NYEKe 2018 In Photos

Nothing brings in a new year like good music and fireworks.

Say what you will about the year that past, but last year’s new years eve #NYEKe2018, was definitely one for the books.

Celebrating our 10th year of having been in existence, the #NYEKe2018 party was an homage to the backbone of what really catapulted Homeboyz to the success and that is the art of deejaying.

With three music arenas, a stunning performance from an unexpected headliner and a long list of deejays (both international and local), #NYEKe2018 in collaboration with Homeboyz Entertainment and Tuborg, was a night to remember.

Check it out;

Mad Max warming up the crowd.


VJ Ace Cross churning out the bangers.

Andie and Hassan tag team for a dance frenzy music mix.

Then the only female deejay of the night, DJ Pierra checked in.

Chicago based deejay DJ Topdon took his turn.

ZJ Heno did what only he does best.

London based DJ Sparks took over and the hype escalated.

Boston’s DJ Big Bear made it and shut it down!

Then it was time to ring in the New Year with G Money.

Willy Paul Took Over with an energy filled performance.

And to top it off, came the fireworks!

ZJ Heno To Interview Queen Ifrica On His Uptown Nights Show

Coming after a week where Tallia sat with reggae maestro Luciano, looks like it’s a great season for dancehall fans because this week, it’s ZJ-Heno’s turn to reel in a superstar and it’s none other than reggae royalty Queen Ifrica.

This Jamaican powerhouse who was in the country some time back for a reggae festival will be live on ZJ-Heno’s overly popular Tuesday Uptown Nights Special via phone call and you can catch the entire session LIVE as from 10pm until midnight.

Queen Ifrica is celebrated for being an incredible conscious singer who often incorporates real life struggles of the common people into her music, something that makes for great radio play like her ‘Times Like These Single’.

ZJ-Heno has been instrumental in shaping the Kenyan dancehall scene having already released top charting riddims that featured Kenyan and Jamaican stars.

ZJ-Heno was also famously featured in the video to Willy Paul and Alaine’s most recent viral collabo ‘I Do’, perhaps as an ode to how instrumental he has been in helping the Kenyan dancehall scene really stand out and be recognized by the Caribbean stars who were its definite originators.

Along with his Tuesday night two hour Uptown Nights radio show, you can also catch ZJ-Heno, Thursday mornings from 10am to 11am on HBR’s Jam Session mixes.

Did Willy Paul Kiss Alaine On The ‘I Do’ Video Shoot? Find Out.

The self proclaimed king of youtube views sure did claim him title well when he got more than one million views in less than two weeks of releasing the video to ‘I Do’ featuring Jamaican singer Alaine. Since it’s release, the song has been trending at number one and has gotten a massive airplay across the continent. 

During a wedding, one of the most important parts of it is the exchanging of vows which is then followed by a kiss by the couple and seeing as to how this was a wedding-themed video, we had to ask, did the two really do it? Willy Paul posted a short clip of that part and here it is. 

Watch it by clicking on the link below:





HBR Presenters Who’ve Doubled As Video Vixens

Turns out your favorite HBR radio presenters aren’t just radio show hosts, they’ve at some point in their careers doubled as video vixens. 

No, not the booty short wearing video vixens you may be thinking about… although admittedly that would be more interesting.

These presenters have ended up in various music videos as a show of being the very best at what they do whether it’s in a comic relief kind of way, a hip hop queen kind of way or just a ‘this-artist-happens-to-be-like-family-to-me’ kind of way.

I know you’ve seen some of these videos but just in case, let’s count them down.


Mwalimu Rachel In Nonini’s 2012 hit ‘Pole Pole’ that featured singer Annette.

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Mwalimu Rachel in Calvo Mistari, Amos and Josh’s ‘Urembo’

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Sheila Kwamboka in ‘Sema Ng’we’.

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Corine in Kristoff’s ‘Tattoo Kwa Thigh’.

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ZJ Heno in Willy Paul’s ‘I Do’.

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Patricia Kihoro in Sauti Sol’s ‘Coming Home’.

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DJ Andie in Jay A’s ‘Dumbala’ (Remix) Video.

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Rae Kiragu in Third Hand Music’s ‘In the Air’ (Lyric Video).

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Jack Rooster in Boneless’s ‘Superstar’ ft Inami.

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Alaine And Willy Paul Have A New Reason To Celebrate

Willy Paul and Elaine did a sure good job getting the country worked up when a photo of them surfaced where it seemed as though they were getting married. The reason the photo was released was to get people talking and excited giving momentum for their then upcoming video which just dropped.

The music video dubbed ‘I Do’ has, in a little over 24 hours raked in a good 270,000 views and climbing. It appears that their little trick has worked. Willy Paul took to social media saying, “24hrs my baby and I just hit 200k views on youtube.. @alainesinga .. Godsspeed”. This fake wedding trick proved to work despite most people objecting the approach. Lets all hope that this does not become a trend after it trended today on number 1 on twitter. 

Watch the video below. 

Willy Paul And Sosuun To Light Up Huawei Color In A Concert This Weekend

Award-winning gospel music sensation Willy Paul will be performing this weekend at the Huawei Light Up with color youth campaign concert to be held at Kenyatta University.

The young musician will be sharing a stage with Sosuun, a ghipuka diva, Kenyan-born Rapper Songwriter, recording & performing and make-up artiste. Also performing at the event will be Frasha of P-Unit.

The event, organized by Huawei Mobile Kenya and celebrated Video DJ & TV host Willy Tuva of Mseto East Africa will be held on Saturday. The emcee will be hip hop artiste and designer Fundi Frank.

The campaign aims to bring together young people from around the country through their shared passion for fun and music, which both have the power to draw forth youth’s potential and unite people from all walks of life.

 Willy Paul will use the platform to perform his latest hit Fanya while Sosuun will be entertaining the youth with her new song Kufunikwa.

Some of the activities to be undertaken during the campaign in campuses include paint-balling which resonates well with the campaign theme and the devices whose design is tailored towards the youth’s colorful lifestyle. Winning teams will walk away for Huawei merchandise.

Among the phones that were showcased in the campaign are Y3ll, Y5ll, Y6ll, and GR5mini.

You cannot afford to miss this!






Full List Of The AFRIMMA Awards 2016 Winners

This is a night that a lot of artistes flew over to Dallas, Texas to attend. Some artists like Tiwa Savage were snubbed in all their nominated categories but that aside, we had some first time winners from Kenya like Akothee. Other Kenyans who bagged some awards are Sauti sol and Willy Paul.

In case you missed it, here is a rundown.

Best Male West Africa

Wizkid – Nigeria
Bisa Kdei – Ghana
Serge Beynaud – Ivory Coast
Olamide – Nigeria (Winner)
Flavour – Nigeria
Carlou D – Senegal
Davido – Nigeria
Sarkodie – Ghana

Best Male North Africa

Amr Diab – Egypt (Winner)
Tamer Hosny – Egypt
Chawki – Morocco
Mohammed Hamaki – Egypt
Douzi – Morocco
Saad Lamjareed – Morocco
Khaled – Algeria
Saber Rebai – Tunisia

Best Female West Africa

Tiwa Savage – Nigeria
Yemi Alade – Nigeria
Efya – Ghana (Winner)
Vivian Chidid – Senegal
Mz Vee – Ghana
Dobet Gnahore – Ivory Coast
Adiouza – Senegal
Almok – Togo

Best Female North Africa

Samira Said – Morrocco
Ibtissam Tiskat – Morocco (Winner)
Angham – Egypt
Sandy – Egypt
Amal Maher – Egypt
Latifa – Tunisia
Amani Swissi – Tunisia
Jannat Mahid – Morocco

Best Male East Africa

Diamond Platnumz – Tanzania (Winner)
Eddy Kenzo – Uganda
Jacky Gosee – Ethiopia
Ali Kiba – Tanzania
Bebe Cool – Uganda
Sauti Sol – Kenya
Dynamq – South Sudan
Jose Chameleon – Uganda

Best Female East Africa

Victoria Kimani – Kenya
Vanessa Mdee – Tanzania
Ester Aweke – Ethiopia
Tsedenia Gebremarkos – Ethiopia
Linah – Tanzania
Knowles Butera – Rwanda
Sheebah Karungi – Uganda
Akothee – Kenya (Winner)

Best Male Central Africa

Fally Ipupa – Congo
Magasco – Cameroon
Ferre Golla – DRC
C4 Pedro – Angola (Winner)
Stanley Enow – Cameroon
Franko – Cameroon
Fabregas – Republic of Congo
Kyaku Kadaff –Angola

Best Female Central Africa

Anna Joyce – Angola
Laurette La Perle – Congo
Betty Akna – Equitorial Guinea
Charlotte Dipanda – Cameroon
Chikune – Namibia
Daphne – Cameroon (Winner)
Rennis – Cameroon
Arielle T – Gabon

Best Male Southern Africa

AKA – South Africa (Winner)
Black Coffee – South Africa
The Dogg – Namibia
Vee Mampeezy – Botswana
Dj Bongz – South Africa
Emtee – South Africa
Roberto – Zambia
Cassper Nyovest – South Africa

Best Female Southern Africa

Zonke – South Africa
Miss Lira – South Africa
Ice Queen Cleo – Zambia
Lizha James – Mozambique
Pah Chihera – Zimbabwe
Nnunu Ramo Gotsy – Botswana
Busiswa – South Africa
Chikune – Namibia (Winner)

Best African Group

Sauti Sol – Kenya (Winner)
Radio & Weasel – Uganda
Os Moikanos – Angola
Bracket – Nigeria
Mi Casa – South Africa
R2Bees – Ghana
Bana C4 – Congo
Yamoto Band – Tanzania

Crossing Boundaries With Music Award

C4 Pedro – Angola
Wizkid – Nigeria (Winner)
Maitre Gims – Congo
Tinie Tempah – Nigeria
MHD – Senegal
Ayo Jay – Nigeria
STL – Kenya
Rotimi – Nigeria

Best African DJ USA

Dj Tunes – Nigeria
Dj Amin – Ethiopia
Dozzy Ross – Nigeria
Dj Deemoney – Nigeria (Winner)
Dj Akua – Ghana
Dj Silent Killer – Caribbeans
Dj Fully Focus -Kenya
Dj Rell – Sierra Leone

AFRIMMA Video of The Year

Flavour – Champion
Emma Nyra ft Patoranking – For My Matter (Remix)
Sauti Sol ft Ali Kiba – Unconditional Bae
Bisa Kdei – Brother Brother (Winner)
Akothee ft Diamond – My Sweet Love
Stanley Enow ft AKA and Locko – Bounce
Phyno ft Olamide – Fada Fada
Korede Bello ft Tiwa Savage – Romantic

Best Gospel

Frank Edwards – Nigeria
Uche Agu – Nigeria
Willy Paul – Kenya (Winner)
SP Koffi Sarpong – Ghana
Icha Kavons – Congo
Ntokozo Mbambo – South Africa
Sinach – Nigeria
Sonnie Badu – Ghana

Best Newcomer

Adekunle Gold – Nigeria
Reekado Banks – Nigeria
Harmonize – Tanzania (Winner)
Falz – Nigeria
Locko – Cameroon
Nathi – South Africa
Kofi Kinaata – Ghana
Humblesmith – Nigeria

Best Video Director

Justin Campos – South Africa
Godfather – South Africa
Clarence Peters – Nigeria
Patrick Elis – Nigeria (Winner)
Mysta Adrenalyne – Cameroon
Enos Olik – Kenya
Phamous Films – Ghana
Savy Filmz – Uganda

Music Producer of The Year

Young John – Nigeria
Masterkraft – Nigeria (Winner)
Dr Fizol – Uganda
Kaywa – Ghana
Visita – Kenya
Tweezy – South Africa
Tud Thomas – Tanzania
Dj Coublon – Nigeria

Best African Dancer

Kaffy Dancequeen – Nigeria
Ezinne CEO – Nigeria
Brenda Derry – Cameroon (Winner)
Sherrie Silver – Rwanda
La Petite Zota – Ivory Coast
Eddy Wizzy – Uganda
Moses Iyobo – Tanzania
Roxy Roberts

Best Rap Act

Phyno – Nigeria (Winner)
Olamide – Nigeria
Aka – South Africa
Sarkodie – Ghana
Cassper Nyovest – South Africa
King Kaka Sungura – Kenya
Octopizzo – Kenya
Prodigio – Angola

Best Collaboration

Reggae Blues – Harrysong , Kcee , Iyanya, Olamide and Orezi (Winner)
Finally by MasterKraft , Flavour and Sarkodie
Mr. Eazi ft Efya – Skin Tight – Ghana
Diamond Platnumz ft Aka – Make Me Sing
Wizkid X Dj Maphorisa – Soweto Baby
Kiff No Beat ft Dj Arafat – Approchez Regardez
Lil Kesh ft Patoranking – Is it Because I Love You
J Martins ft Yousosour Ndour – Time is Now

Song of The Year

Sauti Sol ft Ali Kiba – Unconditional Bae
Franko – Coller La Petite
Reggae Blues – Kcee, Harrysong, Orezi, Iyanya and Olamide
Bisa Kdei – Mansa
Tekno – Duro (Winner)
Kiss Daniel – Mama
Phyno ft Olamide – Fada Fada
Diamond Platnumz ft Aka – Make Me Sing

Artist of The Year

Flavour – Nigeria (Winner)
Diamond Platnumz – Tanzania
Sarkodie – Ghana
Wizkid – Nigeria
Aka – South Africa
Tiwa Savage – Nigeria
Sauti Sol – Kenya
C4 Pedro – Angola

Dancehall Act of the Year

Timaya – Nigeria
Stonebwoy – Ghana
Buffola Soldier – Zimbabwe
Burna Boy – Nigeria
Mc Norman Ganja -Uganda
Samini – Ghana
Patoranking – Nigeria
Shatta Wale – Ghana (Winner)

AFRIMMA Caribbean Artist of The Year

Morgan Heritage
Machel Montano – (Winner)
Sean Paul
Busy Signal
Tarrus Riley

What’s New? 7 Awesome Kenyan Music Videos out This Month (So Far)

We know you’ve got that thirst for new music and because we keep a keen eye out for that, here is a list of 7 music videos that have come out this rather cold month of July.

Elani ft Jaguar ‘Sirudi’.

Willy Paul – ‘Fanya’.

Sage ‘Maskini’.

Rabbit ‘Besha Shigana’.

Akothee ‘Yuko Moyoni’.

Gabu Frasha ‘WABE’.

Amos and Josh ‘Dansi na Mi’.