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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

Sample Sunday: Ma3 – Sweetie ft. 9con

April 17, 2016 |

EnnovatorMusic; 2012 Ma3 was in many ways a supergroup. The quirky 6-piece afro pop band’s constituent members comprised of a bunch of high achievers in different areas within and without the music industry.   Tim Rimbui continues to make waves through his Ennovator label and digital music marketplace Waabeh. Kato Change has gone on to […]Read More

On Our Radar: Rozzi@Work

April 15, 2016 | 1

Given how competitive the music industry has gotten in just about every market you care to look, one surefire method an artist / group of artists can exploit to break away from the pack and get noticed is doing covers of well-known songs. This method triggers instant curiosity in fans of the original. They’ll lower their guard […]Read More

Sample Sunday: E-Sir – Nimefika ft. Big Pin

March 20, 2016 |

Ogopa DJs; 2001 This week marked thirteen years since the tragic death of Kenyan hip hop artist E-Sir in a road accident on March 16, 2003. The abrupt end to his potentially limitless career may have been untimely, but his rise to fame could not have been better synchronized with the significant changes taking place […]Read More

Sample Sunday: Hardstone – Uhiki (Pinye’s Remix)

March 13, 2016 |

Kelele Records; 1997 Before T-Pain literally took over the music world with his auto-tune vocals and before Redsan made a name for himself with his near-perfect lyrical delivery in Jamaican patois, Kenyan artist Hardstone had already made effective use of both devices years before they became a thing. His blend of  ragga, reggae, R&B and […]Read More

Sample Sunday: Jerry – Ngayo ft. Benady, Phonez, Jemedari & Kimathi

February 7, 2016 |

Flag42; 2015 The good people at Flag 42 have been churning out some interesting stuff of late. The label’s musical diversity has been well demonstrated by its recent string of releases, including Jemedari’s Coastal-themed Msenangu, Rosa’s Mr. DJ and newer rap and trap sounds in Tuko Juu, Siku Hizi, and the scathing Uvece. Their latest release, […]Read More

On Our Radar: Kaa La Moto

February 4, 2016 | 2

There tends to be a level of understatement in discussions about the contribution of the Coastal region to the early development of Kenyan hip hop music and culture. More prominence is often given to artists and stories from further inland, more so Nairobi. The starting point is usually at the formation of the Mau Mau collective […]Read More

New Music: Tetu Shani, Wanja Wohoro, Jinku, Miss Kemunto, Kris Erroh + Kevin Grands

January 26, 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: Tetu Shani – Jacaranda Tree On the strength of his two first releases, Round and Round  and And Ode to Pa, it wasn’t hard to tell that Tetu Shani is an artist that […]Read More

Sample Sunday: Khaligraph Jones – Yego

January 24, 2016 |

Blu Ink; 2015 Khaligraph Jones’ Yego was the definitive trap anthem of 2015. There was something about it that made it really catchy. Was it that it referred to a figure Kenyans already recognized? Was it Khaligraph’s uncompromising braggadocio and delivery? Was it that infectious beat? Whatever it was, Yego resonated well among a Kenyan audience that is […]Read More

Videos of the Week: #ElaniSpeaks + Akothee Duets With Diamond

January 17, 2016 |

The big showbiz news of the week came from a rather unexpected source. Afropop group Elani released a video explaining their rather low profile in 2016.  The group had had a superb 2014 consisting of a well-received debut album boasting a string of singles that got tonnes of airplay. However, after their year-end mega-concert, Elani began […]Read More