VICTOR WANYAMA, MCDONALD MARIGA AND ROYA ENTERTAINMENT UNVEIL THE UNDER 16 WANYAMA ROYA CHARITY CUP IN NAIROBI (30TH JUNE & 1ST JULY 2018 AT ST. MARY’S HIGH SCHOOL)

International Kenyan football stars, Victor Wanyama signed to Tottenham Hotspurs and McDonald Mariga signed to Real Oviedo will launch the ‘Under 16 Wanyama Roya Charity Cup’ in Nairobi, Kenya in a tournament set for 30th June and 1st July, 2018, in partnership with ROYA Entertainment. The 2-day event, targeting under-16 players, will be held at St. Mary’s High School along James Gichuru Road between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the Saturday 30th June and between 1 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday 1st July. This is the first edition of Under 16 Wanyama Roya Charity Cup Tournament and from here on it will be held annually in all Kenyan counties from 2019 with the finals been held in Nairobi.

Ahead of a press conference to officially launch this initiative (planned to take place at KICC’S Shimba Hills Room Friday 29th June 2018 from 1 PM, Wanyama says: “I am happy to be back in Kenya and to launch this tournament with my big brother as it’s something we have dreamt of for a long time. Majority of players in our country lack information on how to build careers that can sustain them past their active football careers and make wrong decisions after their retirement.” Mariga adds, “With the milestones we’ve made in our individual careers, I am confident that we can teach the young a few tricks. We would like to use this platform to inspire the next generation of young stars to make better choices and break this cycle.’’

The knockout tournament will be an 11-a-side set up with a total of 24 teams drawn from various neighbourhoods within Nairobi including Kangemi, Lavington, South C, Mathare North, Kahawa Sukari, Ruai, Gigiri and Kaloleni, among others. Each team will have a maximum of 20 member players who must be under the age of 16. Cash prizes of Ksh. 500,000, Ksh. 300,000, Ksh. 100,000, and Ksh. 50,000 will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd 3rd and 4th teams, respectively. Participating teams have already been selected through an on ground mobilization.

The under-16 tournament seeks to sensitize the youth, more so budding players, on the importance of investing into a healthy lifestyle focusing on key pointers like health, nutrition, and education, as a way of developing professional careers that attain longevity.

 Wanyama Roya Charity Cup comes before a planned countrywide tournament tour and a mentorship program that will recruit young children from around the country and offer them training, education sponsorship and health covers from NHIF. The initiative also plans to rehabilitate former football stars that have since fallen to vices after the end of their prime football years.


‘MAMA AFRICA’ – YEMI ALADE RELEASES “GO DOWN”: NEW HIT SINGLE IN EAST AFRICA BEFORE HEADING TO EUROPEAN TOUR

Yemi Alade is undisputedly Africa’s most accomplished Female singer this decade. In 2017, she made history by being the only top African act who released an album and EP in the same year. She is currently enjoying the success of her latest banger “Go Down” as she plans to embark on her European tour starting this April.

She is releasing “Go Down” in East Africa, as a continuation of the mega presence and space she commands in the region. In 2018, Yemi is planning to work with more top East African artistes. Her latest Swahili songs were “Nakupenda” featuring Nyashinski and a feature on “911” with Krizbeatz and Tanzanian artiste Harmonize.

Produced by Philkeyz  off Yemi’s deluxe edition of her third studio album “Black Magic” set for release in 2018: “Go Down” is groovy and has a touch of 90s R&B—making it one of Yemi’s most unique new classics. The music video boasts colorful visuals capturing Yemi and her dance crew at their best, getting down to the certified dance song. She enlists leading cinematographer Paul Gambit for the video of the single that comes after a previous hit release: “Single & Searching” featuring Falz.

Yemi asserts that she will continue to focus her efforts across Africa with East Africa treated as a key market. She says: “This is my second home and I appreciate all the love that I get from my East Africa fans. I mean what else can I show for it? I know speak Swahili! From Sauti Sol, Nyashinski to Vanessa Mdee and many other artistes, I have found a lot of inspiration and lessons from my peers,” adding, “I am looking forward to coming back soon for more live performances.”

Watch “Go Down” on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKEMadmwY-c


KENYAN ARTIST POINT BLACK RELEASES EPISODE 3 ‘FORM NI GANI’ K63 VISUAL COMIC BOOK ON FAMILY PLANNING

EPISODE 3: “Take Charge of Your Life” #FormNiGani”.

Top Kenyan animator and graffiti artist Point Blank has unveiled the third and final episode of the Form Ni Gani “K63” Visual comic book. Tagged “Take Charge of Your Life”, it is a dedication to the unborn. This episode is part of the three-part episode series; each episode 5 – 8 minutes-long.

K63 tackles Family Planning and the future of Kenya in 2063, 100 years after independence. In this last episode, we see the lead character rise against all challenges that come with an unplanned pregnancy to become a top leader in her country.

Episode 3 of K63 YouTube: https://bit.ly/2MrJ3v9

Episode 1 of K63 YouTube: http://bit.ly/2Jrrygy

Episode 2 of K63 YouTubehttps://bit.ly/2LGRKBe

K63 Trailer on YouTube: http://bit.ly/2svcZyY

Speaking about this project, Point Blank says “It has been amazing to give my contribution as a creative to the #FormNiGani movement. I hope the visual comic gets to educate and sensitize all on Family Planning.” Episode 1 was about “Future Kenya in 2063” and Episode 2: “Who is the father? The drama continues”. The project is for both those who have children or are planning in getting a family going in the future.

Named “#FormNiGani” (“what’s the plan”), the movement is meant to engage Kenyans in conversations about making informed decisions about our future and the crucial role of family planning in it. Despite its importance, many Kenyans lack access to both family planning methods and information.


NAIJA GIRL GROUP: SHIIKANE COLLABORATE WITH TOP TANZANIAN RAPPER CHIN BEES ON “HAAYA” – NEW SINGLE

Following their successful Tanzanian Media Tour in May 2018, Africa’s leading girl – group, based in Nigeria SHiiKANE (Comprising of twins: HRH Shay, Princess Annamay and sister Baby-Kay) release “Haaya”– a brand new smash hit single and their first East African collabo. In the bona fide love song that features Chin Bees, SHiiKANE are singing in Swahili for the first time. The single is produced at Wanene Studios by Goncher and mixed and mastered by Chizan Brain at Wanene Studios.

Speaking about the new release SHiiKANE said “This song is so special to us. Working with Chin Bees was such an honor, we just vibed at the studio and made magic for our fans, hope they like it,” adding “We have so much love for East Africa and especially our Tanzanian fans who have shown so much love for our music.”

Shiikane just came from their debut East African stint: a media tour in Tanzania (28th May 2018 – Saturday 2nd June 2018) – which ended successfully after their visit to all top media outlets in promotion of their hit singles, including: “Oga Police”, “Answer Me”, “Zuga” and “Loke”. During the tour, they also had a club appearance at Dar es Salaam’s Club Next Door sponsored of Belaire East Africa and also networked with top industry professionals among them Navy Kenzo. They will be back to finish their East African tour by stopping in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda in the later part of the year. Their ultimate mission is to conquer Africa and they are doing so one hit a time. SHiiKANE say, “It was our first time in East Africa and we loved it. The people are so warm and they treated us like loyalty. We can’t wait to be back.”

GET THE HAYAA:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/hayaa-feat-chin-bees-single/1401598581

Soundcloud: https://m.soundcloud.com/user-89887373/hayaa-shiikane-ft-chin-bees

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VjuWDejRew


YEMI ALADE RELEASES REMIX OF “BUM BUM” FEATURING ADMIRAL T & LADY LESHURR IN EAST AFRICA

Fresh off her historic and successful European tour ‘Mama Africa’ Yemi Alade releases the remix of her mega smash hit “Bum Bum” featuring English rap diva Lady Leshurr and French reggae-dancehall juggernaut Admiral T. Through her label Effyzzie Music Group, this is her fourth release in East Africa, a region she enjoys massive support from the fans.

“BUM BUM” remix Audio on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExTXrWBUzKU

Off her third studio album “Black Magic”, the V-Tek produced track has a dancehall vibe coupled by stellar vocal additions by the duo. The remix follows the success of the original track which has proven to be a massive hit and success having garnered 8 Million YouTube Views so far. It’s her biggest dance anthem yet which sparked a global viral dance with the ‘Bum Bum Challenge’.

On 31st May, Yemi headlined the “Choma Na Ngoma” music concert in Nairobi – once again selling out to an audience of 4,000. This was her second public concert in Kenya following her performance at the March edition of Koroga Festival.  Yemi continues to make history and is the first African act from Africa to have such an extensive and self-organized European tour.


THOUGHT-PROVOKING “FORM NI GANI” NAIROBI PHOTO EXHIBITION ENDS SUCCESSFULLY

A photo exhibition by the Form Ni Gani Movement, championed by Kenyan creatives, held in Nairobi at the Kenya National Archives has ended (Thur 3rd May 2018). 

Hosted by Boniface Mwangi—the award-winning Kenyan photojournalist, the exhibition documented over 60 Kenyans from all walks of life telling their stories on the topics of Sex, Family Planning and Sexual & Reproductive Health Care.

#FormNiGani (What’s the plan?) is a movement engaging Kenyan youth in Nairobi and Bungoma to freely interact and talk about sexual and reproductive health care and our health rights as stated in Kenya’s constitution. The movement is driven by creatives who magnify the voices of young Kenyans to make the existing support for family planning visible to decision makers.

#FormNiGani is based on the fact that access to family planning is a constitutional right. The Health Act, Section 6(1)(a) guarantees all Kenyan adults access to reproductive health services, including safe, effective, affordable and acceptable family planning services. The movement will use comedy, poetry and graffiti art to create awareness about family planning.


SAUTI SOL FEATURE TIWA SAVAGE IN “GIRL NEXT DOOR” – BRAND NEW SINGLE & VIDEO OFF UPCOMING LP

Kenyan hit makers and Africa’s Best Group, Sauti Sol, feature Nigerian queen of pop, Tiwa Savage, in new single: GIRL NEXT DOOR. Following the success of MELANIN, this Maleek Berry- produced track laced in Polycarp’s renowned fancy guitar riffs is the second single off Sauti Sol’s LP titled AFRIKAN SAUCE. The song was composed by Sauti Sol, mixed and mastered by Supersonic Africa, written and performed by Sauti Sol and Tiwa Savage, co-written by the phenomenal femcee, Fena Gitu from Kenya.

Watch GIRL NEXT DOOR on YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1zvVUqWccE&feature=youtu.be

GIRL NEXT DOOR is a wavy sound into the new year- revolving around a love story between a guy and a girl on the same block (Bien Aime and Tiwa). The music video was shot in Lagos, Nigeria and directed by Unlimited LA.

Tiwa Savage speaks on her first collaboration with Sauti Sol: “It’s been such an honor to work with Sauti Sol as I have been a big fan of their work since their first album ‘MWANZO’ back in 2008,” adding, “I am looking forward to us performing GIRL NEXT DOOR live in Kenya in the near future.” Sauti Sol echo Tiwa’s sentiments: “We love this jam so much! We’ve been eying Tiwa Savage for years and we’ve always wanted to work with her. The collabo was seamless and everything we anticipated it would be.”

In 2018, Sauti Sol will unveil a song each month off the AFRIKAN SAUCE LP. In November 2017, they released MELANIN featuring Patoranking – a mega hit which has surpassed 4.6 Million YouTube views in just one month. MELANIN has been voted among Africa’s best songs of 2017 by Okay Africa, among other publications.


SAUTI SOL RELEASE NEW SINGLE“MELANIN” WITH PATORANKING & ANNOUNCE UPCOMING LP

Crowned Best Group in Africa and touted as the giants of East African music: Sauti Sol (Kenya) release brand new single MELANIN featuring World Best Patoranking from Nigeria. Co-written by the talented Kenyan songwriter and singer: Nviiri The Storyteller and produced by Sauti Sol, MELANIN, becomes the debut single off of Sauti Sol’s upcoming music project titled AFRIKAN SAUCE LP – set for release over the next 12 months.

 Watch MELANIN on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8LFwC1nEpU&feature=youtu.be

 The track showcases Sauti Sol’s authentic afro-pop perfectly fused in R&B and Patoranking’s dancehall magic, giving off the best of both worlds. Having maintained friendship for many years, while watching each other grow into continental greats, Sauti Sol and Patoranking unite in MELANIN to deliver a powerful collaboration with a strong message; celebrating women of color. Africa’s top music video director, Clarence Peters, redefines Afrocentric meets Caribbean vibes in this Lagos shot music video, with rain pouring, slow motion dancing and steamy scenes. 

Speaking on the collabo, Patoranking says, “I’ve known Sauti Sol personally for about three years, and I can truly say that we’ve been fans of each other as much as we’ve been friends. I am happy we finally release a track that represents us both in equal measure. We can only go higher! Africa to the World!” For the better part of 2017, Sauti Sol was silently and tirelessly working on the AFRIKAN SAUCE LP across Africa. They say, “We couldn’t be happier to share this news with our fans. Our aim with this LP is to connect Africa through music” revealing, “The LP’s body of work will be a continuation of our LIVE AND DIE IN AFRIKA theme.”

The AFRIKAN SAUCE LP follows the success of Sauti Sol’s third album LIVE AND DIE IN AFRIKA. The LP is a collaborative project that will feature heavyweight music acts drawn from across the African continent. AFRIKAN SAUCE LP is rich and diverse with an array of songs and experiences that will take die hard fans of the group back to the roots of Sauti Sol – that warm resonant pop sound fused with traditional Kenyan influences, creating a mélange of rhythms and melodies. In an unprecedented and valiant move Sauti Sol plan to unveil a song off AFRIKAN SAUCE LP each month, for the next 12 months. 


THE INDUSTRY PRESENTS NAVY KENZO IN “FELLA” – BRAND NEW VIDEO & SINGLE

Navy Kenzo (Aika and Nahreel), the makers of mega hit records like “Kamatia Chini”, “Game” featuring Vanessa Mdee and “Bajaj” featuring Patoranking, release new single and music video: FELLA. The dancehall tune and certified club banger produced by Nahreel and Alvin Brown, comes hot on the heels of Nahreel’s production of the Coca-Cola anthem for the 2018 World Cup.

Speaking on their debut single since the release of their critically acclaimed 2018 debut album, Navy Kenzo say: “We are proud of Africa and FELLA is a show of our embrace and celebration of Africa,” adding, “As Navy Kenzo we have never showcased this kind of African expression in our videos – making many people always wonder if we do come from Africa.”

Watch FELLA on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acn3zbtlPzI&feature=youtu.be

The concept and idea behind FELLA is a celebration of Africa’s diverse music styles, avant-garde fashion culture and the richness of our continent. Its music video was shot and directed in Tanzania’s Bagamoyo by celebrated South African director Justin Campos – a long-term collaborator of Navy Kenzo. Nahreel says, “For the first time, we [Aika and I] took up the creative direction of our music video; from the fashion and hair stylists, make up artists to designers.”

VIDEO CREDITS:

Director: Justin Campos

Concepts & Art direction: Aika and Nahreel

Styling: Noel and Macrida

Designers: Kiki fashion, Agness and Zebedayo

Hair: Rehema & Texture Hair Saloon

Location: Firefly Bagamoyo

Navy Kenzo’s debut album AIM (Above In A Minute) was a compilation of 11 tracks, produced by Nahreel, alongside renowned Nigerian producer Chopstix and DJ Moshe Buskila. Featuring collaborations with some of Africa’s big names in music like Alikiba, Patoranking, Mr. Eaziand R2Bees, the album is a gift to their die-hard fans and a true reflection of the group’s hard work. Navy Kenzo went on tour to Canada, Australia, Rwanda, Congo and UK to promote the album. They are currently working on their second album, which will drop in 2019.


KENYAN DUO OPIPS & JARDEL RELEASE “OBVIOUS” FEATURING PRO – NEW SINGLE & VIDEO

Opips & Jardel of Team Mistari are fast rising in the Kenyan entertainment scene. The duo who recently got nominated at Pulse Music Awards (Kenya’s hottest new award ceremony) has released a new banger titled OBVIOUS featuring Kenyan rapper Pro. OBVIOUS is the third single off their upcoming debut album and was produced by KidKay of Red Republik and mastered by acclaimed producer Magic Mike.

Watch OBVIOUS on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9or14VwrPpA&feature=youtu.be

The sexy laid-back single and video is a great club tune set to rock dancehall and hip-hop music lovers alike. Set in Nairobi’s famed CBD Club – Tribeka Lounge, ‘OBVIOUS’ music video was directed by Odibz who perfectly captures the duo’s energy.

Speaking about this new release, Opips said, “Our fans have been eargely waiting for our next single since TAKE IT LOW and finally we have something classy for them – I am sure they will definitely enjoy this!” The same was echoed by his longtime collaborator Jardel who says, “This song is a dedication to all the women out there. We just wanted to appreciate you and all your strength.” The duo has previously collaborated on a number of smash hit singles: “Chini Kwa Chini”, “Another Woman” and also teamed up with Calvo Mistari on “Take It Low” and “Paper & Glue”.