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.

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

Mushy Mondays: Bonbon by Amani featuring Washington

 

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Amani has a new song with a man by the name Washington. An official at Washington DC  must be thinking, here goes another African naming themselves after George Washington, but they also took Kenya (Kenya Moore) , Marsai (Marsai Martin from Black~ish) but who is counting. We have previously reviewed Amani’s song and to be honest every time I see her name in the content calendar , yes we have one, I worry. Amani dominated the 2000s and the wave of change keeps leaving her behind. Is this song better? No. It has a lingala twist to it, I guess we are ‘don wit naija’ so we have made our way to Congo. Note to all the Congo artists we are aggressive and we do not take no for an answer. We are going to come for collaborations and add French dictionaries to our library. Continue reading

Saintly Saturdays:’Yelele’ by Camp David feat Kris Eeh Baba

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The digital space has spoiled everything. You know the way we hung on to our seats to watch The Beat to catch the latest song or dance move?Now  we go online. We control  our own consumption online and it is very easy to miss out on artists who do not make as much noise. I also have not been to church in a while so I do not know the latest song. That being said , I had no idea who Camp David were before this post. Camp David you have a very good name. One one hand I could be living under my smart phone which leaves me clueless or you have not made it your mission to make sure that everybody knows who you are. 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