Posts Tagged ‘Harry Kimani’

Harry Kimani – Away in a Manger (GetMziki Xmas Exclusive ***)

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image courtesy of Harry Kimani Facebook page

In continuing with the spirit of Christmas and finding a good fit for all these Xmas exclusives tracks that we have. I’ve decided to post this exclusive Harry Kimani track that very few people have heard. This is also off the same Victor Seii project (am telling you that album was the shit). I think the thing i enjoyed the most about this album was the fact that the tunes had a little bit of everything for everyone. However mostly its the integration of Swahili, Kikuyu and English that I found really enlightening.

Take this track for instance – although I cant understand Kyuk you must admit Harry delivers the vocal piece pretty well. Victor Seii’s production just blends in with everything else to bring a work of art titled “away in a manger”. Enough said about this track enjoy it here

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Brand New: Harry Kimani feat Abbas – Happiness (GetMziki Exclusive **)

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image courtesy of Harry Kimani Myspace

We have been documenting a lot of Abbas over the last few months, so much that his latest entry on the site featured the same artists he seems to be supporting on this track. Murume (Juu ya Laa) just happens to be my best track so far from Abbas this year, I look forward to replacing that song on my ipod.

This is some new heat from Harry Kimani, or off Harry Kimani’s upcoming album. I’ve always been a fan of HK, only that I felt his Bhangi would hold him down too fast too soon. I understand he is off that shit these days, but HK is one of the most talented vocalist in Kenya. When he dropped Waithera – it was like whoa! basss the official Kikuyu chic magnet song was out. Every chile wanted to be called Waithera so that the song could be dedicated to them. However funny enough I dont like the name Waithera – I like Njambi instead or Njoki – those are classic Kikuyu names.. even Njeri although thats too common. But I digress sorry…

I like this song, its mellow its interesting and its a good weekend track – its not Harry’s best work nor Abbas but it will pass for being featured here and being acclaimed. Give it a listen.

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Brand New : Abbas feat Harry Kimani – Murume (Juu ya Laa – GetMziki Exclusive ***)

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Today is an exciting day for the GetMziki team, we managed to ink some deals strategically as an organization and as a business. Within the coming months you will start to see a lot more music from Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana and Senegal.

However one thing is for sure we will definitely have a lot more EXCLUSIVE music from Kenya – straight from the studios, such as this new track from Abbas featuring Harry Kimani.

Truthfully this is the best track I’ve heard the whole year – and I am betting all my sneakers that it will be the biggest/best song of the year. I don’t think this is the type of song you will hear in a club, but its definitely a radio banger, a car cruiser, and a lyrically stimulating TRACK. Harry Kimani blesses the hook with his explosive vocals – and Abbas grinds auto tune combined with some killer production skills. I don’t know who produced this track but the guy is a genius. I feel like I can fly back to Kenya just to sit on this explosive recording session… THIS GETMZICIANS is why this site exists… THANKS for making GOOD Music….

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Defining Kenyan Urban Soul – //


image courtesy of Didge – Facebook

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?

(p.s this Album compilation is available for sale)

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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Harry Kimani – Nakuwaza

The first time I saw Harry Kimani was at a concert or rather a show where he was performing some Kikuyu track titled WAITHERA. Now personally I don’t understand Kyuk, but truthfully Waithera really sounded nice. The guy could pluck a guitar and honestly each time he said “Waithera Waithera Waithera – could you be my number one?” It felt like he was crying. The song felt deep and the artists delivery of the song was just genuine. Its rare to meet such artists in Kenya. I could have sworn he wrote that song from his heart.

The next time I saw Harry Kimani was on a music video kicking it with Farida – Its shocking that the acting on the music video was on point and I guess Ted Josiah has a way with Camera’s because the video looked and seemed believable too. So again I was overwhelmed a little but I liked that song too – HAIYA (thats the name of the song)

Last year (2007) when I got my hands on this track – I honestly removed the CD and refused to listen to the song until I got a better Stereo. When I got home, I slipped in this song, and to date – I think this has to be one of the best songs to come out of any studio in KENYA. From the lyrics, the delivery, the composition to the sincerity. HARRY KIMANI is destined to do great things if he keeps his music on this line. He just needs to lay of the CRACK PIPE!

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