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.

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

WILDCARD WEDNESDAYS: ON MUSIC WITH A MESSAGE AND SOCIAL ACTIVISM

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I am sure by now that you are acquainted with the #BlackLivesMatter after the wanton killing of young black men that are mostly unarmed . This movement first gained prominence  after the shooting of Trayvon Martin who was shot dead even though he was unarmed.The young man’s death led to the Million Hoodie March which was a portrayal of the young man in his dying moments. You will now find his example being used in songs such as Glory and even Beyonce’s Formation. This movement is causing America to have discussions over the race issue that has long plagued the country. Continue reading

Mushy Mondays: ‘Helena’ by Third Hand Music

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How was Valentines? Did you get a rose or chocolate? Wine perhaps? Did you go to Kempinski or Java? Some of you were home right? Not to worry Valentines is really overrated, (that is what people with no baes say, *evil laughter* ) If your heart was broken this weekend , pole. The streets  can get very mean. Let us talk about Third Hand Music. They have been perfecting their skill for the last four years and they are awesome. Write music , movies and books for women and you have struck gold. These three young men have decided to woo us with the song Helena. Continue reading

AFRO TUESDAYS:’LOVE PHOBIC’ BY H_ART THE BAND

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Love is a tricky thing.It makes you do things, say things you never thought you would. Love can make you break the rules with reckless abandon, love can drive you crazy.That’s what this song is about.Let me just say out of all the H_ART the Band songs this is my all time favourite.This for me is who they really are as the band. Continue reading

AFRO TUESDAYS:’WINNING IN LIFE’-JUST A BAND FT OWUOR ARUNGA

 

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Winning in Life.That is what Just A Band is about.Winning.This song was released earlier in the year and was a breath of fresh air ,as they always are.On this particular track they decided to feature the super energetic,talented Owuor Arunga who worked his magic with the trumpet. Continue reading

Mushy Mondays: ‘Take it slow’ by Zikki and Jaguar

 

Love is in the air. This is the season when people spend time with their loved ones. When suddenly your one night stand will magically have your number for fear of sending Christmas alone. When real love will brew and bear fruits in the second month of next year. September babies have an extra reason to celebrate , this is the month you were conceived. Speaking of love , Jaguar did a song with Zikki dubbed ‘Take it slow’. Zikki is a band of four young men; Bianju Morris, Evans Macharia(Vansie Mash), Moses Otieno(Moses Stringman)and  Kelvin Kamande(Francis Kelvin). Continue reading