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MUTHONI DRUMMER QUEEN HAS UNVEILED VISUALS FOR THE 5TH SINGLE FROM HER NEWLY RELEASED ALBUM – SHE.

Muthoni2018Dubbed “Criminal”, is inspired by the real-life story of the widow of one of Kenya’s most wanted criminal Simon Matheri.

As you might be aware, the hardened criminal was shot and killed in Athi River in 2007 aged 30. Matheri was wanted in connection with at least 18 murders, including a leading Aids researcher and the wife of a US embassy official.

And as his dramatic capture by undercover detectives played out on TV, it became apparent that his young widow, Felista Wanjiru, was only finding out at that moment that her husband was Kenya’s most wanted criminal.

This premise is what has inspired MDQ’s fifth single in line with “SHE’s” quest to answer the question of what it’s like to be a woman in modern Kenya.

Muthoni, who watched the story unfold on TV, said: “I never forgot how shocked and lost Materi’s widow looked.

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EDDY KENZO WINS NICKELODEON FAVOURITE AFRICAN STAR AWARD

kenzoPopular Ugandan musician Eddy Kenzo has emerged winner at the 2018 Kid’s Choice Awards organized by Nickelodeon.

Eddy Kenzo was announced winner of the ‘Favourite African Star’ category beating rapper Cassper Nyovest (South Africa), athlete Caster Semenya (South Africa), singer Davido (Nigeria), comedian Emmanuella (Nigeria), and fellow East African singer Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania).

The winners were announced at the awards ceremony on Saturday 24 March.

This becomes yet another big international award that Eddy Kenzo has won. The Ugandan superstar won the BET International Viewers’ Award in 2015 and has won several others including AFRIMA Awards, Nigeria Entertainment Awards and the recent International Reggae and World Music Awards where he was named ‘Best African Entertainer’ among others.

 

OPIPS AND JARDEL RELEASE A NEW SINGLE, OBVIOUS

obviousRising Kenyan Musicians Opips & Jardel of Team Mistari have released a new jam titled Obvious featuring Kenyan rapper Pro.

Obvious is the third single off their upcoming debut album and was produced by KidKay of Red Republik and mastered by acclaimed producer Magic Mike.

The sexy laid-back single and video is a great club tune set to rock dancehall and hip-hop music lovers alike. Set in Nairobi’s famed CBD Club - Tribeka Lounge, ‘OBVIOUS’ music video was directed by Odibz who perfectly captures the duo’s energy.

The duo has previously collaborated on a number of smash hit singles: “Chini Kwa Chini”, “Another Woman” and also teamed up with Calvo Mistari on “Take It Low” and “Paper & Glue”.

Speaking about this new release, Opips said, “Our fans have been eargely waiting for our next single since TAKE IT LOW and finally we have something classy for them – I am sure they will definitely enjoy this!” The same was echoed by his longtime collaborator Jardel who says, “This song is a dedication to all the women out there. We just wanted to appreciate you and all your strength."

DIAMOND PLATNUMZ LAUNCHES ALBUM IN NAIROBI WITH AMERICAN STAR IN ATTENDANCE

diamond183 Award winning Tanzanian star Diamond Platinumz launched his much awaited album- A Boy From Tandale -at the Kenya National Theatre in Nairobi.

The event was Emceed by popular Radio host Maina Kageni was unveiled in style with artists signed to Wasafi Records in attendance to offer the East Africa’s most celebrated star support.

The party brought American star Omarion. He joined Diamond to perform their new hit together titled African Beauty which sees Diamond and Omarion both singing in English and Swahili. The video which was uploaded on YouTube less than a day ago, the video has garnered over 209,000.

The album has 18 tracks and is about Diamond’s humble beginnings in Tandale, a slum in Tanzania.

The album that will be availed on Safaricom’s Songa platform shortly features guest appearances by a number of hit makers including Tanzana’s Vanessa Mdee, American stars Rick Ross, Ne-Yo and Omarion; popular reggae band Morgan Heritage and Nigeria’s Tiwa Savage.

RIHANNA IS THE 1ST FEMALE TO GET MORE THAT 2M SREAMS ON APPLE MUSIC

rihana2018American singer Robyn Rihanna Fenty has become the first ever female artist to get more that two million streams on Apple Music.

For International Women’s Day the streaming site shared their top 20 most streamed women in music and Rihanna came out on top.

The 30-year-old songstress was closely followed by her pop rival Taylor Swift who took second place, Beyonce landed third and Ariana Grande came fourth.

When the Rude Boy singer found out, she shared a video of a little girl dancing, explaining that was her reaction on hearing the news.

In the caption she wrote: ‘When I found out that I was the first female artist to cross 2 billion worldwide streams on Apple Music! God is too lit!!!!’

Last year Rihanna was voted the second most streamed female artist on Spotify after she was beaten by New Rules singer Dua Lipa.

Rihanna is currently doing well with her Make up line Fenty by Rihanna and is rumoured to be starting her lingerie line soon.

AMERICAN RAPPER JAY Z IS THE RICHEST HIP HOP ACT OF 2018

jayz2018Hip-Hop legend, Shawn Carter aka Jay Z, has been crowned Forbes richest hip-hop act of 2018.

The rapper is making the number one position on the competitive Forbes list for the first time having overthrown his colleague Sean Combs aka P. Diddy.

It is, in fact, the first time in the list’s seven-year existence that Diddy hasn’t been No. 1.

Forbes says Jay-Z, Diddy and Dre are not only the wealthiest hip-hop acts on the planet, but the richest American musicians of any genre.

Jay Z raked in $900 million in the past year, a huge bump from the $810 million he made the year prior that earned him the No. 2 spot on Forbes’ 2017 list.

Jay Z’s net worth increase is due to his many business endeavours including his label Roc Nation, streaming service Tidal, ventures with spirits brands Armand de Brignac and D’Ussé, among others.

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D'BANJ RELEASES NEW SONG ISSA TRACK

Dbanj2018Nigerian superstar D’banj has showcased his versatility on his latest track “Issa Banga” which features Slimcase and Mr Real of the Legbegbe fame .

The energetic and fast paced track sees who’s had over a decade’s worth experience in the Global Music industry go back to the street with this African infused track that showcases street dancing creating an unstoppable wave during the entire video.

“When I played it at a fashion shoot, everyone was surprised to hear that it was even as they kept dancing to it and it has received numerous requests on the radio as well, model turned celebrity DJ Jo Kisila said. It has a lot of energy and the video just makes you want to dance; I’m glad that he’s experimented with a different sound.”

Shot in what appears to be an inner city, the fresh funky video is going to be on loop for a very long time during this time of renewed interest in African music Worldwide.

VICTORIA KIMANI TO LAUNCH KENYAN TOUR IN MARCH

Victoria KimanIEast Africa’s trail blazing & leading female artiste Victoria Kimani, is set to kick off her nationwide tour in March.

Within the month of March she will be performing in the towns of Kisii, Eldoret, Nairobi and Mombasa and in the month of April she will be performing in Machakos, Kisumu, Thika, Nakuru and Meru.

During this tour in the cities of Nairobi and Mombasa, Victoria will have foreign acts curtain raising for her, breaking the culture of Kenyan artistes opening for foreign musicians. She will be bringing in two acts from Nigeria and one of them is the biggest female artiste in Nigeria and the other is an artiste that Kenyans know and love.

“I want to create an experience that my fans in Kenya do not get to see often from me, and also from a woman. Each city will get to experience me performing my greatest to latest hits as well as create fashion moments that will live forever and my stage attire will be made available via Kimani Couture on the tour as well as online,” Victoria Kimani said.

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SOUTH AFRICA'S CASSPER NYOVEST AND AMERICA'S JASON DERULO TEAM UP FOR WORLD 2018 ANTHEM

cassAfrican multi-award winning artist, Refiloe Phoolo popularly known as Cassper Nyovest has been selected by Coca-Cola to feature on the soccer World Cup 2018 theme song.

Cassper Nyovest will be working with American Singer, songwriter Jason Derulo. However, other artists around the world will also collaborate on the song.

The song/anthem for 2018 FIFA World Cup is called 'Colours'. The song celebrates all of the vibrancy and excitement that comes with the arrival of the world's biggest football tournament.

Colors, which will be released on March 16 via Warner Music, is the result of a collaboration between the artists and Coca-Cola.

Derulo said: “I was honoured to work with Coca-Cola to create an anthem celebrating every team and their fans. Colors represents the different flags and cultures from around the world, and will get everyone moving to a unifying beat.

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SAFARICOM LAUNCHES A MUSIC APP

mytunesSafaricom has launched an all-inclusive music streaming service offering a wide variety of music to consumers as well as an additional platform for artists to sell their music.

The “SONGA by Safaricom” streaming service is accessible as an app on Android mobile devices and will provide a one-touch access for music across all major genres giving subscribers convenience of listening to their favorite music on their smartphones.

Available music includes songs by Wizkid, Camila Cabello, Usher, Chris Brown, Beyonce, Davido and local hit artistes such as Sauti Sol, Mercy Masika, Nyashinski, and Eric Wainana among others.

The service will launch with a free 14 days trial, thereafter customers will have the freedom to choose a subscription plan that suits them at Sh25 a day, Sh150 weekly or Sh499 monthly.

Safaricom runs the biggest ringback tunes popularly known as Skiza for its 29 million customers.

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