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Why you need to attend Africa Nouveau Festival this weekend

This weekend the Africa Nouveau festival takes place at the Ngong’ Racecourse Waterfront. This is definitely one of the biggest contemporary art festivals in the country – if not the biggest. Creatives drawn from all over the continent will have three days to showcase the best of African creativity in music, visual art, digital art, fashion, film making and so much more. The festival is “purposefully designed by creators of nu African culture for the creators and curators of the culture and their fans, with a deliberate focus on alternative…

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Review: @AmbasaMandela’s Ona Sasa EP (by @lamusicjunkie)

Feel free to quote me on this : the most unforgettable albums are ones where artists pour their entire souls into it. They freely let you see their struggles, their demons, their beliefs, their lifelong mission – basically what goes on in their beautiful minds. It’s like having a deep intimate conversation with them, whenever you choose. That is how Ona Sasa is for me. Thank my lucky stars, I got Mandela’s EP right after the December 15th launch at Alliance Francaise. Kenyan music legends H_art The Band, Fadhilee Itulya and…

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Kenya’s Gangsta Story Retold #TEFBadassery

The world is full of unbelievable gangsta stories from the likes of Al Capone, Frank Lucas, John Gotti and many more. These are men who’ve risen up the ranks in the world of crime and earned themselves notoriety across the globe. Stories of gangstas, both true and fiction, have made it on to the major screen with award winning movies such us The Godfather, American Gangster and Goodfellas. We’ve grown to know all these men and women from across the seas but little is known of those who’ve made a…

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Kenyan stories brought to life on stage #TooEarlyForBirds

Kenya’s history is filled with lots of stories of amazing individuals who left a mark, however little or big, on the course of the country. Most of these stories will not be told in history classes or mainstream media thus the creative community is stepping up to the plate and taking the lead in expressing these stories not just in a factual but a creative way as well. One of these story telling platforms is the “Too Early for Birds” show whose third volume takes place this weekend at the…

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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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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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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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#Review The Thrill of it All

Can’t believe it’s been 3 years since Sam Smith gave us his debut album, In The Lonely Hour. This is the same album that won him four Grammy awards and made him one of the biggest names in music today. Fast forward to 2017, as we patiently anticipated Sam Smith’s second album, The Thrill of it All, and he constantly whetted our appetites with singles from the album which included the songs Too Good at Goodbyes, Burning and Pray. Those three songs set the bar and what was left unanswered…

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