General

WE ARE EARTHLINGS

Well well well… as I had mentioned some time back, my new project is now just getting underway and I’d like to bring you up to speed on that. It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to “WE ARE EARTHLINGS”

We Are Earthlings is a Brand/Movement/Lifestyle and Entertainment website that seeks to promote humanity through Music, Fashion, Photography, Film and Innovation.

Why “WE ARE EARTHLINGS”?

If you were to ask me Who I Am, I would go right ahead and tell you that I am a Human Being whose Origin is Earth and as such, I am an Earthling; making all of us ‘ We are Earthlings’.

WE ARE EARTHLINGS represents us as global citizens not minding which country, race or tribe we belong to, but rather looking at ourselves as Human Beings.
We are here to promote humanity through service, for the love of our home (Earth)

Overview

Music : We bring to you great music by different artistes from around the world to showcase the rich and eccentric sounds that Earthlings offer.

Fashion: We showcase designs from some members of our own team and other creative works from around the globe, keeping in mind the basic human need that is clothing.

Photography: We share with you beautiful images of fellow Earthlings and different locations and sceneries that make up our amazing Home.

Film: Join us as we document our daily lives here at Home.

Innovation: We are always looking for ways to do things in a better way, all in efforts to make our Home a better place to live in.

You can follow us on the following platforms to find out what we’re up to…

Facebook       Instagram

Twitter          You Tube

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The Stories

The Whispers Around

Preamble

It’s already a new year and I know it has been a while since I posted anything here but I’ve been around and the small break I’ve had (it actually seems much longer to me) provided me with the opportunity to take a back seat and look at things differently. I’ve been able to learn quite a lot in the process and I’m making a few adjustments here and there which I believe will make me a better person and a better writer while at it. We are always on the learning curve so let’s see how it goes…

The Whispers Around

I always saw them around and they saw me as well. We always had questions about each other but being Me; they had to try and find answers. They thus threw in their suggestions and I guess my way of life irked them, or something of the sort. That feeling of anger tried to force its way through me but somehow I was still calm.

I was already trending around town and their whispers are actually right, though not today: They’re still playing catch up. I’m already smiling as I write this and I’m on my way to laughter. They’re coming from a negative place but here I am heading to the positive…

I think of where I want to be and it seems I’m already living the dream but it’s just on a different scale. I‘m eliciting reactions and that is enough proof of my existence. Through their whispers they try to bring me down but instead they help me get closer to my destiny (and it was at this point that he realized it is not about one’s will…)

All hail to their whispers; they’ve brought me back to the paper…

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Event Venue

THE FARM HOUZ

The Farm Houz is an ideal event venue located just 20 minutes drive from Westlands along the Nairobi-Naivasha Highway.Built in the early 1940’s, the Farm Houz cottage was initially a drying house for the pyrethrum crop, that was grown on the farm by the land owner then. Now…whatever your special occasion; Music event , Art showcases, Office end of year party, Birthday party, Bridal shower or just a private get together with friends or family, it is a  venue with bags of character, atmosphere and individuality that sets the stage for good times galore.

Outdoor Space

Use the outdoor space and enjoy the ambiance that is both serene and relaxing.

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Indoor Space

The sitting room area with its relaxed grandeur will truly feel like your home away from home.

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Barbecue Area

The outdoor barbecue corner is modern and spacious in case you want to try out your barbecue skills.

Some occasions in life are just so important that they demand to be celebrated in a way that takes the breath away, and the Farm Houz being gloriously unique and boasting stunning settings, stylish interiors, indigenous and exotic trees, well maintained lawns and guaranteed privacy; surely rises to the occasion. You are definitely welcome to come and have the best possible party along with a chance to enjoy the quiet times in the beautiful grounds.

For more information and bookings please contact;

Tony      +254 717 398 713

Johnson     +254  706 167 821

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General

TK’S 2 CENTS and TK (2 YEARS ON)

It has now been two years on this platform and as I look back to when it all begun, it surely has been an eventful journey. With over 80 posts, 88 to be precise, 700+ visitors and 1000+ views, I must say that I’m truly grateful for the day that I decided to put pen to paper and went ahead and shared it with all of you.

That was the first post and through the different posts up to this one, I have shared my thoughts on a range of issues ranging from Music, Art, Events, Creativity, Inspiration, Word Play, Innovation to an interesting series ‘The Stories’ which is a special art form that led to the addition of “ and TK” to the title of this blog. This was necessitated by the fact that I went much deeper into my being and started sharing my personal story.

I sincerely believe that each and every post that I’ve put up can go ahead and impact someone else’s life in a positive way and that has been the motivation to keep on writing. Through the blog I’ve inspired others to follow on the same path, I’ve made some people laugh, I’ve intrigued others and I’ve totally confused or rather mislead some people but whatever the case might be, I had an intention at the point of writing and it was right by me…

As a result of the blog I’ve been to places I was never before, I’ve met people that I’d never met before and I’ve gained access to a number of important events; basically it’s opened doors. I have also learnt a lot about myself as well and due to this you can keep your eyes glued for my new blog which will be up and running soon enough. The journey ahead is even more interesting and I invite you to join me as I cross over to the next chapter…

T.K

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Music

TIDES EP

Half Baked is the mastermind behind this outstanding project that goes by the title ‘TIDES’. With the help of Brian Bett and Sichangi, it is a wonderfully crafted 10 track EP that presents us with a full bag of exquisite electronic sounds…

1. Crystal Clear
Pure class with that intro. Positive vibes are already flowing and the track focuses our attention fully into the project to ensure we don’t miss a sound. Nice twist to the vocals also.

2. Lucid Dream
Lucid dream takes us to wonderland where we can’t help it but have happy thoughts. It is a great follow up from the first track. Amazing work on the drums as well.

3. Tides
The beat play here is very cool. The track has a very rich collection of sounds and a bass line that’s as good. The ending is also very well thought out.

4. Skrrrt
The title explains everything. The track is as interesting as they come with its eccentric sounds.

5. Hold On

6. Strolin
We’re surely strolling here – on a journey through the woods in a distant land and the beautiful sounds are our guiding forces. Spot on with the title. Great collaboration indeed.

7. Sailors Promise
Nuru’s amazing voice is on this one and she is as mesmerizing as ever. Her vocals are a great addition in the track; surely a refreshing point in the project.

8. E.T (Bonus Track)

9. Katana
I love the fact that it portrays perfectly the fact that it is the penultimate track of the EP and this goes to show the skill involved.

10. Feels (Bonus Track)
A toast to the last track of the project; an absolutely amazing intro which clearly indicates the stage we’re at in the EP. Though if feels like something is missing; it ended too soon.

Verdict

8/10

Half Baked’s skillful play with electronic sounds is on display on the EP and he really outdid himself on it. He’s really good with the intros and sticking to the theme. I greatly admire the fact that he presents a lot of uniqueness in his productions and that’s a great plus as it proves his creativity and authenticity. You can keep an eye on him here.

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Events/Festivals

EARTHDANCE NAIROBI 2016

The excitement that’s already flying around is highly influenced by what promises to be the biggest music event in Nairobi this year. With only a few days left to Earthdance Nairobi, we are all eagerly waiting with anticipation for the event that will go down on the 1st of October at the Ngong Racecourse.

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This year’s event will be brought to you courtesy of Earthdance Nairobi, 6:AM Entertainment and Epic Nation. With over 60 DJs expected to entertain ravers across 15 hours, we’ve got to hand it to the organizers for putting in some serious work. The full lineup is already out and it is definitely rich with homegrown talent as it features the likes of Beng Beng, Barney Barrow, Jack Rooster, Blinky Bill, Creme De La Crème among other great acts.

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Earthdance describes itself as a world of communities, working and playing together to create a culture of peace, through music and dance events, synchronized global link-ups and social activities. It has grown to become one of the largest globally synchronized music and dance events, having been held in over 1000 locations and in 80 countries. This year marks its 20th Anniversary and the theme is “Global Shift” which advocates for building a peaceful and sustainable world. Earthdance Nairobi will itself be celebrating 7 years of the festival and surely there will be a need to celebrate.

All the madness will be contained on 4 stages which pay testament to the four worldly elements: Earth, Wind, Water and Fire. The Earth stage will host 6:AM Entertainment’s top talent in Electronic Dance Music. The Fire stage will have Epic Nation’s finest Urban and Hip Hop acts. The Water stage will represent the Underground Electronic Music scene while the Wind stage will feature Alternative and Tripped out DJs. There was even a DJ competition going on and the results are expected on Monday 26th September with the winner getting a chance to play at either the Earth or Wind stage. This is a great plus from the team as it provides great opportunities for upcoming talent; and it needs to be happening more often.

B.Y.O.B (Bring Your Own Bottle) seems to have been a huge success at last year’s event and it is back once again this year and this is expected to be a great crowd puller. Ngong Racecourse with its expansive fields is just the perfect venue as it can hold quite a large crowd. Earthdance Nairobi 2016 is set to be the Event of The Year and you really can’t afford to miss out on the fun. As with all Earthdance events, 50% of event profits will go to charity and you will get to party for a worthy cause.

 So let’s all meet and unite this Saturday and Give The Earth A Dance! Get more info. on the event and tickets here

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EP Review, Music

Hold On EP by Sichangi

Today we take a look at an amazing piece of work by Sichangi from Nairobi, Kenya titled “Hold On”. The extended play came out last month and it is a project that has managed to push my boundaries as you will soon find out…

  1. I Don’t Wanna Give Up

The intro makes for quite the opening remarks; it’s a really good one. The beats are on some other eccentric level and the track provides for a warm welcome into the project. I’m already falling in love just with this one.

  1. And After That ft Kahvinya & Harawa

Amazing vocals by Kahvinya kick in from right on and for sure my judgment on the whole EP might be biased by now.  Harawa’s rap is very ok as well and adds more flavor to the track. And the sound of the birds is just pure ecstasy.

  1. Hold On ft Aroni

Wow! Can this EP get any better? Hands down to Sichangi, and Aroni with the vocals; surely a match made in heaven. I have never been prouder of my country. The world class quality exhibited on this track is mind blowing. Those sounds will make your dreams come true Hold On ft Aroni It goes without saying that this is my best track (There were actually more positive words than I could say here).

  1. Im Calling You ft Half Baked

There’s just no turning back. I like the fact that Sichangi keeps up with the energy with the help of Half Baked on the track and this continues to build up the excitement levels. This is what music is. I’m in too deep now and I love that I’m lost; lost in sounds…

  1. Sincerely Yours// Chemistry remix

The chemistry remix adds an interesting twist to the song. That far dubstep feel is quite good and it makes the track a welcome addition into the project. The vocals are amazing as well.

  1. 40 Thieves (Bonus Track)

It’s quite the bonus that we receive here. The dubstep feel is nearer now and it adds spice to the ending of the EP. Going by the previous track, it shows the smooth transition from one track to the next and the wonderful organization of the whole project.

Verdict

10/10

Sichangi will just have to go as TK’s 2 Cents and TK artist of the month. I never thought I’d really give anyone a 10 but today just happens to be that day and surely Sichangi deserves it with “Hold On”. His manipulation of sounds is on another level. He has very intriguing intros and he truly is on a class of his own. Those collaborations couldn’t have been better suited.  He truly is the future.

We need to hear more of this in our local stations – the local content law comes to mind here. We have to keep promoting such excellent works from our local artists. We salute you sir for putting Kenya on the map. You can find Sichangi on SoundCloud to hear more of what he has to offer.

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