I want us to compare two stories. The first story is of a young man, an artiste who conquered the hearts of many music lovers with his hits. Little-known, with no much to spend on looks and nice videos, the lad did great songs like Kamwambie and Mbagala, songs that endeared him to many. His journey was not very smooth, and along the way he kept telling his story, where he came from, and recited his dreams now and again (say Waaasaafiii). Along the way, he dropped some great friends, those who had made him, and picked up new ones. He became an arch-rival to one of the greatest musician in the country, Ali Kiba. His friends turned enemies, like Ohmy Dimpoz. Then of course, his journey was full of scandals. Mostly relationship scandals. Amidst all these, the guy had a dream, and he worked towards it. One day he did ‘Number One’ and that was kinda game changer in his musical life. Slowly by slowly he built his own empire, gathered a couple of artistes and signed them. His label Wasafi Classics Baby (WCB) signed one of the biggest artistes back then, Rich Mavoko. And he’s been doing collabos with his artistes in a bid to kick-start their careers. It’s not just music that this guy does, he is doing business. He has done collabos with international artistes and it’s paying off.
The second story is about a young man from Mathare Kenya. His first song, Mama conquered the hearts of many, and he began winning awards. His second song Machozi cemented his name in the music scene, with his story touching the hearts of many. Then he did a great song, Barua, which propelled him to a whole new height. He then gradually built his own label, Eastlands’ Most Beloved (EMB) and signed some artistes in it. He signed a great gospel artiste (Mr. Seed) and a new artiste in the name of David Wonder. Before you forget, this boy too brought Weezdom to the limelight, recording him at EMB and doing him videos. Bahati has been embroiled in scandals in his journey too; unseating the Prezzy during the launch of Jubilee Party. He has also been embroiled in a beef with one of the greatest gospel musician, Willy Paul.
So, what do you see similar in these two stories? Lemmi break it down for you.
Diamond came from a humble background, just like Bahati.
Diamond didn’t grow with his dad, same with Bahati.
Diamond Platinumz once did a song with his current rival, Ali Kiba, but the two have never been in a song together. Similarly, Bahati and Willy Paul did a song together, but it was never officially released.
Diamond is very close to the government and the president, same with Bahati.
Diamond Platinumz has his own label, WCB, Bahati has opened his own label EMB.
Bahati has signed fresh unknown talent just like Diamond did.
Bahati has also signed his competitor musically (Mr. Seed) same way Diamond signed Rich Mavoko who was at one time giving him a run for his money.
Diamond goes round, doing collabos with different big artistes, a move that Bahati has since copied. He has been in Bongoland in the past few days, doing collabos that are yet to drop.
Along the way, Diamond dropped friends who became enemies (Ohhmy Dimpoz) while Bahati has dropped some too, (Weezdom).
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Well, as you can see, Willy Paul says Diamond Platinumz is his role model, but it turns out this guy Bahati is Diamond’s greatest student. Believe me you, one day these two music labels will enter into partnership. Fingers crossed.
Just last month Kenya’s premier gaming company SportPesa organized a match between Hull City and Kenya’s own SportPesa All Stars. The team made history as the first Kenyan team to ever face a Premier League football team.
The friendly match took place in Hull City’s home and some of the best players from Kenya were selected to meet the premier league team. Though Hull City won the match, our Kenyan team managed to score a goal. The main man of the day was Humphrey Mieno and now he has been rewarded.
Despite the loss Kenyans were ecstatic about the goal scored by Humphrey and the great effort by Sportpesa for putting Kenya on the map. As promised SPortpesa awarded the whole team with a Ksh1,150,000 cheque for their effort at KCOM translating to Ksh50,000 for each member of the team.
Humphrey being the only goal scorer was awarded Kshs 100,000. Another match between the two teams is slated to take place soon right here in Kenya
It is hard to believe it has already been a year since Daddy Owen and his love Faridah Wambui walked down the isle. Their wedding was the talk of the town with many celebrities and fans alike congratulating the two love birds.
The lovely couple celebrated their one year anniversary a few days ago, and it was nothing short of beautiful.
The gospel singer dedicated a beautiful post to his wife on the gram, check it out below.
Beautiful Mayonde surely has her eyes set on being one of the finest female acts we have in Africa. And she is definitely on the right path. Mayonde performed last weekend at the Kigali Jazz Junction where was the Headlining Act.
The event which is held at Kigali Serena Hotel was the second edition of Season three of the monthly jazz gathering.
Mayonde known for such hits such as Kama kawaida, Rise, Angels, Find Us A Way, Nairobi, and Isikuti love. She is the second Kenyan musician to perform at the Kigali Jazz Junction. In February, the event was headlined by Kenyan saxophonist Christine Kamau.
Although she has performed in Kigali before, it was at much smaller gigs and this was her biggest stage so far.
We got a few comments from Mayonde about how the event was for her
Kigali was amazing, probably the best show i have had so far, it was the first time I was headlining a show and being brought in as an International Act which was a dream come true. i want to perform all over the world. it felt good for people to put their money and their faith in me to headline the show and i was and still am so grateful for the show. They had be at the Kigali Serena which is such a beautiful hotel and they were treating me like royalty, so i am extremely grateful for the Kigali Jazz Junction. The other performances were also so great, Patrick Nyamitari is extremely talented and the Neptunez band set was so great as well.
The crowd was great, they were dancing with me, singing with me, cheering me on and it felt so good to be received and accepted by them. i had so much time on stage and i trust it will be the first of many events to come, Kigali is beautiful, jazzy, soulful and classy and that is what this event was, the lighting, the sound, the beautiful people dressed up and glamorous. This trip just enthused my passion for my music and i am ready to hit the ground running and to continue to share my music with the world
Congratulations to the beauty for reppin’ Kenya to the fullest, watch her latest hit Nairobi below
An ad by global drink Pepsi starring Kendal Jenner has been pulled down after it attracted outrage from social media users . The ad borrows the imagery from the recent ‘Black Lives Matter’ demos that were carried in the US. Most of the complainants pointed out that the ad trivialized the widespread protests against the killings of black people. In the ad, Kendel Jenner is seen handing a can of Pepsi to a police officer who was trying to contain a crowd of attractive young people holding milquetoast signs with nonspecific pleas like “Join the conversation.” The protesters are uniformly smiling, laughing, clapping, hugging and high-fiving. This however did not go well with the audience. Here are some of their reactions towards the ad.
Pepsi has since pulled down the ad and issued an apology over the same. “Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding. Clearly, we missed the mark and apologize,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday. “We did not intend to make light of any serious issue. We are pulling the content and halting any further rollout.”
Hey y’all, the latest issue of your favourite magazine The Insyder is here. Have you got your copy yet? You haven’t ??? Well, this is what you are missing. Kwanza your favorite gospel group Kelele Takatifu tells you what you didn’t know about them, and tackles some of the questions you have been asking yourself about them. They tell us of what they think about ‘Prayer Partners’ and take us back to their High school days. What happened when their CDs were confiscated by a mode and he thought it was some other stuff going on? Who inspired them? Well, the magazine answers all these for you.
And of course we have a student president telling us more about what they do, and how they do it. This time Moi Forces Academy’s Ogweno Griffins Otieno takes us through his life as the schools chairman. We also cover MFA open in our lit school funkiez column. On the same column we have some dope pictorials of other school events like Meru Open, Loreto Kiambu’s modelling day and we get the latter’s trainer, Leyan Kariuki, speak to you about her job. You think that’s enough? Wait…
We have new columns in the mag (Yaaaaay!!) and you’ll absolutely love them. In Vidreu, we get to review your favorite local video released last month, and of course look at ten of the illest movies and series. Wait, have you ever heard of someone who begins from nothing and ends up conquering a trade that is mean’t for the other gender? I mean, we focus at this lad who after high school decided to take hairdressing as a career and now he’s reaping immensely. get the copy to know who.
Halafu, in our Alphamail and Femail columns, we tell high-schoolers what to do and what not to, we need them back in school second term ikifika and beyond so they should be safe, ama? Y’all fashion peeps got covered as well, we got a literature review for you guys and some quiz to challenge your mind. Not just that, there’s also a crossword puzzle to crack. Do you think sex education should be included in the next curriculum proposed by the Ministry of Education? We sample some of the answers from studes of different schools.
And as it’s always been, we have fiction and non-fiction stories from students, poems plus drawings. Get your copy now for this and much more.
You all probably know that P-unit third Frasha is into politics. Not just that, but you also know that he is vying for the MCA seat in Athi River Township. Frasha made clear his ambitions last year and many doubted it, as it has occasionally been said that so-and-so is going for a given seat, only for it to end up as a kick (publicity stunt). But if you had any doubts about Frasha’s political ambitions, you thought wrong.
But the guy is veeery serious. He no longer dungas those shades and a snap for show posters, he is posing respectably like a Mheshimiwa and he recently joined one of Ukambani’s fastest growing parties, Maendeleo Chap Chap.
A clearly delighted Frasha a week ago joined the Maendeleo Chap Chap whereby he was received by Party Leader Dr. Alfred Mutua. In his speech, he promised to work with the Machakos governor besides urging people to work together. Mmmh, well. We wish Mheshimiwa Mgenge
Here is a video of him insisting that he was in the party, and he put the phrase “Ndani, ndaaani, ndaaaaani kabisa” to some good use.
Tanzanian controversial heartthrob, Wema Sepetu has something to smile about this time around. After weeks marred with scandal and even having some jail time, the former model still has lots to be proud of.
The ex-girlfriend of Diamond Platnumz has proven to many that she is not just a pretty face. She is somewhat a jack of all trades. She is an actor, business woman, owns a line of cosmetics and seems to be venturing into politics.
The beauty boasts with a following of almost 3 million on Instagram. She is quite influential and her fans always want to know what she is up to.
And now Wema joins the likes of Adele Onygango, Avril, Esther Passaris, TerryAnne Chebet, Amina Abdi among others who have been cover stars on the True Love magazine before.
Wema opens up in the issue like never before, you will definitely learn more about the beauty.
Finally, the most awaited song between Kenya’s gospel sensation Bahati and Wasafi’s Rayvanny dropped days ago. It’s a song between two of the best singers from each country, one a secular artiste while the other is a gospel artiste (??rolls eyes from here to Tandale). The video is out and here are a few observations.
The video begins with the two in one scene where Bahati is playing a piano and Rayvanny is behind him, all clad in white. The simplicity of the setting from the beginning bonds well with the theme of the song. We then see someone walking at a footpath in a farm, before Rayvanny emerges at a tea plantation. The theme is that of transition from poverty to stardom. Rayvanny is seen being dropped by a Land Cruiser where fans run to embrace him but his bodyguard shields him and he escapes. He is then taken to a kibanda where he is served chapo ndondo and being the star he is, he pushes the stuff off his face. At one point he is seen in a car picking a call from his mother and he starts shouting at her, and throws the phone away.
Bahati’s part is well scripted as well. He comes with a convertible BMW being driven by his ‘prayer partner’ ? and we see them high-fiving. It’s a scne that’s directly copied from Harmonize’s ‘Niambie’ though. He then is seen on set with Larry Madowo at the Trend and Bahati keeps wiping his ‘Golden’ shoes all the time, showing arrogance. At one point, Larry has a magazine with the headline “BAHATI QUITS GOSPEL” and this doesn’t go well with Bahati who decides to walk out on him, with so much ATT.
For a gospel-secular collabo, the song doesn’t pull any artiste to an unwanted zone, as it’s about reminding people where they have come from. The storylines are obvious and I feel they could have been made better. The locations too. The video is done by X-Antonio. Watch the video below and rate it out of ten.
According to America rapper (well, he was born in Comoros though) French Montana, Uganda’s Ghetto kids who starred in popular song video Sitya Loss dance better than his counterpart Chris Brown. French was speaking to Tmz about his recent trip to Uganda when he made the sentiments. We told you weeks ago that the rapper was in Uganda where a day later he was joined by Rae Sremmurd and it’s now revealed that they did a music video and the kids were featured.
“He shot his new music video over there, and was blown away by the moves he saw kids put down on the set. In fact, he invoked Chris Brown‘s name to get his point across — but sounds like French was moved way beyond dance,” wrote TMZ.
We are waiting to see this video, and hopefully it opens more doors for the talented kids.