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ERIC WAINAINA RELEASES NEW ALBUM AFTER 7 YEARS

EricwaKenyan award winning musician Eric Wainaina recently launched his fourth studio album dubbed Dreams in Stereo.

The album includes collaborations with local artistes such as Kagwe Mungai, Kendi Nkonge, John Nzenze, Aaron Rimbui, Allan Wanjohi, Marvin Maveke and Benjamin Kaveseke Masinda.

The singer said that the album is personal to him in many ways having been able to be freer to himself.The album is influenced by his passion for musical theatre as well as personal influences that go past his Kenyan roots.

He released it after a 7 year hiatus, with his last album Love + Protest released in 2011.

He draws inspirations from Black Gospel, Blues, Soul, Funk and Reggae. The album is exclusively available on the Safaricom Songa App.

Eric Wainaina is best known for his hit songs Daima and Nchi ya Kitu Kidogo. He released his first album Sawa Sawa in 2011.

DJ JOE MFALME SCOOPS AFRIMMA NOMINATION

afrimaThe list of nominees for the 5th Edition of the 2018 edition of the Africa Muzik Magazine Awards & Music Festival (AFRIMMA) was released about a week ago.

For the 3rd year running, your favorite Radio/TV disc jockey Dj Joe Mfalme has been nominated in the best Dj category alongside fellow Kenyan Dj Creme De La Creme.

DJ Joe Mfalme will be up against some of Africa's finest, Dj Black Coffee from South Africa, Dj Cuppy and Spinall from Nigeria as well as the recently married Dj D-Ommy from Tanzania among others.

The list includes Kenyan artists and personalities such as Sauti Sol, Akothee, Victoria Kimani, Nyashinski, Arrowboy, Khaligraph Jones, Willy Paul, Gloria Muliro, Papa Dennis, Producer Enos Olik, Wyre, Dj Poizon Ivy, Dj Fully Focus, Dj Shinski and Lupita Nyong'o.

This year, AFRIMMA added a new category tagged ‘AFRIMMA Achievers Award’. This category that Kenyan Oscar Award winning actress

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THIRTEEN YEAR OLD AMANI GRACIOUS RELEASES HER FIRST SINGLE SITASAHAU

amani18A few weeks ago, Gracious Amani, the talented girl from Githurai took the Internet by storm singing to Alicia Keys'song ‘Girl on Fire’.

The American superstar was wowed like the rest of the world and shared the video on Instagram and wrote: "Look at this beautiful soul, shine!"

Amani was first recorded by a visiting tourist, Britt Chantel, who was equally blown away by her melodious voice.

Now, after becoming an overnight sensation complete with media interviews, the 13-year old was signed a 2.5 million deal with Pine Creek records for two years and has dropped her first single titled 'Sitasahau.

The song that has already garnered views on YouTube is about how she will never forget her past and will share her blessings with everyone.

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NYASHINSKI RELEASES KEBS

nyash18As the countdown to his debut album kicks off, the comeback king Nyashinski presents his seventh (7th) solo single, titled #KEBS.

In Kenya, KEBS is an acronym for the Kenya Bureau of Standards. In this single, Nyashinski equates certain characters around our everyday lives to KEBS.

The lyric video was brought to life under the direction of Tonament and Sir-Nare, with visuals shot at Studio Zolani in Nairobi.

Nyanshinski goes ham on unnamed artistes and bloggers who have been circulating what he terms as fake news about him.

Among the ‘fake news’ are claims that he has a US based baby mama, that he demanded Sh1 million to appear on a TV interview and that he broke up with his Kenyan girlfriend.

Nyash, in the hit, describes himself as the gold standard of Kenyans music and compared himself to the legendary status of the late rapper E-Sir.

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UPCOMING RAPPER KONKODI RELEASES FIRST SINGLE

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Noah Nganga,  a former underground rapper from H Town ( Huruma) was the last artist to be signed to Decimal Records last year and has just released his First Solo Single "Get Down (maji).

The rapper who's debut was a feature in a star studded track featuring PUnit's Bon Eye, Tanzania's Joh Makini and Grammy Award winning Kenyan musician Owuor Arunga - appetite- has been undergoing development and training at the hands of legendary producer and Decimal CEO Musyoka and award winning PUnit's rapper Bon Eye.

The former shisha seller was spotted by rapper turned CEO Bon Eye at his local club after approaching him and spitting bars afterwhich Bon Eye and Musyoka took him in and nurtured him under Decimal.

Get down was produced by the award winning producer and CEO of Decimal records Eric Musyoka who is single handedly responsible for notably Ukoo flani, Nonini, PUnit amongst other rappers. Get down is a feel good song which is heavily inspired by Marvin Gaye's sexual healing and features Konkodi's cleverly written lyrics in Sheng and English.

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DRAKE FEATURES THE LATE MICHAEL JACKSON IN NEW ALBUM, SCORPION

drakejulyMichael Jackson returned posthumously Friday with new music as the late King of Pop starred on the new album by Drake.

The Toronto hip-hop star, one of the top-selling artists in recent years, had kept fans in suspense for weeks as he prepared the release of his fifth full-fledged studio album, entitled “Scorpion.”

As he put out the 25-track album, one of the most striking features was the appearance of a special guest — Jackson, who is credited as the co-artist on the song “Don’t Matter To Me.”

A dreamy mid-tempo R&B track driven by a synthesized bass, “Don’t Matter To Me” is in line with the late output of Jackson whose distinct voice is heard on the chorus.

“All of a sudden you say you don’t want me no more / All of a sudden you say that I closed the door / It don’t matter to me,” Jackson sings.

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ZIKKI RELEASES COLLABO WITH MR. SINGY SINGY, TARRUS RILEY

ZikkiKenyan Dancehall Star Zikki teams up with the renowned International Jamaican reggae and dancehall Mega Tarrus Riley to release his first single titled Kamata from his upcoming album.

Zikki rose to fame a couple of years ago with his hit song Take it Slow featuring top Kenyan musician and now member of Parliament Charles Njagua aka Jaguar. However, this rising star is back after a long hiatus.

Shot on the beaches in Portmore, a coastal city in Southern Jamaica, the video fires off compulsive rhymes full of vibes with a jolly flow into bikini clad dancers.

The love song blends the East African and the Jamaican/Carribean vibe into a harmonious bond of Swahili with Jamaican patois (Patwa) powered by the melodious voices of Zikki and Tarrus Riley.

Tarrus also took time to learn a little Swahili, dropping a few lines like “Napenda vile wakata, wakatisa kata, tako matata!     

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YEMI ALADE RELEASES HOW I FEEL

yemialadeNigerian songstress Yemi Alade serves up ultimate summer goals in her recent music video titled how I feel.

"How I Feel," is her first single of the year, and the last since the release of her third studio album in 2017 dubbed Black Magic.

The music video, directed by Ovie Etseyatse sees the singer in an ethereal setting, living her best life while relaxing on a beach in Dubai and in the desert, where she serves up some stellar looks.

This song is nothing like the Yemi Alade we usually get, as it's a simple love song without her signature 'Mama Africa' vibe. On the track, she bares her heart, explaining how she feels towards her significant other: "I've fallen completely, my baby you too set oh, my baby you get sense oh".

The crisp video sees her cosy in a beach setting, revelling in her feelings of love. Her skin is popping, her body is mad and she generally just looks happy, which is what we imagine love should feel like. This is a new space for Yemi Alade.

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KHALIGRAPH JONES RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM

Jonesjune18Popular Kenyan rapper Khaligraph Jones repping Kayole 1960  released his long-awaited debut album ‘Testimony 1990’ recently. The project is available on all streaming platforms including Boomplay Music Kenya.

From the 17-track long body of work, you can deduce that Papa Jones has evolved in his craft from delivery, direction, lyricism, storytelling, aesthetics and most importantly, the power of collaborations.

 ‘Testimony’ track which features Sagini highlights the mental space he was in while handling the project –  the pressure to deliver, his success in the music industry, appreciating his fans and the loopholes of the flawed game.

Some of the topics Khali covers on the project include the overly overlooked mental health issue. Getting over depression on ‘Blessing’ track paints a picture of his personal struggles with his upbringing and career until the point he made it. A personal narration of his journey while urging upcoming cats to keep the dream alive for life.

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TANZANIA'S NAVY KENZO RELEASE NEW SINGLE

navykenzoNavy Kenzo (Aika and Nahreel), the makers of mega hit records like “Kamatia Chini”, “Game” featuring Vanessa Mdee and “Bajaj” featuring Patoranking, haved released their new single and music video titled Fella.

The dancehall tune and certified club banger produced by Nahreel and Alvin Brown, comes hot on the heels of Nahreel’s production of the Coca-Cola anthem for the 2018 World Cup.

The concept and idea behind FELLA is a celebration of Africa’s diverse music styles, avant-garde fashion culture and the richness of our continent. Its music video was shot and directed in Tanzania’s Bagamoyo by celebrated South African director Justin Campos – a long-term collaborator of Navy Kenzo. Nahreel says, “For the first time, we [Aika and I] took up the creative direction of our music video; from the fashion and hair stylists, make up artists to designers.”

Navy Kenzo’s debut album AIM (Above In A Minaute) was a compilation of 11 tracks, produced by Nahreel, alongside renowned Nigerian producer Chopstix and DJ Moshe Buskila.

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