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.

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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

BANGING FRIDAYS :’TEMPO REMIX’ BY DUFLA DILIGON FT CINDY SANYU

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Hello world, I introduce you to Dufla Diligon a boy from Samburu who has chosen to make dancehall his genre. Interesting is what this young man is. Humble beginnings are composing songs- 16 songs for your cow ( that’s a  full album) to now singing songs for people to dance to in clubs. He is signed under Grandpa Records and this song is a remix featuring the Ugandan dancehall queen Cindy Sanyu.

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Mushy Mondays: ‘Wafula’ by Alaine feat Churchill

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So guess who is back to singing again, Churchill. The last time I saw him in a video was when he was doing  Mwikhulu by Rufftone. It is good to reminisce the old days. Of course now he looks polished and life seems to be better.This time he is on a hunt for one Wafula and guess who his partner in crime is , Alaine. It is now official that Alaine is Kenyan.She has been to this country so many times and one thing that continues to stand out is her humility and good aura.She is the perfect definition of a bundle of joy. Continue reading

BANGING FRIDAYS: ‘LETIGO’NAMELESS & NYASHINSKI

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East Africa when did we start being obsessed with pool parties?Was there a notice put up somewhere? Was it circulated in a Whatsapp group? Is it an open secret that everyone is in on except for me? For the year 2016 it was Zigo first then now we have Letigo with a pool party theme.Who shall be next,Uganda maybe? Interesting thing is that you rarely see anyone actually swimming just standing in the shallow end of the pool and draping oneself over the side of the pool.Anyway I digress. Continue reading

HIP THURSDAYS:’JUU YA DOH’ BY VANSO DA GAMA & NAIBOI

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I get the feeling that hip hop in Kenya is taking a new shift and it’s not an unwelcome one. Every time I’m reviewing tracks to cover on this section I get overwhelmed by both the mediocrity and talent we have at our disposal. We can’t clearly state what hip hop is because even Young Thug’s music is considered hip hop. Continue reading

AFRO TUESDAYS:’MY DARLING’ ELANI & CHAMELEONE

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Ladies and gentlemen let me take this opportunity to enlighten you on the disease that every writer dreads but is faced with at one or more points in their lifetime…the dreaded deadly Writers Block. During this time you are assailed by blankness , stress and generally a lot of foggy nothingness in your head. Continue reading