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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Saintly Saturdays: ‘Uka’ by Eunice Njeri

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I have not reviewed a song that has excited me in a WHILE! You know the minute you hear a song and the hairs at the back of your neck stand up and words just start flowing and then you are completely in your zone? A song where you the artist put in effort but it is just the right amount? God knows I had missed something exciting. Eunice Njeri, one of the most consistent gospel artists in the Kenya has a song called ‘Uka’. ‘Uka’ is Kikuyu for come. Continue reading

SAINTLY SATURDAYS:’SIFA’ BY GRACE EKIRAPA

 

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The best gospel songs are simple, easy to sing along and have a message that the audiences can relate to. A song that praises God, gives him all the adoration or acknowledges who he is as God takes the cup every single time. Grace Ekirapa, unique name, has done a song by the name Sifa. Continue reading

Saintly Saturdays: ‘Tembea Nami’ by Joy Ambale

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This week I have been stalking a certain celebrity couple who have in the past caused an uproar with their decision to remain celibate till they get married. I usually look for good marriage  stories for hope that the institution works while still remaining open to the fact that there are many that are falling apart. One thing that has stood out for me in all their interviews  is how important it is to communicate and say exactly what you mean without fear. This saves the marriage many fights that shields it from resentment and allowing for couples to actually enjoy their union. Let me stop before I turn into a marriage counsellor. Continue reading

Saintly Saturdays: ‘Tulia na Imani’ by Mercy Njoki

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As it is now, I know of two artists who managed to do  a 52 weeks project where they release a song each week for a year; Mercy Njoki  did it last year  and Poppa Don is on that project this year. Mercy Njoki is a very diverse artist, read an article about her here. Mercy assumes different tones depending on the song. She can have some upbeat swag music followed by a worship song. In this song, she talks about being still in God and knowing that he will take care of everything. This brings to mind the song by Deitrick Haddon 

“…stand still and know that he is God

there is no need to fight

Cos the battle is not your’ s

the battle is the Lord’s…”

Shortly after that, Donnie McClurkin joins in with a beautiful verse.

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‘GIVE IT TO ME’-KAGWE MUNGAI FT KING KAKA

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Kagwe Mungai,King Kaka together.Hit or a miss,here are my two cents.

Kagwe Mungai is a young man going places,willing to push boundaries and experiment with almost…anything.On this track he decides to create what I am guessing is a club banger with the help of King Kaka.The basic gist of the song is that Kagwe has met an independent girl who has her act together and this is  something that makes him tell this girl to ‘Give it to him'(the actual song-‘Give it to me’).

I notice that this very cute boy really likes to experiment with dancehall vibes having tried this genre in the song ‘Creeper’.He sounds good in the aforementioned song but I cannot say the same for this track.The lyrics are lacklustre but Continue reading

WILD CARD WEDNESDAY: WORLD MEET ALISON

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The first time  I met her, she was auditioning for the main role at Phoenix Players Theater for the musical ‘Pirates of Nairobi’ ( an adaptation of the legendary ‘Pirates of Penzance.’) and she got it. Well this comes as no surprise as she has the voice of an angel and warm personality to go with it. We at theBar are very passionate about new players in the music industry and this is one very promising talent.

World Meet Alison. Continue reading