrack to a lover’s play. Sonically crooned into light by the rising sun, the singer-songwriter and instrumentalist takes us on a journey through attraction and allure.  Reminiscent of the recent Supermoon, Midnight Bloom is a nostalgic lovers’ sonnet […]Read More

Athieno – IaM (Album Review)

October 19, 2016 | | One Comment

Self-Released; 2016 Athieno is your quintessential African fusion artist. Numerous musical genres and influences ooze out of her songs, softly kneaded and layered together to leave just enough room for one final fundamental ingredient – a unique signature sound which combines her arresting vocals and her deceptively simple songwriting. The results of this two-pronged creative […]Read More

The Films, Stage Plays & Publications Bill: KFCB’s Chilling Statement of Intent

October 11, 2016 |

A few months back, as the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) signed an MOU with its equally controversial South African counterpart the Film and Publication Board (FPB), we warned that this partnership may trigger an attempt by the KFCB to seize even more regulatory space for itself beyond films and broadcast content. Sure enough, that dreadful […]Read More

New Music: Anthony Wasonga, Alfa Mars, FemiOne, Muthoni The Drummer Queen, Nuru + Outgrown

June 7, 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: Anthony Wasonga – Names With The President (Remix) ft. Alfa Mars As the political tensions in Kenya continue to rise leading up to the 2017 general elections, it was only a […]Read More

Nairobi Yetu – Kilio Cha Haki (Album Review)

June 5, 2016 | | 2 Comments

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