Get Well Soon: Chipukeezy Sends a Heart-warming Message To Ailing Savara Mudigi Of Sauti Sol

Top comedian Chipukeezy is known for his humorous and rib-cracking one man shows and parody videos after leaving Churchill show to launch a solo career.

Chipukeezy, real name, Vincent Muasya however, has moments where he gets serious once in a while especially when it comes to life-threating issues.

For those of you who don’t know, Sauti Sol’s vocalist and drummer, Delvin ‘Savara’ Mudigi was recently operated on after he fractured his leg while participating in outdoor team building activities.

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Savara sadly injured his leg and thought it was just a sprain but after a while, the leg became massively swollen. He returned to hospital for further treatment where it was revealed that he had sustained a fracture that required surgery immediately.

EXCLUSIVE PHOTO: Sauti Sol’s Savara Mudigi Set To Undergo Surgery After This Sad Thing Happened

The celebrated hunk is, however, fairing on well after undergoing a successful surgery, but is still in the hospital and will be using crutches for a while now to aid in the healing of the leg.

He recently broke his silence on social media, sharing with his fans what really happened, and at the same time appreciating the fact that he’s alive and well. He also thanked his fans, friends and fellow musicians for the support and prayers;

Even though the year is young, I’ve gone through a short period that has shown me what can happen if you dare run away from God. I’ve been through an eye opening situation that has made me appreciate the little things that matter. I would love to thank all my fans for the support during this difficult time. The whole story is that I had an accident at the beginning of the year and didn’t get a major injury and then in a small mishap this week I got my ankle injured and had to undergo a surgery. Let’s not take for granted the moments that we treasure. To all the Sauti Sol and Savara fans let’s stick together. This year will be filled with more blessings and you will be part of the journey. I need you and thank you for being present

Many celebrities have come out to wish the talented artiste a quick recovery and among them is Kiss FM’s Chipukeezy, who recently sent a heart-warming message to Savara.

He shared a photo of Mudigi who’s standing using crutches, with a simple caption that read; “Bro am praying for you, get well soon man @savarafrica”

Get well soon Savara Mudigi.

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Bae Goals! Bien’s Sexy Girlfriend And Her Future Mother-In-Law Embrace In Sweet, Heart-warming Photo

Celebrated Sauti Sol vocalist, songwriter, guitarist and lead singer Bien-Aimé Baraza seems to have started the year on a good note and it’s about to get better.

The award-winning singer is not just very talented with an ear-soothing voice, but he’s also handsome with a body that drives lasses crazy every time he performs on the stage.

But all in all, he remains humble, down to earth and very committed to music, giving fans the best when it comes to songs, electric performances, and album releases.

He’s Always Been a Hunk! Bien Of Sauti Sol Is a Spitting Image Of His Younger Self (Photo)

Bien’s style of singing is soulful and his songwriting skills celebrated by many, as he occasionally writes songs for other artists like Elani, Amos & Josh and Wendy Kimani.

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Away from music and the everyday hustle to make it big in life, Bien is a remarkable boyfriend to his Kenyan-based Nigerian girlfriend Chiki Onwukwe aka Chiki Kuruka, who is a dancer, fitness instructor, and model.

The two have dated for a while now, but before they officially revealed that they were an item, they had actually dated for a year, though many people came to know about their romance at the end of 2015.

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Chiki and Bien have been inseparable and always display public affection whenever they are together, and there is no doubt that they are indeed happy despite their busy work schedules.

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Bien recently celebrated his 29th birthday at a mega party in Rongai, where fellow artistes, fans and family members attended the bash to celebrate the iconic singer, and one of the most beautiful moments was when the love of his life, Chiki hang out wth his mother.

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

Chiki and hopefully her future mother-in-law had a touching and tear-jerking moment when they embraced and shared a warm hug, and Bien could not help but capture the moment, and from the look of things, this lass is going to be Bien’s wife, since his mother loves her already.

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Bien shared the cute pic with this simple but touching post; “The Queen and The Princess ♥️”

Chiki could not help but also share the charming photo as she kissed Bien’s mother while wrapping her hands around her, with this delightful caption; “When you love your boyfriends mum! #queen”

I have to say, this lovely couple is just the ultimate relationship goal! Check out the graceful photo of Bien’s elegant girlfriend and his doting mother below.

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EXCLUSIVE PHOTO: Sauti Sol’s Savara Mudigi Set To Undergo Surgery After This Sad Thing Happened

Sauti Sol’s vocalist and dancer Delvin Mudigi aka Savara is one of the most renowned artistes in the group and also in the Kenyan music fraternity.

Not only is he super talented with an amazing voice, the lasses also love him for his hot and masculine body that he loves showing off especially during events and performances.

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Delvin is not only a singer but also a drummer, producer, DJ, and actor. His versatility in the band has played an instrumental role during tours and in the establishment on their imprint label, Sauti Sol Entertainment.

Sadly, Savara may be forced to take time off performing for a while after being admitted at The Nairobi Women’s Hospital on the night of January 17, 2017, after suffering a fracture on his leg.

Delvin explained that the fracture occurred when he was doing team building with his friends in Karen.

We were playing outdoor games such as rock climbing and paintball and during that time, I seem to have landed on my leg. I thought it was a sprain and as we left Karen, the leg was swollen. At that time we were on Ng’ong road and decided to get visit the nearest hospital for an X-ray. The results revealed that it was a fracture. The hospital staff members have treated me very well. And as I prepare for theatre, I ask my fans to include me in their prayers.

We wish him a quick recovery and hope that all will be well. From a picture we got of Delvin Mudigi from the hospital, he seems to be in high spirits despite the pain.

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Meanwhile, his fellow band member Polycarp Otieno is mourning the death of a fellow guitarist and performing artiste, Cee L Nuke, who passed away in the wake of January 18th, though the cause of death has not been established yet!

Kifo Hakina Huruma Jameni! Kenyan Artistes Mourn Death Of Yet Another Great Singer and Guitarist

 

 

 

Kifo Hakina Huruma Jameni! Kenyan Artistes Mourn Death Of Yet Another Great Singer and Guitarist

It’s yet another sad day for the Kenyan entertainment industry after the death of a popular Afro-fusion performing artiste and one of the biggest guitarists in the 254, known as Cee L Nuke.

The singer-cum-guitarist is known for his amazing performances and his super talent when it comes to singing and playing guitar at the same time, with a breathtaking voice and astounding personality.

Cee was also a member of an Afro-pop group dubbed JKO, which performs live acoustic events at the same time poetic and musical presentations, and if you are a lover of African-themed songs, you probably know them.

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Sadly, the celebrated artiste passed away on the 17th of January 2017, which has come as a great shock to Kenyan artistes. Cee has worked severally with Sauti Sol’s renowned guitarist Polycarp Otieno.

Sauti Sol’s Polycarp Otieno was the first to break the news with a very heavy and sorrowful heart. The cause of death has not yet been revealed.

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The down to earth guitarist and artiste also worked with the celebrated group, Elani, who discovered him when he dropped an amazing cover to their hit song, Zuzu, and the disbelief of Cee’s death has hit them hard.

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Polycarp shared a warm photo of Cee with this heart-breaking caption;

I am really struggling to believe this. Still in shock! Worst news in a very long time. You have left us too soon brother! Too soon! 😥 You indeed were a very talented soul oozing so much musicality and a great man too. I was truly honored having you in my studio a couple of times. May The Lord rest your soul in Eternal Peace 

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On the other hand, top band Elani shared a music video of Cee covering their song, with this mournful tribute;

Such a wonderful person. We will miss you @ceelnuke. This cover is what brought you and us together. It was and will continue to be a message that we should keep on because somebody appreciates what we do. Thank you for that. God rest your soul in eternal peace. Go start that jam session in Heaven!

Mellow voiced Taurus Musik singer Dela also shared a very touching message after learning about Cee’s passing;

In complete and utter shock and disbelief morning. We’ve lost a good one. So much warmth, so much talent, gone too soon. 😢 RIP @ceelnuke.

This comes after Kenya’s musical legend Achieng Abura passed away after a short illness in November 2016. May his soul rest in peace.

 

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.

Check Out The Video Below;

Waliovuma! Meet The Men Who Discovered Top Boy Band Sauti Sol

Sauti Sol is undoubtedly one of the biggest boy bands in African and every year they take Afro-pop music to another level.

The celebrated group is made up of 4 super talented members; Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano and Savara Mudigi, and their incredible guitarist Polycarp Otieno.

Back in 2015, the Sura Yako hitmakers made Kenya proud when they won at the African Musik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA) after bagging The Best African Group award in Dallas, Texas.

Other than that they managed to win the coveted Best Group award at the MTV Africa Music Awards, MAMAs 2016 at a colorful ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa, as they also gave a spectacular performance at the popular awards show.

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The boy band always stands out when it comes to releasing and dropping new songs, and if you are a fan of Sauti Sol, you know the joy and excitement you get when you hear their songs like; Kuliko Jana, Nerea, Nishike, Still The One, Isabella and more.

Sauti Sol Are The Only Kenyan Artistes On Top Searched YouTube Videos Of 2016

But now that Sauti Sol has attained musical success and put Kenyan music on the world map, who really discovered these talented young men? As it turns out, it was one of the biggest veteran Kenyan groups of all time, Them Mushrooms/Uyoga.

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The old boy band is known for its Benga and Chakacha music, which is still very popular. Some of their tracks include; Jambo Bwana, Si Nguo, Unkula Huu, Zilizopendwa. The group was composed of Teddy Kalanda, Henry Ndenge Saha, Ben Mutwiwa, Billy Sarro, George Zirro, John Katana, Pius Plato Chitianda and Pritt Nyale.

He’s Always Been a Hunk! Bien Of Sauti Sol Is a Spitting Image Of His Younger Self (Photo)

Band member Bien who recently celebrated his birthday took time to appreciate and thank the former boy band. He particularly thanked one John Katana for discovering them and believing in their talent.

Check out the heart-warming message he sent them;

THEM MUSHROOMS/UYOGA . These are the men who made it possible for this generation To enjoy the freedoms of music. @sautisol was discovered by John Katana. He is the cool cat with shades on his shirt. I cannot thank him enough for always being my mentor and music father. They are immortal for their music. But also please remember them for giving you Sautisol. Without them there probably would be no us. Much love. Happy new year folks #MAKEKENYANMUSICGREATAGAIN

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

 

 

 

 

He’s Always Been a Hunk! Bien Of Sauti Sol Is a Spitting Image Of His Younger Self (Photo)

Sauti Sol is no doubt one of the biggest boy bands in Africa. They have some of the best Afro-fusion songs and a huge fans base on the continent and beyond.

The Afro-pop band is made up of four super talented members; vocalists Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano and Savara Mudigi, and their amazing guitarist Polycarp Otieno.

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

Other than just being popular, Sauti Sol have also received numerous nominations and awards, which include; BET Awards as Best International Act: Africa nominees, Most Gifted East African Video award at the Channel O Music Video Awards, MTV Africa Music Awards as Best Group, MTV Europe Music Awards Best Worldwide Act winners and more.

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One of the most popular band members in the group is Bien-Aimé Baraza, who is known for his ear-catching, voice, his good looks and hot masculine body. He is basically the true definition of tall, dark and handsome!

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The singer recently turned 29 years old and celebrated his birthday with his family, fans, celebrity friends and girlfriend Chiki at a mega party in Rongai this past weekend. He even got to dance with his mother. How cute!

More action from last night @osoitaLodgeke…Mama Bien got moves 🙌 @namelesskenya 🎤 #StraightOuttaRongai

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Before the big day, the heartthrob deleted all his photos from his Instagram page leaving his followers startled and wondering why he had pulled that move…

Man Under Construction! Sauti Sol’s Bien Leaves Over 76 Thousand Fans Stranded

But it looks like Bien just wanted to have a fresh start as he turned a year older. Out with the old, in with the new kinda thing! After celebrating his birthday, he decided to post a photo of himself from way back.

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Though the photo is from way back in the day, you can clearly tell that this is Bien, with his dark complexion, cute eyes, same head shape and his warm, infectious smile.

He did not put any caption on the pic, but as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words and Bien was definitely reminiscing and appreciating how far he has come.

Check out the delightful photo below.

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

This past Sunday saw fans, media and lovers of Sauti Sol attend Bien’s 29th birthday party at Osoita Lodge, Rongai. The elegant venue was the perfect place for revelers to enjoy a chilled out environment, with entertainment for the likes of Nameless, Nyashinski, Big Pin, 125, Habib and Talia.

Bien was clearly excited and took the opportunity to have a dance with his mother, Grace Baraza, as seen on the video below.

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The exclusive, invite-only party is one that will go down in the books as one of the most hyped up events. Quite the way to start off the new year.

Man Under Construction! Sauti Sol’s Bien Leaves Over 76 Thousand Fans Stranded

What is going on? This is just what Sauti Sol’s fans have been asking themselves since a member of the band Bienaime Alusa Baraza well known as Bien deleted all his posts and left one TBT photo for his faithful Instagramers. Bien who has revealed that he is a man under construction seems to be confusing his fans over what others have termed as his new year’s resolution.

Bien who has revealed that he is a ‘man under construction’ seems to be confusing his fans over what others have termed as his new year’s resolution.

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Bien who has left fans guessing as to why the Haiwi Haiwi hit maker left Instagram.  Might be making a big social media comeback soon? This comes just before his birthday party dubbed Straight Outta Rongai that is to be held this Sunday in an undisclosed location. (Watch This Space!)

The Kuliko Jana song master might be giving big announcements on that day. Well many would ask, is he preparing to get married to his celebrity girlfriend Chiki? Or is he leaving the Sauti Sol band? Or maybe he wants to make a publicity stunt…? I’ll let you be the judge on that.

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Just last year, Bien got into trouble when he replied to singer Bahati’s post about the band being nominated for Groove awards. Bien however said the group would accept a Groove award if they were nominated.

READ; Sauti Sol Links Up With Amazing Globetrotting Teenager To Promote Education Projects

Sauti Sol is one of the best groups in Africa and is evidently going Global. Lets wait and see what they have to offer in 2017. In the meanwhile join me in wishing Bien a happy birthday.

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Watch 10 Of The Biggest African Tracks Of 2016 And Yes, One Of Our Very Own Make The List! [VIDEO]

From Diamond Platnumz’s update of a Tanzanian classic to an ode to dirt-cheap South African lager, these are the tunes that got a continent shimmying this year.

The last few years have seen songs from Africa, particularly afro beats, gradually gaining global attention. In 2016, the continent finally stamped its musical influence on the rest of the world; Wizkid collaborated with Drake on the summer smash hit One Dance, and no less than five stars signed mega deals with some of the biggest record labels on the other side of the Atlantic. Here’s a pick of 10 of the best African songs that got everyone grooving all through 2016. * I saved the best for last.

Tekno – Pana

Not everyone can make a hit based on sexualising West Africa’s favourite tuber crop, the cassava; but Tekno Miles succeeds spectacularly. The video features some eclectic visuals as well as slick dance moves.

Diamond Platnumz feat Rayvanny – Salome

In the 90s, Tanzanian legend Saida Karoli’s classic Maria Salome was a hit across most of East Africa and was one of the soundtracks to Tyler Perry’s 2013 film, Peeples. Diamond Platnumz version features Rayvanny and honestly, the traditional outfits and props are probably the best part of the video. Check out 1:51….!

Mr Eazi feat Joey B and Dammy Krane – Hollup

Tosin Ajibade has taken a path less traveled by artists on the Nigerian-Ghanaian axis repping both countries with his music. Hollup is a mid-tempo goofy ode to it-girls on social media, with help from Ghana’s Joey B and Nigeria’s Dammy Krane. I won’t lie, the video has quite a funny ending with a bit of dancing to end it off.

Patoranking feat Sarkodie – No Kissing Baby

No Kissing Baby is another West African connection that harmonises Nigerian pidgin, Ghanaian Twi and Jamaican patois into one rolling ball of feel-good music, as Nigerian dancehall-reggae star Patoranking advocates for sexual consent alongside Ghana’s Sarkodie who pauses mid-flow to ask: ‘Can I touch you?’ Set in an old school American type of setting (think Nelly’s Dilemma), you might not even identify the video as African if watched on mute (apart from the awesome dance moves obviously).

Babe Wodumo feat Mampintsha – Wololo

She came out of virtually nowhere, but 23-year-old Bongekile Simelane has put the otherwise unknown gqom, a dance sub-genre of the popular kwaito from the city of Durban, on the map. Known for their fast paced beats and energetic dances, South African songs never fail to leave a smile on your face. The video portrays a typical party in the hood, and will leave you tapping to the beat. (Does anyone hear ‘My Cup’ rhythm somewhere?)

Eugy x Mr Eazi – Dance for Me

You’d be hard-pressed to find a bad Mr Eazi verse, and it’s no different on Dance for Me, during which he hops on as a guest vocalist to usher in Ghanaian rapper Eugy. The duo urges a love interest to perform some of Africa’s most popular contemporary dances – the Nigerian shoki, the Ghanaian alkayida and the imported dab and features a FIERCE little girl towards the end.

Kwesta feat Cassper Nyovest – Ngudu

This laid-back cut is dedicated to the cheap South African beer that rappers, Kwesta and Cassper Nyovest drink while enjoying the finer things in life. The first thing you notice is the use of slowed down/ reversed footage and Kwesta’s husky voice. It is an exercise in genre obfuscation, a blend of kwaito, hip-hop and trap music to lay the groundwork for a chilled- out summer.

Yemi Alade – Koffi Anan

Ms Alade, one of the biggest female artists out of Africa right now mentions Kofi Anan, even dubbing a dance to his name (wonder if he knows…?). The track aims to introduce a new dance that is a hybrid of Ghana’s world-famous azonto, its less-travelled sibling, Nigeria’s alingo and a few other energetic moves. Her ATT is truly ‘Bad Girl’ as she rocks a denim jacket and a baseball bat.

DJ Maphorisa feat Wizkid, DJ Buckz – Soweto Baby

One-quarter of South African band Uhuru, DJ Maphorisa recruits Wizkid, who was also on the chart-topper, and fellow South African DJ Buckz for this kwaito track about a mesmerising girl from Nelson Mandela’s hometown, Soweto. Also check out the crazy drifting happening in the background.

Sauti Sol and Alikiba – Unconditionally Bae

Our very own ends off the list and like I said, best is last. With a traditional sounding beat, the video is set in a luxurious resort and no lies, those boys sure know how to wind their waists. After getting Barack Obama to do the Lipala dance in 2015, frontline Kenyan boy band Sauti Sol’s hot streak continued this year with the stellar monochrome visuals for the a cappella hit Kuliko Jana. Their biggest work was linking with Tanzania’s Alikiba (who signed to Sony Music this year) for the dance number Unconditionally Bae, which has racked up over 4m YouTube views and looks like the perfect dance for a flash mob…

Sauti Sol Links Up With Amazing Globetrotting Teenager To Promote Education Projects

 

 

 

Sauti Sol Links Up With Amazing Globetrotting Teenager To Promote Education Projects

We all know them as that boy-band who often release hit after hit and recently won the MTV 2016 Best Group Award. Proving just how diverse they can be, Sauti Sol members eagerly played host to 14-year-old Zuriel Oduwole at Tribe Hotel.  Chimano and Polycarp welcomed Zuriel who was vocal about educating Africa’s children, more so girls.

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Zuriel has met an impressive number of Presidents worldwide and also made history by becoming the youngest person to try mediate peace between two countries – Guyana & Venezuela.

In August 2016 at age 14, Forbes Afrique which is distributed across all 23 Francophone African countries as well as France, Belgium and Switzerland, featured her in their annual Africa’s 100 Most Influential Women’s list. Other women featured included the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Ameenah Gurib, President of Mauritius.

Now, back to our beloved boy band…They have their own initiative called Soma Soma, which aims to encourage kids to stay in school. Launched in 2012, their well-known song Soma Kijana is the title track for this project.

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By linking up with Zuriel, Sauti Sol can work to make a case for education who has so far spoken to more than 24,500 youths across 11 countries about the importance of education. This is as part of her Dream Up, Speak Up, Stand Up project.

Despite her age, this is girl doing big things. Her dad and manager said they completely changed the way they live to support their daughter, even homeschooling her themselves.

 

 

 

Boy Band, Sauti Sol, Renews Lucrative Deal In A Colourful Event

Kenya’s leading boy band, Sauti Sol, has remained one of the most talented groups that has not failed to put Kenya’s music industry on the map. This group has gone on to win awards from Africa and beyond. Being one of the most sort after artistes, it doesn’t come as a surprise that their ambassadorship with EABL’s, Chrome Vodka, made for the middle earners, was renewed.

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They took to social media to celebrate the achievement stating;

“Today marked the renewal of our partnership with @chromevodka. Launched in February this year, the relationship has been a perfect fit for both brands leveraging on each other’s success. Sauti Sol embodies #ShineOn – this is why we are in the position we are today. As a group and friends, we’ve gone through a lot of hurdles along the way but we never lost focus of our dreams and that is how we got to where we are. On top of all that, we still DREAM BIG.”

They went on to say;

“The partnership brought to life a strong connection between Chrome Vodka’s position as an aspirational premium quality vodka and us, the leading music brand in Kenya. Together, we created a unique platform that resonated with our target audiences. The numbers speak for themselves. The results and the impact of our partnership with @chromevodka further establish that the Entertainment Industry is a sector that is growing in strength and influence in Kenya. We commend the Chrome team for being big thinkers and seeing the value and potential in the space between business and the entertainment world.”

Band member, Bien Aime also added; “This new partnership between Sauti Sol and @ChromeVodka is a step in the right direction for Kenya’s music industry. I believe it’s the first of many and based on this relationship, cooperates and musicians will start many other lasting relationships. I hope this restores goodwill in the Kenyan music industry, which has sometimes been viewed as non-profitable and incompetent. This makes a difference not only for Sauti Sol but for Kenyan musicians at large.” 

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Sauti Sol Are The Only Kenyan Artistes On Top Searched YouTube Videos Of 2016

This year’s online report of the music tastes of Kenyans based on YouTube’s most searched videos, is out.

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YouTube Rewind 2016 reveals that Salome by Diamond Platnumz featuring Rayvanny is the top music video of the year in Kenya. Only one Kenyan song, Sauti Sol and Alikiba- Unconditionally Bae made it to the top ten music videos searched by Kenyans. Quite a shame.

Work by American pop star Rihanna featuring Drake is second while Tanzania’s Harmonize and Diamond Platnumz emerged third with their hit single Bado. The top three songs all were released in 2016.

In the non-music category, a video of students of Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls High school doing the Bamba Mbaya dance was the most watched video in Kenya.

Here is the full list of the top trending videos on YouTube for 2016, based on views, shares, comments, likes and more.

This year, YouTube trends were driven by videos uploaded by ordinary people as opposed to celebrities and television moments – which was the case last year.

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Kenya Top 10 Music Videos

1. Diamond Platnumz ft Rayvanny Salome ( Traditional Official Music video)

2. Rihanna – Work ft. Drake

3. HARMONIZE FT DIAMOND PLATNUMZ – BADO

4. Sauti Sol and Alikiba – Unconditionally Bae (Official Music Video)

5. Fifth Harmony – Work from Home ft. Ty Dolla $ign

6. Calvin Harris – This Is What You Came For (Official Video) ft. Rihanna

7. RAYVANNY – KWETU (Official video)

8. Sia – Cheap Thrills (Lyric Video) ft. Sean Paul

9. ZAYN – PILLOWTALK

10. Jennifer Lopez – Ain’t Your Mama

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Kenya Top 10 Non Music Videos

1. Bamba Mbaya Dance by Bishop Gatimu Ngandu Girls High School

2. Mume kaenda kazini, Wife kaleta Mchepuko nyumbani.. cheating in marriage

3. Guest Anchor: Self proclaimed King of Bling Rapper CMB Prezzo; How he dated Beyonce Knowles

4. I’LL BEAT YOU (Mark Angel Comedy) (Episode 64)

5. Jicho Pevu yaangazia saa kumi na mbili za mwisho za mwendazake Jacob Juma

6. MC King Kong Dancing Sekemba by VjOj & Awilo Longomba New Video 2016 DjDinTV

7. SAUTI SOL – KULIKO JANA – UPPER HILL SCHOOL CHOIR (REDFOURTH CHORUS) cover Ft Flo

8. THE WEDDING OF THE YEAR 2015

9. Eric Omondi How To Be Diamond Platnumz

10. CHECHEMUA Akiri anampenda Rais Kenyatta hadharani

Beef Ni Wewe! After Bashing Him On Social Media, Bien Congratulates Bahati For His New “Amazing Jam”

There was drama a few days ago when gospel singer Bahati decided to come back to social media after deleting all his photos on Instagram, to attack gospel artistes in Kenya.

Bahati, real name, Kevin Kioko had deleted his Instagram photos a day before he made a comeback with a post that did not make a lot of his fans and a few artistes – both secular and gospel – very happy.

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In a long post, Bahati shared a photo with secular artistes who had done gospel this year, revealing that he expected them to be the ones to be nominated for the Groove awards 2016/2017 as Best Male Artistes.

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He then went on to apologize to Kenyans on behalf of all the gospel artistes, for letting down the gospel music industry and confessing that he has strayed from God’s word and the true meaning of Christianity and releasing gospel music that’s not genuine.

WE ARE SORRY FOR LETTING DOWN THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST‼️ I personally feel & accept that as “BAHATI” I have not Represented Jesus & the Gospel Music as God expects. I know this might not be the best Platform to Speak about this but We all Know that The Public has Lost Trust in Us Gospel Musicians. Can we all agree that The Saints & the Streets don’t See God in Us anymore??? Yes we Can’t Ignore the fact that the Church is Complaining that’s why “NONE” of our Urban Gospel Songs can be used in Praise & Worship Services. I feel Guilty & Sorry for Contributing in Devaluing THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST- God Says if We don’t go back to What He called us to do GOD WILL AS WELL RAISE STONES to Praise Him & in a better way than we Can. YESSSS GOD CAN REPLACE US IN A MINUTE‼️ God has given us Supportive Media Personalities, DJs & Loyal fans but we have let you down. Our Focus has been making Hit songs, Scandals & Headlines and we are not Proud of Our Lord God & Savior JESUS CHRIST. Yes We Forgot the “CALLING” and Ministry… I personally feel my Last Gospel Song was “BARUA” in 2014 nanimechangia Sana kupaka Jina la Yesu Matope… LORD PLEASE FORGIVE ME 🙏 Some People might see this as Self Crucification but NO!!! God says clearly in 1ST JOHN 1:9…. “if we CONFESS our sins He is faithful & Just to forgive us and Cleanse Us from all Unrighteousness” … God speaks through People; and if the Public & the People of God are not happy::: THEN GOD IS NOT HAPPY

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This did not go so well for a lot of fans and gospel artistes who felt that Bahati was going too far, representing them without their approval as others disagreed with him saying that there are very many honest gospel singers in the industry and that he should speak for himself.

One of those people was Bien Baraza of Sauti Sol, who have touched many people’s hearts with their heart-warming gospel song Kuliko Jana, which was off their album Live and Die In Africa.

Nikipewa Siwezikataa!!! Sauti Sol’s Bien Responds To Bahati’s Comment Over Groove Awards

Bien took to social media to blast Bahati, telling him to focus on making good music and not getting awards, and stop dragging the industry in his mess. Here’s the post;

Bahati go and write songs or rather get good songwriters to work with. DO NOT do music targeting awards. Awards are a by-product of quality. Use this energy to better your musicianship. Also who told you to speak on behalf of Gospel musicians! There are plenty of Gospel artists who are doing God’s work with anointing as they should. So stop roping an entire industry into your publicity stunts. It just makes Kenyan musicians in general look bad. Sautisol didn’t sing Kuliko Jana targeting any award. Music from the heart goes to the heart. As musicians our legacy is cast on song not hype. I mean this with love and respect.

But now, all seems well as Bien has congratulated Bahati on his new song, Kwa Moyo Wangu with renowned female gospel bigwig Jemimah Thiong’o, known for her inspiring song Akisema Atakubariki.

Utoto Imeisha Sasa! Bahati Is Back To His Senses As He Turns To Godly Roots With “Kwa Moyo Wangu”

The Sauti Sol vocalist took a screenshot of the song from YouTube and shared it with his fans, with this congratulatory caption for Bahati;

@bahatikenya Amazing new jam with Jemimah Thiongo. I have really been blessed by it. Looking forward to more positive vibez. 💯💯💯😎😎😎

I just hope that Bien actually means it and it’s not sarcastic or just another publicity stunt to make us think that everythings okay. Well, all in all, we continue to watch how all this gospel drama turns out eventually.

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Nikipewa Siwezikataa!!! Sauti Sol’s Bien Responds To Bahati’s Comment Over Groove Awards

Si ni kubaya huku! After deleting his pictures on instagram, Bahati is back with a bang and his first post is taking the internet by storm! Mtoto Wa Mama went on social media accusing gospel artists of not representing Christ in their music, suggesting that secular artistes who are singing gospel music should instead be nominated for this year’s Groove awards. Among the artists he mentioned were Collo, Nyashinski who has done the song Mungu Pekee and Sauti Sol who are the hit makers of Kuliko Jana.

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Well, Sauti Sol’s Bien has not taken this lightly as he went ahead to reply to Bahati’s message. In an Exclusive interview with Kiss, Bien has made it clear that Sauti Sol wouldn’t mind accepting a Groove award if they were to be nominated. Bien also pointed out that there are other gospel acts who are doing good in the industry notably among them Daddy Owen, L Jay Masai and Pitson.

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Well, it seems as if Bahati could be doing a publicity stunt as there are rumors that he is about to do a collabo with Nigeria’s Chosen Generation hitmaker, Sinach. 9 months ago, Bahati also attempted to create controversy, where he accused Willy Paul and L J Masai of plotting to finish him in another publicity stunt which saw him release the popular Itakua Sawa song.

Here is what Sauti Sol’s Bien wrote after Bahati’s rant;

Bahati go and write songs or rather get good songwriters to work with. DO NOT do music targeting awards. Awards are a by-product of quality. Use this energy to better your musicianship. Also who told you to speak on behalf of Gospel musicians! There are plenty of Gospel artists who are doing God’s work with anointing as they should. So stop roping an entire industry into your publicity stunts. It just makes Kenyan musicians in general look bad. Sautisol didn’t sing Kuliko Jana targeting any award. Music from the heart goes to the heart. As musicians our legacy is cast on song not hype. I mean this with love and respect.

Here Is A List Of Secular Artistes Who Are More Gospel Than The Gospel Artistes

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 any you often 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.

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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, 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.

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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’.

READ: DJ Mo comes out to defend wife Size 8 after she was viciously attacked over her new song ‘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 and Sauti Sol among others are a perfect example of such artistes.

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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.

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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.

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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 and gives you butterflies. 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 their fans?

You be the judge of that!

Sauti Sol Are Privileged To Record In The Same Studio Using The Same Microphone The Late Amy Winehouse Used (Photo)

Sauti Sol have always been superstars for the longest time ever. They are geniuses when it comes to making music and their mode of music production is always on point.

Their albums over the years have been nothing but successful and we are more than proud to say they are our brothers.

The ‘Sura Yako’ hitmakers have won awards left, right and centre from MAMAs to MTV Europe Music Awards among others. A few months ago, they did a Kenyan tour dubbed Live and Die in Afrika Tour where they wowed their fans in different counties. They later on did an African tour in Rwanda, Uganda Tanzania, South Africa among others.

After their win at the MAMAs 2016, they later on did a tour in the US and while at it they were more than blessed to have the opportunity of recording in a studio that one of the most celebrated music star Amy Winehouse recorded her album ‘Rehab’.

That is not all. While at the studio, they also used the same microphone that Amy used while in studio. Like how cool is that? Not many people would say they have had such an opportunity or anything close to it.

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Polycarp was more than happy to share the information saying, “Amy Winehouse used this microphone to record her Rehab album. Last night Sauti Sol recorded on this very microphone in the very same studio with the very same producer! Yikes!!! God is good.”

At this point, it’s clear to say that we ain’t even ready for what Sauti Sol will do years to come. We’ll just have to sit patiently and wait for them to shock us.

 

TRUTH! Alikiba Speaks Out On MTV EMAs Giving Out His “Best Africa Act” Award To Wizkid (Video)

This year’s MTV Europe Music Awards went down on November 6 at the Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands, but it looks like it has been marred by some irregularities.

Tanzania star Alikiba was chosen as one of the nominees in the  Best Africa Act category, where he was battling it out with Nigeria’s Wizkid, South Africa’s Black Coffee, Nigerian’s Olamide and South Africa’s Casper Nyovest.

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King Kiba! Alikiba Nominated As Best Africa Act For The MTV Europe Music Awards 2016

Well, to the surprise of many, Wizkid walked away with the Best African Act award and not just that, but he also scooped the Best Worldwide Act award in the same awards, not forgetting a MOBO award as Best African Act and MAMAs Best Male Ariste.

But many Tanzanians and Alikiba fans from East Africa were not pleased with the results, as it turns out that Alikiba was the one who won the Best African Act category, according to the votes that showed on the MTV EMA website.

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The Bongo community was not pleased at all with the outcome and went on a social media rant, questioning the credibility of Wizkid’s win, with some of them even sharing screen shots of the actual votes, candidly revealing that Alikiba was the rightful owner of the award.

David Must Be Green With Envy! Wizkid Bags Two Awards At The MTV Europe Music Awards 2016

One of Alikiba’s management reached out to MTV Europe Music Awards, enquiring  why they gave the award to Wizkid yet the real winner should be Kiba. The MTV EMA team replied, clarifying that both Alikiba and Wizkid won but in different categories;

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Alikiba, being at the centre of the whole drama, has not gone berserk about the whole confusion, but finally, he spoke about the award during an interview on Clouds FM, where he revealed that he was also surprised when they called out Wizkid as the winner.

The Mwana hitmaker also revealed that the MTV EMA organisers had contacted him, apologised on the matter and promised to get back to him as soon as they resolve the issue.

I’m glad that he has not blown the whole thing out of proportion, but MTV EMAs should give him his rightful award if he’s the real winner of the Best African Act.

Meanwhile, it looks like Wizkid has already conceded since he has deleted all posts about the award that he had put up a while back. It’s not fair that they can honour him when the award rightfully belongs to Alikiba!

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Watch Alikiba below as he talks about the awards and why he thinks Wizkid was favoured. In 2014, Sauti Sol won the same category Best Africa Act, then in 2015, Diamond Platnumz scooped the same award!

 

 

 

Drop-Dead Gorgeous! Avril Leaves Nigerian Men Ogling At Her Sexiness (Video)

The much anticipated All African Music Awards went down in Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday, November 6, which was the 3rd edition of the coveted awards.

The award ceremony saw artistes around African converge in the West African country to receive their awards, support other artistes and show support for African music in general.

Kenya had several nominees including; Avril – Best Female East Africa, Album of the Year – Sauti Sol, Best African Group – Sauti Sol, Best Male Artiste in African Inspirational – Denno Ft Bahati in Story Yangu and African Fans Favourite – Nyashinski, but sadly, we didn’t bag any award.

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Best Female East Africa went to Uganda’s stunning dancehall singer Cindy Sanyu and though Avril didn’t manage to bring home the award, she represented Kenya to the fullest, with a dope performance and killing it on the red carpet.

Avril has been on a tour of Nigeria with other African artistes who had been invited by the AFRIMA organisers, which came after the debut of her newest track, Yule Dame, which focuses on women empowerment and celebrating the Kenyan lass.

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Avril, real name, Judith Nyambura is one of the most popular and renowned female singers in East Africa, who is now signed to Kaka Empire and her amazing voice and beauty have made a household name in Kenya.

The Nikimuona hitmaker strutted the red carpet with an amazing gold gown, with a lace trail, made by a Kenyan designer, Achie Otigo, accompanied by black leggings to cover up with black heels and brass ornaments.

Avril would later take the stage in a cute little black dress, showing off her tender things and amazing legs, with her ample cleavage busting out of the dress.

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Well, I bet Nigerian lads must have been ogling at her the whole time as she performed and kudos to her for showcasing Kenya’s designs on the red carpet, looking stunning and elegant as she always does.

Check her out more photos and video below as she interacted with popular Nigerian celebrity, Denrele Edun on a red carpet interview at the AFRIMA 2016.

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