MDQMDQ is joining a class of 20 change-makers from around the world to deliver a talk on the TED stage this April in Vancouver, Canada. The “Suzie Noma” hitmaker was selected for her work in developing the cultural landscape in East Africa through her barrier-breaking, genre-bending music. The Bongo Sawa proprietor is also known for changing consumption of music with alt music festivals Blankets & Wine and Africa Nouveau.

The elated rapper posted on social media that she was happy to be selected as a TED fellow and that “after 10 years in the music industry it is clear that the creative sector is a legit manufacturing industry in Africa.”

“We are thrilled to announce the newest class of TED Fellows, who give voice to some of the most exciting ideas we’ve seen in the program’s 10-year history,” said TED Fellows director Shoham Arad.

Founded in 2009, the TED Fellows program has 472 Fellows from 96 countries, whose talks have been viewed more than 250 million times overall. In its 10-year history, the TED Fellows program has created a powerful, far-reaching network made up of scientists, doctors, activists, artists, entrepreneurs, inventors, journalists and beyond. Among some of the notable Africans to be named TED Fellows are Kenya’s afrofusion artist Blinky Bill and renowned photographer Mutua Matheka.

As a TED Fellow, Muthoni Drummer Queen joins a community of international change-makers including Perry Chen, the artist who co-founded Kickstarter; Amanda Nguyen, the activist whose organization RISE helped write the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights and Essam Daod, the psychiatrist who founded Humanity Crew to provide psychological aid to refugees


Otile Brown 2019Another one for Kenyan girls by Badman Shivo, Otile Brown. Singer Otile Brown’s first release of the year is on fire. The song titled “Kenyan Girls” was released yesterday (21.01.19) and it is an ode to Kenyan girls whom Otile Brown says he loves.

On the Swahili melody, Otile mentions some notable Kenyan girls that he is appreciating. The long list of women includes his ex-girlfriend, Vera Sidika,  socialites Huddah Monroe and Amber Ray. Media personalities stars like Joey Muthengi, Betty Kyallo, Amina Abdi, Kalekye Mumo, Julie Gichuru, Caroline Mutoko, Lilian Muli and Lulu Hassan were also part of the serenade. Singers Akothee and Avril, politicians Rachel Shebesh and Charity Ngilu as well as Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta also got an honorable mention on the track.

Shot on the streets of Nairobi, Otile is seen gifting random Kenyan women from all walks of life roses and taking selfies with them. Model Deliah Ipupa, celebrity make up artist Phoina Tosha and Television star Ella Wanjiru are seen lip-synching the lyrics to the song on the video.

The song has since garnered close to 100,000 in less than 24 hours since it’s release and it was trending YouTube video since its release.

On another note, Otile Brown might be missing his socialite ex owing to the mention of Vera on the song and his last words on the song, “find me a Kenyan girl.”

Last year Otile managed to release hit after hit such as Chaguo la Moyo ft Sanaipei Tande which was one of the most played wedding songs of the year and surpassed the 10 million views mark on YouTube.


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