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WATCH OUT FOR THESE ARTISTS IN 2019

ethicIf 2018 is anything to go by, then gear up for a good year of music by these artists. 2018 was a great year musically speaking in Kenya, albums were released,  as well as hard-hitting singles and collabos. There wasn’t a shortage of club bangers with the likes of “Lamba lolo”, “Short n Sweet” and “Dundaing”  keeping revelers on the dancefloor. But most importantly, 2018 was the year new artists made their mark in the industry.

These artists brought their A game and earned their seats at the table, making them artists to watch out for in 2019. Will they achieve the same success they got in 2018 or do even better?

1.Ethic

Save for discipline issues and wrangles with their management, the Ethic crew brought some fire in 2018. Their break out song “Lamba Lolo” went viral for its crude language and unique dancing style,  becoming an instant hit with over 2 million views on YouTube while also coining a phrase. The group went on to collaborate with the Kansoul on “New Position” a track that said they are here to stay. Their 2018 success saw them picked to feature on Coke Studio Africa set to premiere in February 2019. They recently released a new song called “Instagram” which has garnered over 300,000 views.

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AMERICAN SINGER AND DANCER CHRIS BROWN HAS SET 2019 IN MOTION WITH THE MELODIC "UNDECIDED,"

chrisbrownAmerican singer and dancer Chris Brown has set 2019 in motion with the melodic "Undecided," released Friday (Jan. 4).

The bouncy track teams the R&B veteran producer Scott Storch, who previously worked with Brown way back in 2005 on his breakout hit "Run It." 

The 29-year-old opens up about the strains of his current relationship and the impact it has had on his mental state. "No, I don't say it often/ And I probably should’ve told you I hurt this bad, I know/ And I probably shouldn't want this so bad/ It's weighing, weighing on me/ Don’t wanna wake up in the morning," he sings over the 1991 hit "I Love Your Smile" sample. 

"Undecided" serves as the first single off Chris Brown's upcoming Indigo album, which he announced last year. "Hope y’all love it. Thank you all my fans for the endless support over the years, I’m humbled and grateful to be able to keep creating for you guys. LIVE LAUGH LOVE," Breezy wrote to social media. 

Breezy also delivered the super natural visual to "Undecided" on Friday (Jan. 4). The fun clip stars singer and Empire actress Serayah in the role of Brown's love interest, as the pair dance the night away while playing games and riding rollercoasters on the boardwalk.

BUJU BANTON WORKING ON COLLABO WITH DJ KHALED

buju bantonFreed Jamaican musician Buju Banton might be working on a comeback track with the extraordinary American hitmaker DJ Khaled.

The reggae star who was just released from prison after serving 7 years of a 10-year sentence has been relatively quiet since his release on December 8th, 2018.  The iconic crooner was pictured with DJ Khaled on Instagram teasing a new collaboration.

Buju who is known for a slew of great hits including “Wanna be loved,” “Boom boom bye” and   “Destiny” is well respected even winning a Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 2011.

The images on DJ Khaled timeline might be an indication that the twosome is working on something new for 2019 which could be part of DJ Khaled’s album dubbed “Father of Asahd”.

The duo has worked together on the track “Killing Me” featuring Busta Rhymes and Bounty Killer in 2010.

BAMBINO BY VANESSA MDEE FT REEKADO BANKS

vanessa mdee18Fresh off of her joint five city outstanding sold out tour Mdee Music presents ‘In Love and Money‘  with Jux - East Africa’s leading female international act and as she recently snagged at the Ghana Music Award for Best East African International Act, Vanessa Mdee is back with Bambino.

Off of the highest selling, streaming and downloaded album in East Africa 2018 Money Mondays. Vanessa teams up with Marvin’s Reekado Banks on Bambino again after their 2017 smash Move.

The lyrics give off the sentiment of a love fresher than a baby (Bambino is Italian for baby) and the production by E Kelly gives you an evergreen summer anthem. With the interpolation of Whitney Houston and Wyclef Jeans ‘my love is your love’ VeeMoney and ReekyBaby solidify this East meets West collabo that is already taking over the airwaves. Shot in Lagos NIGERIA by Director Q, Vanessa and Reekado rekindle their on screen romance in a way that will leave you swooning. Goes to show that VeeMoney is still your Bambina (Female Bambino).

WHY YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO MR.EAZI’S LIFE IS EAZI: LAGOS TO LONDON VOL 2

eaziMr. Eazi has set a new standard for himself. The Nigerian-born artist has just released his latest mixtape dubbed ‘Life is Eazi Lagos to London Vol. 2’.

The 27-year-old from Port Harcourt continues to stun audiences with his ability to soak up the current times on the continent and create an intriguing storyline that he shares through music. Singing about love, politics and everything in between, Eazi takes it easy in this mixtape and lets his music speak for itself.

Curating the music in this latest project, Eazi collaborates with a diverse range of artists including Diplo, Nigerians Maleek Berry, Simi, and even South Africa’s most popular Gqoum duo Distruction Boyz. An eclectic sound, the project’s central theme corresponds with Eazi’s journey from Lagos to a new, wider audience in London.

Now going under the nickname “Uncle London,” Mr. Eazi has reinvented himself and introduced his audience to a more eclectic sound.

ERIC WAINAINA RECEIVES A MUSIC IN AFRICA AWARD

ericw2018Popular Kenyan artist Eric Wainaina receives an honorary award.

Legendary Kenyan musician Eric Wainaina received the 2018 Music In Africa Honorary Award at the opening of the Music In Africa Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases (ACCES) held at the Kenya National Theatre, Nairobi.

The elated singer posted the news on his Instagram page saying that receiving the award was a humbling experience.

The award by the Music In Africa Foundation (MIAF), aims to recognize the outstanding contribution of notable musicians to their home country’s industry and that of Africa as a whole.

Veteran Senegalese singer Baaba Maal, received the same award last year during the ACCES visit to Senegal.

The “Daima” singer has over the years released well known thought-provoking songs  “Nchi Ya Kitu Kidogo”  has become an anthem for anti-corruption, while his first studio album “Sawa Sawa” remains one of the highest-selling solo albums in Kenya.

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ED SHEERAN TO RELEASE NEXT ALBUM IN 2020

Ed SheeranSorry, Ed Sheeran fans, the singer will be taking a sabbatical and it will be a couple of years until his next album is released.

British singer Ed Sheeran’s next album will take a few years to be released, the follow up to his 2017 album Divide maybe released in late 2020.

The “Perfect”  hitmaker is currently on the road promoting his 2017 record “Divide” and he admitted he will disappear from the public eye once the tour ends in September 2019.

“I’ve got things coming out, I don’t know if they’re albums. But I’ve got things coming out. The next ‘album album’ won’t be for a while,” said Ed Sheeran in an interview with BBC Radio 2.

Earlier this year, Ed – who similarly took a break in 2015 following his “Multiply” album revealed his fourth full-length LP could be a big departure, as he opened up on the pressure to create constant pop hits.

In October 2017, Ed revealed he took a year off from music to battle his substance issues and to get his head clear for work.

Ed, 27, certainly won’t be short of material, as his “Shape of You” co-writer Steve Mac recently confirmed the pair penned 20 tracks together in five days.

NYASHINSKI RELEASES FREE AND FINYO

Nyashinski Nov18Kenyan rapper Nyashinski early this week released two songs a year after he gave his fans a similar double dose of his amazing music.

He released the official audios for Finyo and Free. Then yesterday he went ahead to release the visuals for the song Free which is no.3 on trending videos on YouTube in Kenya with over 150,000 views.

The former Kleptomaniax rapper dropped the two solo singles to complete an impressive 10-song catalog since his industry-shaking comeback in May, 2016 with Now You Know.

In the song he addresses social ills such as fake social media lifestyles and materialism and he comes out as the undisputed lyrical masterclass that shines a huge light on his undeniable wordplay.’

Nyashinski co-wrote Finyo with Cedric “Cedo” Kadenyi who is also the brains behind the production.

His 10th single, Free, is  a feel-good medley and was produced by K Da Great and Mixed & Mastered By Ogopa DJs.

KING KANJA RELEASES MAMBO NI LEO FT BOBBY VALENTINO AND PETRA

KIng KanjaThrough his label imprint King Kanja Empire, multi–talented U.S based Kenyan artiste King Kanja has released a new single MAMBO NI LEO off his upcoming project featuring celebrated American R&B veteran Bobby V famed for hits such as “Slow down” and Top Kenyan - Seychellois rapper, songwriter and singer Petra.

In the slow- paced bumpy beat, King Kanja kicks off the Ulopa produced joint before ushering in the black and gold afro-clad Bobby V, laying his signature vocals before a hard hitting Petra wraps out in her dancehall influenced style. The outdoor-visual, captured on scenery nature backdrop, was directed by Kevin Bosco Jr during Bobby V’s maiden visit to Kenya and edited by Yahu-Edits.

Speaking on the brand new release Kanja noted, “I had an amazing time working on this project/video in my homeland Kenya with an all Kenyan cast with the exception of Bobby V. When we first spoke the first thing he said was to set up the studio. It was all a vibe. Thanks to super producer Ulopa Ngoma, we started the vibe in the studio so by the time Bobby V got there it was pure magic,” adding, “We worked with Petra to give it a strong female presence as well. I wanted to push the envelope for Kenyan music so this became a vibe that became an epic project being that Bobby V has done numerous hits "Mrs. Officer" with Lil Wayne, "Around the world" with Ludacris and working with all the top music producers from the Neptunes and Pharrell and Timbaland it was only right for us to cross the vibes.”

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RUNTOWN FT NASTY C – NO PERMISSION

RunTownNigeria’s Runtown and South Africa’s Nasty C came through with a new fire collaboration track called No permission that will have you bumping your head with every play.

Days following the release of the audio, the Soundgod released the video to his latest collaboration with these two stars.

'No Permission" sees the Nigerian artist and South African rapper trading rapid fire bars over an ominous, trap-inspired beat. It's a heavyweight-meets-heavyweight link up that's sure to get a lot of play in this last quarter of the year.

The track comes accompanied with a pink-tinted new music video, directed by Director Teekay and was shot in Johannesburg.

Nasty C recently dropped impressive freestyles on Tim Westwood as well as on the BET cypher.

This is not the first time the two have worked together, they released the banger Said about a year ago as part of Coke Studio Africa sessions.

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