What are you doing this Sunday? I send the WhatsApp message on a Saturday morning. He says nothing, just chilling at home. He asks whether I’m back. I confirm. And I invite him to indulge in underground music, authentic food and intimate vibes at Bambupelo Art Shrine the next day. He calls it the Furaha … More The TCHNO Event Inspiring a Healing Music Movement in Nairobi
There’s a famous saying you know. As happy as a lark – which is a small brown bird that sings beautifully. On that same note, could we also say as successful as Sauti Sol?
For a year that felt like gloom and doom, there have been so many Kenyan music projects released in 2020. Too many in fact. So which ones should you listen to? In the spirit of resilience, most Kenyan musicians did not let this unprecedented year mess up their plans. As Tetu Shani once said, I … More The Best of 2020: Have You Listened to these Kenyan Albums and EPs?
I didn’t think it would be that deep. I decided to watch it in the cinema with my friends simply because it was a Kenyan movie. But I was not ready for the impact it would have on me, or us. Yes, Softie is no ordinary Kenyan film. And I say that as someone who … More 5 Good Reasons Why Every Kenyan Deserves to Watch Softie the Film
She sent me an Instagram post of a newspaper story featuring Kwame. It was about the healing power of birdsong. In the caption, Kwame had offered a call to action to visit Tûrî A Mûmbi Arts Centre in Tigoni. We should go! She said. And so we did, two weeks later. To nourish our souls … More Tûrî A Mûmbi: A perfect escape to reconnect with Kikuyu Culture
Let’s do a little recap, shall we? In part 1 of Waithaka’s story, the former athlete reconnected to his first passion in the States. He started by playing piano in a Pan-African band and later evolved into the music producer we know him as today. In 2010, he came back to Kenya for the first … More How Diaspora Artist Waithaka became part of Kenyan Music Legacy II
The year is 1999. You’ve just landed in the USA. You’re here because you earned a scholarship to college as a star athlete. Your whole family is excited that their kid ‘ameenda majuu’. But life is not as rosy as they think it is.
I wish I grew up speaking my mother tongue. I really do. If I could go back to the past, that’s one thing I would change. I would ask my mother to speak to me consistently until I spoke back.
We met on Instagram. 28th September 2017. Since it goes down in the DM, I hit him up asking if he could send me a Kwame song to play on my radio show The Music Junkies. He quickly obliged. Since then we’ve been talking online, him sending me his new songs and me sharing my feedback.
I’m not good at this. How do I use social media to engage my fans? If I could count the number of times Kenyan musicians have asked me this, I would probably run out of fingers – and toes.