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Jaaz Odongo Archives · Bottom Line Kenya

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

Kiu – Shugli

January 24, 2016 |

Motion Image & Sound; 2016 Dir. RLVNT It’s been quite a while since girl band Kiu released new material. Save for a bunch of concert and event performances, getting to perform live versions of Mwanake and Siwezi Mind on Airtel Jam Sessions as well as this glorious Davido cover, it has largely been hush hush on the Kiu front, […]Read More

Coke Studio Africa Season 3 Episode 1 Review

October 16, 2015 |

Citizen TV, Sundays 8-9 PM EAT The best Pan-African music themed show in recent memory, Coke Studio Africa is back on our TV screens for a third season. The premiere episode kicked things off on 11th October 2015 with so many new bells and whistles, it hardly resembles the simple format it had way back […]Read More

New Music: Liron, The NEST, Andrew Wambua, Fena, Yellow Light Machine + Santuri/Sarabi

October 18, 2014 |

Here are some new and noteworthy audio releases from the past couple of weeks or so: Loneliness – Liron  This track comes off Liron’s new album Prodigal’s Diary, available digitally on Waabeh. It is a very timely release for those who haven’t heard her live. Her next gig dubbed Evenings With Liron – Chapter II  will […]Read More

Noel Nderitu ft. Maestro Guy – Brand Nu

March 8, 2014 |

Clean City Media; 2014 Dir. Sammy Dee Gospel artist Noel Nderitu released his debut 8-track EP,  My Kind Of Music, late last year via waabeh.com, giving us a feel of his wide musical palette through that traverses through neo-soul, R&B and hip-hop. The EP was produced by Sound Mind/Motion Image & Sound’s Jaaz Odongo who […]Read More

BLKE 2014 Watch List

February 2, 2014 | 1

For our month-ender/month-starter, we’ve all had the whole of January to get a rough picture of what the local entertainment scene is going to be like. So, in the spirit of randomness, here’s a very limited selection of some of who/what to look out for as the year progresses. Of course, this list is in […]Read More

Best Of 2013: Music

January 6, 2014 |

2013 was a very eventful year for all stakeholders in the local music industry. The most positive trend that emerged over the past 12 months saw artists exploiting less common means of getting their products to the masses such as digital and mobile-based downloads. Investing in creating a strong social media and web presence also […]Read More

Electrique DJs ft. Nina Ogot & Jaaz – Duog Dala

November 1, 2013 |

Electrique Entertainment Records / Sound Mind ; 2013 Dir. Mushking Electrique DJs are surging on with their quest to drop their forthcoming album The Journey: A Tribe Called Africa. They started off by roping in Fena  and Jaaz for their first single Brikicho which has fared pretty well so far. They launched their second single […]Read More

Lady Karun – Karun (Album Review)

August 18, 2013 | 4

Sound Mind; 2013 I’m finding it very difficult not to compare Lady Karun’s career progression with that of Justin Timberlake. Her identity as one of the main focal points of Camp Mulla,  a very successful musical group (by Kenyan standards) is difficult to shed off, like Justin’s was with ‘N Sync back in the day. […]Read More

Lady Karun’s Ladybug Project

July 23, 2013 | 3

Sound Mind; 2013 Dir. Andrew Mageto Weekly Webisodes Miss Karun ( or Karun, as she’d like to be called now) is making final touches to her solo debut album which is set for release sometime next month. As a lead-up to the launch, she and her team of creatives have embarked on a documentary series […]Read More