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Viola Karuri ft Collo – Milele (*GetMziki Exclusive)

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Viola Karuri calls herself an Afro pop singer. From her bio at violakaruri.com “she started singing at an early age in school choral productions. While in High School, she and some friends formed a girl group called “Sobriety” that comprised of 5 girls. After completing high school, the group was signed by a Record Company – Shielton Entertainment (now TruBlaq Entertainment) – and were in the process of recording their first album when Viola received her acceptance into the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. In January 2001, Viola moved to Boston to pursue an education in Music. While there, she schooled with Kenyan artist Eric Wainaina and toured with him promoting his Award-winning album, “Sawa Sawa”.

Viola best describes the song. “Milele is a love song that was inspired by an eavesdropping situation. My gals and I had gone out and we overheard this guy throwing some major lines at this woman. We even stopped talking because of how good they were! So this song is my imagined version of their story!

Relaxed, top down music . Great, great track.. loving it!

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Shetta Ft Diamond – Kerewa

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If you love Tanzania music, you know that any new music that has a touch of Diamond is a must listen. I’m not taking it away from Shetta who’s been MIA for a while now. When I got this gem dropped in my inbox, I instantly knew it had to get a feature on the site.

Kerewa is a must listen for fans of Bongo music. The beat is on point and both artists make the record shine. I was grooving to this after a few listens.

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Kwame – Githeremende (**GetMziki Exclusive)

A few years back, Leo did a GetMziki PSA by featuring Kwame with his single Holela and I’m sure the “Go with the Jump wagon” fans most likely skipped the post. Back then we labelled Kwame as as a breath of fresh air among new artists and having so much potential.

Kwame’s new record that was supposedly a free style during a recording session is a mixture of Kikuyu/ R & B mixed Githeremende is a dope jam which will definitely make you proud of Kwame who perfectly interlaces his vocals with a dope R & Bish beat that was produced by Mosaic. With records like this, I can clearly sit back and enjoy 254′s home style music done in a unique way.

GITHEREMENDE IS A BANGER……..

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Rabbit Feat Wangechi & HHP – Tulia Tu (**GetMziki Exclusive)

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I’m a fan of Rabbit with his great story telling ability and his way of keeping fans glued to his music with his progressive growth whether in such subjects matters as relationships or the ups and downs of life.

Tulia tu is his new record that features upcoming sensation Wangechi and South African Rapper HHP that was Produced by Kevin Provoke and Tim Rimbui at Ennovator Music.

Blast this heavy and listen to the lyrics for you to enjoy this record.

Mambo ni Kutulia Tu

Enjoy!!!


K-Nel feat Glasses Malone – Bonga Mavi

First and foremost I have to say I love this new SoundCloud plugin and format it is the truth. I love it.
Second I have to say meeting K-Nel in person didn’t disappoint, he is everything much the visual element and the brand that he appears to be in his music and on his vlogs.

I met K-Nel officially in Las Vegas and he was busy doing his media thing as usual. Immediately he told me “Leo we going to talk over this game in the US” to which I didn’t think much of. Fast forward to last week when he sent me this track, I was like Owe sh*t this dude was actually serious.

With a classic collabo with one of YMCMB’s finest it actually looks like KNEL is on a mission. Listen to this…


Coola Gang- Songa (**GetMziki Exclusive)

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This post is a little bit personal to me for a number of reasons. I clearly remember when I first showcased Coola Gang two years ago in a series called “Hip Hop Weekly“. Among other things, I’m a rap nerd and back then I could definitely see their future potential. I got some flack from some people who believed Coola gang was just “My hype”.

We also had Kapella and Cool Kid Taffie who currently make up Colla Gang as part of the 2012 Top Freshmen.

2014 finds them having one of the biggest records in Kenya currently. I’m really proud of the duo and what they have accomplished in their music path. By fusing their great lyrical ability and Grand Pa’s productions, “Songa” is a massive single……..

Listen to Songa below:

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Ringtone- Mziki Ni Dawa (**GetMziki Exclusive)

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What’s a Valentines day without a treat with new music? My inbox has been getting numerous emails with new records from artists. One of the records that I feel needs to be posted is by Ringtone “Mziki Ni Dawa” which translates to “Music is medicine”.

This is a big record of Ringtone that will show his growth and maturity of Ringtone bounce to it. This will definitely do good in the radio and clubs…

Listen to Mziki Ni dawa below:

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P-Unit – L.O.V.E

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The video for this recent record from P-Unit is to be released sometime this week. On this record the trio of Frasha, Gabu, and Bon-Eye fuse their classic Genge feel with some Kwaito sounding beat for their latest offering that talks about love.

I love what P-Unit is doing with the whole idea of fusing different genres of music. However, I couldn’t really finding my footing on this song at all. Maybe it’s one of those records that grows on you. Only time will tell….

Listen to L.O.V.E below:

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254 TOP 10 Freshmen 2013 – FINAL LIST

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Why lie, it’s been a long time coming but it’s finally here. I know we are late in showcasing this but we seriously all got sidetracked while we had the list finally cemented a few months ago. Part of the delay has been me slacking on how best this should be packed but the more I thought about it the more it dawned on me to strictly keep it to the music.

You gotta start off with the “GetMziki Top 10 Freshmen 2013 – Those Who Did Not Make The Cut” for you to understand and marinate on the panel we have on our team. From Leo, Louis, Dj Dan Mixa, Carl The Truth and me, we sorted to find the 254 best artist of 2013. Let me give u a brief rundown of what happened. We showcased the 2012 top freshmen but the more we looked at the players for the 2013 final list we soon realised that we had to showcase other genres of music. For us to showcase the amazing talent in Kenya we had to include everyone who was releasing good quality and consistent records. Consider this as a group of upcoming, emerging, and buzzing artist that we feel are going to be the “next to blow.”

You gonna have people saying that artist A or B or C should have been on the list or shouldn’t have had a spot on the list and we truly respect that. However you have to understand that our panel is people who first look at the music, the artist grind and future qualities. Here are some of the talk and discussions going on the various round table sessions. We talked about the 2012 GetMziki Freshmen list, Listened to various upcoming artists from various regions in Kenya, talked about Chance The Rapper, Childish Gambino, Ojiji and Xcalibar, Gospel music in Kenya, the rise of female Kenyan MC’s, Naija Nite In Kenya (sic) and much more. Do you get the picture. Big shoutouts to Carl the Truth and Dj Dan Mixa for coming through in finalizing the list and having the same passion in showcasing the great musical talent from Kenya. I owe u guys big time…….

And it seemed like everyone had a list in 2013. From subdued artists, KOT to various producers, it seems everyone wanted their favorite artist to be on the list. We listened, asked opinions, took notes and finally came up with the final list. Any artist who thinks we overlooked them to be part of the 254 TOP 10 Freshmen 2013 finale, you probably are not grinding good enough to be on the list.

To all the 2013 FRESHMEN, you deserve to be on the list. MIXTAPE COMING REAL SOON. We will be showcasing the artists individually in the coming weeks.

Here are the top ten artists representing Kenya all over the globe in 2013 in no order.

-Hope Kid
-Nali Katana
-Wangechi
-Elani
-Mumbi
-Boneless
-Fena Gitu
-Bahati
-Masta Piece
-Sage


Big Pin – Hapo Sawa (*GetMziki Exclusive)

I can’t believe its been a few years since we last featured Big Pin AKA beast from the East. Matter of fact the alst post he had was with the banger Ilete. It seems he always has this thing of releasing records and going under for a few years. However anything that he touches sits well with all his fans.

He definitely would much farther his career by being consistent in his releases and tours. He starts off 2014 with a record called “Hapo Sawa” that finds him on our pages with another fresh street single that was produced by Babz on the track.

Keep it locked on the site for details on the artist’s plans for 2014.

Listen to Hapo Sawa below:

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Xtatic feat Kwesta and Chelz – We Ryde

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We had Xtatic as one of the Freshman 2012 Class . In between that time she’s released a couple of records which in my opinion were “do this” records that she was being advised to do by her the record company. We showcased Xtatic before everyone else jumped on the bandwagon and before her record label signing. Here is what I had to say when I showcased the Prep Track

Xtatic is one of the female MC’s on the come up in Kenya. I’ve listened to some of her songs and I’m really impressed with the growth considering she still hasn’t even reached her full potential. Xtatic is a remainder to those who claim our generation lacks rap talent, that there is definitely artists making moves. Listen and watch the video to the “Prep” track. This track has a real Hip Hop feel to it; Smooth and melodic . Xtatic is definitely more than just a female emcee to me. I don’t like comparing artists but I’d said she’s a mix of street edgy quality street music mixed in with a “trendy” perspective.

This new record “We Ryde” that features South African is classic Xtatic with that raw edgy feel that I came to love. There are enough fans who love this type of music and she brings it out well. This record definitely gets a permanent spot in my music playlist…..

Listen to the track below:

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Mr Lenny ft Visita -Rand Randa (***GetMziki Exclusive)

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Can we officially say that Mr Lenny aka King of collabo’s is back. Currently signed to the TDE of Kenyan music Grandpa records, this is Mr Lenny’s first official offering. This is a great addition to any djs playlist.

Bump this heavy this week……

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Samir – Nyororo & Kinyulinyuli

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We’ve been getting some new music from our Bongo connect Alvin. I’m always eager to listen to new artists out here and see how they progress and hustle through their musical journeys. Samir is from Tanznaia and from what Alvin says, he’s one of the fast rising starts in Bongo music. Is he the next Diamond.

he recently released Nyororo while Kinyulinyuli is an older track that he released last year.

Listen to Nyororo below:

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Watch the video for Kinyulinyuli below


Pizo Dizo & Mejja – Quality Ka Hizo

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We recently featured Grand PA’s family Pizo Dizo as one of the artists who we considered for the 2013 top freshmen but did not make the list. I’ve said it before that I admire what Grand PA records is doing with the signing of various artists and slowly bubbling in the music scene with their various hit records. Their movement reminds me of the TDE and their whole Black Hippy movement of running a successful record label progressively.

Quality Ka Hizo is a collabo by Pizo Dizo and Mejja that shows her ability to go toe to toe lyrically with Mejja aka Okonkwo on this geared club record.

I’m trying to get a decent quality version of the song for download. The one we have on our severs is not to par with the GetMziki standards.

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Diamond feat Davido – Number One Remix (GetMziki Exclusive ***)

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We dropped this track a few months ago and declared it a winner by all means. It appears we weren’t the only ones ranting and raving about this crazy joint, Davido just killed it by collaborating with Diamond and elevating the joint to the next level.

Right now it looks like DIAMOND could do no wrong, big ups to the Bongo Flava king, he is definitely running Tanzania right now.

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Jaguar- Kioo (GetMziki Exclusive)

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It’s the start of the new year and various artists have been sending us new records. Everyone wants to start the new with a bang.

Like Young Scotter says, I’ll keep it 1000 and say that the last two records from Jaguar have stayed clear from his ‘Kigegeu kicks and snares beats which provided monotonous listening. 2014 finds Main Switch’s main recording artist releasing a dope record in Kioo. Jaguar hops on the club-ready beat for a definite 2014 hit. Word is that the video to the song is supposed to be released this week.

You gotta give kudos to Jaguar for creating classic hit records. “Najiangalia kwa Kioo…..”

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GetMziki Top 10 Freshmen 2013 – Those Who Did Not Make The Cut

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It’s about that time of the year when we feature the top 10 artists that hustled hard this past year. We initially started this to be the for the top ten rappers that were on the grind but after various discussions among the team we decided to include other genres of music. You can check out GetMziki’s top 10 Freshmen for 2012 here

I really want to take this time to give some props to the whole team from Leo and Louis. Special thanks goes to Dan Mixa and Carl the Truth who were instrumental in finalizing the ultimate list. This is our second year of doing this and I can fully guarantee that the whole process was done with no bias or favoritism, payola, camp affiliations or personal relationships. Like Ken Wa Maria says in his latest music video, for the local industry to grow we need to promote and showcase local talent on radio and tv.

Let me just give you a rundown of what happened. We started off with 20 artists and after long debates for weeks we narrowed it down to 10 artists. We looked at various things from the songs and videos the artists released to the constant grind. We really wanted to showcase artists that were future stars.

We will be showcasing the Top 10 Freshmen final list this week that will be accompanied by a compilation album. Below are the artists that almost made it on the list with their constant grind and constant quality records. We really struggled on which artists should make the final list and although the artists below did not make it on the list this year, they might make it next year. Kudos to all the artists…

Pizo Dizo
Rojo Mo
Baby Madha
Kristoff

Here are some music video records from the artists

Watch Pizzo Dizzo’s Chali Stinji below

Watch Rojo Mo’s -Salam Za Kwetu below

Watch Baby Madha Summer Holiday below:

Watch Kristoff’s- Tatoo Kwa thigh


Young Dee ft. Mwana FA & Ben Pol – Fununu

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Young Dee hails from Tanzania and although we’ve never really featured a lot of his music here, he’s recently been releasing some great collabo records.

On this record that features Mwana FA and Ben pol he talks about how people start and spread rumors . The beat to this song bangs hard. This is one of those ” I wanna get hyped up” type of records.

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Merry Christmas From the GetMziki Crew

The GetMziki team would like to take a moment and wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!

2013 GetMziki top 10 Freshmen list coming Up coming soon!!!!!!!


Sheila Mwanyigah ft. Kidum – Hali na Mali

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In this current music world of vast amounts of music saturation, it seems finding certain genres of good records becomes less and less. I’m talking about that slow R & B ballads that make for easy listening.

On this slow ballad, Sheila Mwanyigah, The popular Easy FM Presenter, musician, media/TV personality enlists guest assistance from a seasoned R & B king Kidum who comes through for some dope easy listening record. Both artists came through amazingly on this song.

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Tunda Man Ft Ali Kiba – Msambinugwa

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We’ve been getting tons of new Bongo Flava music and this is one of the few records that resonated with me.

I don’t have so much info on Tanzanian Artists Tunda Man, but on this banger he enlists his country man Ali Kiba for a decent record. You cannot hate on this if you’re looking’ for some music additions to your playlist.

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Wangechi ft. Blinky Bill – It’s Another One

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Many people will remember Wangeshi from the Ligi Soo remix with Rabbit. However if you’re an avid music fan who knows their music then you should know that Wangeshi has been dropping gems for a while now. Her first mixtape “Chakula ya Soul” made me a fan instantly. Her attack mode, beat selection and lyrics on the mixtape was pure genius.

Everything else seems to be on point with Wangeshi. I’m really feeling her latest press kit. You go Girl

Why lie, “It’s Another One” seemed like a forced record from Wangeshi. It’s not a bad record, it’s just that this wasn’t her lane. She should stick to her niche. Also, I’ve never really been a big fan of the whole Waabeh movement. It was a great idea for the 90′s, but artists nowadays are giving away “albums” worth of free music and videos. I mean why should I buy your record and you’ve only been in the game for a year or so. Independent artists nowadays make a bulk of their money off touring and merchandising and rarely rely on music sales.

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Mumbi Ft. Fadhilee Itulya – The End (**GetMziki Exclusive)

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You get to listen to some out of the box records that still have the essence of great music production and vocal arrangement.

I first listened to this record this past weekend after one of my music pals hit me on twitter with a link to the record. This record is one of those feel good record with amazing production from Kenyan rising producer Provoke.

The record has some Dance-Kwaito feel to it that makes for some amazing listening.

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Jay-A F/ Sage​,Madt​raxx, DNA, Kenrazy,V​6- Dumba​la (**Rmx)

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As many people know we featured Jay A as part of the 2012 Freshmen class as the new breed of hustlers. We also featured the record Dumbala a while back. here is an exceprt when I first posted the record, “Dumbala did nothing for me, but maybe some people out there will gravitate to it”. First forward and after a few more listens and spins here and there, the record is a good bouncy catchy record.

Jay A definitely saw the potential of the record and chose to have a remix to the record. Production duties to the remix was handled by Grand Pa records and features Ken Razy, Visita, Mad Traxx and DNA.

This is do greats in the clubs. All artists put their own swag op on this one.

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