MUSIC REVIEWS 

My Top 10 Music Albums from 2017

2017 seems to have gone so fast yet taken so long (if that makes sense). Personally, this year has tested my resolve and mental strength tremendously but one of the highlights of the year has been the amount of music I have “discovered” or been exposed to. Music has always been a big part of my life and this year I’ve had the privilege of listening to some great stuff from both old and new artists. I’ve also had the chance to attend a few concerts and festivals as well…

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LIFESTYLE THOUGHTS 

The Pursuit of Happiness

Find your happy place. That mental oasis you escape to when life hands you lemons and shits all over you. The place you go to so you can camouflage that middle finger with a smile that gives toothpaste ad models a run for their money. I am still looking for my happy place. Or rather I am on the pursuit of happyness. PON (“point of note” for future reference), I am not the most optimistic of people. I see things as they are. Which is both a good thing and…

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EVENTS REVIEWS 

Why you should attend the next Courage Stories

On Saturday I had the privilege of sitting across the room and listening to some amazing personal stories during the Courage Stories event held at the Safaricom MJ Centre. On the panel were individuals, with unique journeys and stories, and the MC of the day, Marcus O’lang, who has been one of the important cogs that has kept the platform going. The three guests on the panel included Linet Ayuko, Kendi Nkonge and Dan Aceda. Courage Stories is a platform that allows people to share how they find the courage…

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CREATIVE WRITING VERSE 

Whispers from my Father

His figure is etched onto my retina, haunting my dreams as I close my eyes in the darkest corners with my fears he rests in peace the jailer to my demons, the warden of my mental prison the lighthouse that guides me to shore.   He whispers like sand devils to a lost desert wanderer a thousand words painting memories on canvas, tears falling down my cheeks as if to quench my thirst from the heat of this Hades I now reside. He has been gone so long I feel…

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CREATIVE WRITING PROSE 

Saturdays with my Father

I Unlike most boys my age, Saturday was not a day for adventure, games or television. As I set out from school on Friday afternoon, I did not look forward to a few days without reading. There was no time for kati, rounder or cha baba na cha mama. Saturdays were the days I spent unraveling the mystery that was my father. II I never knew much about my old man. In the dead of night, as I prepared to fight monsters and demons in my sleep, I would hear…

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FOOTBALL THOUGHTS 

Review: World Cup Group Draw #Russia2018

The much awaited World Cup group draw happened on Friday with all the 32 teams being drawn into 8 groups of four teams each. This year saw major players miss out on qualification with teams like Italy, USA, Chile and the Netherlands not taking part in the tournament next year. Having done an introduction to the World cup here, let us look at the groups. GROUP A Teams: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay The group saw the hosts, Russia, drawn first with the rest of the slots being filled…

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LIFESTYLE THOUGHTS 

Little Victories #FightingDepression

One of the things I have come to realize in my struggle with mental health is that, at times, the reality your mind makes you believe you’re in might not really be the one you’re living in. Everything around you is shaped by your perception of it and, boy oh boy does, this make a big difference. As they say, beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. For me, depression is a constant battle within myself. There are mornings when I wake up on top of the world. On…

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EVENTS MUSIC REVIEWS 

What do you need to succeed in the Kenyan music industry?

When you Google the “Kenyan music industry”, your search result will paint a gloomy picture. A lot has been written about the music industry’s shortcomings yet the industry has grown in leaps and bounds over the last decade, producing acts that have competed with the crème de la crème locally, regionally, across the continent and, dare I say, internationally. Among the issues raised, with regards to how the industry has failed, include a lack of professionalism, content of poor quality, piracy, indifference to collaborations, no support from institutions and many…

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