EVENTS REVIEWS 

Lupus Awareness Through Music #SheBlossoms

There are very few things that can match up to live music on a Sunday afternoon. Especially, if the music is being used as a platform to raise awareness. Majority of you might not have know this but October happens to be lupus awareness month. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. It is also known as the ‘wolf disease’ because it is able to manifest itself to look like other diseases, which makes it very difficult to diagnose.  …

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MUSIC REVIEWS 

Review: American Teen by Khalid

The internet is a great place to find new music so once in a while I open a new tab, go to Youtube and let myself fall into a rabbit hole looking for music I haven’t heard before. There’s something about “discovering” new artists, or music you never thought you’d find yourself listening to, that sort of refreshes you. You never know where your next favorite song might come from – trust me. My youth is the foundation of me I can’t really trace the path that led me to…

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BOOKS 

BOOK REVIEW: THE POWER OF ONE

Plot The Power of One is an intriguing story of a young English boy named Peekay and his passion for changing the world. The story begins when Peekay’s mother has a nervous breakdown, and Peekay ends up being raised by a Zulu wet nurse, Mary Madoma; who eventually becomes his nanny. Growing up he suffered as the only English boy in an Afrikaans school. On a train ride to Barberton, Peekay meets Hoppie Groenwald, who shows Peekay his boxing gloves. Hoppie is a boxing champion, and he invites Peekay to watch…

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MUSIC REVIEWS 

A Short Introduction to Kwame’s music

I got an email from Kibali about a week ago to do a review of Kwame and two of his songs. Having never heard of him before I was a bit apprehensive and it took me a while to download the songs and give them a listen. In hindsight, this deliberate act of procastination turned out to be a great disservice to the artist and myself. You’ll figure out why once you give the songs an ear. Kwame’s latest single is dubbed “Aki Wewe (Mwah).” Undoubtedly intimate and sweet like nectar,…

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MUSIC REVIEWS 

Dela’s Swahili cover of Adele’s Hello is really awesome

Adele’s Hello has gotten a lot of hearts reminiscing about their exes and Kenya’s Dela has taking it a notch higher by singing a Swahili version of the song. You just have to listen to it to appreciate its beauty. Lyrics Hello Ni mimi Baada ya miaka na mikaka, je twaweza kukutana Turejelee yote. Wanasema muda unaponya, mbona bado ninaumwa? Hello Waniskia? Niko Pwani nikiota juu ya vile tulikuwa Kama vijana, tulipokuwa huru Nimesahau ilivyohisi kabla dunia ianguke Tofauti baina yetu Na maili milioni Hello ‘toka kwa mataa Mara elfu…

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MUSIC REVIEWS 

A review of @SautiSol’s Live and Die in Afrika

Sauti Sol is arguably Kenya’s biggest music act at the moment. The quartet of Bien-Aimé, Chimano, Polycarp and Savara has been growing in leaps and bounds since their debut album Mwanzo in 2009. Their third studio album Live and Die in Africa was released last week with the group availing it for free on their website within the first 48 hours. Sura Yako (Swahili for your face) The first track is a celebration of the African woman’s beauty. The song had been released earlier and is a big hit on the…

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BOOKS REVIEWS 

The Fifth Draft

“Writing is not easy”, a friend once lamented and I must admit the past few months have not been easy for me when it comes to that front. Like a traveler lost in the desert I’ve been seeking my oasis – the source from which I might gain inspiration to write again – but the journey has not been easy. The heat from the sun seems to grow in intensity every day and even though I find myself hallucinating of greener pastures; even these visions have not found their way…

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BOOKS REVIEWS 

Book Review: Freedom Fighter by David Abodaher

I must admit I am a sucker for buying books at “jua kali” bookstores. The smell of old books is amazing and you never know what you can find in the heap of forgotten literature. This was the case as curiosity failed to kill the cat but led me to an old copy of David Abodaher’s Freedom Fight. The book follows the life of Polish revolutionary Casimir Pulaski and gives an insight to life in Poland during the eighteenth century. Pulaski’s father was one of the leaders of the fight for Polish…

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