News Updates

Kayvo Kforce & Davinci – Walai

We featured Kayvo Kforce as part of the GetMziki 2012 Freshmen. Here is what we said. Kayvo ” Packs an ammo of rhymes, delivery and pizazz this rapper has cleared his own way and made his name synonymous with Kenyan Hip Hop”.

Fast forward to 2104 and his presence has really not blossomed as we hoped it would. Many people would argue that his records are street records and not commercial radio friendly singles. However, do artists in 2014 need the radio to make an impact. I say no…..

This is a good collaboration with a great chorus. I wanna see how far Kayvi pushes this record…

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Rest in Peace – Mangwair/Mangweya/Ngwair/Ngweya

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Today Tanzania mourns the death of a Bongo Flava legend, Albert Mangwea who was on his way back from South Africa. Details of his death are still sketchy (though there are unconfirmed reports that he may have had a drug overdose) which just makes this post really difficult for me considering the odds.

We have a vault of Mangwair tracks that we might share over the next few weeks but for today we just want to pay homage, tribute to one of the few artists that helped shape and redefine the Tanzanian Bongo Flava scene. His single “Mikasi” was probably one of the biggest Bongo Flava records in its time.

May his soul rest in peace..

Mangwair feat Chidi Benz – Speed 120:

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Mangwair – Nipe Deal

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The Azonto Craze on BBC

BBC recently featured a nice lengthy piece on the origins of the Azonto craze dance that has taken the world by storm. I like how BBC picks up on African stories and amplifies them. I wish CNN had the same attitude, though even if CNN picked this sto

ry up, it would probably be on CNN international or on Inside Africa CNN. Basically two platforms that the average American could care less about.

Either way as we start to expand our vision for GetMziki for 2013, we will try to expose some of these interesting stories from across Africa that inspire our music and and redefining the next generation.

Check out this lengthy Ghana feature on the Azonto:


Interruption of Service – Download Files Unavailable*

Hey Family,

It appears that our Microsoft Cloud Storage Service has been momentarily been disrupted. It looks like our good friends at Microsoft didnt think it was worth sending us a note to notify us of a major platform release on their side which would impact all WordPress users among other things we utilize their SkyDrive service for. That said you may experience moments of interrupted downloads or completely no download embeds available in their windows for some posts. Please be patient with us as we try to find a more permanent solution to this particular problem.

We expect to have this sorted out sooner than later.

Thanks for making us the number one Urban Africa Music site.


ONE8 Supergroup (***GetMziki Exclusive)

We rarely report on news going on in the music world but sometimes we really have to cross the bridge and report on news we see fit for the site. If you are still wondering what “ONE8” is, then you are not alone.

ONE8 is the buzzing new African music super group composed of artists from various countries in Africa produced and managed by the first major pan-African record label and 360 music company, Rockstar4000 within the family of the world’s number 1 recording company Sony Music. The artists on ONE8 are Kenyan’s Amani, Nigeria’s 2Face, Ugandan hip-hop artist Navio, Zambia’s biggest super star JK, Tanzanian heartthrob Ali Kiba, Ghanaian trio 4×4, Gabonese duo Movaizhaleine and DRC’s hot sensation, Fally Ipupa. ONE8 is rumored to be working on a hit song with a top US artist, yet to be named, produced by an undisclosed top international producer and will drop in November with a hot video, also by an international music video director.

Word on the streets is that they will be doing a collabo with either Rihanna, Chris Brown or Pink but everything is just hearsay as of now. The all star group to taking the best in music from Africa onto the global stage, connecting millions of fans through the universal language of music. Super groups are always ushered in joy and hype, but past history has always shown us that “egos” always end up breaking the groups. We here @ GetMziki are really excited for the group which will hopefully open up tons of doors for African music.

We have featured most of the artists on ONE8 here at GetMziki and you are guaranteed that we will be premiering the new tracks from the group as we get them. Lets go!!!!!

Watch 4×4 – Miss Doctor

JK feat Salma – Kapiripiri


Asante for being an Avid Music Enthusiast in 2009

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We have been out of commission for a few weeks enjoying the holiday with family, friends and foes. Personally I’ve had mad family around me so its made it difficult to post anything or even stay on top of any details sent over. However the beauty of having a dependable team is knowing that someone somewhere is logging on and looking after the interested of the music enthusiast. Even as one of our contributors and owners (Louis Majanja) is travelling overseas in Bogota he still manages to get a few moments to upload a song or two. Recently he was in Colombia and mentioned that African music is thriving out there – he was sitting in a bar listening to Mbilia Mbel in Colombia!!!

DJ Dona got back from Kenya and all he had were smiles as he talked about the growing online community we command in East Africa. Its been a blessing to be able to serve the Kenya peeps, DJs and entertainers. With bandwidth costs getting better and internet slowly becoming accessible at homes and mobile phones we believe our future products will be well suited in the East African communities.

Initially i wanted to post a Top Ten GetMziki tracks of the year (which I think I probably will), however I settled for some face time for the crew that actually make this site work. Currently we are 3 main writers, 2 main contributors and about 5 regional music suppliers. As we grow we are developing better systems to update music, to store music, to supply and provide better experience to you guys. There have been recent complains of downloads, browser issues, broken links and other face-lift issues. I assure you we have heard each and every word said on email or text and these are things we are working on slowly. We also have had suggestions about broadening the scope of our music, we cant talk about African hiphop yet we dont really cover each and every African hit track – we hear you and we are working with all these regional DJs and promoters to ensure once we commit to covering other countries, we have a steady supply of music as we have with Tanzania and Kenya.

For today if you have already ushered in 2010 – we promise big things this year. A lot of things are going to change and we hope you will stick with us as we engage a much wider audience to promote African Urban music. We appreciate each and everyone of y’all. Asante na Kheri ya mwaka alfu mbili na kumi. //

ps. We’ve got some taarab coming this year 🙂


Happy Birthday – GetMziki (You are officially 1yr old)

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A Few weeks ago I posted an article on my personal blog that was geared more towards how GetMziki works and what it takes to make it work. If you are interested you can read it here: Getting Mziki to work in Kenya. My next post hopefully next year will be Getting Mziki to work in Africa.

However after a few days i realized I didn’t thank those people in the right forum which is where the magic first happened. So this is an extension of that article and also an acknowledgement of all the people who work relentlessly to make Getmziki what it is today. We are a team of Internet Enthusiast, Music Enthusiast and Content enthusiast. We all came together because we agree music should be readily available and that there is nothing bigger and better to distribute music more effectively than the Internet.

Officially GetMziki existed in other forms since 2001 but over time and over economical changes the re-emergence of blogging as a vital communication tool, we rested on setting up the service last year January. It wasn’t until August 10th 2008 that we officially went live and figured that WordPress and Cloud computing would save the day. Today we boast over 500 songs posted and over 5,000 comments/reviews as well as over 7,000 constant users. We thank you – each one of you who continuously visit the website and continue advocating for hot fresh new sound from the motherland.

None of all this would be possible without Danny Munyi in Kenya, the man works hard for us as we do for him *your sneakers are still on their way :-). Chao Tolle at Capital, Steve Kintu – aka Mista Prime and Andrew Siro – aka DJ Mista Dru who collectively have made contributions and certain relationships possible for GetMziki. Blackstar Entertainment during our inception and for our long term partnership. Kwafujo Djs in Tanzania. Our Anonymous Naija resources as well as Tru spot in the US we thank you all so much. To all the Kenyan DJs that send me/us emails every week telling us whats hot and whats not hot – asante sana. To our Mombasa connections and all the new aspiring artists that hit us up from Kenya requesting to be on the site – thank you so much. To all the US artists who constantly splatter GetMziki links on their facebook pages and their friends lists – Asante sana. In Canada our connects Ghana Mixtapes – DJ Julz – Julz Media and all the West African link big up yourself.

But most importantly I want to say a big thanks to the core team – Louis Majanja, DJ Dona, Danny and Alvin – you guys make running this site seem easy. So thank you all for taking the time to review to collect to post and to manage the content of this website. I hope GetMziki version 2 will live up to its expectations (I still cant believe that we are running Beta).

Lastly all your readers and fans – its a pleasure knowing that if we dont post a new song in a day or two – people feel as though their lifestyles have been yanked from them. People actually get upset when we go quite for a week. I appreciate all your support, to all the US DJs that depend on this website to get hot new flava – thank you for all the mixtapes and for the big ups on your websites and on your shows. We look forward to a promising year and hopefully we will not stop…

We HAVE too many drops for GetMziki however I have never been a firm believer of name dropping my brand to get fame – I often felt that the quality of my work should allow people to name drop without me asking them to do so. However two particular artists have really inspired me – and inspired this site as a whole. P-Unit in Kenya who are under Musyokas flagship continuously challenge me to think about their brand differently, my first post on them was semi-negative but I knew I liked their collaborations with Nonini… So I will post their drop to say a personal thank you to them (and Nonini too). Second is K-Naan, who has been an inspiration and continues to inspire so many African artists – I have posted a video drop that he did for us (its typical for people to think that artist such as K-naan are not well engraved in the community – but believe it or not he reads the site from time to time 🙂 )

P-Unit : GetMziki shout outs!

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Audius – Take me back/ Muchandiona

If  your parents give you a name like Audius – it probably means they have a premonition of your musical ability. But then again Zimbabweans are known for names my friend here’s name means ” we are all dead in” Shona. Not too mention all the Blessing’s and Wisdom’s and Forward’s i have met – even though some were neither forward nor wise.

Back to Audius, from what i gather Audius is big in Australia – can someone confirm ? In any case i am posting 2 tracks here  – Take me back which is a contemporary R&B track and Muchandiona which is an more traditional acoustic track.

Zimbabwe – stand up: video and audio follow


Moving Furniture – GetMziki News updates

If you frequent the site you will notice there are certain elements moving around and changing – the building process is never easy or simple. Waswahili wanasema Ujenzi haushi (or hauishagi). Meaning the building process never stops.

That said we have been trying to migrate our platform to a new more robust tool for a loooooong time. The site has increasingly grown over the last 11 months, so much that its become tasking to manage data, music and content. So please be patient with us as we attempt to move things around again – temporarily just to stabilize the data and functionality.

We do have major changes coming soon – but those wont happen today.

Thanks

GM Team


Kalibrados – Tem Melaço

Kalibrados is one ofthe biggest HipHop groups  in Angola, though this song is more of a Kizomba, Zouk track.

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Brand New Q-Tac feat Alahola – Ocha (GetMziki Exclusive)

Clemo has been busy lately, not only is he busy making tracks, but he has been busy trying to get all his artists engaged with the web. Last week he emailed me and told me to support his new initiative – JuaCalis Diary – I would suggest signing up and seeing if its something you’d like to utilize to communicate on a one to one with your artists and or get involved in a more localized Social Network. Personally i am overwhelmed with the number of social networks out there so its hard for me to keep up, when Clemo told me to sign up I was like waaaai! another one – considering Nonini wants me to be a member of noninimusic.com now Juacali has his diary thing, by the end of the year I will be locked in to like 20 social networks from 20 different artists (Thats not even including the Facebooks and Myspace Groups I am a member of)

Is it only me or does anyone else see the problem here? I admire artists who embrace the internet however I think we need to utilize stuff that is already existing. Unless you can put all your artists on one platform which is what I am hoping this JuaCalis Diary will do – because if you expect me to sign up for Jimwats Diary and then Flexx Diary – kutakuwa na noma. Either way I support all local initiaves. Strangely with all these internet hoola baloo – you still cant find information on artists like Q-TAC and Alahola who is part of the Calif Records camp. I hope in future we would be able to Google any of these names and find their pictures, bio’s and music. Its part of our current strategy at GetMziki although its going to take a while but we are trying.

I have a funnel of new music I need to process so please sit tight – some new music is coming your way this week.

listen to Ocha here:

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Bonus content – check out this Alahola Video feat JuaCali (I love this track and video shiiiit) I think its the intro to JuaCali’s Ngeli ni ya Genge album… ITS SICK.. Wai wai wai..


Ken Razy Feat V6 – Ashu Kwa Shu (GetMziki Exclusive)


ken-razy2After Ken Razy stormed in the scene with his catchy hit “Ti Chi” many people were counting him off as a one hit wonder. After releasing a couple of singles in 08 (Click Here for Ken Razy’s past features On GetMziki), he starts off the year with the banger “Ashu Kwa Shu” feat. V6 also signed to Jomino records.

When I first got this track a couple of months ago I immediately wanted to showcase it on the site but the label wanted us to wait until they had officially released the song. I’m not surprised that the song is on the radio stations top 10 charts after a couple of weeks after its release. This song is one of those songs that will be a dance floor packer for the next couple of months.

There are a couple of 2009 songs from Ken Razy in the streets and from what I’ve heard so far, his debut album should be something to watch out for. We will be showcasing some of those songs in the next couple of weeks. Lets keep it on the music people!!!!!

Image Courtesy Of Jomino Records

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Kindly Assist – "Files Not Found"

Dear Wananchi!

As you may have noticed over the last few weeks we have been moving things around to improve the performance of this site. While not all the furniture has been situated in the living room and bedrooms – its an on going process that we hope to have accomplished by the end of March 2009.

That said – there have been some few requests from different users about “Files not found” errors when they try to play the songs. If you are currently going through such a problem with accessing the website, could you please post a comment on this posting and include where you are accessing the site from, what browser you are using and how often this happens to you.

Also if you are not experiencing this problem please kindly assist us by letting us know that you are fine and you are located in place X and using browser X. This feedback will greatly be appreciated as it will help us make some informed decisions about how and where to host the music.

Thank you for your continued love and support.

GetMziki team.

ps. We wont be posting any new songs until we have this situation resolved sometime this week so your quick responses will be useful in helping us make that transition.


K-Nel Feat Bamboo- Obama Swagger

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After the victory by Obama last year and the song “Swagger Like Us” by T.I driving the streets crazy at that time, I thought of a way of flipping the script to reflect that historic win. I immediately thought of the basic idea , ran it through a couple of artists, and the ones that came through first were K-Nel and Bamboo. They jumped in the studio to give their take on the 2008 elections “swagger” year and the result is a winner. Immediately the “Obama Swagger” song premiered on Homeboyz radio, the calls and comments coming from various sources was that the song had held it’s own weight as compared to the original version. This is one of those street songs that capture your everyday life and meant for everyone since we all got some type of “swagger” in us. Also, Bamboo is in talks to sign to K-Nels Stars limit roster. Enjoy the track!!!!!!!

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[Quick Hits] – Justina,Samini,Corneille,Wayna

Some big tunes circulating mp3 will be posted as soon as available but in the meantime here are couple of tracks the first is a singer called Justina who i am meant to understand has been blowing up the spot in Nigeria. – Omo 2 sexy

The second tracks is from Samini from Ghana – where my baby deh. is definitely a club banger.

The third clip is Corneille from Canada via Rwanda this song is slightly old but good music is good music. Listen keenly because the youth about to blow up – back to life:

And last but not least this years Grammy Nominee – Wayna from DC via Ethiopia and former speechwriter for Bill Clinton (???).


DJ Week: DJ Mista Prime/ DJ Mista Cee (Primetime Radio)

I’ve worked in the Entertainment industry for a while both in the US and in Africa. I worked for a record label in the US for close to 3 years and then moved back to Kenya worked for Entertainment companies for a year, started my own and then eventually ended up on Radio. I guess I am what you can call well rounded – or gone full circle when it comes to being able to dabble my hands in the Music industry.

While in Kenya I had the opportunity of working with some of the most talented individuals, DJs, promoters and business owners. But by far my greatest experiences were spent working with the local DJs because i got to play a part in feeling the music, feeling the crowd and it reminded me of my tenure at the record label in the US. Its with this same passion that I started this site with my partners and continue to carry the same voice throughout most of my online journeys.

That said every year my partners in Kenya send me music sets of work we had done back in 2005/2006 (thats a long time ago) but whats phenomenal is that the material still sounds so good and so fresh today. So whenever this time of the year arrives we celebrate our existence, our success and failures and most importantly our friendship by sharing this work amongst ourselves.

In 2006 I built a radio show called Prime Time Radio which was to be hosted by DJ Prime and DJ Cee. The show was to be syndicated in Tanzania and Uganda – the first time these two were ever going to be on radio, the fruits of which are attached below. (They will kill me for sharing this sets but I think its worth knowing these two personalities the way I knew them).

Prime Time Radio – Band 1 (hour 1)

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Prime Time Radio – Band 2 (hour 1)

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I also grabbed some images a blast from the past you can scheme through – Most of these were taken during the Chart awards and some during some of our events in Tanzania and in Kenya. But these are all some of my fond memories with my Entertainment posse – Blackstar Ent. Enjoy. And although many of these people are doing different things today including myself – its always nice to reminisce and think about how we changed the game in East Africa at one point… Special shouts to Prime (Kintu), Cee (Chris), D-Block (Danny), Smallz (Brian), French (Brian), Edu-G (Edward), Nyota (Nyota), Amazing (Alex), Makumbi (Marcus), Zoom (Moses), Dru (Andrew)… Thanks for the years – Am coming home soon ha ha ha..

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Brand New: Sanaa – Najuta

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Okay the last song in this new Music Tuesday will have to be something candid and uplifting. So how about this brand new Sanaa. Now normally people have said I am biased towards Sanaa coz I think she is a cake (trophy chile). Uwongo Mbaya – Sanaa sure enough is a cake but she can also sing, whats intriguing about her she has a tendancy to pick good songs and her swahili is up to my standards of expectations… wai wai..

Clemo blessed this track with some crazy Coastarian sounds and instruments, listen to the accordions and flutes. I spent a lot of my youth time listening to Taarab, and this song captures a few of those elements it almost feels like I am walking down Malindi. This is definitely not a song I would play at a club but you can bet I will be playing it over and over on my ipod. Awesome track – BEAT YA CLEMO!!! (Shorty can sing though, dame anaimba jo!! Anaimba kama Chiriku!! jamani lol)

Enjoy the track …

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Mohammed Lamine,Mory Kante,Mokobe: African Tonic

This is a big tune right now. African Tonic for real combination of styles and cultures

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TID – "Siwezi" (GetMziki Exclusive)

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Its 2009 and my promise to everyone is to world premier some Bongo flava music every couple of weeks. The first exclusive is “Siwezi” by TID from his upcoming album “Prison Voice”.  A lot of my Bongo fans have been hitting me up for this track for a couple of weeks now and I’m sure my inbox will take a “breather” for a few days now.

After serving four months in jail on assault charges and being pardoned by the president In December, TID is hard at work in the studio crafting hits. The song first single “Siwezi” was released while he was in prison in November. TID’s music catalog is long too mention, but some of TID’s older songs I still bump today that show his longevity and artistic ability are “Watasema sana”, “Zeze” and “Siamini”.

On this post I’ll let the music speak for itself but I’m curious to see what people think of the track.

Enjoy and don’t forget where you first heard it!!!!!!

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Ishike Radio Part 11:Hosted By Bamboo

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This is my 1st mixtape for the new year, which I’m really excited about. I told ya’ll I was coming strong in 2009. I present ISHIKE RADIO PART 11(AFRICAN BANTU EDITION), available now to download!!!. The street album is hosted by Bamboo The African Bantu- Shout outs to Bamboo and his team!!! for being involved in the project. We need to work on that new project fam. Hit me back!!!

The album features new and exclusive music from Bamboo that you will ony hear on an ISHIKE street album plus tons of world premiers from various artists that are just too many to mention. With this series I showcased various African artists based across the world plus other international artists creating that “global” vybe on tha street album. Like with every series I world premiered tons of songs that will definiately be future hits . I will be showcasing some of the individual songs as free downloads in the next few weeks, so you do not want to miss out on that.

listen to to the street album here:

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Tracklisting

1. Ishike Radio Part 11 Intro (Produced By Dj Dona)
2. Bamboo Intro
3. Bamboo Feat K-Nel – Swagger Like Us (Remix)
4. Bamboo – Tabia Mbaya
5. Chidi Benz – Dar Stand Up (Ngoma Itambae)
6. Ron Browz- Jumpin Out Of Window
7. Hussein Machozi Feat DNA – Full Shangwe
8. Longombas – Queen
9. Amani – Tonight
10. 9ice – Gongo Aso
11. Prezzo Feat Tah Blaze- Cheki Navyo Roll
12. Nipsey Hustle Feat Game – They Roll
13. Bamboo -Tubambiane
14. Bamboo/K South Interlude
15. Doobiez – One 4 Hip Hop
16. Willy Northpole- 300
17. K-Nel – Tingiza (Quamtum Riddim)
18. Ngwea Feat. Juma Nature – Mida Mibovu
19. Bamboo Feat Archapello and K-Nel – Bambika (ISHIKE RADIO EXCLUSIVE)
20. Dj Felli Fel Feat. T-Pain, Sean Paul, Flo-Rida & Pitbull – Feel It
21. Indiginas – Parararera
22. Matonya Feat. T.I.D – Sina La Kufanya
23. Bamboo Interview
24. Bamboo- Jaza Ma Rhymes
25. P-Unit – Juu Tu Sana
26. Mejja- Pesa Kwa Bank
27. K-Naan – Somalia
28. French Montana, Dame Grease & Max B-Goon Musik
29. Mwana Fa Feat. Mr Lennny -Sema
30. Bamboo – Mama Africa
31. Kardinall Offishall Feat Dr Dre and Clipse – Set it Off
32. Hussein Machozi – Kafia Ghetto
33. Ken Razy, Kaya, DNA – Mziki
34. Mr Blue Feat Steve – Tabasamu
35. Q-Jay – Mwenyewe
36. Howee – Sorry Mama
37. Bamboo Outro


Rare grooves excursion: just-a-band,Siji,Boddhi Satva,Mory Kante,Salif Keita

Yéké Yéké’ was re-recorded in a shorter version (faster, electric and more conducive to dancing) for the album Akwaba Beach in 1987. The song’s dazzling success took everyone by surprise. The sales soared to more than a million singles and half a million albums and its listing on the hit parades around the world multiplied. When ‘Yéké Yéké’ reached the top spot on the Pan-European charts in Billboard magazine (USA) in 1988, the griot from Kissidougou had succeeded in giving African music the place it rightfully deserves (more..)

Mory Kante – Yeke Yeke:

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Salif Keita (born August 25, 1949) is an internationally recognized afro-pop singer-songwriter from Mali. He is unique not only because of his reputation as the Golden Voice of Africa, but because he is an albino and a direct descendant of the founder of the Mali Empire, Sundiata Keita. This royal heritage meant that he should never have become a singer, which was deemed to be a griot’s role. (more ..)

Salif keita  – Madan (gekko remix)

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Salif keita – Mosoulou (osunlade mix)

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Just A Band is a Kenyan house/funk/disco band whose career was launched with their debut album, Scratch To Reveal, in 2008. Their music has explored various musical directions such as, but not limited to jazz, hip-hop, disco and electronica.

The band are also notable for their DIY aesthetic. In addition to writing, recording and engineering their music, the band creates their own music videos, packaging and promotional items and establishing a strong web and blog presence, referencing elements from virtual band like Gorillaz and incorporating anime and animation, illustration and photography in their visual campaigns. (more ..)

Just a band – Owinyo Piny

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just a band – twende kazi

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The second born of twelve children to Nigerian émigrés in London, Siji spent much of his early childhood in Lagos and London before coming to the US to further pursue his musical ambitions. His own cultural heritage combined with the political and social movements of the age, exposed young Siji to the insurgent, politicized music of the Afrobeat legends Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Tony Allen as well as the soulful grooves of Marvin Gaye, Al Green, and Otis Redding. His parents, in particular, his father, loved music, but like most children of hardworking immigrants, Siji was urged by them to pursue a career in the professional fields of medicine or law. But the lure of the music was too strong. In the nineties, when London was bursting at the seams with new music and groups like Loose Ends, Soul II Soul, and D-Influence dominated the scene, Siji’s attention was captured and he began to follow his passion for making and recording his own music. (more..)

Siji – irinajo

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Siji – fantasy

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boddhi

Born and raised in the Central African Republic, Boddhi Satva – real name Armani Kombot-Naguemon – was raised on an eclectic diet of Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop and Funk as well as traditional African music including Soukous, Makossa and Ndombolo. A move to Brussels in 2000 saw him begin to develop his production talents as he was slowly seduced by the sounds of House and most notably the productions of Kevin Yost and Alton Miller(more ..).

Boddhi  Satva – Moina na mokili

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Boddhi  Satva – Na uti ya musika

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Seun Kuti & Fela's Eqypt 80

Seun Kuti, Fela Kuti’s son and Femi Kuti’s younger sibling is an incredible artiste in hes own right. Unlike hes brother who has a separate sound from his father, Seun takes very much afters his father – maintaining the same band -Egypt 80 in addition to the carbon copy resemblance.

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Seun released his first album some of the highlight tracks include “many things” which sounds like “coffin for head of state” part II.


Brand New: Amani – Tonight


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We promised in the begining of the week that we would have some heat and some fire from Amani. Attached is her new hit sing called 2nite (Tonight). I totally like this song, these are the kind of songs that remind me of Kenya – I like the whole English and sheng integration with swahili. I personally like Amani’s style she sticks to her roots and keeps it real with what she knows how to do best.

This song reminds me of some maasai sounds and some kitui sounds – Am not sure who the production is by but none the less its a good tune. The first time Ive listend to a whole song and no Ulopa has been dropped or Ogopa in the whole song… “Tonight am letting go” GOOD TUNE, BIG TUNE…

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Defining Kenyan Urban Soul – //


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A few years ago marketers and record labels came up with the term Neo-soul to define What they called Nu-soul which was a sub genre for contemporary urban r&b music. The Music was a hybrid for the 70’s influenced soul music fused with the current jazz, latin, African, hiphop, house and sometimes funk music. With time this genre phased out as the artists denounced its ownership and often didn’t want to be classified as Neo Soul artists because it restricted their growth or their breadth of music.

Often we would listen to people like Fantasia and classify them as Neo Soul, while all along she considers herself an R&B singer. So came with the fall the death of Neo Soul as we knew it then…(Am not saying the music is dead but the terms of definition have changed over the years). Today we are faced with a similar dilemma as marketers as entertainment proffessionals and as music enthusiast. We are struggling to classify the new sound coming from Africa as a whole and the sub genre coming from Kenya in particular. At GetMziki we have been having a constant dialog about where to bucket these new sounds we have been collecting and its increasingly becoming a daunting task. We therefore have decided to open up the forum to our user base and hopefully something will strike a cord.

Some Kenyan artists classify their music as Afro-fusion, some classify their new sound as Afro-Soul, personally I have always called this new sound Kenyan Urban Soul. Some call it Urban Benga – or Kapuka Soul… The truth of the matter is we have to come up with one word or one term that will stick and provide the benchmark for Kenyan Urban Soul music. It gets more complicated when you compare these sounds with other similar sounds within the region… (I have attached a TID and Wyre ballad that will throw you off completely). That said – please listen to the following songs, these are the new sounds of AFRICA, this is AFRICA/ Kenya reinventing itself to compete and collaborate in the on going onslaught for the Global R&B Market. I personally love and adore these types of music, because they demonstrate the vocal capabilities of our artists, they stretch the music and the instruments to the core – the allow our language to be heard in different ways… So to me I call this – Kenyan urban Soul – KUS Music ha ha ha … // please help us define what this sound is.. What do you think this should be?

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Stan – Gachugwa: [Download Track here]

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Didge – Saa Zingine: [Download Track here]

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TID feat Wyre – Kama Ndoto Kweli: [Download Track here]

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Shu – Walk the Line: [Download Track here]

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SEMA – I cant: [Download Track here]

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SEMA – Mwewe: (one of my all time favorites ***) [Download Track here]

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Harry Kimani – Nakuwaza: [Download Track here]

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Astar feat Chizi – Nimechoka: (My favorite Gospel Track***) [Download Track here]

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Chizi feat Wyre – Kumekucha: (Kenyan Gospel) [Download Track here]

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Chizi feat Neema – Songa Songa: (one of my all time favorite tracks ***) [Download Track here]

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Bamboo feat CCD – Binti: [Download Track here]

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