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OCTOPIZZO RELEASES BABYLON

octoKenyan rapper Octopizzo has finally dropped his first single of the year titled “Babylon”.

The trap track “Babylon”  which is off his upcoming 5th studio album is a definite hit with it its catchy lyrics and beat. The song’s visuals were shot in the USA where the rapper currently is.

Octopizzo is one of the prolific rappers in the Kenyan music industry. A major force to reckon with in the hip hop realm, Octo had some major legal issues on his corner at the beginning of the year where a Nairobi family was accusing him of having a hand in the death of their teenage son and  that might have caused him to delay on releasing music.

The song is so good that even his music rival and rapper Khaligraph approved of the track on a post on his Instagram page where he posted a snippet of the song and said the fire track sounds like a Migos track. Could this post be the end of the rivalry between the two rappers? Last week while the rapper was in Australia for the Sanaa Festival, he asked his fans to be patient for some hot music and true to his word, he delivered.

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JUMA JUX AND NYASHINSKI RELEASE IN CASE YOU DON’T KNOW

juma juxAll hail the kings Juma Jux and Nyashinski with a new love song, “In case you don’t know”.

Tanzanian RnB superstar Juma Jux and one Kenya’s finest rappers Nyashinski have teamed up to release a bonafide hit love song titled “In Case You Don’t Know.”

“In case you don’t know” showcases Juma Jux’s wonderful vocals and Nyashinski’s rap prowess. The beat is smooth, melodious and very danceable. The lyrics are heartfelt and reassuring, “In case you don’t know, nitacheka nawe, nitacheza nawe, nitaimba nawe, nitaringa nawe,” ‘African Boy’ sings on the chrous.

According to a press statement by Anyiko PR,  Jux said, “In case You Don’t Know” is not just a love song but a reflection on the power of love. Whether it’s your partner, your child or mum— this song is for all the lovers,” adding on his choice of collaboration, “Nyashinski is a brilliant artist who takes time to produce quality work. We both have been checking out each other’s songs for some time. I had a feeling if he got on the track, he would add something unique to the song. He did a great job and we finally shot the music video with Hanscana from Nairobi.”

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CIARA RELEASES LOVE SONG FOR HUBBY CALLED GREATEST LOVE

Ciara2019Love is in the air and Ciara admits her hubby Russell Wilson is her “Greatest Love”.

American musician and dancer Ciara Princess Harris – Wilson, popularly also known as Ciara has released her first song of the year yesterday (12.02.19). The new release is a love song in honor of her quarterback husband just in time for Valentine’s. Cici’s latest release is titled “Greatest Love” and is a powerful profession of love for her husband, Russell Wilson.

Musically, it is a smooth, laid back R&B track, reminiscent of Ciara’s greats such as “Body Part”. Lyrically, it deals with her gratitude for her husband, how he helped her in life and the way he makes her feel whole.

“Now it’s you and me against, ‘gainst the entire world / I see our love when I look at our baby girl, I’m a lucky girl “, the singer declares while a sultry beat accompanies every note. “Never change your energy/’Cause only you got what I need“, she then ends up swooning during a chorus that will certainly ring true with every person who has ever been in love.

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SHAGGY REVEALS RELEASE DATE FOR NEW SOLO ALBUM IN 8 YEARS

Shaggy2019Good news for reggae and dancehall fans, Shaggy has a new album dropping on the 10th of May 2019.

Jamaican singer and DJ Orville Richard Burrell CD, better known by his stage name Shaggy just won the best Reggae album alongside British singer Sting for their collaborative LP, “44/876” at the 61st Grammy Awards held on (10.02.19) in Los Angeles, California.

During the Grammys red carpet interviews, Mr. Boombastic confirmed that his first solo album in eight years titled “Wah Gwaan?!” will be released on May 10th, 2019. The album will feature Jamaican singers Shensea, Nyanda formerly of Brick & Lac,  reggaeton star Nicky Jam and Jason Derulo collaboration “Tic Toc”.

According to Rolling Stone, it will see the 50-year-old hitmaker who released the records “Shaggy & Friends” and “Summer in Kingston” which contained his popular single “Sugarcane” in 2011 return to his “Jamaican roots, global reach, contagious joy and introspective side” with the 12 tracked LP.

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BONGO MUSICIAN OMMY DIMPOZ RELEASES PRAISE SONG

Ommy2019Bongo musician Ommy Dimpoz praises God in a new song after a year of hardships and illness.

Tanzanian musician was sick throughout 2018, he underwent three surgeries for a throat-related illness. The illness made him seek medical help in South Africa, Kenya, and even Germany. At one point, even Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho stepped up to help him out. His prognosis was not good and he had one week to live according to a hospital in Germany.

Now the bongo star Omary Nyembo aka Ommy Dimpoz is all better and he has released his first song since falling sick. The song titled “Ni Wewe” is a thank you message to his fans, friends, family, and God who healed him and kept him alive.

“Baba Ni We” is testimony after his year-long battle with a throat infection. The song that was released a day ago, is trending on YouTube in Kenya and has over 400,000 views already.

The “Baadae” singer’s health problems started with a throat surgery in South Africa in June 2018 and later hospitalization and another surgery in Germany in December. His vocal cords got damaged by infection and he had expressed uncertainty over his comeback in the music industry. He has since recovered and the latest hit proves his vocals have been restored to their original state.

COKE STUDIO AFRICA 2019 IS ON!

cokestudioAfrica’s favorite music show, Coke Studio Africa is back! The launch of the most anticipated continental music show Coke Studio Africa 2019 happened last night (10.02.19) at the Sankara hotel in Nairobi and was well attended by Nairobi’s who’s who.

The star-studded premiere event was hosted by Capital FM’s Amina Abdi, Maqbul Mohammed and Dj Joe Mfalme on the decks. The show had past and present Kenyan Coke Studio Africa participants such as Hip hop first Lady Nazizi Hirji, fast-rising star Nadia, award-winning rapper Khaligraph Jones, 2 in 1 hitmaker Naiboi, breakout stars Ethic, gospel singer Moji ShortBaba,  girl group Band Beca and producers Majic Mike as well as Viola Karuri.

The 2019 season celebrates African music greatness with the different top African artists such as Nigeria’s Skales, Tanzania’s Nandy, Harmonize, Rayvanny, South Africa’s Boity and Nigeria’s Rudeboy just to name a few as well as song renditions and themes. The Coca Cola flagship also did not have an international megastar on the show for the first time since it’s inception and also worked with local Kenyan brands such as Pace Africa who design and manufacture an array of audio devices such as Pace focus and pace mate which powered up the sound for the season, clothing brand Home who provided branded clothing merchandise and Yallo leather by Mercy Kyallo, the sister to TV presenter Betty Kyallo.

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NIGERIA’S TIMAYA RELEASES BALANCE

TimayaNigerian singer Timaya is kicking off the new month with a new single called “Balance”.

Balance is the lead single off Timaya’s first project in 5 years, the Chulo Vibes EP. With consistent melodies, unique rhythm and catchy hooks, he asserts his stance as a certified hitmaker.

The video shows him living a life of balance in a lavish lifestyle. This video is coming a day after he showed his fans his three G-Wagons on his social media account. The track “Balance” is a classic Timaya feel-good song, made for every playlist, from traffic, club nights, radio and even family gatherings. The track was produced by a longtime ally, Orbeat and the video was directed by Unlimited LA. Timaya also known as Papichulo  took to the photo-sharing website Instagram, to share his excited over his first 2019 release.

The 38-year-old Nigerian singer and songwriter started his solo career in 2005. Known for hits such as “Bam Bam”, “Dance”, “Money”, and “Dem mama” Timaya whose real name is Enitimi Alfred Odom has consistently grown his brand with great hits. Timaya shut down Kenya in 2017 during the BBQ Live concert which he headlined.

SAUTI SOL RELAESE MUCH ANTICIPATED LP, AFRIKAN SAUCE

sauti sol19Sauti Sol has partnered up with the original “Cash Madam” Vanessa Mdee for a new release dubbed “Kamasutra.” With the gentle strumming of an acoustic guitar, Chimano takes the lead in the first verse, fusing his harmonies with that of the Tanzanian beaut Mdee.  As the electric guitar is incorporated into the track, the Kenyan foursome delivers some clever Swahili lyrics overflowing with sexual innuendos reminiscent of Bongo music. Vanessa Mdee’s vocals are well-delivered, adding to the overall upbeat, sensual nature of the track.

“Kamasutra” is among the last few tracks released in the Sauti Sol much-awaited album ‘Afrikan Sauce’ which has been well-received so far. The album is available for streaming according to a recent post from one of Kenya’s most successful groups.

Termed as a “collaboration project” between Sauti Sol and various African acts, the album features some club bangers including “Melanin,” “Afrikan Star” featuring Burna Boy, “Girl Next Door” featuring Tiwa Savage, and a more recent release “Love on the Dance Floor” featuring Toofan.

The musical project has seen Sauti Sol earn millions of views on YouTube, and expand their sound, drawing inspiration from different sources across the continent. With the LP offering diverse sound, the four Sol members have something for everyone serving up benga, Naija and afro-pop all in one compilation.

“Afrikan Sauce” is a herculean effort on the part of Sauti Sol, and is a must-have for any self-respecting Kenyan musical enthusiast.

KENYAN ARTISTS NIKITA KERING AND BEY T AMONG 10 FINALISTS FOR MR.EAZI’S EMPAWA 100

nikitakeringTwo upcoming Kenyan musicians have been selected for Mr. Eazi’s artist empowerment programme called emPawa 100.

The Kenyan two artists who will be joining 8 other musicians from different African countries for a masterclass organized by top Nigerian singer Mr. Eazi in Cape Town, South Africa next month are, Nikita Kering and Bey T.

The “London Town” hitmaker unveiled the mentorship programme for 100 artists in 6 African countries in Nairobi, in November 2018. The 27-year-old award-winning singer was also in Kenya at the time to promote his latest mixtape Life is Eazi – Vol 2: Lagos to London.

Nikita Kering is a budding 16-year-old singer who first came into the music scene in 2011 when she performed alongside gospel singer Emmy Kosgei during her album launch. In 2018, Kering released a single titled “Happy With You” which has garnered over 100,000 views on YouTube.

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WOMAN BY PROFESSOR JAY FT VICTORIA KIMANI

JIZEVeteran Tanzanian rapper Professor Jay has collaborated with Kenyan songstress in his first release of 2019 in a track dedicated to women.

The song simply called ‘Woman’ is a heartwarming song praising women, Mikumi MP Joseph Haule aka Professor Jay starts the song off with praises the woman in his life with riveting Swahili lyrics. He describes this woman as being listening, humble, patient and deserving of a 21 gun salute.

“Prokoto” singer Victoria Kimani posted on Instagram saying that her fans’ mothers would love this new song and that it is the perfect time as every time to appreciate, recognize and worship women because they do everything.

Kenya’s Victoria Kimani’s melodious vocals on the chorus give the song a sweet vibe. Her lyrics describe how a woman should be treated. “Respect the woman, protect your woman, better love your woman, where would I be without your love, thank God for you,” Kimani sings.

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