Four Kenyans have made it to the nomination list of this year’s Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards. Two new movies, “Kati Kati” and “Mganga Bomba” have also made it to the list.
Spoken word artist and actor Elsaphan Njora has been nominated for best supporting actor in a drama movie (Kati Kati).
The movie Kati Kati has been nominated in the category for best movie in East Africa. The movie had its World Premiere in the Discover Program at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. It was selected and awarded by the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for the Discovery programme.
Here’s a preview of the movie Kati Kati below courtesy onefinddayfilms;
Dorothy Ghettuba, Victor Gatonye and Daudi Otieno have also been nominated for best indigenous language movie or TV series – Swahili in Urembo, Fihi and Zilizala respectively. “Mganga Bomba” has also been nominated in the same category.
The voting closes on Friday, 24th February meaning that Kenyans have less than five days to show their support to their country mates by voting for them. To vote for the Kenyan nominees, visit http://africamagic.dstv.com/page/amvca.
The AMVCA will take place in Lagos, Nigeria on March 4th and 5th2017.
Their ‘updated’ wedding is a far cry from this couple’s 100 bob wedding officiated back on January 30th, 2017. Wilson Wanjohi and Anne Muhonja is the proud couple who have been blessed with a Sh 3.5 million bob wedding. Now they look like a million dollar couple.
Beside the Sh 3.5 million do-over wedding, Wilson and Anne also got other presents like an-all-expense paid honeymoon in Diani.
Big up to our very own John Kaveke, a Kenyan designer who has made it big! He has been featured in the renowned New York Fashion week, where he repped Kenyans with his amazing, yet uniquely African designs.
The collection dubbed “Raw Attitude” was inspired by Samburu morans and the colours are heavily influenced by the distinct Samburu print.
With over 15 years experience, he really did us proud and proved that Kenya has talents to offer in all industries.
Kaveke has specialised in men’s fashion; an area not touched by many, and his designs have had the pleasure of gracing a wide range of catwalks that include; Sarajevo Fashion Week, Bosnia, Hub of Africa in Ethiopia, Swahili Fashion Week in Tanzania, Catwalk Kenya, Festival for African Fashion and Art or FAFA Kenya, the International Smirnoff Fashion Awards, London Fashion Week…the list is endless, with New York Fashion Week being his latest conquest.
John Kaveke first became interested in fashion while in high school, and further studied fashion design in Spain. As they say, the rest is history!
Kenyan-born international fashion designer John Kaveke led this crafty workshop. John has been drawing since he was in nursery and once his work was featured on a children’s show on local TV station, he knew that he had a real talent. His interest in fashion started when he was in high school. He went to Spain to study fashion design, and the rest is history! He has had his own beautiful clothing line since 1997 and has done fashion shows as far as Bosnia.
It is important to note that, one of the models strutting down the runway is celebrated Kenyan Chef Ali L’artiste.
Well, enough chatter, check out the epic designs below;
MTV award winning artiste, Habida, is back in Kenya after her continental tour. She hosted an intimate listening party where her family showed up and gave maximum support. Her family sure looks different from the last time we saw them…
Wahenga walisema, family is everything. They are the only ones who really truly have your back.
Habida’s pre-valentine listening party was invite only and was hosted at Radisson Blu.
Backed by Eddy Grey, Habida performed some of her new songs off her yet to be released album. At one point, her daughter, Michaela Ebo, joined her on stage and stood next to her for moral support.
Habida joked that Michaela had requested if she can dance as she performs before the show began. How cute…
Here are some photos of Habida’s family at the listening party;
The main aim for the listening party was to launch her newest single Sweet Love.
Fresh off touring and traveling continents in the past several months, she says of the release,
“THIS SONG IS A DIFFERENT SOUND FROM THE USUAL HABIDA SOUND BECAUSE I HAVE GROWN AS A WOMAN, WIFE AND MOTHER. I WROTE SWEET LOVE WHILE I WAS HOMESICK AND MISSING ALL THE LITTLE THINGS THAT MAKE KENYA UNIQUE LIKE SWAHILI FOOD – I HAD MISSED KAIMATI, MAHAMRI AND PILAU, ” CONCLUDING THAT HOME IS WHERE HER HEART AND ROOTS RESIDE.
In Sweet Love, Habida features Ghanaian crooner JTown, who is celebrated for his genuine talent and having some of Ghana’s best rhymes. The breath-taking jazzy R&B song was engineered by UK music geniuses and co-produced by the acclaimed UK-based African producer, Silvastone.
Hot on the heels of her return to Kenya, the singer will be setting up a music studio and management imprint in Nairobi, a process that will start this February. She hopes that this will be an incubator for emerging Kenyan talent. She talks about the inspiration and why she intends for her studio to fill a gap in the Kenyan music industry.
“WHILE ACCOMPANYING MY HUSBAND ON HIS TOURS OF DUTY IN SOUTH AFRICA AND NIGERIA, I REALIZED THAT GOOD MANAGEMENT IS VITAL FOR THE GROWTH OF ARTISTES.”
Events organiser, Kevin Ombajo, commonly known as Big Kev, has not had an easy journey. Since 2010, Big Kev has suffered from brain tumors, and so far, 14 tumors have been removed. He has undergone 13 surgeries and the last one, done in India, rendering him paralysed on his entire left side. He has however remained positive as his family and friends in the media industry continue praying for his recovery.
He has received plenty of visitors, the latest being the president of the republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta and singer, Kidum.
With the paralysis came another hard blow as he also lost his eye sight; “The doctors call it optic atrophy. They say that the optic nerves dried up,” Big Kev wrote on Facebook when he announced losing his eyesight.
This sad news has hit the media industry as celebrities took to social media to give their get well soon messages, some of which are quite emotional. Among them is legendary Kenyan artiste, Wahu Kagwi, who wrote a heartfelt message remembering the good days she had with platonic friend and brother, Big Kev, revealing one of his biggest dream.
This is what she wrote;
“I remember clearing 4th form and falling into this group of guys, amongst them my big brother @bigkevkenya. I remember vividly him showing me a book that outlined his vision for his life. Looking at your life Kev, I’m so proud to say that Many of those boxes have been ticked. one of the things though that is still pending, is you wanted to one day become the president of Kenya. Anyone who knows Kev knows he makes for an excellent leader! This country would be blessed to have you in leadership! So I am vouching for you Kev! for your sake, for your daughter and wife’s sake, for your sisters and brother’s sake and for the country’s sake. Get well soon my broda!”
Is this beauty with a purpose or beauty with beef? I’m confused! Miss Tanzania, Diana Edwards, has a whole lot to say about our very own Miss Kenya – Evelyn Njambi, and it’s not pretty.
Just after the victorious win that Evelyn netted late last year by getting to the top 5 at Miss World, Diana seemed to be so hurt over the win, she started making some ‘not so nice’ comments. Let’s unfold this drama…
– The issue of themes;
First of all, the Tanzanian queen went ahead to say that Miss Kenya had stolen her FGM theme. When asked if other girls had shared themes, Diana said it was allowed, however, she strongly believed that Njambi had taken her specific theme knowingly.
Diana complains that Evelyn went on to report her to the event managers that the two had the same documentary themes which in her view hindered her from winning the award.
Miss Tanzania then went on to accuse Miss Kenya of having hidden a agenda with a Kenyan designer. She claimed that Njambi of Kenya was given a gown that had already been worn by a previous Miss Kenya in a photo shoot. Diana who was tasked with doing the catwalk for the top model in Africa says that deterred her from winning the crown.
Well, Miss Tanzania seems to be jealously hurt by Miss Kenya’s victory which gave her the Miss Africa title after this year’s first Miss Kenya was stripped off her title.
She says that fellow African contestants from Ghana, South Africa, Uganda, South Sudan and Congo are among those that can support her when she says Njambi started those rumours.
Well, after all of these accusations, Tanzanian fans went to social media, hurling insults at their very own Miss Tanzania for making excuses, instead of making them proud.
It’s been 9 years since Ray J introduced the world to his then-girlfriend Kim Kardashian via their sex tape, Kim K Superstar.
But unlike history, Ray J has yet to leave that sex tape in the past. Even after marrying the love of his life, he still finds a way to bring up his ex. The singer recently revealed new information surrounding his relationship with Kim K. He also threw in a heartbreaking confession about Whitney Houston’s death.
Ray J is presently a housemate on the British reality show, Celebrity Big Brother 19. The first episode aired on January 3 and things are already getting juicy. In a scene where he was talking to fellow housemates, Ray J made some pretty tasteless remarks about his ex-girlfriend.
R&B singer and fellow housemate, Stacy Francis, began telling housemates how Kim Kardashian used to style Ray J’s clothes and that she was “really into” and “really in love with” him. Stacy revealed that she was, at one time, best friends with Brandy, Ray J’s older sister. She also lived with their family so she saw Kim and Ray J’s relationship unfold.
“We were both players. We were both cheaters. You’re only looking at it from a window. You’re looking at it from outside the house, walking in one day, seeing her do my clothes or something. You don’t know what happened earlier or later, tomorrow,” he told Stacy after she insisted that Kim wasn’t a player and was heartbroken over Ray J.
Stay kept it going saying she thought Kim loved Ray very much. He snapped back saying, “People think a lot of things.” The conversation went on and other housemates asked if he thought Kim loved him. He said that they both loved each other but moral values and standards were off, so in every relationship he was, “loving and lying.”
After all of the Kim talk, Ray J made a shocking confession about Whitney Houston’s death.
Prior to and at the time of Whitney Houston’s death, rumors of a romance between the legendary singer and Ray swirled. Her death took a toll on the “One Wish” singer and he makes shocking confession in an episode of the reality show.
Talking to Stacy, he says “I never really talked to no one about it. I don’t know if I need to more as I’ve accepted it and it’s deep inside of my heart but it still affects me.” As he continued talking, he went to another place and said, “It’s something that nobody can explain. It’s all my fault. All of that that happened. It’s all my fault.
Olamide is without a single ounce of doubt one of Nigeria’s most successful rapper of 2016 and has been keeping a constant run since then.
He has recently released his 6th studio album “The Glory” on the same day as his OLIC3 concert.
His third concert, OLIC 3, was held at the Eko Hotel and Suites, which was a massive crowd puller that also attracted Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and his wife.
The concert has been themed the hottest concert in Lagos and didn’t fail to live up to expectations as several celebrities stormed the event to watch Olamide alongside his team of a-list music stars deliver electrifying performances.
2Face and Annie Idibia, and other celebrities stormed the event which did not fail to please.
The singer introduced his OLIC concert, a yearly event which kicked off in 2014.
The home of champions it is! These annual awards were held on Friday 19th December at the Serena Hotel in Kampala. Well, the anticipated event was graced by international celebrities which saw many African celebrities scope various awards. The event was emceed by Tanzania’s Big Brother winner Idris Sultan and Zimbabwe’s Vimbai Mutinhiri. Well, these are the proud Kenyans who glammed the event with their sense of fashion and brought the awards home.
KTN’s Maisha Mzuqa host Jamal Gaddafi won the Best Dressed Male Celebrity in East Africa. Jamal hit the headlines after winning a Kenyan reality show dubbed ‘The Presenter’ and has since then graced our TV screens with his unique sense of fashion.
Most Stylish Couple award went to Annabel Onyango and Marek Fuchs. Annabel is a celebrated fashion designer who designs for Kenyan band Sauti Sol while her husband Marek is the band’s manager.
Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong’o was awarded the Crossing Borders With Fashion award, while Teen Republik’s Tracy Wanjiru scooped the Best Dressed Female Media Personality. Tracy is among Kenya’s loved youngest journalists with a large following on social media over what fans say is her beauty.
Sylvia Njoki won the Best Fashion Blogger And Writer In Africa beating internationally recognised bloggers in Africa.
Congratulations to all the Abryaz style and fashion winners 2016.
Tafuta form ingine! This year’s Ciroc all white party has been cancelled by the host Zari Hassan over what she cited as family responsibilities. The annual party that was expected to be celebrated on the 17th of this December has been taking place for 7 consecutive years and now fans have to wait till next year.
Could this mean that Zari is about to give birth anytime soon this month, or is Diamond being too much to handle? I’ll leave that for you to decide.
Zari Hassan who is a Ugandan-South African based socialite is married to Tanzania’s big time artist, Diamond Platnumz and they have a daughter together.
Zari also doubles up as a singer and had her first single Oliwange which was nominated for Africa channel O awards. In 2009, she won the Diva Award of the Year in the Diaspora.
The 36-year-old mother of four canceled the party and was supposed to fly in a surprise artist to headline the event. In the recent past, Zari invited Diamond Platnumz as her surprise guest even before they got married.
The much awaited concert of the year, Yetu Festival, finally went down on Saturday (October 29) at the Racecourse Waterfront. Being the first of it’s kind, many would have thought twice about attending but the minute they set their eyes on the grounds, their hearts were automatically content.
Yetu carnival is the inaugural event property for Radio Africa. Yetu meaning ours, will be a periodic event that will tug on the patriotic heartstrings of Kenyans by having an ultra-Kenyan feel from the food- nyama choma, mahindi pilipili and irio -, to the unique décor, some of the things that represent us.
Yetu Festival was definitely a unique festival as it celebrated Kenya’s diversity, love of life and culture while reminding us why we love this country this much.
The turn up was amazing as people settled down in small groups chatting and enjoying the day before the performances started.
Artistes who wowed the crowd were Nameless, Nyashinski, Wyre, Fena, Eric Wainaina, The Mushrooms, Esther Wahome, Amos and Jos, Collo, Roba, Ken Wa Maria and not forgetting the Dj’s including Dj John, XCLUSIVE, Andre, Hypnotiq and Dj Kim.
With some of the best artistes in the country whom most of us have grown up listening to, the crowd couldn’t get enough of the performances as they sang along to each song.
Even the gospel lovers were not left behind as Esther Wahome curtain raised the event with her melodious voice.
Kidum has never disappointed when it comes to doing live music. He is truly a darling to many and the crowd pleaded with him to do one more song after his time was up and as always you gotta give the crowd what it wants.
The Mushrooms brought back beautiful memories with their jams. The 90’s kids were pretty much lost when they hit the stage as many are not familiar with them but they enjoyed the music nonetheless.
Nameless, Wyre, Fena and Amos & Josh wowed the crowd as many are familiar with their songs and let’s not forget Nyashinski who performed with his former mates Roba and Collo.
It was a beautiful night filled with love, laughter and peace. Can’t wait for the next edition!
Check out photos from the event below;
Nameless and Nyashinski
Music Producer Bruce Odhiambo, Radio Africa Group Limited CEO Patrick Quarcoo and Radio Africa Group Events Consultant Kevin Kamau
Gospel artiste Bahati is among the youngest artistes in the industry and is definitely giving his peers a run for their money. At such a tender age, he has achieved so much with regards to his musical career.
He has won awards for his good work and has also engaged himself in different projects; you can call it giving back to the community.
He has even adopted two kids whom he adores and doesn’t shy away from showing them to the public. His lifestyle is rather interesting as he is quite stylish and drives a German engine.
But with all his achievements, he has found himself involved in some silly beef.
A few months ago he and fellow gospel artiste Willy Paul were the talk of town after shenanigans became public leaving all of us feeling some type of way. It was more like a pointing fingers kinda situation. But they later on settled their issues (we tend to believe it’s true and not a public stunt).
Bahati and Willy have been spotted hanging out together after fixing their broken bridge.
Well, Bahati is now comfortable enough to ask Willy Paul to give him a few tricks to getting a chic; more like sliding in the DM. But apart from that, he celebrated him for being an exceptional artiste.
He said, “Today am happy to Celebrate My Big Bro Willy Paul who came into the Music Ministry more than 2 years before me. Amenifunza Vitu mob sana Amebakisha tuu Kunishow Kiswahili Ye Hutumia kwa Waremboo 😂😂😂 But am Coming 😝😝😝 Big Up for the Contribution You’ve made into the Gospel industry You’re Just Funny. I LOVE YOU BIG BRO. Respect👊.”
Nigerian star Wizkid has become one of the most sought after musicians in Africa over time and in the last few years, he has even gone international, and I mean in a big way.
Wizkid, real name, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun has some of the most popular and biggest songs in the continent, which include; Jaiye Jaiye, On Top Your Matter, Bombay, Show You the Money and his famous single Ojuelegba.
The singer has also worked with other local and international artistes to produce some of the best collabos like; Sexy Mama with Iyanya, Pull Over with KCee, Caro with Starboy and L.A.X Shabba with Chris Brown and Drake’s One Dance.
Wizkid recently graced Kenya when he performed at Chris Brown’s concert in Mombasa on October 8, where he gave a thrilling performance with revelers dancing and singing along to his songs. Apparently, he gave the best performance of the night.
Before the mega Chris Brown event, the Nigerian star visited Kenya once, back in 2012, before he became too famous and renowned, so having him here was easier and cheaper back then, which is not the same case now.
After his October show in Mombasa, event and music organisers tried to get him to do an exclusive concert, this time being the start in Mombasa and Nairobi, and lucky enough, the plan pushed through.
Kenyans and the entire music scene were over-joyed when it was recently announced that Wizkid was coming back to Kenya for a solo performance, with one show slated to go down in Bidi Badu Beach, Mombasa and thereafter another concert in Nairobi.
Sadly, fans will not be able to watch Wizkid perform his best songs as the show has been canceled due to unavoidable logistical issues. According to the event organisers the Ultra Show event will be rescheduled and the public informed in due course.
As for the fans who had already bought the tickets, the event company will refund them through the event site that they had bought them from.
This is indeed sad for Kenyan die hard fans of Wizkid and we hope that they will be able to bring the Ojuelegba hitmaker before the year ends.
But I can’t entirely blame them for this because this is the type of situation that come up when an artiste feels he has become too big or too famous and you have to work with his schedule! Meanwhile, enjoy his latest collaboration with the beautiful Tiwa Savage Bad.
Until the day you travel abroad, you may never quite appreciate that you are a Kenyan, and that being Kenyan is a special thing.
This is why.
When you travel to Europe, America, or even just west of Kenya to central African states, the big question you may have to contend with is: Where do you come from? To which, you will quickly answer: “I am from Kenya.”
Let’s assume you are visiting the USA, and want to tell them more about your land. You will quickly be interrupted with.. “Oh, Kenya, that’s the country with the best runners in the world!” To which you will glow with pride, and proudly answer “Yes!” even if your best sprint is to catch the remote control!
What of those of us who have visited neighboring Uganda, or Rwanda or Tanzania? There is one experience in Tanzania that I will never forget. We went window shopping in the border town of LungaLunga and in the Kenyan way, we bargained so hard that the seller only remarked “You Kenyans are too stubborn! Either buy or go away!” We only laughed, but the lady was too upset.
Now …we want you to start celebrating yourself. You are Kenyan for a reason. And this is one of the reasons I want you to hit Yetu Festival like there is no tomorrow. To tell yourself that you are the greatest.The best. There is only one Kenya. And one Kenyanness, which is Yetu for life.
Kenya has some of the most unique musicians for miles. There were days back in the 1990s when if you did not listen to a Them Mushrooms, then you are nothing. Their songs were household hits. We had to learn them word for word to fit in with the big peers. This group will be all yours at the Yetu Festival on Saturday. I would personally want them to sing the Wazee Tukatike song that got every limb dancing.
This is one festival that will get both the old and new musicians standing shoulder to shoulder. Sample the likes of Amos and Josh, very fresh in the industry, and still so appealing across many ages and genres. These two, they are a fine cut. The day I heard them sing a dirge as if it is the best love song in the world? Wacha tu. When they grab those microphones, men, you can be assured of a soulfest. There is something uniquely mature, yet still ruddy about them.
Then my crush from back in the day. Eric Wainaina. Any day. I would sit and listen to the Five Alive songs over and over until the cassette tape almost talked at me! Yaani it was that serious.
I knew the whole crowd by their two names, never mind that now I have forgotten. I had their black and white picture, carefully cut out from a weekend newspaper, and firmly pasted on my bedroom wall. That’s how powerful their voices resonated to my life!
Then I was so disappointed when he grew dreadlocks. I mean, this well read, well groomed gentleman with rasta? But his voice..*sigh*..it would calm all those inner doubts.
You are not Kenyan enough if you don’t know his song, our unofficial anthem, Mkenya Daima. Please Eric, promise you will sing this one on Saturday?
What of Nameless, the man who finally came to be called Mathenge? Talent, brains, name it. His songs from the days of Hot Stepper to where he is now? Wow, talk about progress. There is a way Nameless commands presence on stage.
Have you met the Love Child? I am talking about Wyre. Our very own Reggae super star.
Who said our talent is less than the global best? What you will need to do is to go see for yourself.
These are only a tip of the Yetu Festival iceberg. You need to reminisce the days of The Bold And Beautiful, Santa barbara and Good Times the television shows. What of wearing sagging jeans, rocking the dungarees, and those Chicago Bulls Teeshirts? You need time out to laugh these good ol’ days! And the Yetu Festival is where real stars, great food, fun, drinks and dancing and loads of interesting Kenyans meeting up.