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A Goat for a Vote (Documentary Review)

October 6, 2017 |

Een van de jongens / Venfilm; 2014 Dir. Jeroen van Velzen It is a well known fact that student leadership in Kenyan universities and other institutions of higher learning has always been inextricably linked to the external influences of political parties or movements holding sway over the country. Successful candidates for leadership often employ the […]Read More

Billy Black – Untitled (EP Review)

September 22, 2017 |

Billy Black Studios; 2017 Kenya is currently going through a presidential election process that is turning out to be more of a democratic marathon than a short sprint. The country is deeply polarized after going through an acrimonious campaign period, hotly contested elections, and finally the challenging and annulment of the results to pave way […]Read More

Tunji – Mat Za Ronga

July 13, 2017 |

Inkverse Music; 2016 Dir. Richie-G For first-timers, travelling to Ongata Rongai from the centre of Nairobi using public means tends to be a rather peculiar experience. As one of Nairobi’s much farther satellite towns and primarily accessed through the single-lane Magadi Road, the process of getting to Rongai can be nothing short of hellish during peak traffic […]Read More

Shit Happens (Web Series Review)

July 10, 2017 |

Pembe Tatu Films / Life Dream Production; 2017 Dir. Gerald Langiri Life, as we currently now it, is but a series of highs and lows, feats and failures, mistakes and miracles – perhaps Nature’s way of helping us grow stronger and discover ourselves. Shit Happens, an ongoing web series written by Maina Mundi and directed […]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 | 1

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

Nairobi Yetu – Kilio Cha Haki (Album Review)

June 5, 2016 | 2

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

Flight Path (Film Review)

April 23, 2016 | 1

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

Abbas – Party Like A Moda ft. Victoria Kimani

April 12, 2016 |

Dir. Greg Macousi Even before this year passes its halfway mark, it is already becoming apparent that 2016 will be a big year for serious musical collaborations. We’ve witnessed a string of interesting pairings including Elani and Jose Chameleone, Akothee and Flavour, to even an unexpected one from Atemi and Khaligraph Jones. The one that has registered […]Read More

Akothee – Give It To Me ft. Flavour

March 30, 2016 | 2

Akothee Empire; 2016 If someone were to mention Akothee in your presence, it is highly likely that the first thing that would pop in your mind is her claim that she currently is Kenya’s richest musician. This could be a good thing, depending on how you look at it. After all, a viable music career […]Read More