Miss Kemunto Names And Confronts Her Rapists On Social Media

Easter may have been a great time for most people but for singer Miss Kemunto, it was not.

The singer best recognized for her work as a back up singer on hit TV show Coke Studio and for her collaboration with Steph Kapella on ‘Only One’, revealed on a series of social media posts, that she’s been raped, even going ahead to tag the perpetrators who happen to be Kenyan Rugby players.

While we are yet to verify the facts, the emotion filled posts received quite the feedback with artists like Phy, Le Band, Swiga and Emma Cheruto taking to Kemunto’s defense posting;

    

Kemunto explains in vivid detail, the occurrences of that unfortunate night before going ahead to tag the rugby players who from her messages have only responded by way of asking her to take down the story, which she put up on her instagram page as stories. 

Here are screenshots of those stories.

        

Kemunto kept sharing more of her story which gets even more emotional, ending with her revelation of both the perpetrators.

 

            

 

As she follows up her case, we’ll be keeping our prayers with her.

 Before this ordeal, Kemunto had been working to create more music and work on enlarging her brand as a musician.

Here’s footage of her session at HBR.

Miss Kemunto or Kemunto Music also featured on episodes of Jamhuri Festival.

#TheCoverKe How the Grand Finale Played Out (Audio)

After 5 incredible weeks of the acoustic talent show that saw artists cover songs from genres that included House Music, Afro-beats and Hip Hop, it was down to two artists, Raaay (yes you really spell his name that way) and Cheruto.

Having had about a month to show us how creative they are, Raaay and Cheruto had to battle it out by covering the same song.

We figured, what better way to REALLY get to see how creative and deserving they are than by allowing them to tackle the SAME jam?

They each had about a day to re-arrange and perform beautiful acoustic renditions to Ben E King’s widely sampled and covered jam ‘Stand by me’ which you can bet was quite the challenge.

Speaking on Weekend Breakfast at the grand finale, Cheruto revealed it was especially hard since she had to do the entire arrangement without knowing how Raaay was going to do it. 

We put it to a poll after playing it out as part of the show’s ‘Under Cover’  after which Raaay emerged the winner and in case you missed out on the action, here are the covers. 

 

Things Heat Up on #TheCoverKe as Bensoul Leaves The Competition

He was a favorite for three straight weeks. Ben Soul who is a singer, song writer and instrumentalist came onto the show with a positive attitude and gave his all in each week’s performance.

Sadly, his first time in the bottom two proved bad luck as he wound up losing to fellow singer and friend Raaay on Episode 4’s hip hop challenge.

The challenge which was judged by Patricia Kihoro, Tallia Oyando and guest judge Corine (representing for Homeboyz Radio’s hip hop family), was probably the toughest yet but also the most rewarding as it gave us a chance to listen to exclusive renditions to jams like Nonini’s ‘Mchezo Ndio Ganji’ (covered by Raaay) and Nyashinski’s ‘Now You Know’ (covered by Bensoul).

You know what this means right? The grand finale now stands 6 days away (from today 2nd October) and while the anticipation over who between Raaay and Cheruto takes home the win, here’s a look at Bensoul’s incredible covers from the show.

How Cheruto Turned a House Anthem Into a Love Ballard on #TheCoverKe (Listen)

Emma Cheruto is a fast rising afro-jazz singer who joined #TheCoverKe to create a name for herself and further her plan of becoming a reputable and major force to reckon with on the music scene. 

At just 19, Cheruto (which is her official stage name) is the youngest to star in this first of its kind radio acoustic competition but she’s at the top of the game, making it as far as the fourth episode, which is one episode shy of the grand finale.

She sang her way into the show with  a Michael Jackson classic (Billie Jean) then took on an afro-beat single (‘Speed of Sound’ by Da Capo and Tresor) and after landing at the bottom two, fought to stay in the competition, which she successfully did.

I guess having come close to stepping out of the show was motivation enough because for the third episode, she completely bodied David Guetta and Emeli Sande’s ‘What I did for love’ single. Check it out;

(original)

Cheruto’s version.

Listen to more beautiful and exclusive acoustic renditions on Homeboyz Radio (HBR 103.5FM) Saturdays and Sundays from 6am to 9am, for more episodes of #TheCoverKe.

Also, for real time updates and a chance to listen back, subscribe to THIS YouTube channel. 

 

Acoustic Heaven! Epidose Two of #TheCoverKe

The Cover: An acoustic music show (that airs on Homeboyz Radio’s Weekend Breakfast Show), showcasing only the most interesting music renditions by talented Kenyan artists.

After an incredible first episode where 5 amazingly talented Kenyan singers showcased their creativity by performing acoustic renditions to 5 big songs, the competition is heating up.

For their first elimination episode which aired last weekend, our 5 artists had to cover massive African songs as part of the week’s challenge and we sadly said goodbye to Gachago who cited a busy schedule and new developments in his career as a cause, of having not had a lot of rehearsal time for that week’s challenge. 

We now remain 4 contestants strong and as the grand finale gets closer and closer, these four acts will have to keep impressing us by performing acoustic renditions to some of the hardest singles to cover.

While we wish them all the best, here’s a look at how awesome their African challenge (from episode two) was.

Bensoul: A week ago he wowed the judges by performing an acoustic mash up of ‘Stella’ (an old-school Kenyan song by Freshly Mwamburi and ‘Stella, Stella, Stella’ by STL. This week, this ever soulful singer converted Nameless patriotic anthem ‘Coming Home’ into this 3 minute something work of awesomeness.

Emma Cheruto: Suffice it to say that she is a crowd favorite. Emma who is only 19 years old blew everyone away with her sultry rendition to a Michael Jackson song and this week, tackled a South African house jam called ‘Speed of Sound’ by Da Capo and Tresor, flipping it it 180 degrees so that it now sounds like this.

Raaay! All the judges love saying his name. Raaay was the brave artist who took on H_art the band’s classic single ‘Uliza Kiatu last week and he got even braver this week because what did he cover? 2 Baba and Sauti Sol’s ‘Oya Come Make We Go’ and boy did he do a great job!

Wangui Githu: Not many artists would think to audition for any competition with a Lauryn Hill song but she did and she was awesome. For her African challenge, Wangui took a popular South African single ‘Let You Know’ by deejay & producer Sketchy Bongo and made this beautiful and simple acoustic rendition to it.

They’re all great right? Well only one can win a chance at having their first EP produced entirely at Homeboyz Studios and for this coming week, they will be covering House Music jams.

Going to be very interesting indeed. Catch the LIVE show on my (Rae Kiragu) Weekend Breakfast show, Weekend mornings from 6am to 9am.