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…

Read More
MUSIC REVIEWS 

#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…

Read More
MUSIC REVIEWS 

#MCM Daniel Caesar

It’s amazing how you can find music that expresses something you feel, yet can’t find words to express yourself. The song takes up all the emotions you have bottled up inside and makes magic through lyrics and melody. This past long weekend has been spent listening to Daniel Caesar’s album, Freudian, on replay. It’s an amazing journey from the first song to last and this is an attempt at putting to words how his music makes me feel. So who’s Daniel Caesar? I’ll use the profile given by the music…

Read More
MUSIC REVIEWS 

#WCW 5 Female Artists I’m loving this week

The holiday vibe has made it so easy to forget it’s a Wednesday. Yes, we’re in the middle of the week and the other long weekend was just two days ago. But life in Kenya seems to really evolve around politics – story for another day. Anyways, I’ve been feeling some really cool vibes today and decided to share a few of the artists I am listening to this week. Since it’s a Wednesday I’ll leave the men on the list for another day and stick to the top five…

Read More
EVENTS REVIEWS 

Open mics and Tuesday nights in the city

One of the things I love about the Nairobi creative scene is the number of platforms that have sprung up for upcoming, and established, artists to showcase their talents. For an artist, these platforms go a long way in helping one practice, build confidence and acquire some fans. When I started performing spoken word back in 2009, there weren’t as many avenues for one to just show up and do their thing. Back in those days, if you were a poet you had options such as Slam Poetry at Das…

Read More
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,…

Read More
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…

Read More