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MDQ MDQ 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.

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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.

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arianagrande201901 Ariana Grande has hinted that her new album will be released on Valentine’s Day (14.02.19).

The ‘Dangerous Woman’ hitmaker answered a series of questions from her fans during a brief Twitter Q&A on Monday (21.01.19), where she alluded to the fact her album, which is believed to be titled ‘Thank U, Next’, like the lead single – which name drops a number of the singer’s exes, including late rapper Mac Miller and ex-fiance Pete Davidson – would be with fans by the most romantic day of the year next month.

When one fan asked: “Hopefully it releases Feb so its the best birthday gift”, Ariana simply wrote back: “hbd” (happy birthday). Another then suggest: “is it Feb the 8th !!!!!!!! that’s my 21st sis”, to which she responded: “how convenient.”And when one fan joked: “Dropping the album before Valentine’s Day, you gon get everybody PREGNANT”, she laughed it off and wrote: “oh quite the opposite.”

Fans will find out the details, including the artwork and full track-listing for the record – which follows 2018’s ‘Sweetener’ – on Friday (25.01.19).

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morgan heritageAfter show-stopping performances in Zimbabwe on 21st Dec, Zambia on 24th Dec, Ghana on 28th Dec, Morgan Heritage – the GRAMMY-winning siblings and Royal Family of Reggae are in Kenya, as part of their announced 2019 “Africa Jamaica Tour” (#AJT2019) that will also see them perform in Ghana, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe with more dates to be added.

Mojo Morgan spoke about the tour saying, “This Africa x Jamaica tour is the beginning of something great for us as a group and a family of African descent. For years our fans in Africa has been asking us to perform more because they only get to see us on video. So as we prepare to release our new album we will give them what they want as the great Burning Spear would say.”

Morgan Heritage were among headliners at Kenya’s Wasafi Festival held at Uhuru Garden on New Year’s Eve, where they put up a massive performance, serenading to their Kenyan fans some of their beloved Morgan Heritage tunes like "Nothing to smile about", "Down by the River" and "I'm coming home". They also performed their latest successful hit single "Africa X Jamaica" alongside Diamond Platnumz who is featured on the song. They later joined Diamond Platnumz on stage, during his set, and together they once again blessed the crowd with one of Africa’s biggest songs from 2017—their mega-hit "Hallelujah". It was the first time in Kenya and Africa for Morgan Heritage and Diamond to perform together.

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ed2019Ed Sheeran has teased he has new music arriving this year. The ‘Perfect’ hitmaker had previously revealed he won’t release his next album until “late 2020” as he wanted to take another long break, but he now has a “collection” of tracks that he wants to share with the world before he disappears from the public eye again.

The new music is separate to the song he’s penned for the forthcoming Beatles movie by Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis, which is as-yet-untitled, which also sees him play himself.

According to The Sun newspaper’s Bizarre column, Ed said: “I’ve just finished the film . . . and I’ve got some stuff coming out. I can’t really say for certain when, or what it is, it’s just a collection of songs and I don’t know whether it’s going to be one song, five, or 15.”

The ‘Castle on the Hill’ singer previously said: “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.

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nonini chegeGodfather of Genge Nonini whose real name is Hurbert Nakitare is stamping the beginning of 2019 with a new one; “Bye Bye” featuring Tanzania's Bongo sensation Chege Chigunda. 

Nonini has been missing in action and has only made appearances in moving collabos like 'Mpaka Chini' featuring Prezzo last year and most recently got featured in Levis Brown's 'Kukuche.'

Though notably not on screen, he still has his hands full in the industry mentoring and helping other artists especially upcoming ones in their journey. Director at Bafa Music Group, a music label founded by Kenyan artists to manage artists, Nonini is still impacting the music scene in even greater ways than his hit days of “Mamanzi wa Nairobi.” 

Having established a signature 'Genge' sound, you'll definitely know it when you hear it. 'Bye bye' combines Bongo flavour with the Genge Hip hop style to give you a fresh sound that's definitely music to the ear. Chege Chigunda gives it a touch of his best known for melodious style.

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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?


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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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 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.


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).

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