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SINGER MUMBI BACK IN KENYA TO LAUNCH EP

mumbiUSA-based Kenyan songstress, Mumbi, is back to Kenya and set to launch her debut EP “For The Culture” – 30th of April 2018 from East Africa, in a worldwide release. Known for her diverse sound that blends afro-house, soul, R&B and hip hop, Mumbi is set for her biggest career move that has now birthed the 5– track EP featuring the singles: “Yours”, “Intro”, “Soweto”, “Good Enough” and “Too Much”.

Speaking on “For The Culture” EP and her return to Kenya, Mumbi says: “I chose to launch the EP in Kenya because everything begins at home. Kenya is my home and what better way to launch something than at home first. I wrote most of the songs on the EP at a time in my life where I had taken some time off to regroup,” hinting on her future plans: “I plan on moving back to home and definitely working on a new album from Kenya.”

Even before the EP was ready for release, Mumbi was concurrently working on her debut album, which is expected to be ready by September 2018. While in Kenya, she intends to collaborate with top Kenyan acts including Khaligraph Jones, Steph Kapela, Xtatic and Camp Mulla.

YKEE BENDA FEATURED IN THE OFFICIAL FIFA WORLD CUP GLOBAL ANTHEM

ykeeFast rising Ugandan singer, Ykee Benda has been featured in the Official FIFA World Cup global anthem dubbed 'Colours' which has been released just the other day. In the song, Ykee celebrated Uganda's passion for football.

The World Cup 2018 anthem has been created by Coca-Cola in partnership with global music icon Jason Derulo, “Colours” to celebrate all the vibrancy and excitement that comes with the arrival of the world's biggest football tournament.

Ykee Benda and Tanzania's Diamond Platinumz are the only East Africans chosen to be part of the anthem ahead of the World Cup slated to be held in about one and a half months from June 14th to July 15th in Russia.

Other top artistes who have been featured in the song include South Africa’s Cassper Nyovest, Ethiopia’s Sami Dan and Mozambique’s Lizha James.

 

KENYAN SONGSTRESS HABIDA MALONEY IS BACK

habida0418Kenyan songstress Habida Maloney is back with a new single title I Am which was released a couple of days ago.

Habida has been very vocal about her struggles with self-esteem and self-love when she started her journey into motherhood.

The singer and mother of two has a passionate voice in inspiring women to appreciate themselves and to be unapologetic authentic.

This time round, Habida has worked with the reputable photographer Emmanuel Jambo to shoot a body image awareness series themed #IAM.

Her message was clear, “When women support each other, incredible things Happen!”

 

POPULAR KENYAN FEMALE RAPPER WANGECHI IS BACK

wangechi18Popular Kenyan female rapper Wangechi is back after a 2 years hiatus. Wangechi has just released a new single titled Used to it.

Wangechi is set to release a few more singles in the coming months, culminating with get 3rd self titled EP release slated for the end of year.

 

 

 

 

 

AMERICAN RAPPER KENDRICK LAMAR WINS PRESTIGIOUS PRIZE

kendrickRapper Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for music Monday, making history as the first non-classical or jazz artist to win the prestigious prize.

The revered rapper is also the most commercially successful musician to receive the award, usually reserved for critically acclaimed classical acts who don’t live on the pop charts.

The 30-year-old won the prize for “DAMN.,” his raw and powerful Grammy-winning album. The Pulitzer board said Monday the album is “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.” He will win $15,000.

Lamar has been lauded for his deep lyrical content, politically charged live performances, and his profound mix of hip-hop, spoken word, jazz, soul, funk, poetry and African sounds. Since emerging on the music scene with the 2011 album “Section.80,” he has achieved the perfect mix of commercial appeal and critical respect.

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AMERICAN RAPPER NICKI MINAJ'S DOUBLE RELEASE

minaj18Last week American rapper Nicki Minaj premiered two new tracks: "Chun-Li" and "Barbie Tingz."

Minaj first took to Twitter on April 10 to announce "Barbie Tingz" and "Chun-Li" and share their artwork.

The songs are vintage Minaj, with elastic beats, combative words and the West Indian accent she slips into many of her songs. “Chun-Li” was produced by J. Reid for Chevy Musik and “Barbie Tingz” was produced by Chevy Musik, with both songs co-produced by Minaj.

Minaj has not released an album since 2014’s “The Pinkprint” but she’s been popping up on tracks with Lil Uzi Vert (“The Way Life Goes”), Travis Scott (“Krippy Kush (Remix)”), Yo Gotti (“Rake It Up”), and Migos with Cardi B (“Motorsport”). She also joined Migos’ Quavo on “She for Keeps” from Quality Control’s “Control the Streets Vol. 1” compilation.

Chun-Li sees Nicki out for blood, with the track named after a Street Fighter character who seeks revenge after her father's murder.

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VICTORIA KIMANI RELEASES NEW EP CALLED AFROPOLITAN

victoria0418Kenyan songstress Victoria Kimani has launched her new Extended Play (EP) while on her Kenyan tour.

Dubbed Afropolitan, the seven track EP is now exclusively available on the Songa app by Safaricom and soon to be released worldwide later on.

Victoria is one of the artiste’s contracted to exclusively release content on the new Music platform to help it gain popularity soon after its official launch in the region.

The award winning artiste performed some of the new songs at her show in Mombasa and Nairobi this Easter holiday.

 

The China Love singer is still riding high with her Album Safari which was released in late 2016 by her former label Chocolate city.

FAST RISING AMERICAN RAPPER CARDI B RELEASES NEW ALBUM

cardi b Cardi B's debut album Invasion of Privacy is finally here. The record includes the singles "Bodak Yellow," "Bartier Cardi," "Be Careful," and "Drip." It also has a number of surprise features from SZA, Chance the Rapper, Kehlani, J. Balvin, Bad Bunny and YG alongside previously released collabs with Migos and 21 Savage.

The album is built around Cardi’s rags-to-riches story and her desire to shut down any one-hit wonder talk with braggadocious cuts like the Project Pat-sampling “Bickenhead,” “Money Bag” and the Migos-assisted “Drip.” If there’s one thing Cardi has mastered in the past year, it’s the ability to align herself with the crème de la crème of music. From hip-hop to Latin’s top-tier acts, an impressive array of stars come out to play on Invasion of Privacy.

Bardi recruits Chance the Rapper for “Best Life” -- a finger-snapping earworm beefed up with thick drums and a breezy backing piano; she salutes her Trinidadian and Dominican roots on “I Like,” which reworks Pete Rodriguez’s classic “I Like It Like That” into a booming trap-inflected banger, with a little Latin flavor peppered in by reggaeton royalty Bad Bunny and J Balvin.

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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.

 

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