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 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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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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