I didn’t know how I was getting to Kilifi. I mean, I have been there before so I should know the drill. However, the SGR train to Mombasa was fully booked. And the only available buses from Nairobi to Kilifi would arrive on the second day of Kilifi New Year. I was stuck. If only … More Here’s what happened at Kilifi New Year 2020
We meet at a middle-class restaurant in Nairobi. It’s on the top floor with one of the most gorgeous views of the city, from the black and white Nation Centre to an unidentified forest in the distance.
What do you do when your favourite Nairobi nightclub closes its doors indefinitely? Do you stay indoors on the weekends until it opens again? Or do you cheat on it with another club that almost matches up?
I have been to Kilifi New Year twice. Both times it was magic. I was so enchanted by the bush beats and bass in 2018 that I had to go back for the 2019 countdown. But I have a feeling this year’s edition will be the most epic one.
Have you ever been blown away by a song? So much that you keep going back to it every other day? And even though you’ve been there 10 times already, it still feels fresh and brand new? “Tell Me This” by Asili Dub is that song.
There have been a lot of great Kenyan songs released in 2019, but not like this one. I have never seen a song pick up that fast other than Extravaganza or Khali Cartel 3. Which to be fair, featured a cluster of Kenyan music superstars. But what is it about Kasyoki Wa Mitumba that made … More The reason why “Kasyoki Wa Mitumba” by Serro went viral
The room is hot but you surprisingly feel cool. There are around 20 people huddled in the high ceiling studio, either sitting on a couch, on the carpet or standing. You already squeezed yourself on one of the two leather couches – the early bird gets the seat.
June 2019 has been a special month, especially for Kenyan music. In just four weeks, four music launch parties happened in Nairobi. I attended 2 of them, and I already told you about the first one. The second one had the same musicians on stage. Because Mutoriah is everywhere!
It’s embarrassing to not know your own language. Especially at a family gathering and you’re the only one who can’t join in the lively conversation. Or even get to know your grandmother. I almost did though.
Sunday mornings in Nairobi are simply the best. No traffic jam at all, not even in the CBD. And you can actually see the ground you’re walking on in advance. I thought I would listen to Caffe Mocha, one of my favourite Kenyan radio shows, on the road. But after meeting them at 9 am, … More Upgrade Poetry: When Tetu Shani grew his fanbase in Nakuru