When he isn’t hosting Thursday mid-morning Jam Session or his Sunday afternoon radio show, ZJ Heno is busy doing the only two other things that mean the most to him.
Music and being a dad.
Since featuring on Uptown Radio, ZJ Heno has been a maestro when it comes to Jamaican music and culture and even found a way to integrate that lifestyle here in Kenya by creating Kenyan reggae riddims.
With artist connections from both the 254 and 876 (Jamaica), ZJ Heno’s riddims have earned radio play across the world but he has been stretching his limits, showing us that he is more than just a dancehall deejay.
ZJ Heno’s Thursday Jam Session sees him mix a variety of music genres, teasing it on the radio promo saying…
‘I like to keep people guessing’
Well we so far have heard him churn out impeccable, Rnb, house and even hip hop music mixes, the later of which is the genre he appears to have gravitated towards with this new release of his.
Featuring stars like Khaligraph, Tunji and Ace the Don, it appears Heno’s debut album ‘Loyalty’, will be filled with bars and with international cameos by Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire, UK’s Robbo Ranks and BET Award Winning star Stoneboy, this is definitely set up for success.
The star who is promoting this big debut revealed the official release date as 2nd of February 2018 with pre-orders set for the 19th of January.
Don’t know about you … but I sure can’t wait to get myself a copy.
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.
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.
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.
Mwalimu Rachel in Calvo Mistari, Amos and Josh’s ‘Urembo’
Sheila Kwamboka in ‘Sema Ng’we’.
Corine in Kristoff’s ‘Tattoo Kwa Thigh’.
ZJ Heno in Willy Paul’s ‘I Do’.
Patricia Kihoro in Sauti Sol’s ‘Coming Home’.
DJ Andie in Jay A’s ‘Dumbala’ (Remix) Video.
Rae Kiragu in Third Hand Music’s ‘In the Air’ (Lyric Video).
Kranium is a no stranger to HBR having had his music played for the longest time and that’s obviously because he makes great hits.
This Jamaican born emcee has featured on HBR’s official dancehall chart ‘The Kingston 10’ (with Della Mbaya) multiple times and will later on tonight (October 18th) get on Uptown Nights with ZJ Heno.
ZJ Heno’s Tuesday night show on HBR’s Uptown Nights is synonymous with exclusive interviews and tonight he will have a phone interview with Kranium as confirmed by the dancehall crooner himself via an IG Video where he shouts out ZJ Heno and HBR.
ZJ Heno has been team dancehall from the get go but you’ve got to catch his incredibly awesome Jam Session mixes Thursday mornings on HBR. (Thursdays on 103.5fm from 10am to 11am)
Having interviewed the who’s who of the reggae and dancehall world on his Tuesday Uptown Nights show (Tuesdays on 103.5fm from 10pm to midnight) including star producer Don Corleone and BET winner Stonebwoy, ZJ Heno has gone on to produce top rated riddims and is about to release yet another.
ZJ got back to work creating the infectiously epic beat that is now the ‘Destination Riddim’ and after that, it seems he got in touch with 16 of his famous friends who have now featured on it.
From Khaligraph to Wyre to H_art the band and some of Jamaica’s finest like Delly Ranks, that riddim is set to drop in a month and one of it’s singles, ‘Give me a kiss’ by A Pass has already garnered thousands of hits on YouTube.
Check it out;
Excited for it to drop? Listen to ZJ Heno on any of his Homeboyz Radio shows.