SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: WE HAVE MOVED

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Hello there my darlings. How are you all doing? I hope you are well. So this is just to announce to you that we are now self hosted! Whoop whoop!  What that means is that we are no longer https://thebar254blog.wordpress.com we are now  http://www.thebar254.com. This happened on March 29th and right now we are just trying to get things into tip top shape. The site shall keep undergoing improvements as we grow and this is definitely just the beginning. So for all of those who want to still view our content please use this link http://www.thebar254.com. Tell a friend to tell a friend and thanks for your continued support :).

Yours truly

THE BAR.

AFRO TUESDAYS:’9 to 5′ BY CECE SAGINI

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You know what, I will just be so grateful for this song, otherwise, acheni tu.How many of you have a 9 to 5 job and from the moment you walk in you are literally willing the clock to work in your favour? You look up at the clock after hours then realise it is only 9:30am.Hehe :). Continue reading

MUSHY MONDAYS:’MOYO’ BY NJERI FT SHAKILA BACHNANA

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We have previously addressed the issue of picking a name as an artist and the impact it has on your brand. You can catch up with that article here. When I heard of the name Shakila Bachnana, I almost cried. Honest to God when you hear that, what comes to mind? Does it not sound like a cartoon character that wears braces and is bullied in the playground? Continue reading

SAINTLY SATURDAYS: ‘5 STONES’ BY RECAPP FT RIGGA

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When I first heard the song Tonight, I thought Camp Mulla had gotten back together. Then I heard some good old gospel with some swag in it. Let me tell you folks if these were the songs that we got introduced to when we first understood Christianity, many souls would still be in the church. Recapp is a group of three young man and a young lady. We can call her the queen of the group.

After the hit Tonight, the group has done another hit called’ 5stones’. The background is the David and Goliath story of overcoming challenges. The name of the song 5 stones resemble the 5 soft stones that the bible defines as all David had when he went to slay Goliath.

Don’t we all love a hero’s story where the underdog wins and takes over the world? Truth is in different aspects of life whether we accept it or not, we all want to be top dogs at something. We flock the church and ask God to show us favour and let his will be done in us. Deep down we hope that his will involves us making a difference in people’s lives in whichever way that pleases God. The message throughout the song is that of understanding that you can do everything through God.

The video of the song 5 stones is shot in a desert and the theme is fun, swag and a lot of fun. There is a commuter’s bus filled with young people just enjoying the music. The element of class is in the beginning when Nelly Tuikong, the lady introduces the song. Here is why the idea of her starting the song works. When you are a girl in a group with four men two things might happen; you either stand out or you disappear and become the chorus girl. The latter is usually what  happens most of the time. Her starting the song at a point of power is very good for her. It shows that she can hold her ground should she go solo.

The young men Emmanuel Mwongela, Edward Obura and Ted Askoye all rap but each one of them has their own style of spitting. Again another selling point. Moreover they have skills that they bring to the table ranging from playing instruments, songwriting and one of them is studying law and another economics. An artist is better off with an education to go by because when the talent earns you recognition, the next step is handling business and managing to stay afloat.

Rigga in the song brings a maturity and experience. One question though, does he not age at all? He has looked the same since the time we met him. He also depicts a laid back demeanor that comes with having spent a good time in the business. However, what was the essence of having a car go around him in circles as he does his piece. The sand is literally a smoke screen and it is not pretty. Sometimes music video directors will have concepts in mind, they are good, problem it is too much on the eye.

Recapp is a gospel group  and one can feel that they are genuine. Everyone is when they are starting out. I read an article about them and one of the ways they stay grounded is by having bible study every week to check on each other. That level of commitment is what they should try their best to hold on to before the industry gets real. Their fan base is full of young people which is a good move because they could use some good gospel music. They have also made their mark by having quality videos which is a good way to introduce yourself on the world.

EVENT REVIEW : DRUMJAM SHOWDOWN

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Of covers, strange arrangement and memories of boy bands,here is a rundown of how things went down last Sunday.

Have you fainted from the heat yet? Because that Sunday the heat was so bad I had to change my outfit a couple of times before making my way to Alliance Francaise where the event was set to take place. Continue reading

HIP THURSDAYS: ‘ BALANCE’ BY J KALI

 

They say life is all about new experiences and learning new things. What is the essence of life if you can’t learn anything new? It beats the whole purpose of your existence and your existence is the core of life. I just mumbled a whole lot of gibberish hoping to tone down on the fact that I learn about a new artist every other week. Continue reading

WILDCARD WEDNESDAYS:SPOTLIGHT ON CECE SAGINI

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Do you know what I love to see in an artist? Someone who goes against the grain and is always pushing the boundaries. Cece is one of those girls who went off the beaten path and it really paid off. Some of us may be mistaken for thinking that she just came into the scene recently but she has been around for a while. Continue reading