Harry Kimani Choices

Artist: Harry Kimani

Event: Choices

Date: 16/02/17

Venue: J’s Westlands

Dress in a leather jacket and cowboy hat armed with a guitar.  A flash back to the previous Thursday I was asked what ever happened to Harry Kimani? I was lead to speak of this pending gig at Choices with the added description of him as the only man to make Gikuyu sound sexy.
Harry was far from a disappointment unlike Adele’s vocals on Grammy night his rich tone shone through. Although his soft spoken voice failed to punch through the crowd during the oh so vital introductions and links.

This is one of the best gems that Kenya has to offer musically the embodiment of culture and in this I speak of the musical blend that let’s everyone know unapologetically where your from.

Harry mixed his set with a few classics from ‘Redemption’, to ‘Water Runs Dry’ and Sam Cooke, not only a display of his vocal talent but a moment to share his own playlist his love. The Ambassador of Love the Master of Happiness and the Gikuyu Crooner all that can be asked for from Kimani is more, more of his musical talent.

On a wider lens the the event is switched on to a winning formula. Live music a reflection of people willing and ready to consume the best talent that Kenya has to offer, Choices is Live at J’s in Westlands every Thursday. This the first music event I’ve been to in this buzzing city to start on time, a lovely bonus catching a vibe on a Thursday night never fitted more than this.

 

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Yemi Alade, Mi Casa – Get Through This

It seems that Mi Casa are the ones to break my long breaks when it comes to blogging. The video ‘Get Through This’ with Yemi Alade dropped today and we are just going to ignore the obvious treatment lift from T.I’s and Keri Hilson ‘Got Your Back’ but the Maleek Berry’s produced track is amazing, soulful vibes for you and your bae to get through the hard times. Enjoy the visuals ….walks away to sip the brewing tea.

 

Sauti Sol x Mi Casa -Tulale Fofoffo

Sauti Sol and Mi Casa hands down are the biggest bands from the continent of Africa they make boy bands look and sound sophisticated hence the more reason we were excited to discover this collaborations.

Christmas day after stuffing our faces and dancing the calories aways I played this song …. the “about to blow taster” that you give to the people before it all become common knowledge on the airwaves.

Chale! fast forward a few months and the video drops the excitment was real that was until I saw the visuals slow motions umbrella shots and dinning table catwalks, to say i expected more would be an unstatement, I am praying that the boys haven’t lost it as the last two videos have been slightly underwhelming .

The song still bangs though.

Maureen Muthoni

@MISSMUSO

 

GIG: Kojey Radical @Oslo Hackney

So I had this typed up after the show in January 16, then my phone died on me meaning that all images from the night were lost, so here I was waiting nine months to get Ms Monica to sent em to me.

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Venue: Oslo Hackney

Date: Jan 2016

Kojey Radicals started 2016 of right listed as BBCs one to watch he also blessed the world with a headline gig in Oslo Hackney. Admits slight train delays with a few text updates from my friend “he’s a bit taller than I thought he would be” of which I thought was a lie until a photo opp changed that. I arrived at the venue Oslo Hackney.

The first  time I saw him was opening for Young Father’s at Koko Camden in May 2015 an added bonus at the time after discovering his video on SoulCulture. Nothing then indicated what graced his audience this night; then a talkative incredibly fashionable Kojey stood before us less of a showman but what a difference a few months makes.

Tonight Bobbie opened for Radical a perfect fit soulful rich vocals well accompanied by a live band. The crowd was given some time to catch a few vibes warm up with some dancehall classics and then the man of the hour took centre stage his path light with a sea of camera phones.

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The best moment within minutes of gracing the stage Radical opened with ‘Preacher’ a tale of his upbringing in Church his experience and conflict superbly accompanied by Zulu. Zulu of whom was casually jamming in the crowd during Bobbie’s set jumped on stage a chance to put a face to the vocals as one of a favourite tracks it was a pleasant surprise to hear the track in it full glory actually if a moment will allow; this was a moment to bring church to question and deliver some outstanding vocals Zulu sang the hook outta that song moments like this make you value the strength and importance of live shows the energy lifted the song to a new level.

Someone fainted (hope they recovered well) during the show only to carried out by none other than Maverick, of whom then later come and blocked our view both me and Monica were not given the burden of long bones.

Kojey fitted in an outfit change of which I found quite impressive, celebrated his birthday Happy Birthday and announced his EP 23Winters Feb 23 release date. Added some serious Krumping to the mix of the show with ‘Open Hand’, at this point my concentration was slightly strained as it was nearing my bedtime, but nothing like breaking rules to witness magic.

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“Oh, so your a dancer now?!” screamed an audience member and the simple answer is yes!!

All in all its simply amazing to see the sheer growth that Kojey has undergone in such a short time and his band was a perfect blend one can surely not work without the other. Am simply amiss for words to describe him as an artist a lyricist and a performer. As a fan I look forward to seeing what comes next.

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Kojey Radical EP #23Winters is due for release on Feb 23.

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Video: Sauti Sol – Isabella

Kenyan Afro-Soul group Sauti Sol winners of the Best African Act, MTV European Awards 2014 have kept fans waiting for their third LP “Live and Die in Afrika” as they build a large fanbase across Africa and occasionally get POTUS dancing during his visits to the motherland; this week they released their latest video Isabella, this is a return to a more mellow Sauti Sol as their previous single ‘Shake Yo Bam Bam’ heavily sampled “club banger” with an equally flashy visuals from Clarence Peters presented a new side.

Isabella is a simple ballad with heartfelt lyrics accompanied by a  piano new audiences can pick up on slight nuances of Nairobian Broken English for example “Mi I wanna have some fun.” The video features footage from their American Tour earlier this year and a parallel story of Isabella as she is taken to dance the night away to none other than Sauti Sol at a performance in Vegas. Watch the video below.

Maureen Muthoni

@MISSMUSO