Showing posts from January, 2012

Nneka in Concert: Saturday 4th Feb @Goethe

DescriptionGoethe-Institut Nairobi presents Nneka, an Afro-German warrior princess stretching from teardrop soul-singing to freestyle rapping. She grew up in the Delta region of Nigeria and later relocated to Hamburg. In 2005, she put out her first album, Victim Of Truth, followed by No Longer At Ease (2008) which impressed US rock star Lenny Kravitz so much that he invited her to be the supporting act on his tour.

The tour was followed by an extended stay in her native country, where she composed many of the songs on her third album, Soul Is Heavy (2011). This album is multi-faceted and “politically conscious”, a potpourri of Reggae, Soul, Afro, R&B and Hip Hop. Nneka is setting out for an East Africa tour made possible by Goethe-Institut to Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and the Sauti za Busara festival in Zanzibar.

Some regard the powerful vocalist Nneka first as an activist, and then as a musician. “I wouldn’t see myself as a political activist,” says the soul singer, “b…

Nneka concert @ Tree House

So, anyway I guess my "exclusive" post about Nneka wasn't that exclusive after all. Turns out word is already doing the rounds, albeit quietly that she will be performing at Musuem Hill. It seems like the decision for her to perform here might have been a bit rushed. It will be interesting to see what kind of promo they can give this concert in that short period.Nneka will be be on a three city tour of Kigali, Kampala and Nairobi and will end her tour in Zanzibar at the Sauti Za Busara Festival. Anyway here are the details below as of now.

Date: Saturday, February 4th 2012

Venue: Tree House, Museum Hill, Nairobi

Time: 8:00pm-late

Tickets: TBA

Check out the interview I did with her last year here and here. She is also still my favourite current artist. I will review her latest album Soul Is Heavy soon.

Exclusive: Nneka to perform in Nairobi!

Yup, you heard it here first Nneka will be performing in Nairobi. I don't have details just yet, but expect her very soon! She will probabaly be performing at Goethe Institut This is a like a dream for me, I am so excited! I hope I get to meet her

Ndoto:"A Story of Urban Hopes and Dreams"

Life in this jungle called Nairobi is hard. What? With the ever rising prices of fuel and basic food comodities?.. So many people come to the city seeking a better life, a new beginning. Only to be hit by the bitter reality of how life in Nairobi is a survival for the fittest.
But. We all hold on to that hope, that we will make it. Someday. We have to.

From the makers of #twendelele and the creators of Mwenye Ndoto the album, Lele and Aziza present to you Ndoto. A story told in music, of the hopes and dreams of the urban dwellers living in Nairobi.
Date: 27th January 2012

Venue: Michael Joseph Centre, Safaricom House

Time:7:00pm - 9:00pm

Tickets: Ksh400(Gate), Ksh300 (advance)

Video: Santigold - "Big Mouth"

Check out Santigold's latest single..

Plan B Radio: Ep. 1

this is Part 1 of 2. In this episode they discuss Kenyans' Selective Amnesia. Is it a survival mechanism?

Plan B Radio - Episode 01 (Part 1 of 2) by WhatIsPlanB

Plan B Radio – a weekly podcast show featuring conversations about Kenyan society, politics and youth that don’t make it into mainstream radio. We aim to host conversations with insightful Kenyans of all ages to discuss the future of this country, and how things can get better.
Vsit the website here

Video: Black Coffee - "Superman" ft.Bucie

Either there has been a new wave of dope African or Afro-house music, or I've just been sleeping on that scene. Either way house music is causing ripples on the music scene, especially South African-house, like this group called Black Coffee (vid below). Liquideep, another S.A house group also performed in Nairobi last month. This is some of the music I'll be delving into as 2012 opens. It will be interesting to see which direction this music will take and will it become more popular?

Just A Band: Boxing Day Special

I'm posting this a bit late, but I think it's still worthy of a listen.

<p><a href="">The Just A Band Boxing Day Special by Just A Band</a></p>

Description: The Just A Band Boxing Day Special - released as a thank you to our loyal fans, friends and supporters - featuring our guest vocalists Sara Mitaru, Diana Nduba, Stan, Karun from Camp Mulla and Harry Kimani - backed by the Forever Shining Choir.

Video: Capitalism: A Love Story (Trailer)

I can't believe I've not watched this yet. if you have the DVD please hook me up! there's also another excellent movie called Inside Job which you should check out.

Capitalism: A Love Story examines the impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans (and by default, the rest of the world). The film moves from Middle America, to the halls of power in Washington, to the global financial epicenter in Manhattan. With both humor and outrage, the film explores the question: What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism? Families pay the price with their jobs, their homes and their savings. Moore goes into the homes of ordinary people whose lives have been turned upside down; and he goes looking for explanations in Washington, DC and elsewhere. What he finds are the all-too-familiar symptoms of a love affair gone astray: lies, abuse, betrayal...and 14,000 jobs being lost every day. Capitalism: A Love Story also presents what a more hopeful future…