Nameless Makes Major Comeback with New Track “Inspire” – Listen

Music legend Nameless had been silent for a while but now he’s back with a bang.

Last week, Nameless dropped a new jam dubbed ‘Inspire’ and it’s lit!

INSPIRE is a perfect blend of afro-pop and dancehall and is about a passionate love that it inspires the heart, mind, body and soul.

 

It was written by Nameless during a visit to Oloitoktok a year ago. As he watched the sunset with the Kilimanjaro in sight, he was inspired to translate his awe of this beautiful scenery into a love for an African beauty queen.

‘Inspire’ has been produced by Ihaji, mixed and mastered by Ogopa DJss.

The video has been  directed by Jblessing.

Check it out below:

New Music: Nameless Ft Gravitti Band “Sweety”

The legendary Nameless has finally broken the silence with a new track dubbed ‘Sweetie’ featuring reggae collective Gravitti Band.

‘Sweetie’ which is a sample of the 1982 hit ‘Sweetie Come Brush Me’ by the late Jamaican reggae musician John Holt has been produced by Half Live Productions and video by director Mushking.

Watch the video below:

5 Kenyan Musicians Going Strong After A Decade

The Kenyan music industry has grown tremendously over the years. However, as many artists can attest to, it is not an easy industry to penetrate. It takes hard work, great talent and perseverance to remain relevant.

Artists have come and gone and some have managed to stay through it all. Let’s take a look at Kenyan musicians who are still here after more than a decade long:

Wyre

We got to know Wyre back in 2000 when he was in the music group Necessary Noise. The group ultimately split and Wyre continued doing music. 2013 became a great year for him when he released his single ‘Nakupenda pia’, a collaboration with one of Jamaica’s finest dancehall queens Alaine.

Wyre went on and scooped the Best New Entertainment award during the International Reggae and world Music Awards last year.

Redsan

He is considered as the king of Kenyan Dancehall and he sure is. Redsan burst to limelight in the 90 with hit songs like ‘Kenyan’, ‘Wanipa raha’, ‘Step On It’, ‘Chiken’ that made up his first album ‘Seasons of the San’ , released in 2002.

He has managed to remain relevant releasing hits over the years and becoming one of the most sort after Kenyan stage performers.

Jua Cali

Founding Calif Records with his friend clemo marked Jua Cali’s music journey back in 2000.

He recorded first song ‘Ruka’ , in 2001, and followed it with major hits like ‘Nipe Asali ’, ‘Kamata Dame’ a collaboration with Pilipili, ‘Kiasi’, ‘Kwaheri’, ‘hadija’, ‘Mtoto wa geti kali’ among others.

He has managed to stay relevant over the years with his music genre ‘Genge’.

Nameless

Nameless started singing when some of us were still in diapers (pun intended).

He is one of the pioneers of Genge having made his mark  when he joined Ogopa Deejays recording stable in 2001 recording his first single ‘Megarider’.

He has released hit over the years  and his first album ‘On Fire’ that was released in 2004 and went on to be awarded as the Best Album In East Africa in the 2005 Tanzanian Music Awards.

Nonini

He prefers to be reffered to as ‘the godfather of Genge’ probably because he’s been in the industry for a while now.

‘Manzi Wa Nairobi’ was his first hit track released in 2002 and we sure cannot forget ‘We Kamu’ that was a mega hit.

He has continued to release great music as well as forming and mentoring of the successful group P-Unit.

 

 

Way To Go Ben Soul! From Being On #TheCoverKe To a H_art The Band Collabo (Video)

Two months ago, HBR launched a first of its kind radio acoustic talent search called #TheCoverKe which starred 5 artists whose job it was to create innovative and catchy covers to already existing singles for a chance at having Homeboyz music studios produce their first EP for free.

It was during this time that we met and got to know Ben Soul. beating out most of the competition to make it through to the third week, Ben Soul left us with incredible covers to jams like ‘Avicii’s ‘Wake Me Up’ and Nameless’ ‘Coming Home’.

Losing out to Cheruto the week before the finals, Ben Soul stayed positive and went on with his solo career, working behind the scenes with some notable names and only just re-surfacing on a H_art the band single ‘Mashisha’.

Released this past weekend, this interesting single is sure to be a banger and you can now listen and request for it via Homeboyz Radio.

This jam comes after H_art the band lost all the footage to one of their unreleased and highly anticipated videos, a story that you can read about here

Way to go Ben Soul! 

Listen To Blinky Bill’s Star Studded Production ‘I’m Feeling It’ (Audio)

He is one third of Kenyan band ‘Just A Band’. Blinky Bill, both producer and artist just debuted his star studded production ‘I’m Feeling It’ and we’re calling it star studded because wait till you learn about just how many big wigs have graced this project.

First, we know he (Blinky Bill) produced it which is already something given the amount of success that ‘Just a Band’ have had with hit singles like their remake of ‘Probably for lovers’.

Then, for the vocals, this new jam features vocal songstress ‘Mayonde’ who you’ve definitely watched on her overly infectious video to ‘Isikuti Love‘ and the seen on a couple seasons of Coke Studio Africa and Mayonde features on the track alongside Muthoni Drummer Queen.

Suffice it to say the jam would be a hit already but I’m not yet done listing the stars who played a part in the making of this single.

As per the description, the song’s vocals were recorded by Dillie (who’s the producer behind chart topping hits such as Juliani’s ‘Exponetial Potential’, 125’s ‘Can’t Take It’ and practically all of Sage’s music) and the recordings were thereafter mix and mastered by Eric Musyoka who along with producing a good percentage of Kenyan hit songs, was responsible for creating THIS memorable moment.

As if you needed any more convincing that this is a good jam, Mayonde pretty much starts by throwing in a bunch of lyrics from some of our favorite jams including Alain’s ‘Spin Me’.

Check it out:

#WCW Kenyan Celebs Gushing Over Their Significant Others (Pics)

You watch them on music videos, see them on TV or just know about them from the work they do. 

Well these male celebrities are great at their crafts but are in their daily lives, infatuated with their significant others (however heartbreaking it may be to their lady fans).

We took the liberty of listing out a few of them and the times they each shamelessly gushed over the women in their lives.

Happy #WCW!

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Nameless to Wahu on Mother’s Day.

Still one of my favorite pics…to the awesome mothers in my family… from my mom, my wife, my sisters and my brothers wives!! Love you all. Happy mothers day.!!

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J Blessing to wifey Chantel

It’s Wednesday #wcw❤️

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Bien Aime 

Home is wherever I’m with you. 📷: @emmanueljambo

 

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DJ Mo to his wife Size 8.

Thank you for always being the best , always being the best mum to@ladashabelle – you so submissive -thank you Swiri – tunaenda far – Watu wangu Dj amejaribu Kazi ya kutunza au Vipi ? Cc @size8reborn

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Eric Omondi

Behind every successful man😊😊😎😎
@miss.chanty

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Juliani to Brenda Wairimu

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY@brendawairimu_ you gave me the best gift ever!

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.

10 Throwback Songs We Will Never Get Over

Remember those good old days we used to sing along to “utachonga viazi, if you don’t…” only the 80’s and 90’s kids will know the ending of that part and let me tell you those were the days. Sure the quality of videos was not that great but the music definitely made up for it. If you missed those unforgettable songs then have no fear because HBR is here.

Here are 10 Kenyan throwbacks that will make you want to relive those days.

 

 

 

All You Need To Know About The MAMA’S 2016

For those of you who don’t know what the MAMAs is, it is simply a live award show that celebrates and rewards musicians who have made an impact on the African youth culture over the previous 12 months. Some of the Kenyan manes that have been honored with this awards are Lupita Nyong’o, Nameless and Wahu and this year, the ceremony is set to take place on Saturday 22 October 2016, at the TicketPro Dome, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Some of the performers at the event.
Some of the performers at the event.

The nominations are set to be released within this month and the award categories are: 

  1. Best Male 
  2. Best Female 
  3. Best Group 
  4. Best New Act in association with Absolut
  5. Best Live Act 
  6. Best Collaboration
  7. Best Hip Hop 
  8. Best Alternative 
  9. Best Francophone 
  10. Best Lusophone 
  11. Best International 
  12. Video of the Year 
  13. Artist of the Year 
  14. Artist of the Decade
  15. Song of the Year 
  16. Personality of the Year 
  17. MTV Base Leadership Award 

Diamond or Ali Kiba? Nameless Reveals Who He Prefers

It’s been a long standing debate with an assumed beef between both artists becoming a constant on most entertainment site.

On an interview with a media source, Nameless weighed in this when asked who between the two bongo stars he prefers, choosing to sit on the fence.

He explained that both are icons in their own right albeit for different reasons and the different reasons being that;

Diamond is a newer artist than Ali Kiba and has achieved great things during the short time he’s been on the scene while Ali Kiba is more or less a veteran whose music has transcended time and remained relevant.

So we know he doesn’t have a particular favorite between the two, but do you? Feel free to let us know.