Kenyan Artistes Including Nyashinski, Nameless and Big Pin Get Down At Bien’s Birthday Bash[EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]

What a way to start of the year! One quarter of Sauti Sol, Kenya’s most iconic boy band, Bien- Aimé Baraza, hosted guests, media and entertainers at his birthday party, held at Osoita Lodge, Rongai.

Dubbed, ‘Straight Outta Rongai’, the daytime event saw people networking as well as getting the opportunity mingle with artistes.

On stage to honour the singer were musicians including  Nyashinski, Nameless & Big Pin and Talia Oyando among others.

EXCLUSIVE! Bien Of Sauti Sol Hits The Dance Floor With His Mom At His Swanky Birthday Party [VIDEO]

The crowd was on their feet for much of the party, jamming to popular songs and Bien was not to be left behind, also dancing around and was clearly hyped up.

In attendance was also former Kiss Presenter, Kalekye Mumo, who had a lively dance onstage with Big Pin.

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Ray J Claims Kim K Cheated On Him And Blames Himself For Whitney Houston’s Death

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.

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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.

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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 Drops 6th Album Titled ‘The Glory’ After Epic Concert

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.

READ: Wale Declares He’s Proud of Davido, Wizkid and Olamide

The self-styled “Badoo” broke the news to his over 1.5 million followers on Instagram. Fans are already hyped about the news from the comments on Olamide’s Instagram page.

The 15 songs and 1 bonus single album features the likes of ‘Wande Coal, Phyno, Burna Boy, So Sick, Akuchi and YBNL’s new rapper Davolee’.

Olamide came into limelight with his monster hit “Eni-Duro” in 2011 and has gone on to release other chart-topping tracks.

 

 

Jay Sean Secretly Lands In Kenya For Posh, Private Performance [VIDEO]

Over the weekend, Kamakjit Singh Jhooti performed in Kenya at a private wedding in Westlands. Most of us know him as Jay Sean and he is quite the big deal

And it was no small wedding. It was attended by affluent Kenyans, business magnates, oil barons and was even graced by William Ruto himself.

The wedding trended on Twitter under the trend #RajbirWedsGavneet and put all the Kenya’s 2016 weddings to shame.

The amount of money splashed by the two families for that wedding is enough to keep you wining and dining comfortably for the next 27 years.

The highlight of the night was the performance by Jay Sean who jetted into the country secretly before dashing out just as secretly.

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His performance in Kenya reminds us of Bruno Mars who performed at a private wedding in Naivasha last December.

Jay Sean according to a poster online, charges KSh 5 million for a performance. Travelling to Kenya would cost a little more in the charges for a private jet .

He is best known for the song Down which he did with Lil Wayne.

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Proudly Kenyan!!! Here’s A List Of Kenyan Celebrities Who Brought The Abryaz Style And Fashion Awards Home

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.

From Nick Mutuma To Avril And Huddah, Here Are The Kenyans Nominated For The Abryanz Style & Fashion Awards 2016

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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.

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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.

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Sylvia Njoki won the Best Fashion Blogger And Writer In Africa beating internationally recognised bloggers in Africa.

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Congratulations to all the Abryaz style and fashion winners 2016.

 

Poleni Mafans!! Zari Hassan Won’t Be Partying Hard This Christmas

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.

Also Read; Diamond Platnumz Daughter Receives A Brand New ‘Bentley’

 

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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.

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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.

 

Yetu Festival Goes Down In Style (Photos)

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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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;

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Bahati Wants Willy Pozze To Show Him How To Slide In The DM

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 👊.”

Sorry Mafisilets: Here’s The Real Reason Wizkid Is No Longer Coming To Kenya!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nigerian Music Star Wizkid Parades His Love For Justine Skye

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Here Are Great Reasons To Attend Yetu Festival!

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.

Get your tickets today – go on to www.yetufestival.co.ke

Reigniting The Rivalry? Katy Perry Teams Up With Taylor Swift’s Producers For New Music

Katy Perry is working with Taylor Swift’s producers Max Martin and Shellbeck on her new album.

The Roar hitmaker and Shake It Off singer may be bitter rivals, but that hasn’t stopped the 31-year-old pop beauty working with the masterminds behind Taylor’s We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together for her follow-up to 2013’s ‘Prism’.

Taking to Twitter, Katy – who has worked with Max since her debut LP One Of The Boys – wrote: “Ok back to the studio for me. 2017 is gonna tight af …MAKE LYRICS GREAT AGAIN ! cc Max Martin & Shellback (sic)”

Katy – who is dating actor Orlando Bloom – recently admitted she was working on a fifth album but is “not rushing” the record.

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She said: “I’m just having a lot of fun, but experimenting and trying different producers, and different collaborators, and different styles.”

Earlier this month, Katy admitted in a Twitter Q&A that she would be prepared to end her feud with Taylor, 26, if the ‘Blank Space’ star apologises to her.

When asked if she would work with the blonde stunner, Katy replied: “If she says sorry, sure!”

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The pair have had an ongoing feud ever since the 26-year-old star claimed the ‘Unconditionally’ singer nicked three of her backing dancers from her ‘RED Tour’ in 2012.

And Katy recently teased that she plans on going on tour in 2017.

She said she will play at least one concert in 2017 after revealing such plans when responding to a Twitter troll who hit out at her career and standalone track ‘Rise’, claiming it was a “flop”.

In a Q&A with fans, one tweeter wrote to Katy: “Rise flopped and your career is over.”

The raven-haired beauty responded: “See you at my show 2K17.”

13 Things You Didn’t Know About Sean Andrew’s Ex Elodie

Mwai Kibaki’s grandson Sean Andrew has been in the spotlight for a while now. Many did not know anything about him until he came to the limelight during his grandmother’s burial, Lucy Kibaki. He was just an ordinary kid trying to live his life and enjoy every bit of it.

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Well, he sought of brought someone along the way to share the limelight with, Elodie; who’s a popular Youtuber with the name Elodie Zone.

Elodie is quite the catch and her youtube channel has a good number of followers not forgetting her social media accounts.

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But things took a turn when the two had an ugly break uo episode and just as teenagers do, they took their private matters to social media, with Sean pouring his heart out like a broken guitar.

Elodie later on came out to shut down rumours that were swirling about their break.

She is also a teenager who’s trying to focus on what’s positive in her life. Well, you may know her as Sean’s ex but there are other things you don’t know about her.

Let me help you out with that.

Here are 13 things Elodie posted about herself that you didn’t know;
1. I lives in Nairobi though my entire family is in Europe.
2. I started youtube because I didn’t have any friends and I needed someone to talk to.
3. I love vanilla dairy fresh and lemon Ice tea.
4. I don’t have any siblings #OnlyChild
5. I moved out of home at age 17 when I joined university last year.
6. My favorite series is American Horror Story.
7. Growing up I’ve always struggled with my weight so I can be a bit of a health freak.
8. I have 2 tattoos. One is a semicolon on my wrist and one is a wave on the side of my rib cage
9. I’ve played the guitar since I was 7, and taught myself the piano when I was 14.
10. Some of my friends call me El, Elo, and Zone
11. I wear a silver bracelet on my left arm almost everyday and it was given to me by someone very special.
12. I won Braeburn Garden Estate their first 2 medals in swimming and first track and field medal for triple jump in history when I was in year 8.
13. I got into a fight at village market when I was 15 cause some annoying girl dissed my nail polish color.

Beauty Runs In The Family: Meet Joey and Holy Dave Muthengi’s Other Siblings

Many a times, it’s quite unusual to see siblings who are in the same industry be it music, fashion, or entertainment industry. But we have been surprised a couple of times by some siblings who have ventured in the same industry with the likes of Kendall and Kylie Jenner in the fashion industry, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen in the entertainment industry, and our very own Holy Dave and Joey Muthengi just but to mention a few.

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David Muthengi popurlaly known as Holy Dave and his sister Joey Muthengi have been in the music industry for a while now. They are both rappers but Holy Dave ventured in to the music industry way before his sister. They both made beautiful music and put their name on the Kenyan music industry.

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Joey on the other hand has not only ventured in music but also on television. She has acted a couple of local movies and TV series and also been a presenter at Ebru TV but is currently working with Royal Media Services.

Holy Dave has ventured into fashion releasing his own clothing line that has been widely recognised.

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But one thing is for sure about these two. They are both blessed to have beautiful and successful careers. What many people do not know is that they are not the only children to one Mr Muthengi. They have three other siblings that they finally introduced. Together, they have a foundation dubbed ‘Muthengi Foundation’.

Joey put a photo on social media a photo of the Muthengi’s and my oh my aren’t they beautiful.

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Student Sheds Tears After Adelle Onyango’s Self Awareness Talk At Machakos Girls High School

Over the weekend, radio queen and social activist Adelle Onyango joined three other top female personalities in a mentorship event dubbed #NajijuaNajiamini held at Machakos Girls High School.

Hosted under Champs Foundation, the campaign is a brainchild of radio presenter Mwende Macharia, who hopes to use the campaign to “create awareness among young people aged 15-24 years on self empowerment, self confidence and self appreciation”.

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For this edition Mwende invited Adelle together with radio presenter Mwalimu Rachel, gospel star Bahati and Liz Marami, the first female marine pilot.

“It’s powerful when, we, ladies in the media get together to inspire and mentor our little sisters. The illusion of  jealousy is just that, an illusion. What we are doing is bigger than us,” Adelle explained.

Adelle gave a talk to the hall full of teenagers about the importance of being self aware.

“I spoke about my journey, roughing it out even after losing my parents, especially my mum. I gave a speech about speaking your success into existence. Moulding your identity but leaving room for you to grow and unlearn things. I emphasized about the company you keep, basically, you are the average of the four people you hang out with,” Adelle said.

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After her talk, one of the student’s – Georgina – was overwhelmed with emotion and narrated how “she always listens to me since I joined Kiss FM. She even knew I joined in 2013!!!!! She always dreams about joining not any radio station but Kiss FM! So the emotions just rolled down her face,” an equally emotional Adelle said, “It was so humbling. And a reminder that, what I’m doing and my story, is influencing and inspiring so many people!”

This is part of Adelle’s desire to create social change and empower the girl child; she is also the brand ambassador of Intel® She Will Connect.

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Recently, she joined over 150 women from Narok in a week long digital literacy programme that is aimed at giving women and girls the opportunity to acquire or improve their digital skills while expanding their understanding and use of technology.

A unique platform was used to dispense the training – a custom built trailer with a 40ft container that has been redesigned to become a digital classroom equipped with PCs, internet connectivity, digital screens and trainers that can accommodate 30 women at a time for training.

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Narok became the first county to benefit from the Intel® She Will Connect Digital Caravan that will embark on a nationwide tour visiting other counties including Machakos, Muranga and Nairobi and will be a major boost to ongoing sector efforts to bride the large technology gender gap in Kenya.

Following the week long training in Narok, it is envisaged that the women and girls will have tools to enable them to attain skills to improve their education, enhance their political participation, have a stronger voice in their communities, and increase their income by connecting to new economic opportunities available online.

 

Victoria Beckham In Kenya With Son Brooklyn Beckham For Beyond Zero Event

Sometime last year we reported that Victoria Beckham had said she would love to visit Kenya, as her favorite holiday destination.

She said this in an interview a fun video by Vogue Magazine,  where Victoria Beckham answered 73 questions and what caught our attention was where she would love to visit: Kenya.

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Fashion designer Victoria Beckham and wife to football legend David Beckham is visiting Kenya for the Beyond Zero Campaign which is spearheaded by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. She was accompanied by her first born son, Brooklyn Beckham.

Her visit to the country is courtesy of UNAIDS and is currently underway in Kiambu County at Ngarariga Chief’s Camp, where she has been shown how to use an ultra sound machine. She was welcome by Kiambu Governor’s wife Philomena Kabogo. The main aim of her visit is to get to learn or rather see how Beyond Zero works and what the partners for the project are doing.

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She will also be learning what different initiatives are doing to complement the project.

Brooklyn is known to be a really good photographer and he took the time to film some dancers who welcomed them upon their arrival in Kiambu.

Check out the video below and photos from her visit:

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42 contestants in ‘head-to-head battle’ at The Search reality show finals

A total of 42 contestants are ‘headed for war’ at the final round of auditions for Kiss TV’s reality show ‘The Search’ set for this Friday.

Following the entry of more than 15,000 entrants in the initial call-in-and-sing auditions, the talent search show recently held a rigorous vetting session, where the batch of 42 qualified for the next and final round.

The event was held at the National Museum of Kenya’s Louis Leakey Auditorium in Nairobi.

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Over 130 contestants auditioned during the two-day event, where the good, the bad and the not so good, high and low moments, tears and sighs of joy were all captured.

On Friday, the contestants will take to the stage at the Red Fourth Academy, where they will perform in front of vocal coach Philip Tuju.

Philip is the success behind the recent online sensation, The Upper Hill Boys Choir.

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The winner of the show will walk away with an ultimate cash prize of Sh1 million and a recording deal with one of Kenya’s best record labels, Johari Clef.

“At Kiss TV and Kiss 100, we are thrilled to create Kenya’s next greatest entertainer. We want to play our role in transforming lives and help the next generation realise their dreams,” says Bamba TV general manager Danny Mucira.

15,000 People Tried And Only 16 Will Compete For KSHS 1 Million On The Search

That sounds insane but trust me, it happened. The Search is that big.

This was during a months long scouring of the Kenyan musical pool for the next big star. All aspiring contestants were required to call and sing. After they made calls, each hoped that this would change their lives. The shortlisting has been done. Out of a massive 15,000 callers, the best of the best have been found. It’s now time to battle it out.

The Search auditions took place on the 26th and the 27th of September at Louis Leaky Auditorium at the National Museum. Contestants were there from as early as 7:30am ready to take the stage. Over 130 shortlisted contestants sang their hearts out over the two days and it was absolutely spectacular. There was the good, the bad and the ugly…from apparent comedy to moving moments of tears!

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As a journalist who hang out with the contestants, I could feel the energy that they exuded. Despite the fact that the scorching sun was getting a better part of me, they seemed perfectly set for the challenge. Some of them told me that it wasn’t the first time they auditioned. The contestants come from all walks of life; from students to full time employees to street hustlers. As they waited for their chance to take the stage, they did medleys of your favorite jams; from riddims to hiphop music.

It was never a dull moment for them.

The judges said yes to about 42 contestants, who will now be culled to the final sixteen. The final round of auditions is this Friday – the 7th of October at The Red Four Academy. They’ll perform their very best for the vocal coach. At the end of it all, only the best 16 will be admitted to the academy, as that’s its capacity…and decisions have to be made when searching for Kenya’s big star.

The Search will be soon be airing and I promise you that it’ll be the best Kenyan reality show you’ll have ever watched.

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How to dance like Chris Brown

It’s Tuesday and the countdown is on for R&B sensation Chris Browns concert in Mombasa this Saturday.

The much highly anticipated concert will go down in Mombasa on Saturday 8th October, and if you will be attending, it’s important that as you listen to him sing on stage, that you also master his dance moves.

Anyone who’s watched his music video’s knows he can dance, thanks to wonderhowto.

Originally called the next Michael Jackson, the pop star dances and croons his way through his music video for “Deuces.”

If you’re digging the slides, glides, and turns Chris Brown executes in the music video, check out this dance tutorial to learn how to do the moves yourself.

 

 

 

Top ten Chris Brown songs

So by now we are in  the loop about Chris Browns much anticipated concert this coming weekend in Mombasa.

And as we count down to his concert, we give you his top ten songs.

. Since 2005 Chris Brown has given his audience a variety of songs to love and enjoy. Here is a guide to 10 best Chris Brown songs.

1.”Run It

“Run It” was released June 30, 2005 from the album Chris Brown. This song was Brown’s first number one single on the R&B/Hip- Hop chart and Brown’s the longest lasting number one single on Hot 100.

2. “Deuces”

“Deuces” was released June 25, 2010 from the album Fan of a Fan. Deuces was written by Chris Brown, Kevin Mcall, and Michael “Tyga Stevenson. This R&B slow tempo ballad describes saying goodbye to a failed relationship. This song reached number one on the Hot R&B/ Hip Hop Song chart.

3. “Don’t Wake Me Up

“Don’t Wake Me Up” was released May 18, 2012 from the album Fortune. This electronic dance song was the fourth song released from the album Fortune. The single reached number ten on the Hot Billboard 100.

4. “Look At Me Now

“Look At Me Now” was released February 1, 2011 from the album F.A.M.E. This flavorful upbeat hip hop single is performed by Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes. This single reached number one on the Hot Rap Songs chart.

5. “With You

“With You” was released December 4, 2007 from the album Exclusive. This R&B pop ballad single was certified from the Recording Industry Association of America for selling one million downloads.

6. “Loyal”

“Loyal” was released on December 19, 2013 from the album X. This song describes women who are unfaithful in a relationship.

7. “Love More”

“Love More” was released July 16, 2013 from the album X. This single was performed by Chris Brown and features rapper Nicki Minaj. This song reached number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100.

8. “Yo(Excuse Me Miss)”

“Yo(Excuse Me Miss)” was released December 13, 2005 from the album Chris Brown. This R&B, pop mellow song reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.

9. “She Ain’t You

“She Ain’t You” was released March 28, 2011 from the album F.A.M.E. This single definitely has the flavor of mellow mid tempo R&B vibe due to Michael Jackson’s sample song of “Human Nature”. This single reached number 5 on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts.

10. “Don’t Judge Me”

Don’t Judge Me” was released August 14,2012 from the album Fortune. This ballad describes being forgiven for the things that was done in the past, and leave the past in the past and move on. “don’t Judge Me” reached number 10 on the R&B songs chart.

That is a guide to 10 best Chris Brown songs. If you have a song you think should be on the top ten list, feel free to comment.

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Kenyan Actor To Compete For Lucrative International TV Job

Kenyan actor, Charlie Karumi is one of the final three contestants gunning for an international TV job in London. The new gig will see him host and present a brand new four-part series, TLC’s Most Extreme, set to premiere on TLC Entertainment early next year, and receive an all-expenses paid holiday to the Palace of the Lost City, courtesy of Sun International.

Charles said, “I still can’t believe that I was chosen – it feels unreal and totally unbelievable! I’ve been dreaming about becoming a TV presenter since primary school. Through this process I have learnt how to thrive on and become more accustomed to pressure – I’m ready for the next phase!”

After four grueling days of boot camp training sessions, expert coaching and tough challenges, Charles made the list of the top contestant. They include Carissa Cupido from South Africa and Karen Paida Mukwedeya from Zimbabwe.

As of Monday, 10 October the public will have the opportunity to choose TLC’s Next Great Presenter by voting for their favourite from the three finalists.

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Carissa said, “I’m excited and terrified all at the same time! What an honour to be representing South Africa on such a dynamic international platform. Boot camp taught me the true meaning of self-belief and I will forever be thankful to TLC for this opportunity.”

While Zimbabwe’s Karen added, “My biggest take out from boot camp is that I need to believe in myself as much as the judges do. I have a deep appreciation for what it means to be a TV presenter and I’m ready to take on the task of becoming TLC’s Next Great Presenter.”
Celebrity judge Thando Thabethe says, “We chose the Top 3 based on who best represented TLC and performed best during the boot camp challenges. However, our job is done and the public will now choose the winner, so the Top 3 need to campaign, campaign, campaign! It’s now a popularity contest, so whoever can get the most people to rally behind them will make it through as TLC’s Next Great Presenter.”

“Choosing the Top 3 was incredibly difficult, as all the semi-finalists were extremely talented. But after watching the final boot camp challenges, it was clear there were three people who had true Next Great Presenter potential. For me, the Top 3 each represent the different sides of TLC; whether it’s the fun, zany side; the heart-warming documentaries; or the edgy fashion programmes. My advice to Charlie, Karen and Carissa would be to work on their campaigns and do whatever they can to make TLC viewers see what we saw, and vote for them,” said Lee Hobbs, VP of Brand and Content for Discovery Networks CEEMEA.

The winner will be crowned live at a glitzy event in Johannesburg.