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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
From the beginning, she’s been killing it. First as Diana Nduba as she tried to find her unique sound. She then settled with Mayonde, a fitting name for this Kenyan goddess who believes she was once an ancient Mayan ruler. In 2015, you would have classified her as an indie soul singer just from listening to her … More How Mayonde is already killing it in 2019
What is your favourite music genre? I bet you’ve been asked that question one too many times. Usually, I mumble reggae, R&B, or house music. But I always end up with one solid answer: Afro-fusion.
The first time I heard about IMI was because of Dala Vol 2. She was one of the Afro indie-soul musicians performing at the live acoustic session in Nairobi, organized by one Junior Nyongo (If you know you know). I was this close to going, even though I didn’t know who she was, or whether she … More Discover your Roots and Wings with IMI’s Acoustic EP
It’s rare to find a pure R&B party in Nairobi. Sure, there are Friday hip-hop nights at Alchemist Bar and Kenyan reggae music every end of the month at Jukwaa Lounge. But not raw, live R&B music. The kind where it’s just a singer and their acoustic guitar on stage. That’s until Mexican restaurant Burrito … More What you probably missed at Burrito Bar’s Ultimate Launch Party