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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EP Review, Music

“The Afro Experiment”

I came across this one of a kind E.P (THE AFRO EXPERIMENT) by Kenyan artist Karama not so far back, and it was the first project that actually made me think of doing reviews. I’ve finally gotten to finishing up on its review and it is with great pleasure that I can now share…

  1. Time ft.Nuru

As you bump your head to the intro you’re soon introduced to the soothing sounds of Nuru that set the pace for the beautiful melodies that form the track. The thought provoking spoken word here is also quite insightful.

  1. Tutamlea

I absolutely love the clarinet on this one. It has a jazzy feeling and it is a track that can be best enjoyed by the beach. I can picture a group of people jamming to this; quite groovy.

  1. Mzinyi

The African tribal vibes are an instant hit- it is dancing time for sure. We are introduced to an eventful journey across the great lands and the best thing is to sit back and enjoy the ride. It ends too suddenly though.

  1. S.A.I.N.T.S

We’re travelling on this one. We’re taken to a magical island with the psychedelic tunes on play but I would surely have loved to hear vocals here.

  1. Enchatica

 I really love the intro. This is personally my best track on the E.P. The quality showcased here is just world-class. The ending is also as good. You’ll have to take a listen to know whether you’ll agree with me. Enchatica (Original Mix)

Verdict

9/10

The Afro Experiment is telling enough of the amazing talent that’s right here in Kenya. It shows the promise that Art holds for the future of the country if only we can put more resources into it.

Karama did an outstanding job on this one with the amazing arrangement, highly engaging fusion of sounds and wonderful collaborations. The incorporation of African sounds in the project is a great plus as it adds to the authenticity. We surely need more of this. This experiment was a huge success… You can find Karama on SoundCloud to enjoy more of his sounds.

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Events/Festivals

KENYA NIGHTS presents WANKELMUT

The entertainment scene here in Kenya has been highly active in the past few months and on Saturday the 17th of September; Kenya Nights will be taking it a notch higher by bringing in Wankelmut for a performance at The Alchemist Bar in Westlands. 

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Kenya nights is a true pioneer of the nightlife scene in Kenya and we can only expect the best from the team. This will be a night for music lovers who love an intimate affair and would like to enjoy nothing but quality music.

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Wankelmut, whose real name is Jacob Dilßner is a German electronic music DJ and Producer based in Berlin. He chose the name Wankelmut, a German term for “fickleness” describing his music as “fickle music, diverse and multi-faceted”. He rose to fame for his remix of Asaf Avidan & The Mojos song “Reckoning Song” in 2011. The remix was placed number one of Single Charts in eight European countries. It was the most downloaded track of Beatport in 2012 and an Airplay Hit all over Europe. At the end of 2012, the famous Electronic Music Magazine “GROOVE” distinguished him as the ‘NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR’. His other successful works include “My Head Is A Jungle” ft Emma Louise and “Wasted So Much Time” ft John LaMonica.

Wankelmut has already said that he’s looking forward to come back to Kenya and we are waiting with bated breath for his maiden performance here. We cannot expect anything less from the local lineup as well and this will surely make it a night for the books. Get ready to Get Physical !!!

Get more info. on the event and tickets here

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Mix Review, Music

‘CONTRAILS’ by Q-Wreck

Today we shall delve into a mix that was recently put up by a Kenyan house DJ known as Q-Wreck. Going by its title, the deep house mix offers quite an array of soothing sounds that leave a trail of ultimate relaxation.  CONTRAILS 

Things are set in motion in just the right way with the opening track raising the curiosity of where it all leads to. The play button is on and we hit the runway slowly but surely; and once we take off, you find your hands already in the air as you enter Q-Wreck’s world…

As time goes by you become immersed into the beautiful sounds and you are taken into your own magical world. Memories and thoughts start streaming in and that’s how you know you’re in the inner circle…

Halfway through the mix the momentum is still maintained and the DJ really keeps up with the amazing tracks he hits us with. There is no turning back now and we have to sit in for the last half hour to hear what more is in store for us. The buildup is amazing and it signifies the importance of that particular time in the mix. We continue getting lost…

As we prepare for landing we remember that we’re still on earth and we enjoy it while it lasts. We jam in those last minutes and at the end of the one hour exploration that is ‘CONTRAILS’, we are satisfied and grateful.

Verdict

8/10

Q-Wreck did some great work on this mix and he deserves his due credit. His selection of tracks was perfect and the transition from one track to the next was quite fluid. He surely is a true reflection of the amazing talent that we have right here in Kenya and we can only wait to see what more he has to offer. Follow Q-Wreck here to listen to more of his mixes.

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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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