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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

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

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

Cosmic Homies O.N.E. & King Kanja To Perform At SXSW 2016 Music Festival

March 15, 2016 |

Kenyan musical artist collective Cosmic Homies O.N.E. and US-based rapper King Kanja are set to perform at the South By Southwest (SXSW) 2016 Music Festival in Austin, Texas. The SXSW Music Festival is one of the largest and most influential annual music festivals worldwide. The 2015 event showcased 2,200 acts from 62 different countries, with […]Read More

Just A Band To Launch Book & Open Visual Art Exhibition

March 10, 2016 |

Just A Band have lined up a triple treat of visual art, literature and music beginning this weekend. The collective will open their latest multi-media project called PERSPECTIVE  at the Goethe-Institut Nairobi on Friday 11 March 2016, starting at 8PM. This project is a single-channel video installation, focusing on telling stories through the first person perspective and […]Read More

New Music: Naomi Wachira, Jason Sibi-Okumu, Kali, Barbara Wangui, Navalayo Nazzva + Obinna

February 5, 2016 |

It’s yet another day full of new, not-so-new and buzzing music releases and covers from around and about the Kenyan scene. Let’s get right into it: Naomi Wachira – I’m Missing You Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a Kenyan artist featuring on NPR’s excellent Tiny Desk Concert series this year? Well, Seattle-based afro-soul singer […]Read More

New Music: Dela, Muthoni Drummer Queen, Jezzem, Prisca Ojwang, Poppa Don + Tess Kihigi

February 5, 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: Dela – Third Party Lover Dela seems to be moving on to the next stage of the story told in Mafeelings with danceable twist in Third Party Lover. She’s moving on […]Read More

New Music: Dela, Aaron Rimbui, Electrique DJs + ªLTER EGº

December 10, 2015 |

Another day, another batch of new music to enjoy. The highlight of the day (of course) is Dela’s cover of Adele’s Hello, translated into Swahili and given that raw acoustic touch courtesy of Sauti Sol’s Polycarp ‘Fancy Fingers’ Otieno, Benjamin Webi and Andrew Ngatia Wanjohi. Even though she’s Taurus Musik’s latest signee with an overall strategy […]Read More

New Music: Jim Chuchu, Wanja Wohoro, Athieno, M³, Kahvinya, Inami + Jinku

December 9, 2015 |

Another day, another batch of awesome new music from around and about. Let’s head right into it: Athieno – Trouble Medley Who else other than Athieno (formerly known as Anniesoul) can bless us with a legit Fela Kuti – Bob Marley medley? Yup, in her usual acapella fashion, she’s mashed up Fela Kuti’s Trouble Sleep Yanga […]Read More

New Music: Kiu, Fena & Wangechi, Blinky Bill, Sage, M^3 + Joy Gitau

July 20, 2015 |

Kiu – Aye (Davido Cover) Three-piece girl band Kiu are currently working with Jaaz Odongo’s Music Image Sound outfit after the relative success of their breakout track Mwanake. Their first offering under MIS is a glorious cover of Davido’s Aye. Check the video out above.  Fena & Wangechi – They Don’t Know Fena and Wangechi have finally […]Read More