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Will Press

Will Press

Entertainment and IP Lawyer. In an unhealthy relationship with music and some TV.

Posts By Will Press

Oscars 2018: Kenya Picks Kati Kati for Foreign Language Category

September 23, 2017 |

Mbithi Masya’s debut feature film Kati Kati is Kenya’s official submission to the Best Foreign Film category of the 90th Academy Awards (Oscars) slated for March 4, 2018. The film’s selection, announced by the Oscar Selection Committee over the weekend, hardly comes as a surprise. The film presented a unique story about a woman who […]Read More

Best Kenyan Music Videos of 2016

December 31, 2016 |

There seemed to be a saturation of ideas when it came to Kenyan music videos in 2016. With the current trend of having nearly every single an artist or band releases being accompanied by a music video, this was bound to happen. Not everyone has the time and budget to pull a Beyoncé. Perhaps it was […]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

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

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

April 25, 2016 | 2

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

Future Sounds: Is The Next Wave of Kenya’s Musical Renaissance Nearly At Hand?

April 2, 2016 |

Does Kenyan music seem to be headed anywhere? Will the industry ever edge closer to the levels of international recognition and commercial success enjoyed by its counterparts in West Africa, Central Africa, South Africa and our Tanzanian neighbours any time soon? The quick and easy answer to these questions would be a resounding NO. A […]Read More

Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) Signs MOU with South African Film Regulator: The Need for Caution

March 17, 2016 | 2

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has today signed a memorandum of understanding with South Africa’s film and video content regulator, the Film and Publication Board (FPB). The MOU signed by the CEOs of the two bodies, Ezekiel Mutua and Themba Wakashe, aims to identify and define activities for mutual benefit of both countries, develop […]Read More

Mayonde – Magic in the Air (Album Review)

December 14, 2015 | 1

Mayonde Music; 2015 Mayonde’s voice has always been quite a force to reckon with right from the moment she burst into Kenya’s soul and alternative music scene as Diana Nduba. In addition to her amazing set of pipes, the Coke Studio Africa regular also has a way with songwriting that results in beautiful, soul-massaging music. Her most […]Read More

Monsoons Over The Moon (Film Review)

November 16, 2015 |

Dir. Abstract Omega; 2015 Imagine a version of Kenya in an alternative present (or a not so distant future) that has regressed to a state of dictatorial control mirroring the Moi era at its peak, probably worse. A Kenya in which government surveillance of all forms of communication is the norm. A return to the […]Read More

On Our Radar: Extra Golden

October 28, 2015 |

Apart from the better known Owiny Sigoma Band, Extra Golden is the other band that has demonstrated the ability to unite Western and Kenyan musical styles into a unique and refreshing listening experience. Extra Golden came about when Ian Eagleson, a member of American rock group Golden, flew on to Kenya to research on benga music […]Read More