Wendy Kimani Finally Gives Birth

First things first, congratulations are in order to the happy couple. The beautiful songstress gave birth to an adorable baby boy in Europe. Citizenship anyone! Even her pregnancy did not keep her away from doing what she loves; singing. She released a song with Gilad ‘Usiende’ while she was still pregnant.

The TPF 2014 finalist got married to her long term fiance  Marvin Onderwater in 2014 at a very private ceremony. The couple currently reside in Denmark.

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Akothee Celebrates Her Birthday In Style

Akothee is obviously not your average woman. She goes for what she wants, when she wants it and gets it how she wants it whether you like it or not proving, day in day out, no matter what people say about hr, that she can truly hold her own. Just three days ago, she was seen having a good time at the Masaai Mara Serena Lodge.

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Shortly afterwards she flied to Migori with her manager who surprised her with a cake at the Kisumu International Airport. 

The mother of five took to Instagram to show us a quick pick of how she spent her day. 

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Octopizzo Represents The 254 In the 2017 Culture Summit In Dubai

The Culture Summit is a high-level international summit that brings together leaders from the worlds of government, the arts, and the media to address the role culture can play in addressing some of the great challenges of our time. It also explores how new technologies are changing the very nature of culture and cultural interactions worldwide with major consequences for education, our economies, politics, and virtually every other dimension of our lives.

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The event that is going down in Abu Dhabi has our very own Octopizzo attending as a participant. Aside from being a legendary rapper, he also runs a foundation called The Octopizzo Foundation that seeks to empower underprivileged young people in our society to realize their potential and give wings to young people who exist on the margins of society.

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He says, “Local Minded people will never understand Global Minded Goals,. Out here in Abu Dhabi on the same panel with Iraq Minister of Culture discussing the Globalization of Music and Arts.”

 

ZIFF And Trace Mziki Announce East African Music Video Award

The Zanzibar International Film Festival, in partnership with TRACE Mziki has announced about the East African Music Video Award, a new category that will honor the directors and producers who make East African artists look so good. The award for best video will not only celebrate East African artists with the vision to create quality music videos, but also the behind-the-scenes teams that make these videos possible. For a number of years, ZIFF has recognized that music videos are, in fact, short films and should be treated as such within the confines of the film festival.

ZIFF Festival Director Fabrizio Colombo explains further, “this award is a way to promote storytelling development in music videos and encourage the skills of producers and directors who might start out with music videos and then find their way towards feature length films. Recent film like Oscar winning “La La Land” shows how much music and dance are part of the history of cinema.” TRACE Mziki, East Africa’s biggest and most popular music video channel, is also committed to growing the East African music industry and encouraging the production of high quality videos.

TRACE CEO for Eastern Africa, Steve Agutu explains further: The partnership with ZIFF to start this category, coinciding with the festival’s 20th anniversary, was a no brainer. The category will further cement our long-standing goal to not only improve the quality of music videos, but also to recognize the people who work to make this possible. The creation of this category is indeed as timely as it is important, and as TRACE we will inject the high standards in music video selection that has propelled TRACE MZIKI to its number one status.”

A panel of judges from the TRACE Mziki selection committee will select the final nominees from all videos submitted and these videos will be screened throughout the festival ahead of the main evening’s show in the Old Fort Ampitheatre. A final winner will be announced on the closing night of the Festival. All East African artists, as well as video producers and directors are encouraged to submit their videos via the submission form on www.ziff.or.tz in the section east African Video Music Competition and then send the form and your video link to videos@ziff.or.tz

The deadline for submission is 30th May 2017

Please note: Videos must be for an East African artist and must have been created in 2016 or after.

What’s Your Favorite Octopizzo Line? Fans Answer!

Octopizzo is by far one of, if not the greatest, rapper not only in the 254 but the whole of Africa as well. The rapper, who is ever so proud of his Kibera roots has had hit after hit of amazing songs that have had some major punchlines which his fans love him for. Imagine if Octo and khaligraph Jones were to go head to head in a rap battle! who do you think would bag the rap king title? People took to his Instagram account to share some of their personal favorite punch lines. Some of these will have you shook. He is currently promoting his current project ‘Teregat Gang’ which features Barak Jacuzzi.

New Music: Naiboi Ft Fuse ODG In ‘Too Much’ Remix

Kenyan rapper, Naiboi, and London based multi-platinum selling artiste Fuse ODG have come together in the remix to the track ‘Too Much’ and what a gift of music this is.

Naiboi – record producer, singer-songwriter, musician, founder and current CEO of Pacho Entertainment said this about the collaboration, “We heard Fuse was coming to the country for a show and I wanted to work with him so my boy Innocent made it happen. After Fuse landed in the country, he introduced me to the management and they came by the studio and listened to some of the stuff I had recorded and he insisted on jumping in on Too Much, one of my latest release.”
 
‘Too Much’ was conceived during Fuse ODG’s visit to Kenya last October. The track has been produced at Pacho Entertainment and the video directed by VJ One.

Genge Rapper, Mejja, Hospitalized After Undergoing Surgery

He is one third of the revered group, Kansoul, and was hospitalized in Nairobi Hospital on Friday last week to undergo a minor surgery. The details of the illness was not disclosed but he had to miss an interview he and his group was set to go to because of the surgery. He took to socila media and wrote, “Getting Ready For A Minor Operation, I Apologize I Won’t Be Able To Make The Maisha Mzuqa Interview On Ktn With @Jamal_gaddafi But Tune In Later In The Day My Kansoul Family Will Hold It down #Bablas Wagenge GODBLESS”

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He later on posted a picture of himself still in hospital on Monday captioning it, “Still recovering.”

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New Music: Attention-Vivian Ft Redsan

The king if Dancehall music seems to be keeping it quite busy. Yesterday, he was shooting the video to ‘Live It Up’ featuring Victoria Kimani and Creme De La Creme and now, together with Mainswitch’s sweetheart Vivian, they bring us a major dance tune dubbed ‘Attention’ that is sure to have you moving to the beats. 

Vivian herself hasn’t been sleeping either. Her song ‘Charm that features Ugandan artiste Chameleone took the airwaves by storm and has stayed that way for the most part since it’s release. It’s safe to say Kenyan artiste are getting better and better at their craft and hard work is very clear on most of them. 

Victoria Kimani Takes Us Behind The Scenes Of The ‘Live It Up’ Shoot

The singer took to Instagram and snapchat to take us behind the scenes of her video shoot featuring dancehall artiste Redsan and Creme De La Creme. She wrote,“Shooting ”Live it Up” Video with the bros @thecremedelacreme and @redsanmusic today!!! It’s about to be LIT in Nairobi tonight…. Stay tuned to my Snapchat:VictoriaKimani.” 

She had earlier on, about three weeks ago, used instagram to announce that she was leaving the Chocolate city label that she has been signed to since 2012 writing, Mann “these labels got me feelin independent!!!! ” 💽🗡⛓🔨But still I keep pushing cuz greater is HE that is in me than he that is in the world. SAFARI is my last project with @choccitymusic …. Excited about what’s NEXT.”

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Qritiqal Drops New Music ‘Won’t Tell’

WON’T TELL is the latest track release by one of the only two Kenyan artiste signed to Chocolate City, Qritiqal. 

It’s the singer’s official second single and has a sort of Afro-pop dance rhythm to it that keeps you up on your feet all night long. 

Listen to it below and tell us what you think about his latest jam.