Africa Nouveau – 2017, the music and arts festival that was slated for November (10th -12th) 2017 at Small World Country Club Athi River has been postponed. The festival will soon fall in early 2018. The postponement is due to increased concern with the perpetual suspense and escalating tensions around the election activities.

An official statement from the Africa Nouveau Festival team reads: “We feel it is best to move Africa Nouveau clear of the election period. We are currently working hard on securing new dates for early 2018 and you will be first to be advised when this is done. In the meantime, we kindly request you to put a hold on the plans you had with the festival as we wait for the new dates. Thank you again for your commitment and support towards Africa Nouveau Festival.”

The Africa Nouveau festival will maintain its over 20 music acts drawn from across Africa and the UK to light up it’s live music stage in early 2018. They include funky Nigerian electro-pop soul singer, Temi Doll Face, the multi-talented Muthoni the Drummer Queen (Kenya), the all-rounded artist and host of Podcast, Eugene Gecaga, Sauti Academy’s Njerae (Kenya), Shukid (Kenya), Basthma (Kenya), Emma Cheruto (Kenya), 7th Culture, Ayrosh, PHY (Kenya), Wanja Wahoro (Kenya), Tunji (Kenya), Sichangi (Kenya), Ayrosh (Kenya) and Nairobi Nu Wave favourites: EA Wave (Kenya), Taio (Kenya) and Steph Kapela (Kenya). All the artistes are set to perform at the 2-days/2-nights Africa Nouveau themed ‘Afrobubblegum’— a world full of fun, fierce and fantastical music, film and fashion, among other art forms.

Known for drawing Nairobi’s coolest audience and lovers of lifestyle and arts, the upcoming Africa Nouveau will once again be a platform for discovering some of the most innovative Africans creating new style of music and sounds influencing Africa and the African Diaspora. The next edition will also showcase innovative new art by East African and British talent, thanks to its partnership with the British Council’s East Africa Arts program. The program which creates connections between creatives from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and the UK will ensure that artists brought together at the festival will make and showcase new art to audiences. The artists will also share skills and forge networks between the creative sectors of the UK and East Africa.

Multiple experiences to look forward to will include good music vibes divided into a live music stage and an after-hours DJ stage that will present DJ Suraj, DJ Marfox (Portugal), DJ Spilulu (Congo) and Electrafrique represented by DJ Moma and DJ Cortega. A film stage in partnership with the Goethe Institute will feature filmmakers from across Africa, a style bazaar will feature fashion, accessories and homeware designer products, there will be a wellness zone in partnership with Africa Yoga Project that will feature zumba and yoga classes and wholesome organic refreshments, a renew and recharge zone by Ofgen Solar E-Cycle where revellers will create energy to charge phones by cycling and also a fully serviced camping experience complete with yummy food and drinks stalls.

Two fresh music albums will also be dropping at the festival. Muthoni the Drummer Queen’s anticipated album ‘SHE’ which features her smash hit singles “Kenyan Message” and “Million Voice” and the album ‘PROJECT GREATNESS’ off Sichangi’s upcoming album. Both the artistes will exclusively perform never-before-released songs off their albums at Africa Nouveau. This will be the festival’s first encounter away from the city to pitch tent at Athi River’s Small World Country Club.



On Sunday (22nd September) Coke Studio Africa hosted an exclusive viewing party in Nairobi, showcasing its 7th episode that featured East Africa’s only MTV EMA nominee: Nyashinski (Kenya) in music collaborations with the iconic Mafikizolo. Nyashisnki did a cover of the South African duo’s mega hit “Khona” with Mafikizolo delivering a sweet ballad in their cover of Nyashinski’s “Malaika”. Nandy (Tanzania), Betty G (Ethiopia), Shellsy Baronet (Mozambique), Bisa Kdei (Ghana) and Eddy Kenzo (Uganda) also featured on the episode.

Coke Studio artists: The Band BeCa were among a host of guests including celebrities, influencers and Kenya’s top media who joined Coca Cola Executives, Coke Studio Africa band, staff and production crew members at the viewing party held at Kiza Lounge. With a September premiere that was received with raving reviews, Coke Studio Africa – 2017 is now on its eighth week with Kenya’s The Band BeCa and Avril set to feature on this weekend’s episode 8 scheduled for 29th Oct on Citizen TV. The Kenyan produced Pan-African music show displays the best of Kenyan music and talent alongside Africa’s best of the best. Other Kenyan stars on the show this year include Sauti Sol, Dela and Khaligraph Jones.

Coke Studio aims to inspire and introduce Africa’s music talents to a new and wider audience through interaction, collaboration and cooperation amongst musical artists while also building a strong brand connection with Africa’s young and growing population. Coke Studio Africa has given Kenyan artists a platform to meet other artists and top music producers from Africa to share ideas and collaborate. It breaks the wall of both geographical and genre differences by enabling collaborations across the continent and beyond.

Several key collaborations between the Kenyan artists and other African acts were born during the show’s recording. Nyashinski and Yemi Alade (who were paired on the show last year) just released the music video to Yemi’s new Swahili song “Nakupenda”. Sauti Sol has already recorded collabos with Falz and Patoranking during their stint at the show’s 2017 recording. Dela and Cameroon’s Locko were featured on Coke Studio Music Producer: Masterkraft’s new album. Avril confirmed that post her Coke Studio recording she has recorded a new song produced by Shado Chris, who was her resident Coke Studio Music Producer.

This year’s Coke Studio comprises 11 one-hour episodes. Episode 9 will feature the season’s highlights with episode 10 being the anticipated ‘Global Fusion Edition’ that will feature the show’s international guest star: Jason Derulo alongside Kenya’s Dela alongside other African stars. The season finale will be a special Christmas episode. All episodes continue to display 5 segments: a Remix/Fusion, Throwback, Covers, Cultural Exchange and the Big Break.


Multi-talented leading Ugandan female singer Sheebah Karungi of the “John Rambo” and “Nkwatako” hit fame has made her debut on Africa’s biggest music platform – Coke Studio Africa 2017 and impressed with her lead on an all East African cocktail of music produced by Malawian born music producer based in South African: Gemini Major. On the show, Sheebah was paired alongside Asegnew Ashko from Ethiopia to create wonderful music fusions cutting across authentic Ethiopian music and the best of Uganda dancehall. The two also collaborated with Tanzanian rapper Bill Nass on a hip-hop remix of his smash hit single “Chafu Pozi”. Premiering to raving reviews, Coke Studio Africa is currently on air and will broadcast in more than 30 countries across Africa till December of 2017.

“My dream is to become an international artist not just locked in Uganda and to be the biggest super star I can ever be,” Sheebah says of the opportunity Coke Studio Africa has presented to her, adding: “Being on Coke Studio Africa this year is one of the things that make me feel like am on my way now. I am so honored to be here and that Coke Studio has recognized me. Africa is recognizing me and I am happy to be working with talented producers and musicians. I am going to use this opportunity to do everything I can to go the next level.” Sheebah confirms that she is already in talks with Bill Nass on new collaborations post Coke Studio. Since her Coke Studio recording, Sheebah has also released a song with Coke Studio Nigeria artist Runtown.

Sheebah asserts that to remain on top of the music industry, all artists must be “on time, wake up early to do work,” adding, “I will do this for the rest of my life and push every day until I make it to the top.” In the past few years, Sheebah’s career has been on an upward trajectory, with 2017 being her peak so far. Formerly a member of Obsessions, the sensational all-girl Ugandan group music group, was this year crowned the Female Artist of the Year at the prestigious awards HiPipo Awards this year. Her release of the remix of her song “Nkwatako” featuring Nigerian artist Solidstar and “Weekend” with Runtown are two of Sheebah’s top hit songs released this year. She talks on her Coke Studio original song collaboration with Asegnew Ashko: “I love women empowerment and was very happy we got to write a song that touches on early or forced marriages. This is a must listen!”

Other top Ugandan acts featured on On Coke Studio Africa – 2017 include returning artists: Eddy Kenzo and Lydia Jazmine alongside first timers: Bebe Cool and Ykee Benda, with the latter featuring on the show’s Big Break Segment that grants up and coming artists a chance to work with industry greats and established acts.


Mandela—the acclaimed Kenyan singer and performer best known for his role as Sarabi band’s lead vocalist has now embarked on a solo music career. With the double release of brand new singles: “Fantastic Love” and “Hakuna Matata”, Mandela has officially launched his new brand as one of East Africa’s most talented songwriters and live performers. Speaking on his new direction, Mandela says, “I am still the same Mandela but a bit wiser and matured. Nothing has changed. However, people should expect a new energy from me,” adding, “I am happy and glad I took the time off to find myself as an individual and as an artiste, this seclusion has enabled me to mature and grow musically.”

“Fantastic Love” & “Hakuna Matata” on Soundcloud:

In “Fantastic Love”, Mandela urges listeners to love themselves before embarking on changing the world. “Hakuna Matata” is an urban afro-pop track on a vagabond theme setting us off to embrace peace and no worries or complications. Both songs will feature in Mandela’s upcoming debut EP titled ‘ONA SASA’ which will consist of six songs including: “Accident”, “Ona Sasa”, “Nataka Wewe” and “What do we do”. Produced by Wanene Entertainment in Tanzania, ‘ONA SASA’ is a complete music project expected to touch on topical themes like self-love, self-realization and being conscious of who you are and how to live with people.

Renowned for his unique and powerful voice, Mandela is out to bring out consciousness and art through his music and high-energy performances. His vocal abilities and stage presence has already won him many fans in Africa and abroad. For several years, he has been on a journey to self-realization—what influenced his decision to relocate to Tanzania, where he teamed up with Humphrey Ndomboka (Tanzanian based Zimbabwean producer) to work on his forthcoming EP set for release later this year. He now operated in between the entertainment industries of Kenya and Tanzania.

From Monday 16th October, Mandela embarks on a Kenyan Media Tour dubbed the “Mandela Ona Sasa Media Tour” exclusively organized and managed by Anyiko PR Collective – to promote his new singles and the launch of his solo brand. Mandela says: “I want my music to change society and impact people positively. I want people to be inspired to reach their limits and explore their abilities to the maximum. I want to change the game with my music.”


Kenyan multi-talented artiste Muthoni the Drummer Queen is back with double releases KENYAN MESSAGE and MILLION VOICE off her upcoming album SHE. Having cemented her place as a leading, out-of-the box, genre defying artist of global appeal,  Muthoni teams up Swiss producers Greg “GR!” Escoffey and Jean “HOOK” Geissbuhler on these two smash hit singles.

Muthoni, at once the observer and the subject creates a banging, socio-politically charged hip-hop anthem for Kenya titled KENYAN MESSAGE. The song addresses the political class and citizens of Kenyans equally, questioning the state of the Kenyan society and highlighting the endless scandals plaguing the country. Most notably, Muthoni features the infamous doctors’ strike-turned-movement for better systems in Kenya that had gone unresolved for 100 days from December 2016 to March 2017.

The video which was directed and shot by David Baumaan of is a stunning representation of the message, with Muthoni’s lead role supported by members of MDQ’s Swiss performance crew- Felix Fivaz (Drummer), Tali Cabral & Daniela Dias.

The song pays tribute to the classic “The Message” by DJ Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five; arguably hip-hop’s greatest innovators, and the sentiment sadly rings true, with a seemingly never-ending stream of scandals crippling the public sector and affecting the lives of millions of Kenyans. Aptly, the song ends with the haunting statement “We. Can’t. Breathe” A dire conclusion to the witty-yet-contemplative narrative of modern-day Kenya.

KENYAN MESSAGE Official Video on YouTube:

As a follow up, Muthoni teamed up with NuNairobi’s finest: Steph Kapela, Shukid and Tunji to deliver a flawless remix to the already impeccable “Kenyan Message”. The song is a total flip of the original song though maintaining the original intention and message with the beat going hard and heavy and flipping to suit each rappers flow. Shot at The Alchemist, Nairobi the video was directed by Skinny Film Maker and Greg Escoffey.

KENYAN MESSAGE Remix Official Video on YouTube:

MILLION VOICE is the second single from the rap Queen Muthoni Drummer Queen, and a forewarning that the upcoming concept LP entitled SHE will certainly be a game changer. On the incendiary, reggae-inflected anthem, Muthoni says, “the song pays tribute to the millions of invisible, ordinary, everyday people doing whatever it takes to put bread on the table and create an impactful life, in spite of, or maybe because of, the circumstances that they found themselves in.“

The track thoroughly exemplifies GR & HOOK’s signature style down to the bass heavy tee: a hooky, radio-friendly sound that will effortlessly pack the dance floor at primetime and put the best of sound systems to the test. Listening to this you sort of wish that the 80s boombox and car system culture would come back!

MILLION VOICE Official Video on YouTube:


Major Lazer release the anticipated music video of their latest global hit “Particula” produced by the acclaimed South African music producer: DJ Maphorisa, in Kenya – in a big release global campaign and strategy that includes Kenya among 17 African countries. Watch the Johannesburg, South Africa-shot video for “Particula”: here YouTube:

In support of “Particula”, Major Lazer released a special promotion video with a message to their Kenyan fans ealier (Thursday 12th October) to announce that “they are excited to debut the video in Kenya,” after which they thanked their Kenyan fans for the support. As a group Major Lazer has perfomed in Kenya before. Just this year, Walshy Fire visited Kenya as part of his ‘Finding Africa Tour’. He met influencial music producers and artists, including Sauti Sol, Blinky Bill and Musyoka (Decimal Records). Both Diplo and Walshy Fire then visited Kenya for a massive concert that left Major Lazer fans thrilled and anticipating more.

Directed by South African filmmaker Adriaan Louw, the video features appearances from native South Africans Maphorisa and Nasty C, Nigerian rapper Ice Prince, and Nigerian-American recording artist Jidenna. “Particula” is taken from Major Lazer’s Know No Better EP, surprise-released earlier this year to widespread acclaim. The EP’s title track has been streamed more than 232 million times to date, and standout “Sua Cara” featuring Brazilian superstars Anitta and Pabllo Vittar, was one of YouTube’s biggest music video launches of the year with 217 million views, here.

The new EP expands upon the group’s global sound, taking inspiration from their travels to Pakistan, Cuba, South America, Africa and beyond while paying homage to their Caribbean roots. Know No Better features appearances from Machel Montano, Busy Signal, Sean Paul, Konshens, J Balvin and more, as well as production work from the likes of Jr. Blender, Boaz van de Beatz and King Henry.

Know No Better follows the worldwide success of “Run Up” featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR and Nicki Minaj, “Cold Water” featuring Justin Bieber and MØ and “Lean On” with DJ Snake featuring MØ, one of the most successful songs of all time. Major Lazer is currently touring worldwide.


The inaugural edition of the New Media Conference in East Africa officially launched on Friday (29th September) at the Michael Joseph Safaricom Center in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference which was a collaboration between two of Africa’s leaders in digital marketing Olorisupergal and Anyiko PR, drew key leaders in Kenya’s digital space under the theme: “Driving Kenya’s Socio-Economic Transformation through New Media.”

Speaking while giving a key note speech at the launch of the conference, Google Country Manager, Kenya & Strategic Telco Partnerships Lead, Africa: Charles Murito gave his insight: “76% of 2.5million search queries happen on mobile phones daily, in the last 60 secs 77,000 purchases have been made online, 300 hours of video uploaded on YouTube,” adding “you need to innovate grow and use the free platforms to equip yourselves.”

The conference attracted key professionals in the business of entertainment, branding and tourism alongside media personalities, bloggers and university students – all keen to use the new media to change the narrative on social issues affecting the society. With three panel sessions and a Masterclass session the speakers discussed key topics: The Impact of New Media on Elections, Policies & Governance, Re-selling Kenya to the World through Tourism and Building a Profitable Global/Personal Brand from scratch.

The first panel included James Smart and Marvin Tumbo; hosts of leading political talk show – Afro Politico Show and One FM radio presenter – Cate Rira. During the panel discussion, James Smart said, “Failure of journalism is failing to look at social media as a source of information and hopefully as the political season comes to an end Journalism will re- educate itself.”

Speaking on “Re-selling Kenya to the World through Tourism”, Group Managing Director of Sun Africa Hotels, Mohammed Hersi said, “Kenya is the heart of Africa. It only takes an average 4 hours to either travel North or South of Africa. We need to identify what is specific and unique to sell tourism in Kenya, the best ambassadors we have are athletes and we need to celebrate them.”  The panel also included CEO of East Africa’s largest online restaurant guide Eat Out: Mikul Shah, Bonfire Adventures CEO Simon Kabu and was moderated by renowned events guru and COO of CateChris Limited, Chris Kirwa.


The third panel on “Building a Profitable Global/Personal Brand from scratch” was handled by Cynthia Mwangi – Head of Radio Hot 96FM, Marek Fuchs –Manager Sauti Sol and Stephanie Obi- Nigerian Entrepreneur. The panelists explored on how the new media is enabling brands to rise and gain prominence in the social circles. This panel was moderated by the multi-faceted radio presenter, event organiser & online TV host on What’s Good Live, Shiro LeHero and Fundi Frank.

The conference also included a master class session on “What is Digital Marketing for your business?” with Tilo Ponder, CEO and Co-Founder of What’s Good Networks as the session’s facilitator. Speaking at the conference, Tilo challenged the audience to: “Find people who find your content important and give it to them to build your audience.” The Session also featured the founder of Mums Village – Isis Nyong’o Madison and the Business Development Head, Fuzu – Robert Kimani.

The conference sparked conversations that enlightened key stakeholders in media, entertainment and business regarding developments in the digital space on how to maximize or stretch their capacity for more impact. The conversations held across industries touched on topics like Technology, Elections, Policy and Governance, Tourism, Entertainment, Healthcare, Agriculture and Payments.


The new Kenyan documentary titled ‘MADARAKA’ (Swahili for Freedom) highlighting the power of culture and need to emphasize on youth empowerment in local communities launched in Nairobi (28th September) at the Michael Joseph Centre and in Kisumu (30th September) at the Young Generation Centre. The documentary shot in Nairobi and Kisumu spotlights renowned Kenyan artistes: Sauti Sol, Owuor Arunga, Sosuun and Nazizi, Ghanaian artiste Blitz The Ambassador and the founder of Sarakasi Trust, Marion Op het Veld. All the personalities featured in the documentary encourage self-reliance through creative collaboration.

Speaking at the Kisumu launch event, The Founder and Executive Director of One Vibe Africa said, “Our ultimate goal is to expand this model beyond Kisumu and especially around Africa in the next 20 or so years. We believe that the work we are doing is necessary to other communities that have similar needs,” adding, “that is part of why we made this documentary so that we can expand our global footprint and people can see this it and ask questions and get curious and allow us collaborate.”

During the launch, versatile instrumental group – The Nairobi Horns Project (NHP) delivered a special performance at the Nairobi and Kisumu events. They were also joined on stage by Kisumu based music group – The Creative Band Music (CBK). NHP has worked with One Vibe Africa before as part of the instrumentalists who performed at the Made In Kisumu Festival in Kisumu in October 2015, after which they engaged in collaborative sessions and knowledge sharing with One Vibe in 2016.

The powerful film was produced by One Vibe Africa and Zaki Rose documents the beginnings and growth of One Vibe Africa as an international organization. Wael “L” Abou-Zaki the director and writer of ‘MADARAKA’ said, “The documentary is to showcase the effect of what happens when you change the narrative in your mind and more so how youth empowerment can effect a positive change on the whole community. We hope that this can inspire the youth to work together to grow their communities.”

‘MADARAKA’ takes the audiences through Kenyan culture and current trends while showcasing a recording music studio founded by One Vibe Africa and some of the activities and projects carried out by One Vibe Africa for the community. The documentary also highlights workshops conducted by world-renowned artists and innovators to discuss topics related to Madaraka the documentary and concept, and the culture of Africans.


Multi-talented Kenyan artiste King Kanja—the 2017 AFRIMMA Awards nominee in the category of ‘Crossing Boundaries With Music’ has released a new EP titled “VIBES.” 3 of the 5-tracks of the EP feature collaboration.  Chris Searcy’s sweet R&B vocals gel with Kanja’s sultry ride on “Weekend”. In “All my Life”, Kanja delivers an upbeat afro pop track produced by Silvastone. “Mesmerized” featuring Kenyan songstress Ida Longomba is a fast paced club banger where Kanja also enlists Lovy Longomba (formerly of the Longombas): one of Kenya’s pioneer urban artiste turned super producer. Other tracks that make up “VIBES” EP include: “Royal Family” and “Cathy” produced by Willbeatz and Chucky Thompson, respectively.

Speaking on his brand new EP release Kanja says, “Nothing touches an artiste more than the VIBE you give people, and the VIBE you leave someone with. I named my EP VIBES because all the people I’ve met, all the places I’ve been, and all the music I’ve heard left me with a VIBE to share with the world through my music”, revealing “I plan to release a full album soon. I just wanted to give my fans and supporters a project that they can live on and feel while I finish my album.” Kanja confirms that he will be hosting an official launch event for the VIBES EP in USA and Kenya soon!

Kanja is also the executive producer of “VIBES” EP in which he worked closely with the legendary hip hop and R&B producer Chucky Thompson, who has previously produced for the likes of Usher, NAS, P. Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Busta Rhymes, Faith Evans and The Notorious B.I.G. Chucky has produced 2 of the 5 songs on the VIBES EP.

Off the 5 tracks, Kanja has already released the videos of two of his smash singles “Cathy” and “Weekend” and is working on the new video for his afrobeat smash hit “Royal Family” produced by US based Cameroonian producer WILL BEATZ. The video is set to be shot in DC, Maryland, and Virginia and will be directed by one of the biggest directors in the U.S right now, and Kanja’s former mentor Shomi Patwary.

WEEKEND Official Video YouTube: v=YVez66yVn3g

CATHY Official Video YouTube: v=6_GCFdNpl78

King Kanja performing All My Life for Kenya Ambassador to the U.S: v=OlWtH0457cs&

Kanja is best known for dabbling a career in music between Kenya and USA. He is currently on an U.S tour, where he has met a number of high profile African music acts like Victoria Kimani, DJ Poizon Ivy and Peter of P-Square. He also attended AFRIMA Awards where he was a nominee this year. He says, “I’ve been blessed to work closely with Peter from P-square as I just helped him close a distribution deal for his label in San Francisco with Empire Distribution.”



Celebrated Kenyan- Norwegian artiste Stella Mwangi is still making waves! Her song GET UP AND GO off her self-titled EP has been picked for yet another commercial deal with world renowned fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger this time around for “Tommy Now”. The song which will be used as the theme record for the Tommy Hilfiger runway fashion shows for a whole year and on digital campaigns and promotions will kick off the Tommy Now Fall Winter 2017 collection.

“GET UP AND GO” on Tommy Now Rock Circus Fall 2017 Show:

The models for the new collection who included the Hadid sisters strutted down the runway to “Get Up and Go” at this high profile Tommy Now Fall Winter 2017 Fashion Show live stream in London during the London Fashion Week.

Speaking on this big news, an ecstatic Stella said, “This whole year, my fans have been sending me messages congratulating my team about this Hollywood EP; but at the same time they’re quite pissed, saying that I have abandoned them somehow. Well, I just want you all to know that I’m still STL the queen of Hip-Hop and I’ve got some heated records lined up for you. I’m on to some other hustle real quick! Don’t worry; I’ll be back before you all know it. Nawapenda woh!”

Earlier in the year, her record WORK was featured on the Tommy Hilfiger Summer Spring Collection. Following the success of her Stella Mwangi EP (2016) in Hollywood and across Europe, Stella is currently working on her second Hollywood EP album. Now on its final stages, the new record will position her on a global stage for more Hollywood productions in 2018.