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On Our Radar Archives · Bottom Line Kenya

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

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

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

On Our Radar: Treesha

August 26, 2015 |

Patricia “Treesha” Mwaura is a singer-songwriter currently based in Germany but born and raised in Kenya. Her relocation to Germany is what jumpstarted her career when she joined German reggae star Gentleman and his Evolution Band on backing vocals. As a result, she has performed all over Europe and for Gentleman’s groundbreaking MTV Unplugged concert […]Read More

On Our Radar: Kepoambe

July 2, 2015 |

Fact: Camp Mulla, the group that took Kenya and the African continent by storm in 2011 or thereabouts is history. Doubting Thomases and fans who still needed a final dose of closure on the issue were treated to a superb tell-all  interview of former member TAIO Tripper / Thee MC Africa late last month. However, […]Read More

On Our Radar: Tetu Shani

June 13, 2015 |

Tetu Shani is no stranger in local musical performance circles, having performed as a session musician with several artists and ensembles in Nairobi since 2011. A  self-taught percussionist and guitarist, he is probably best known for his exploits with his favorite musical instrument at the moment – the djembe drum from West Africa. His journey […]Read More

On Our Radar: Beraccah Kisia

October 31, 2014 |

For a large portion of  musical artistes, particularly those who would like to be considered mainstream, their progress or success is engineered by creating numerous channels of communication, handing out (mostly mundane) information that grows beside and often overshadow their music. On the other side of the spectrum, there are artistes whose music absolutely speaks for […]Read More

On Our Radar: Ladybud

August 22, 2014 |

One of the good things about having very few female rappers in the Kenyan music scene is that their creative playground is still wide enough for each of them to develop their own unique sound and style, often without having to deal with accusations of trying to sound like someone else. It is in this […]Read More

On Our Radar: Dave Okumu

June 23, 2014 |

With recent developments leading to several Kenyans and “Kenyans” making a mark in various fields at the global stage (Lupita Nyong’o bagging an Oscar, Daniel Adongo playing in the NFL and Divock Origi scoring a crucial goal for Belgium at the 2014 FIFA World Cup), the general mood of the country is that of self-aggrandising […]Read More

On Our Radar: Muchiri Mentor – Kenya’s Bruce Lee in the Making?

June 2, 2014 |

Actor, stuntman, editor and producer Philip “Mentor” Muchiri was thrust into the limelight earlier this year during the groundbreaking 1st Riverwood Academy Awards which recognized top artists and professionals of the budding film and television industry in Kenya. Muchiri Mentor received a nomination for Best Lead Actor for his role in Gicagi, touted as Kenya’s […]Read More