Rihanna talks marriage plans and addresses new album rumours- EVERYTHING WE KNOW

It’s official. Rihanna’s found love and we couldn’t be happier, and not just because this might translate to new music in the future but because everyone deserves a little love in their life.

Our favourite unapologetic bad girl opened up about her love life and flourishing career as both a musician and business woman in a sit down with her Ocean 8’s co star Sarah Paulson for Interview Magazine.

When asked about the special man in her life and how she manages to balance it all, this is what the 31 year old Barbadian singer, businesswoman, fashion designer, and actress had to say about it,

“I got into a new relationship, and it matters to me. It was like, “I need to make time for this.” Just like I nurture my businesses, I need to nurture this as well. I’ll shut things down for two days, three days at a time. On my calendar we now have the infamous “P,” which means personal days. This is a new thing.”

Earlier this month, the pop star-turned-makeup mogul and her beau were photographed cuddling, smiling and laughing during a lunch date at Lo Scoglio in Nerano, Italy, a province of Naples.

 

Pictured above: Earlier this month, the pop star-turned-makeup mogul and her beau were photographed cuddling, smiling and laughing during a lunch date at Lo Scoglio in Nerano, Italy, a province of Naples.

Rihanna and Jameel were first linked in June 2017, when they were spotted kissing and grabbing coffee while on holiday in Spain. Save for a few outings — from London and Boston to New York City — the couple have largely kept their jet set romance under wraps for the past two years. However, they stepped out for an L.A. Lakers game on Feb. 21, where they were all smiles while celebrating her birthday.

Though Rihanna again stayed vague when discussing marriage (“Only God knows that, girl. We plan and God laughs, right?”) the nine-time Grammy winner confessed that parenthood was hopefully on the horizon, telling Paulson that she wanted to be a mother “more than anything in life.”

When asked about her next album, Rihanna was unable to offer a timeline for her fans as she’s juggling a lot at the moment and therefore can’t push out new music as fast as she could before.

“I used to be in the studio, only the studio, for three months straight, and an album would come out. Now, it’s like a carousel. I do fashion one day, lingerie the next, beauty the next, then music the next. It’s like having a bunch of kids and you need to take care of them all.”

Damn Rih! Sis needs to change her name to Robyn “I can do it all” Fenty.

 

Rihanna has been hailed as a fashion powerhouse and a beauty mogul. She’s also a chart-topping music icon- something her fans are always quick to remind her when she “forgets” including Paulson who took one for the team and asked Rihanna for new music.

“Okay, but as a hungry kid, I need a new Rihanna album. How much longer do we have to wait?”

Rihanna confirmed that she is working on a “really fun” album at the moment and that she has blocked off a solid period of time for the studio next month.

“I’m really happy with a lot of the material we have so far, but I am not going to put it out until it’s complete. It makes no sense to rush it, but I want it out. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m like, “Even if I don’t have the time to shoot videos, I’m going to put an album out.”

 

Well there you have it folks, we can all stop trolling Rihanna about new music because she finally got the memo.

 

So here’s what we know so far. In a recent interview for T Magazine, Rihanna confirmed that her ninth album will soon be taking over our playlists. Staying true to her Caribbean roots, it will be her first reggae album with “R9” as a working title. “So far it’s just been R9, thanks to the Navy. I’m about to call it that probably, ’cause they have haunted me with this “R9, R9, when is R9 coming out?” How will I accept another name after that’s been burned into my skull?”, she added.
If there’s one thing Rihanna could give away it’s that she definitely won’t be collaborating with Drake this time, “I don’t see it happening. Not on this album, that’s for sure.” As for collaborating with Lady Gaga, she said it’s possible, “because she followed me on Instagram. It’s not in the books right now, but I’m not against it.”
And yes, she did directly address her fans’ eagerness for a new album and the fact that they’re not even the slightest bit skittish about informing her of their impatience.

We just want the bops Rih!

There’s no release date at the moment, but I’m sure Rihanna will come up with a trolling way to announce that, as well. Or she could pull a Beyoncé and surprise us with an overnight drop of her new work. Either way as a proud member of the Navy (I mean, who isn’t?), I’m just happy that our girl Rih is out here living her best life, unapologetically and I cannot wait for whatever she decides to bless us with!

The Grammy Award Winning Artists Who Are About To Perform In The 254

Icons in their own right, reggae sensation Morgan Heritage are the Grammy Award winning artists who are about to perform in the 254.

Having already been in the country and collaborated with a few artists from Kenya and within East Africa, Morgan Heritage are about to perform to what is expected to be their largest East African crowd this June 8th at the Safaricom Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Festival which is dubbed ‘Tomorrow’s Leaders Today’ was launched on the 17th of this month (May) at the Carnivore Grounds and is a global initiative to raise funds for youth leadership programs across Africa and Jamaica.

Hence the name ‘Tomorrow’s Leaders Today’.

Speaking on the importance of the festival, the ‘Raids Roots Dance’ singers said,

“We are doing this festival because we have identified the need of a conscious effort to be pushed forward to educate, empower, and creates opportunities that put put the youth on a path towards success.” -Morgan Heritage.

The concert will also see some incredible acts perform, including Diamond Platnumz, Yemi Alade, Naiboi, Alaine, Femi One, Chameleone, Stonebwoy, Wyre, Jemere Morgan and Jua Cali.

 

Some of the benefactors behind this festival include, Save The Children, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNODC, OXFAM International, Shofco and Joy Divine.

 

He Did NOT Come To Play! Official Teaser to King Slayer’s First Solo Hit

It was one cold winter, after Khaleesi’s dragons had reigned havoc on Kings Landing (still getting over that episode), that our very own King Slayer decided to release a banger.

Making what is currently the biggest music comeback of all time, King Slayer has just announced that his first solo hit is set to drop this Friday the 17th of May and we have the official teaser!

Borrowing a leaf from Steph Kapela’s ‘Exposure’ music video’, the video to King Slayer’s new jam is shot at the Homeboyz Radio studios and (as you’ll see), stars some of your favourite Homeboyz Radio show hosts.

Who can you spot?

 

Are you ready for King Slayer’s Epic return? The countdown continues!

Biggest Comeback of 2019!!

Sit down Soulja Boy cause Tyga isn’t your real competition.

Your real competition is actually about to release a comeback this Friday.

In what will be the biggest music comeback of all time, King Slayer has a new jam which is his first big solo project and which is due for official release this Friday the 17th of May.

Now if him timing his release appropriately with the season finale to Game of Thrones should be an indication of anything, it is that this jam is sure to be a Game Changer!

King Slayer busted onto the scene a year ago when he bodied the industries biggest names including Khaligraph Jones, and a majority of the rappers from The Jump Off Freshman list.

This year, it seems that he is full speed ahead and just might be steam rolling over all the rap big wigs cause well, you know what they (and by ‘they’ I mean King Slayer) say, ‘Try as they will, there can only be one King!’

Are you ready for his comeback? The countdown is on!

 

Click THIS link to re-live King Slayers Epic rap battles

Mesut comes through for Nairobi’s Özil FC

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has once again helped a Kenyan team realize their football dream.

Ozil, through Homeboyz Radio’s Eric Njiru, sent 15 pair of boots and 10 Arsenal signed shirts to now know Ozil FC.

This comes after he sent six shirts, boots, photos and caps to Lawrence Masira, a boy from Nairobi’s Naserian village who became famous in March 2019 after his photo was posted on twitter by Eric Njiru.

Masira was photographed wearing an ‘Ozil shirt’ written by a marker pen prompting the 2014 World Cup winner to send kits to him.

That would be followed by Ozil rewarding the entire team.

5 Kenyans Who Made It To Forbes’ 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa 2018 List

Forbes’ Magazine named the 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa 2018, and five Kenyans made the list.

The list which was compiled by a panel of expert A-list judges saw more than 650 nominations (all sent via email) cutting across real Estate, financial services, manufacturing, media, tech, green tech, agriculture and fashion. These entrepreneurs represent the innovative and intellectuals of their generation, taking more risks and building phenomenal businesses.

Here are the five Kenyans who made the list for 30 Most Promising Young entrepreneurs In Africa 2018:

Paul Kihiko

Founder, Wing It Nairobi

30 year-old Kihiko is the founder of Wing It Nairobi, Kenya’s first and only wings-only Quick service restaurant. Its first outlet at the Galleria Shopping Mall in Kenya​ is already doing 6-figures annually in revenue. Last year, Wing It raised $75,000 from two investors for a minority stake in Kenya’s edition of Dragons’ Den. Kihiko is set to open other outlets this year.

Anerlisa Muigai

Founder, Nero

Anerlisa Muigai, though born in a billionaire family found her own path. Muigai, 30, is the founder of Nero, a beverage company that manufactures and sells the top selling Executive Still Water brand across Kenya.

June Syowia

Founder, Beiless Group

She’s only 22 and killing it in the entrepreneur world. Syowia runs Beiless Group, a fast-growing experiential and digital marketing agency that has handled marketing campaigns for more than 50 popular Kenyan brands over the last two months. Syowia is a recipient of the 2017 Global Student Entrepreneur Award in Kenya.

Gloria Michelle Otieno Muka

Founder, Recours Four Kenya Consultants Limited

In 2013, Gloria Michelle Otieno Muka, 31, founded Recours Four Kenya Consultants Limited (R4Kenya), a fast-growing professional HR services firm located in Nairobi, Kenya. She started the firm with $2,000 of her savings, and within the last 4 years, she has grown the company into a $400,000 (annual revenues) business with more than 15 employees. Recours Four Kenya offers professional HR services in consultancy, recruitment, training, psychometric testing and staff outsourcing. The company’s clients include the World Bank group, Kenya National Examination Council, USAID, GlaxoSmithKline and Sportpesa.

Rajiv Mehta

Founder, Tangerine Investments

Rajiv Mehta, 32, is the founder of Tangerine Investments, an outdoor advertising firm that uses public transit vehicles, litterbins and street poles to market leading consumer goods in Kenya. Tangerine, which was founded in 2008, has clients such as Kenya Airways, Pizza Inn, Subway and Coca Cola HP among others. The company recorded revenue of more than $1 million in 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tuborg Open Returns – Featuring Diplo and MØ

It’s a music campaign that seeks to bring together incredible talent in the world of music, to deliver a message.

Danish lager brand Tuborg is this year partnering with superstar artists Diplo, MØ and others to bring together culture and diversity – all within one song.

The aim? To encourage people to be ‘Open To More’ – in their own individual styles and ways.

Dip0lo has been here before, having been a major part of last year’s campaign, and this year, collaborates with the rising Danish star on a tune called ‘Stay Open’, with artists from around the world invited to rewrite the verses to tell story of what being ‘Open To More’ means to them.

Diplo says: “To be part of Tuborg Open for the second year is really cool. This year Tuborg came to us with the idea of being “Open to More” and MØ and I were already working on ‘Stay Open,’ this track about how so many times people are closed but it’s important to stay open to new people and experiences…”

Danish vocalist and songwriter MØ is also excited about the collaboration, nothing that by being open to new experiences, you can mix things up0 and see what magic can happen.

The campaign will be supported with on-pack and digital, culminating with a live gig featuring Diplo and MØ as well as some of the local artists, later in the year.

Milan Shah, International Marketing Manager at Tuborg, said, “Tuborg has a long and proud heritage with music, helping introduce new genres and artists to new markets. Through this year’s Tuborg OPEN campaign, we’re once again setting out to encourage people around the world to be Open To More – to be inquisitive, exploring the world around them, trying new experiences and sharing them with others to see where it takes them.”

Nairobi is ready. And absolutely Open To More.

 

 

Obama To Open Basketball Court in Siaya

Basketball outreach program Giants of Africa (GOA) has partnered with the Sauti Kuu Foundation by establishing a court at the soon to be opened Sauti Kuu Sports, Resources and Education Centre in Alego, Siaya County. 

Toronto Raptors President and GOA founder Masai Ujiri said that the Alego facility scheduled to be opened on July 16th by former United States President Barack Obama is part of a series of basketball courts to be built across Africa in an effort to grow the next generation of African leaders.

“Over the past 15 years I have watched countless timid, hopeful kids transform into inspired, mission-driven leaders as a result of simply being exposed to more,” said Mr. Ujiri.

“As we work to create greater opportunity for young adults on the continent, expansion is our natural next step in delivering on our mission. Basketball opened so many doors and built me up on many levels, so I’m excited to pay that forward to the next generation of African giants,” he added.

Sauti Kuu which is run by Dr. Auma Obama is an organization focused on creating structures to help youth become mentally, socially and financially self-reliant. Ujiri plans to infuse local flavor into the design aesthetic of the basketball structures to feed into the vibrant youth culture of each African country.

Empowered by the impact the game has had on his own journey, Ujiri co-founded Giants of Africa with aspirations to leverage basketball as a vessel for young boys and girls to Dream Big, and visualize opportunities for their future in Africa and around the world.

Since its 2003 launch in Nigeria, the not-for-profit organization has expanded its footprint and programming across the continent and beyond the game. The organization has prioritized skills training and personal development from basketball, health and wellness, to leadership and social impact.

This partnership has been made possible through the relationship between Sauti Kuu and Gina Din Foundation. 

“Over the years my foundation the Gina Din Foundation has worked closely to use sports to impact communities. We are delighted with this announcement,” said foundation founder Ms. Gina Din-Kariuki.

“The mission of the Gina Din Foundation is to provide social impact on our youth, and over the years we have seen that sport is an excellent vehicle. With this court, I look forward to all the valuable life skills the local young girls and boys will gain through the medium of basketball,” she added.

The Chosen 21 Deejays Battle It Out On Ignition

It was a long and thorough search that left only 21 standing out of over 400 applications.

The chosen 21 went through master class over the weekend for 2 days. The Masterclass  was a workshop ran by facilitators from both the HBR and Ballantines team who took the deejays through a series of training that included Customer service, Music Production, Financial Management and personal branding.

From here on out for a total of 21 days we shall have the deejays mix live on the drive show: #IgnitionHbr daily and from there you will be allowed to vote for the deejay you think held it down and stayed excellently true to their craft.

Meanwhile Dj Steno stepped up first playing on Monday, followed by Scratch Wailer on Tuesday and Dj Timan yesterday.

Here’s the link to Dj Steno’s mix on Monday below, watch out for the rest live on our You Tube Chanel.

Today, we have deejay RK coming through, make sure to tune in.

Tinga Tinga Tales – The Musical is back!

Due to popular demand, Tinga Rain Productions, has announced that they are bringing back Tinga Tinga Tales – The Musical in September 2018 at the Kenya National Theatre. Kenya’s all singing, all dancing production will run for a spectacular month, before the cast and crew transfer to Broadway, New York, USA in October 2018. 

The producers have signed a two-week run to showcase Kenyan talent at the New Victory Theatre, New York City’s first and only full-time performing arts theatre for kids and their families. Tinga Tinga Tales on Broadway will run from 13-21 October 2018.

Designed to entertain the whole family, this production is being sponsored by Safaricom and Dalbit Petroleum on behalf of Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy, with support from Kenya Airways and The Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Kenya.

Kenyan theatre lovers and their families will get a chance to come and sing and dance with the Tinga Tinga crew at the National Theatre, Nairobi from 1 – 30 September.  A total of 41 performances will be run, including special school performances at 10am.  Exclusive shows are also available for corporates to entertain their staff and customers.

Tinga Tinga Tales has enlisted some of Kenya’s top actors, musicians and creatives.  The cast includes national iconEric Wainaina, soul diva Atemi Oyungu, actor Elsaphan Njora, Eddie Kimani,Alvan Gatitu, Ray Kibet, Miriam Macharia, Kendi Nkonge and Karimi Wamae Rimbui.The band includes Benjamin Kabaseke, Victor Kimetto, Marvin Maveke, Ted Mwangi, Tetu Shani and Chris Adwar.

 

‘’We are totally thrilled to be bringing Tinga Tinga Tales the Musical back. This time it’s bigger and better than ever! Taking the show to New York and celebrating Kenya… Kenyan talent, Kenyan culture, Kenyan wildlife and Kenya the country… is simply the cherry on top of the cake. The Tinga Troupe will also introduce Benji the Brave Bongo,icon of Mountt. Kenya Wildlife Conservancy to a host of children around the world to help save animals and campaign for conservation’, said producer and writer Claudia Lloyd. Dalbit Petroleum presented a cheque for Shs 8 million on behalf of Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy.

Tickets will be available from Ticketsasa.com. School groups and Corporate evenings can be arranged through Tinga Rain Productions.