JSHBR’s Dance Friday Explained!

Earlier this year, I (Rae Kiragu) was given the incredible opportunity to take on a new On-Air time slot that was mid-morning radio! (JSHBR)

Jam Session HBR – abbreviated as JSHBR airs Monday through Friday from 10am to 1pm (EAT)

Granted that leaving my previous slot The Weekend Breakfast (WBWR) proved to not be the easiest (read about my transition here), there was no denying that finally making it onto day-time radio felt like I was receiving a prize.

Whats-more, JSHBR was going to be (and is) an extension of the already successful deejay jam session mix-shows that existed albeit occupying one-hour slots. That meant that not only was I getting a new time slot, but I was also getting five epic co-hosts along with it!

With each day boasting of its own kind of chemistry, sound and general feel, Friday felt most appropriate to play host to a feature I only too enthusiastically created called ‘Dance Friday’.

Why create it? Because what’s a deejay mix-show if not a party!

Its aim? To create and provide a platform where Kenyan dancers, dance crews and choreographers could interact directly with an audience they may not have previously have had access to, while providing our Jam Session family with an enjoyable Live stream feed!

We have so far had the pleasure of hosting a number of dance crews and it became apparent that the dance industry is large and wildly unexploited!

So if you would like to get to know more about the dancers who are creating waves in Kenya…

And the choreographers behind them….

Or perhaps hear from the Kenyan creators of the worldly celebrated and internationally recognized apparel worn by dancers and athletes…

Maybe even get to watch the action for yourselfm via Live Stream, then catch JSHBR every Friday! And oh,… find some WiFi or have your bundles with you!

 

HBR Ready For Inter-Media Football Tournament

 

 
Homeboyz Radio FC is set and ready to go ahead of Saturday’s StarTimes Inter-media tournament at Upper Hill School from 9am.
HBR FC is in pool B alongside Mombasa rd based Standard Group, MediaMax(located in CBD) and vernacular side Lolwe TV. 
 
Fifteen media teams and hosts StarTimes will duel for the ultimate glory and cash prizes on offer for top three finishers. 
The Galana Plaza based side has been readying for the tournament with the last training session set to take place at Arena One, Valley Arcade on Friday.
Led by Zuhum Omar of HBR Fanzone, the HBR FC boasts experienced players like Dj Andie, Max Radio, Dj Zaq, Ignition host Kerry Martin aka Ramsey, Jinx of Jump-off and Frank Theuri of JSHBR.
 
Ladies who made the team include Entertainment news editors Emily Oduor and Ngina K alongside head of creative Kadzo Mwangoma and Violetta Ngina.
 
HBR Fanzone host Eric Njiru will be the manager/player of the team. 
 
The likes of Dj Bash, Kriss Darling, Dj Burn and Neville of GMITM are ruled out due to personal engagements. News Anchor Dennis Toll is out due to the ongoing Ramadhan. 
 
Defending champions Radio Africa are set against losing finalists from two years ago Ghetto Radio in the group of death. They also play Capital FM and minnows ATG Radio.

Royal Media Services are top seeds in Group A and are joined by KBC, Ebru and hosts StarTimes.
 
Nation Media Group headline Group C followed by Kass Media and Qwetu Radio. A talented field of freelance journalists complete the group with high probability of qualifying.

Pools
Group A:Royal Media Services, KBC, EBRU, StarTimes
Group B: Standard Group, Mediamax, Homeboyz, Lolwe
Group C: Nation Media Group, Kass Media, Qwetu Radio, Freelancers
Group D: Capital Group, Radio Africa, Ghetto Radio, ATG  

We Called It! Tinashe’s New Single Now ROTW

Following hot on the heels of her last release, Offset featured ‘No Drama’, Tinashe is now on Record of the Week (ROTW) with her latest release ‘Me So Bad’.

This after we’d listed a number of new singles that we projected to be ROTW this week, seems we were right in choosing this Ty Dolla $ign and French Montana collabo (‘Me So Bad’) as one in the number.

‘Me So Bad’ has an uptempo vibe to it which is very playful and catchy, plus, it dropped with it’s accompanying video which matches the jam’s energy with a bright color palate and sultry visuals. 

Released this Easter weekend, ‘Me So Bad’ features lyrics such as …

I know you want my free time
I know that we don’t play that, that, that, that
I’m walking on a thin line
I’m hoping that it break, break, break, break, break
I’m tryna give you FaceTime, yeah
Don’t mean you wanna wait, wait, wait, wait, wait
I wanna better bassline, I wanna better bassline

 

Here’s the dope video to it.

 

Swae Lee Holds Fort on ROTW With ‘Hurt To Look’

Tra duo Rae Sremmurd, made up of Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmy,  are preparing the release of their joint album SR3MM, which will be a three disc project featuring each of their respective solo albums.

It’s from Swae Lee’s solo album ‘Swaecation’ that we receive the banger ‘Hurt To Look’ which follows the release of his brother Slim Jxmmy’s ‘Brxnks Truck’ which debuted on HBR officially, on the Wednesday Jam Session #JSHBR.

‘Hurt To Look’ becomes Swae Lee’s added stay on ROTW, having enjoyed being there with French Montana on French’s ‘Unforgettable’ single.

The jam features lyrics like…

 can feel the weight of what you say (ooh, ooh)
I had explanations for days (ooh, ooh)
Don’t think you’re the only one that’s sane
It seems like we’re not on the same page
All I do is think when I’m away (away)
Colors burst and all I see are shapes (hey!)
Sun goes away and that’s when I call your name (your name)
She’s here for good, and I’m here to stay

If you haven’t already seen the video, here it is.

Migos Get Back On #ROTW with ‘Stir Fry’

They have featured on ROTW quite a few times and while it’s their unmistakable rhythm and flow that we know and love them for, the Migos trio definitely push their limits with this Pharrell produced banger.

That’s right. You had me at Pharrell produced.

Migos who are constantly on the entertainment news scene, most recently when Offset decided to ‘make an honest woman out of Cardi B’, worked on ‘Stir Fry’, the jam with iconic lyrics such as …

“I get money, tunnel vision, through my third eye”

And a jam that samples what pitchfork.com describe as polyrhythms—bongos, cricket-like whistles, clicking trap hi-hats, and slowed-down snares from another funky jam called ‘Champ’ by Mowhawks.

Well hot on the heels of their last ROTW feature which was Cardi B and Nicki Minaj featured ‘Motor Sport’, here’s Migos’s ‘Stir Fry’.

Nav Makes a Debut On ROTW With ‘Wanted You’

It’s US rapper Nav’s first stay at the ROTW (Record of the Week) but this will be Lil Uzi’s fourth feature on it having had a successful two time run with his own singles and once on Migos’s ‘Bad and Boujee’.

Complex magazine dubbed him, ‘first brown boy to get it poppin’, describing him as ‘brown’ presumably due to his Indian descent and one striking thing about him is his close resemblance to DJ Khaled. Am I wrong?

Khaled actually co-produced this ROTW (Wanted You) alongside producers Ben Billions and Cash so while we enjoy bumping to yet ‘another one’ from this music maestro, here’s a bit more about Nav.

Born and raised in Canada (to two Indian parents), Nav would create music mash ups in high school, later deciding to create his own beats, which is where his road to fame started.

“I became, like, pretty much the coolest kid in high school because I had started making beats for local rappers,”

Fast forward to today, this fast rising rapper is creating waves with this ‘Wanted You’ single which features Trap Icon Lil Uzi Vert, a song where Nav raps about falling for the wrong kind of girl.

It takes over from Jacquees and Dej Loaf as ROTW this week, here’s a look at Wanted You.

 

#ROTW Loading

It’s a brand new week which among other things means that we will be celebrating a new Record of the Week (ROTW) single.

It’ll be the song to enjoy an entire week’s worth of high rotation and will be the trend setter of the week. 

Whether it be Kenyan, African or International, the history of ROTW jams shows that it is going to be a definite banger.

Should you like to have a closer look at previous ROTW jams, click here and feel free to let us know which ones were your favorites. 

 

 

5 Steps To Determine a Record Of The Week

It’s the creme de la creme of music jams that play out on radio each week.

The Record of the Week is a coveted spot on our airwaves and each week, a brand new mission to find and ‘crown’ a jam as ROTW begins.

It’s a tradition that we have carried out for the better part of a decade and I now outline five of what are clearly the most obvious factors to consider before choosing and naming a ROTW.

Please note: The process of picking a ROTW is a combined effort and a process that involves a number of the station’s producers.

That said, these five factors have been created and outlined as perceived by the writer (Rae Kiragu).

(In no particular order)

Must be a certified banger.

I mean just looking at the previous ROTW jams, (queue Cardi B’s Bodak Yellow, Octopizzo’s ‘TBT’ and Busta Rhymes’ ‘Girlfriend’), it is clear that an ROTW must appeal to a large number of people.

Has got to be new.

ROTW singles have often been as new as music that has only just been released. Never in the history of ROTW has there been a jam older than a week, to be put up as Record of the Week.

Is not limited to any genre.

Definitely one of the most versatile elements to this feature is that it can literally be a single from any genre. We’ve had Kenyan jams be ROTW, dancehall singles be ROTW, Hip Hop Jams be ROTW, heck, we’ve even had House music jams be ROTW. Just as long as they are bangers.

Must be representative of our brand voice.

I think it goes without saying that HBR is widely hip hop and urban. It therefore follows that our ROTW, irrespective of what genre it comes from should also be a good representation of this urban culture. I mean can you possibly imagine waking up to a rhumba ROTW on HBR?

It helps if it’s a trend setter.

In ROTW history, we’ve noted that most trend-setting jams have found their way up there. These include hits that introduce a new dance like the Nae Nae or the Dab.

 

Those are only five factors that determine a ROTW. Remember you can check out all ROTW jams from here.

Sauti Sol Singing At Big Kev’s Memorial

Big Kev was well known and loved by many in the entertainment scene having been the founder and head of True Blaq events that organized numerous concerts in Kenya.

big kev

Also known to many, was his fight with a brain tumor that saw Big Kev lose his sight and be hospitalized for the better part of the recent past.

While Kenyans continue to react to the news of his untimely demise, the entertainment community has come together to celebrate Big Kev’s legacy and to help raise money to help offset his hospital bill.

Among them was award winning group Sauti Sol who performed a most moving acoustic rendition to their hit song ‘Kuliko Jana’.

The video which was posted by Tallia Oyando on her instagram is but one of many other artists who attended the memorial and there will surely be many more set for the fund raising dinner organized by Kiza and HBR tonight (Thursday August 3rd).

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Corine Responds to the Femcee Calling Out The Freshman List

It’s a list that names the ‘who to watch for’ on the hip hop music scene in Kenya and each year, a new crop of emcees is chosen and throughout that year, we watch for their progress. 

Corine Onyango’s Jump Off Freshman List boasts of some to the biggest names in the game including Lon Jon, Cashy, Khaligraph and C2K.

While this year’s theme is #NuLife with the focus being solely on new acts that are blowing up on the scene, there’s so far been mixed reactions to it one of which is by one @thegreatwawa all the way in the US who pointed out the lack of any females on the list. 

Via a video posted on instagram, she mentions a number of femcees who to her would have been a great addition to the list but was not abrasive about it saying at the start that,

‘Yo real s**t yo, when I get home, Imma be on that Jump Off Freshmen list. Y’all ain’t right for not putting no females on there but you know what it’s okay. It just leaves more room to work hard for me to get on that mother ****er’.

The video caught the attention of Corine herself who rather than take offense said she rather looked forward to her joining the list saying there’s “plenty of room”.

On tonight’s (Wednesday Aug 2nd) Jump Off show, Corine and Jinx asked for the listener’s input regarding whether there actually were any female emcees (up and coming and not already established) who could fit into this year’s list. 

Do YOU think there are? Let us know.