The Stories

I’m Creeping…

Slowly by slowly I edge closer, and under the influence of outside forces as well, I can feel it coming…

…as he wandered around, he made some decisions along the way. Decisions that affected him in one way or the other. He found himself in foreign territory. He was swept around by the waves and they hit him quite hard. He lost himself in some way…

…for a while he had become aware of his transgressions and he always tried to rise above. It’s a bit calm at the moment and he’s finally able to stop and look back at all of it. All he sees are stars. Some light at the end of the tunnel, and it puts a smile on his face.

I am creeping back in…

 

 

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The Stories

Lost

While I was still lost, I got exposed to various situations. Situations that I would say kept me going. Going where? I don’t know…

As I looked around, we were all sailing on the same boat. A boat that was ravaging across the sea. We were lost at sea…

Through all the turbulence, we were brought together under one umbrella. An umbrella that cast a shadow over us, as everyone else was going against the current…

We are to accept ourselves. We are where we are and the answer is with us. It is in losing ourselves that we find ourselves…

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Djs/Producers, Interview, Music

EA WAVE gives us their 2 Cents

EA (East African) Wave is a DJ Producer collective based in Nairobi, Kenya. Originally a five member group consisting of Jinku , Nu Fvnk ,Ukweli ,Hiribae , and Mvroe , the recent introduction of Sichangi now makes them a crew of six. They cut across genres with unique and individual styles, each of them making their own waves in the industry. They deejay and produce as a collective, as individuals and everything in between. Their combined energies and creativity are helping fuel a new creative sector wide movement in urban Nairobi. I got the opportunity to ask them a few questions and this is what they had to say;

TK….. Even before we start, I just have to say that you guys are really inspiring a lot of young artists who are trying to push boundaries and we really appreciate that you’ve shown us that it is possible.

EA Wave……Before we start answering questions – Sichangi is now officially the 6th member of the Wave!

TK….So how did this all start? What made you decide to start E.A Wave?

EA Wave……To be particularly honest with you everything was really organic. It came from a place of respect. We were essentially fucking with each other’s music, and when we finally met we did vibe on a human level too. Nu Fvnk was the first, Jinku booked him for two gigs – Future Shorts and Chemistry. Through Fvnk, I met with Ukweli who was my younger cousin’s mutual friend too. Finally, we added Mvroe, Hiribae and Sichangi to the group. The main point is that we all admired each other’s work before we officially met face to face.

TK…..Who/What have been your influences?

EA Wave……That is a hard question to ask, I mean we really do listen to a lot of music as a whole and we are always sharing music with each other. I can confidently say we are each other’s influence. For our Live set, we have been studying Disclosure, Bonobo and Four Tet and learning how they break down their songs for a live performance.

TK…..What impact would you say the internet has had on where you are now?

EA Wave……The internet is fucking everything, I mean what we consume is basically off the internet, how our music moves and reaches people is the internet. We all met on the internet. The internet connects us all.

TK…..What exactly is E.A Wave looking to achieve/accomplish?

EA Wave……I wish we could answer that question, we all have huge ambitions. The first is to basically just have an amazing show that we can travel with. And through gaining more exposure we can now fully integrate EA wave into being a full entertainment package – film, fashion and industrial design. We are 6 people, just imagine the possibilities! It’s hard to quantify. I mean if you asked us if we would be where we are now at the beginning of the year, I would have called you a liar.

TK…..I’ve seen your live performances and I must say you guys are really good together. How often do you practice?

EA Wave……Thank you, we practice at least twice a week now. It’s hard but it’s all about sacrifice, plus the gelling together is basically after many heated practices and arguments, but it’s all out of love to present the best music that can be, at our level.

TK…..You’ve played at quite a number of events including recently at Nyege Nyege festival in Uganda. How was that experience?

EA Wave……It was quite different from the first time we went there, we played a live set at Nyege Nyege a year before and we were definitely ill prepared for that, I think we had one keyboard and a mixer that enabled us to play a sort of mixed live show. But it wasn’t well rounded as we are now, everyone has a role now and we got a whole new set of toys too.

Hiribae – Drummer
Ukweli – Keyboards
Sichangi – Electric guitar
Nu Fvnk – Bass Guitar
Jinku – Ableton programming and song sequencing
Mvroe – Vocalist

And the great thing is that it’s a sort of musical chairs since we switch instruments based on the songs. So our Nyege performance was really about us working hard, we had practice every day for two weeks before that performance. We learnt a lot about communicating as a band on stage, troubleshooting issues with equipment. Every performance is a learning experience.

TK…..Finally, I’d just like to personally thank you guys for putting Kenya on the map through your amazing live performances and the great music that you put out. I wish you all the very best as you take us to new heights.

You can follow EA Wave on Soundcloud to hear more of their sounds.

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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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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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The Journey, The Stories

I Am (As Good as I am Bad)

I am who they say I am. I am all that they say. I am, and I cannot hate myself for who I am. I love myself. I have to love myself…

They raise all sorts of definitions and whether right or wrong, they still refer to me; I am as good as I am bad and so all of it might just be right…

The mind games provide the insight and they prove themselves as worthy individuals. The thoughts get in a run in of some sorts and in the end they lead to the light…

They help him see his greatness and in turn he realizes their greatness as well – because of their guidance and direction. The challenges they put up made him smile…

It is all true: whatever is on your mind, what you have heard, what you’ve been told, what you have seen and what you’re going to see and hear. I am…

 

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The Journey, The Stories

He Was…

He was there among them and they got to see him. He was one of them but something about him struck them. He stood out and this was brought about by his difference. They saw how he acted and it either excited or disturbed them. His actions were the trigger. He was the trigger…

They tried to lead him in a certain way and at times he tried to follow but at other times even with the will there, it just didn’t happen. When he followed them he failed miserably on their part but it is by doing so that he saw he actually didn’t need to. He was best himself…

They will keep talking and thinking about him but it is their duty. As you can see, these are the results and they truly are; magnificent. He is aware that good and bad things will happen but that there’s always a silver lining. It will be said that he is this and that but when he leaves, many will be left wondering who he was…

He is interested in himself and that is why he cannot blame them for their interest in him as well – He is quite the case study. He is, and one day he will become he was to later become he…

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