Staa wa muziki nchini Madini Classic amefunguka katika kikao cha Papa Na Mastaa kuwa mchekeshaji Eric Omondi alikuwa wa kwanza kumshika mkono na kumpa moyo wa kufanya muziki. Muimbaji huyu alimtaja Eric kama nguzo muhimu katika maisha yake ya sanaa. Madini Classic aliirithi jina lake kutoka kwa babu yake ambaye alikuwa mchimbaji migodi katika kitongojiduni cha Migori.
Madini alimueleza Papa mwanzo mwisho jinsi alivyotoka kijijini na kuja Nairobi kujituma kwenye haso zake za kimziki.
“Kipindi natoka nyumbani kweli sikuwa na muziki. Nimekuja kuimba nikiwa hapa Nairobi . Muziki ulionitambulisha kwenye mainstream media unaitwa Nikaribishe. Kikawaida safari ya muziki huwa ndefu sana. Sio kitu unaweza ukabumburuka na ghafla utusue.” alisema Madini.
Madini aliweza kueleza ukaribu wake na Eric Omondi na jinsi alivyomhimiza afanye muziki mkubwa.
“Eric Omondi ni mtu na ambaye anapendana sana kipaji changu. Alimuuliza Bahati huyu Madini ni nani. Bahati akamwambia kuwa mimi ni rafiki yake. So akamwambia mbona usisaidie huyu jamaa atoke kimuziki kwa sababu bahati alikuwa ashatoka na akawa mkubwa lakini inaonekana mikakati za Bahati na shughuli zikawa nyingi mpaka akasahau.” Madini alimueleza Papa.
Rapa mkubwa Afrika mashariki Khaligraph Jones almaarufu kama Papa Jones ni kati ya wasanii wanaofanya muziki wa kuchana hapa nchini.
Mkali huyu wa nyimbo inayofanya vyema katika mitandao na katika vyombo vya habari ya Superman mapema mwakani alionekana kukerwa na kuona redio na runinga hazichezi nyimbo za wasanii hapa nchini na kuapa kuwapeleka nchini Nigeria ili wajifunze kutoka nchi hiyo ya Afrika magharibi.
Katika mahojiano ya kipekee na kituo cha Jambo, Gidi amezungumzia maswala yanayogusia muziki wa hapa nchini na jinsi wasanii wanavyojituma katika tasnia hii.
Gidi ameonekana sana kumkosoa msanii huyu kwa kutofahamu utaalamu unaotumika katika redio na runinga.
“Khaligraph jones ni msanii mzuri. Lakini huenda kidogo hana ufahamu wa jinsi redio zinafanya kazi. Mtangazaji wa redio hana mamlaka ya kuchagua muziki gani anafaa aucheze. Kila redio ina mtindo inayofuatilia. Miziki tunayocheza redio Jambo huwezi kuicheza Classic Fm kwa sababu wasikilizaji wao wanataka vitu tofauti.”
Huku akionekana kuwakashifu wasanii wanaofanya nyimbo kujulikana tu na kuwa na sifa bila kuzingatia kutengeneza hela, Gidi alisema kuwa wasanii nchini wanatakiwa waige mfano wa kundi la wasanii la Sauti Sol.
“Kila msanii anajitahidi sana. Sauti Sol naweza nikasema wanaufanya muziki kitaalam sana.Wasanii chini nawaomba sana waweze kuiga kikundi hiki.”
Gidi anawahimiza wasanii waache mtindo wa kuimba nyimbo kujulikana tu bali watengeneze pesa.
“Wafanye muziki kama biashara na sio kuufanya ujulikane na watu. Ni biashara. Ni kazi.”
Akiwalenga wasanii wanaoipa nguvu hashtegi ya #PlaykenyanMusic, mtangazaji huyu wa kipindi kinachoruka kupitia masafa ya Redio Jambo cha Patanisho, alidokeza kuwa redio nyingi hapa nchini ni biashara za watu binafsi.
“Tusije tukaanza kushurutisha nyimbo kuchezwa katika redio. Redio zingine ni biashara za watu binafsi. Labda serikali inaweza kuwa na sheria zinazohakikisha tunacheza miziki ya hapa nchini kwa kiwango kikubwa.”
Wasanii hao walizungumza katika kituo cha Radio Jambo siku ya Ijumaa huku wakiwasihi wazazi kukumbuka kuwa tuko katika karne ya ishirini na moja, ambapo watoto wanajinufaisha maishani kupitia vipaji vyao.
“Wazazi hii ni 21st century, sahii mtoto akifanya kitu mzuri msupport na umpe msukumo ili ajikuze.” Alisema msanii Bien.
Sauti Sol walikuwa katika ziara yao ya vyombo vya habari huku wakimpigia debe msanii chipukizi, Ben Soul ambaye amejiunga na kikundi cha ‘Sol Generation.’
Ben Soul alizindua kibao chake kipya ‘Lucy’ siku kadhaa zilizopita ambacho tayari kimepokelewa vyema na wakenya na mashabiki Afrika nzima.
Akifurahishwa na jinsi wakenya wamempokea, Ben Soul aliahidi kuzindua nyimbo zaidi kwa mpigo na zitakazo pendeza.
Kila mtu ambaye ameskiza Lucy na anaipenda nashukuru sana na kama una kipaji pale nyumbani tafadhali jitume jitume. Muziki waja kwa wingi.Alisema.
Lakini je msanii haswa kutoka mashinani akitaka kujiunga na Sol Generation atafanya vipi?
“Ukiangalia Ben Soul si wa Nairobi ni wa Embu. Mtu akitutag kwa video yake katika mtandao wa Instagram lazima tuheshimu talent. Fanya video weka instagram and tag any of us tutakuskiza then we’ll get back to you.” Walisema Sauti Sol.
Katika juhudi za kukuza vipaji mashinani, Sauti Sol walitangaza kuwa wameshirikiana na gavana wa Kakamega kaunti, mheshimiwa Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya.
Ushirikiano wao utawawezesha kujenga kituo kikuu cha vijana cha kukuza usanii.
We admire celebrities who turn up in public in suits.
Going through social media, I have put together a list of those Kenyan celebs who look amazing in suits
.1. Nick Mutuma
The Kenyan Actor, Producer, Television/Radio host, and Corporate Emcee is one of the most respected media personalities in Kenya. He has done things in the film industry not only in Kenya but abroad as well and is also great when it comes to standing out with how he dresses.
He is one of the celebrities who look amazing when wearing a suit.
2. Sauti Sol
The famous band Sauti sol are one of the most respected musicians in Africa who are also respected worldwide. They have made a legacy in the music industry and they prove with each song they produce that they aren’t stopping any time soon.
They are also known to be set fashion trends and one of them being the suits they always rock in.
3. Otile Brown
Well known musician who over the past few weeks has found himself having women drama is also among the Kenyan male artists who rock suits. This is evident due to the number of times he has been seen rocking in suits.
4. Martin Kimathi
The media personality has also driven ladies crazy on the TV screens. He has actually grown and his dressing has actually changed. H is seen a couple of times wearing suits and he is killing it.
5. DJ Moh
Famous gospel DJ and father of one is among one of the most respected men in Kenya.He is often seen with pal Martin Kimathi during different occasions rocking in suits. The classy look really does work out for them.
Different musicians from Kenya over the years have made headlines when it comes to the albums they have launched and the music they have produced. Some artists have done a great job when it comes to consistency while others are upcoming artist who have by far surpassed the artists who have been known for years in the industry.
1. Sauti Sol
The Afro-pop band has made headlines not only in Kenya but also in different parts of the world. They have been releasing hits almost every month, with each hit being better than the previous ones.
They are one of the most respected bands in Africa.
2. Muthoni Drummer Queen
Muthoni is a respected female artist who released her album SHE in March. Her other single albums are Suzie Noma , Criminal and Lover from the album. She is also an entrepreneur who is doing great when it comes to planning events.
3. Khaligraph Jones
The newly highly respected rapper Khaligraph has released a good number of songs which are Kasayole with Timmy Tdat, Rider with Petra, Rewind with Sauti Sol, Mat za Ronga Remix with Tunji and Khali Cartel with various artists.
He has been named by many as Africa’s new king of rap and we still wait to see more he has in store for us.
4. Stella Mwangi
Stella has had one of her best years as she releases new music from her new independent label Badili Akili music. After landing several licensing deals year from Hollywood productions which used pop songs from her 2016 Stella Mwangi EP last year, Stella has made it clear that she’s back to her hip hop roots in 2018.
5. Otile Brown
Otile Brown who at the moment has had a bit of drama with his ex-girlfriend Vera Sidika has also been one of the artist who are really promising. With the hit songs which he has released this year he has proven that he has talent .
Dancer and fitness trainer Chiki has today jotted down a heart warming message, commemorating their early days in her relationship with Sauti Sol’s Bien.
Chiki is known for her passion for dancing and she is stunningly sexy and always looking like candy. This is the message she wrote that made netizens standstill and drop their jaws.
“@bienaimesol just sent me this major TBT, this was about 3 years ago. Our lives were so different, we went through a junk food addiction phase due to 24 hour nakumatt, pancake mix and new(ish) love 😂😂😂, that moment just after initial insecurities and before the ‘ok life must continue’ phase lol. Relationships are wonderful it’s so funny to look back at old moments, old feelings, old concerns and celebrate growth. Today I celebrate my number one homie, my absolute ride or die, my inspiration, my porn star 😂😂 we have come so far, here’s to many more! And maybe another dog 🤭🤭😜😜🤷🏽♀️🤷🏽♀️”
These tempting words got men so jealous but ohh! Well, they are perfect for each other.
Celebrated Kenyan boy band, Sauti Sol have assured their loyal fans that they are in for a bumper musical year.
This is after the ‘Sura Yako’ hit makers revealed that they have already recorded a total of 11 more songs, which will be released in the coming 11 months before the year comes to an end. That simply means that every month Kenyans will be served with a new Sauti Sol jam.
Speaking to Gidi and Ghost on Friday morning, the band which is fresh from releasing their latest song, ‘Girl Next Door’ featuring Tiwa Savage, revealed that they have managed to collaborate with top African acts in their upcoming LP titled ‘African Sauce.’
The award winning band have so far worked with a myriad of African acts with whom they have already enjoyed huge success. The artists include; Nigeria’s Patoranking and Yemi Alade and of course Tanzania’s Ali Kiba.
“Right now we are working on a project dubbed as African Sauce, so we are doing collaborations with African artists from across the continent, from Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa and Uganda.” Said Savara before mentioning a number of artists they have already worked with.
We started out with C4 Pedro – Love Again and Bebe Cool – Mbozi Za Malwa. We have already finished working on the songs and for example in Tanzania we have worked with Vanessa Mdee and in Mozambique we have a song with Neyma.” He added.
Kenya’s top boy band Sauti Sol have over the years proved to be the best in the game after a successful musical career since it’s it’s formation back in 2005.
The BET nominess may however might have found themselves on the wrong side of the government after their lead vocalist Bein Aime Baraza shared his views on a recent project launched by the government, dubbed Studio Mashinani.
According to Bien, the group were the initial brains behind the major project which was launched a few days ago by renowned Jamaican stars, Etana, Richie Spice and Luciano.
Studio Mashinani was launched by the Ministry of ICT to provide modern recording facilities for talented youth to record their music and other creative products in terms of entertainment, film or showbiz.
According to Bien, the group had presented the idea to President Uhuru Kenyatta back in December 2015 as a way of introducing music studios, community radio, ICT Centers and Libraries with the spirit of community service.
They were further instructed to give the project to former YouthFund Chair, Bruce Odhiambo and together with other industry players, they embarked on the logistics and then sent the proposal to the involved parties.
“On December 29 2015 I had the honor to meet with His Excellency The President in Statehouse Mombasa. The agenda was Kenya Music Industry and Youth. Myself and my @sautisol brothers shared a proposal called STUDIO MASHINANI with His Excellency. It was an extensive project involving Music studios, community radio, ICT Centers and Libraries with the spirit of community service. We were further instructed to give the proposal to Bruce Odhiambo who was at the time Chair of the Youthfund office. We teamed up with Raphael Obonyo @raph_obonyo Cedric Kadenyi tighten the whole proposal with budgets and standard operating systems for the project. The Proposal was sent to the relevant parties. Only to wake up today a year and some months later to see the project being launched countrywide by a JAMAICAN ARTIST!!!!!! NOT EVEN A KENYAN!!!!!I am not in any way implying that The President has a hand in this because he deals with millions of things and this may just be one of those that he delegated. I feel so robbed. I plan to make everything public soon. Just so that the ones who want to can learn from it.”
Bien’s rant caused a lot of mixed reactions from fans and fellow musicians, who rallied behind him, but now, it looks like his voice was finally heard as it turns out that the band is in talks with the State over the Sh 80 Million project.
But first, Sauti Sol had to apologize for any offensive remarks Bien had made about the government and more so, President Uhuru Kenyatta. Check out the press statement below.
The Kenyan gospel industry has drastically changed over the years to something many people don’t seem to understand. The quality or rather the mode of music writing is not so appealing and it’s pretty confusing. It has adopted a lot of pop culture influences, you cannot tell a gospel song apart from a club banger.
A while back, gospel music was ever uplifting with messages that related to many people’s lives and what we go through and parents even taught their kids the ways of the world through such songs. I for one feel blessed to have been born in an era where gospel music was full of teachings and the music still speaks to me to date.
The likes of Gloria Muliro, Eunice Njeri, Christina Shusho, Reuben Kigame, Esther Wahome and The Kasangas (although this generation would not know who these are), have over the past released music that is touching and that can be related to in every aspect. These are people we can gladly say, we know exactly what they are doing in the industry and whom we can call gospel artistes.
Over the years, everything has changed and many artistes who claim to be gospel artistes have been releasing more of club banging music rather than music that speaks to the soul. Some of the newbies in the industry have clearly just messed everything up in the name of releasing music that is understood by the current generation.
Many have got it all wrong and are hiding behind the name ‘gospel music’ not understanding what comes with it.
For about a week now, Willy Paul and Size 8 have been victims of public scrutiny after they released a song dubbed ‘Tiga Wana’.
Critics have branded their song as pure secular with many claiming it has no meaning. After all, mentioning God like three times in a song doesn’t necessarily make it a gospel song. Of course, their close friends were quick to defend them from the wrath of social media.
Of late, secular artistes have been releasing music that actually falls in the gospel category and many have related tremendously to the songs. The likes of Collo Mfalme, Nyashinski, Sauti Sol among others are a perfect example of such artistes.
Collo has been a music guru from way back when he was a member of the all male rap trio, Kleptomaniax. The members later on went their separate ways to focus on solo careers. He made it public a few months ago that he has turned a new leaf and he’s now saved. He even went ahead and released a song dubbed ‘Bazokizo’ which is a dance song and many have loved it and the feedback is positive. Considering he has been in the industry for years, he is bound to show everyone who the Mfalme is.
Nyashinski was also a member of Kleptomaniax. He then moved to US. After returning home, he came back with a bang releasing ‘Now You Know’. He later on did a song that has been played over and over again on TV and radio. The song ‘Mungu Pekee’ has been well received by music lovers and the message is pretty clear. The song clearly is inspiring in every aspect.
Sauti Sol have been driving us nuts with their music. The moment they hit the stage, they always cook up something that all of us are amazed by. But then they went ahead and released a song ‘Kuliko Jana’ that has been warmly received by their fans. The minute you hear that song, you heart warms up and you feel at ease. It inspires you. It sends butterflies free in your stomach. It’s like God is speaking to you face to face.
These three artistes have done better songs that can be categorized as gospel than most of our artistes in the gospel industry have done. So what could the problem be? Are we hungry for money and fame forgetting what we are supposed to do? Or are they genuinely in the industry for the art and to truly inspire the fan?
You be the judge of that!
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