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Nonini – Kataa Hio (GetMziki Exclusive ***)

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Nonini the Godfather of Genge has been working on his Sophomore album for the last few months however according to sources close to him – he hasn’t really been feeling the last few releases. If you recall we debuted KUMBUKA feat Lady Bee and KADHAA on the site a few months ago. I figure he anticipated that any one of these songs would have been bigger than Keroro or any of his previous songs. But to his dismay it seems as though they really haven’t given him the kind of traction he has been anticipating.

Personal note: NOTE TO SELF – to date I still think KERORO was one of Noninis biggest tracks EVER. Musyoka and Nonini in a studio for the first time and Keroro came out. It was so unexpected. Keroro was one of those songs you just have to accept, its vulgarity and audacity made it one of the biggest songs of all time. If i had to do a top all time ten urban tracks in Kenya – my number 2 or 3 would be Keroro.

So knowing Nonini and the perfectionist he is – he decided to drop this single last week to pony up more hype to his much anticipated album. Teaming up with Musyoka again – to see if they can reinvent the chemistry they once had. This Kwaito beat inspired, lyrically compelling track has Nonini reaching for the stars. Personally I don’t know if its bigger than Kumbuka, but thats just my own opinion – I think the day Nonini emailed me and told me about Kumbuka he knew I would never get passed that song 🙂 including the video lol. But ill let y’all sample this goodness and let me know what you all think.

ps. Nonini how about getting a clean cut of Keroro and the instrumentals Mzeiya. Meanwhile anyone who wants the vocals and instrumentals of Kataa Hio – scream at me.

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PBH – Dame naweza penda

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After living in San Francisco for a few years I rea

lised that one of the greatest baseball players Barry Bonds was forever going to be clouded in controversy. Little did I know that there was another Barry Bonds (spelled Bari Bonds) in Kenya who hails from Athi river (or what they call ATR). Bari Bonds is one of the rappers from PBH a hip hop group comprised of him, Samora and Cynosure (Tosh).

I got this track from one of their peoples a while back but I had no info on the group until last week. They seem to have Reverb Nation page which has most of their info, apart from that it seems like Bari is probably the more indexed member of the group as opposed to the rest of them. I kinda like this song, its subtle smooth and the type of track you will listen to in a car or at home on a mellow Sunday. Am not sure about the lyrical delivery, ive heard better but definitely one of this cats can spit.

give it a listen let me know what you think..

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Mpishi – Nenda Kesho (GetMziki Exclusive **)

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Tony emailed me this jam a while back but I slept on it as I do with many other tracks I have to sit and listen to over and over again. I guess am learning that its not such a bad thing to admit that you are overwhelmed. But in this business or industry being overwhelmed is better than being underwhelmed. It just means that there is so much music out there that you really need to spend more time and effort to post or focus on the really good tunes.

Of the two tracks he sent me I wasn’t sure which one I wanted to showcase as his main single, especially considering Mpishi is struggling with school, work and music (his passion) it was hard to tell which one he spent more time producing. The second track on his list was “Tume Come Kudunda” which I didn’t really like – I felt it was too cliche, however this one am posting “Nenda Kesho” is worthy of some spins. Considering the man produces his own work and of course raps and flows on his own beats – I think its worth recognizing his efforts.

Tony tried to explain to me why the name Mpishi, but i got lost somewhere in that Food for the soul and nyama ya ulimi explanation he he he. Maybe nili hata but real talk I think you need to explain that to me one more time. Anyway if you attended the Dallas Memorial festivities you may have been blessed to see this cat on stage but if you didn’t, dont worry I am sure he will be getting on stage pretty soon. This is a humble beginning to a long career, if you stay focused and on track I am sure the material will get better.

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Madtraxx – Big Shot (GetMziki Exclusive **)

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We’ve covered MadTraxx on GetMziki over and over again, I think with all the tracks released over the last 3 years the kid is ready to compile an album. I think its unfortunate that most of these Kenyan artists are caught up in the whole Nameless singles phenomenon but maybe there is a strategy and I am just failing to see it at this point and time.

Honestly think about it, all Kenyan artists you have listened to over the last 8 months are singles, none of these artists actually has an album or has a plan to release an album. Unless someone wants to prove me different I am yet to see a Madtraxx, Mejja, Jimwat or Joint Ya Chava album. Am just being real. Am not saying its a bad strategy am just saying by the time the album gets here everyone has all the tracks they need. However on the flip side Nameless made millions going on tour and performing his tracks before he compiled his album. This allowed him to bank more on performance sales than Album sales (which i think went to Ogopa). So maybe its okay to have a string of singles that allow you to stand on stage – rant and rave.

I am conflicted about this song, it feels so cookie cutter. In a world where I have always raved about George’s (Madtraxx) ingenius tracks, catchy hooks and inventive dance routines – I feel like this is such a dupped formatted hit. It feels so Jango – so Walanguzi, so BigPin like.. Its bound to be a hit just because of the song format and composition but not because its exceptional. I am not sure what you guys think – so ill open it up.. The song is on heavy rotation right now on Kenyan radio stations… give it a listen.

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Syd – Clande

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When some people come knocking on your door sometimes you gotta be courteous enough to just open, so when Ambrose comes knocking on our door we always feel compelled to open it super wide. Ambrose (Mandugu Digital / Dunga) has been working on some new material for Syd spurring a string of recent hits including Uta Du featuring Bobby Mapesa.

However he wanted me to highlight this song as one of his hit singles. I think we debuted this song a while back on the GetMziki Faceoff between Syd and Q-Tac… It was the Clande Faceoff – Check out the results here: Syd vs Q-tac. However today we have a little more info on Syd so atleast we can highlight this song alone and give you some background on the kid.

SYD” aka Sidney Kamau started music in 2002. He first started in a studio called herbal records that was run by Hilton “herbalist” Mwakio Juma and Victor “maichblaq” Maina. This is where he met the late K-rupt who was the brother to the herbalist. In 2003, he did the song “CHACHA” featuring the late K-rupt in the ogopa Djs Studios. Later that year in November, we lost our brother Calton “K-rupt” Juma through the hands of car jackers. 2004, released a song called African Bam Bam produced by Dan Pondera .

After that, he took a long break due to unavoidable circumstances and then moved to Blue Zebra Studios. This is where he then released the song Msamaha featuring Mr. Lenny. After the song, he then featured in a song called Sioni Tena with Gaddaffi. He later took a veryyy long Paternity leave to go and enjoy being a father and after that, it is this year (2009) that he has come back to the musical scene with a bang and promising hits from the new and improved SYD.

(bio written by Syd)

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Double Trouble – Linet, Raudy & Kendi, Mejja (GetMziki Calif Records Edition)

So here is the reality of this post, Ive been sitting or sleeping literary on a couple of tracks. Some of these tracks I honestly didn’t think were worthy of posting but after the videos popped up online I thought okay – well why not. So truth be told, I feel none of these two songs, but the Kendi and Meja VIDEO is hilarious. Someone needs to give this Mejja character a TV show or something. He reminds me of Ludacris with his hilarious videos and theatrics…Honestly the world is a much better place with Mejja in the game – he is currently my number on source of happiness when it comes to watching Kenyan music Videos. (Watch the beginning of that Mwanisema Video its hilarious). Actually I think the whole Clemo (Calif Records) stable just has some interesting well thought of videos. I love the fact that they are shot in the hood – they don’t try to be Westerncentric – their videos are often just real. (ps. What happend to that FLEXX cat Mr. Amejibeba?)

The second part of this post is this Linet and Raudy song. I know both songs are from Calif Records, but am just saying I wasn’t feeling them before I saw the videos. Anyway I think the chile in the Mwanisema video in the beginning is the same chic singing on this Linet song. I could be wrong but they look very similar. Calif Records seems to be incubating some new talent, all these new acts have been springing up from their stable – maybe its time for some new blood. Either way I thought now that the videos are out you guys might enjoy some of these blaa blaaa songs.

Although if I had to pick – I would go with the Kendi track, Kendi’s voice seems like it has much more potential than Linets voice.

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Daddy V – Julieta (GetMziki Exclusive **)

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We have never covered Daddy V on GetMziki, I believe the few instances we have mentioned his name here have had to do with his “apparent” conflict with DJ Pinye and other promoters. Unfortunately during this period of bad press (although to me there isn’t anything like bad press – I call it FREE publicity) we never really got to hear his side of the story (Nor Pinye’s for that matter). So to me this whole conflict was hear say. However one key fact remains constant – Daddy V is passionate about his music and has been doing this for a long time. I met him once in Dallas at a show we had together with Jua Cali. The promoters of the show had some slight difficulty with their equipment and set up – so the delivery was awefull. Daddy V was performing before Jua Cali and a local DJ was trying to rally up the crowd as the equipment was being fixed at the same time.

After the DJ set, Daddy V didnt hesitate, he jumped on stage grabbed the flawed mic and just started blazing – personally id never seen that before in my life. The last time I was at a concert with faulty equipment the artist left for his hotel, so to me this was crazy. V ripped it with his reggae sensationalized lyrics and tones leaving his fans in awe and screaming even if half the performance was already flawed. I stood next to JuaCali as he watched this and he too realized that he will have to give it his all regardless of the poor set up the promoters had set up for these artists. To date I think if V hadn’t gotten on that stage, probably JuaCali wouldnt have either… But thats not whats important here, whats important is that Daddy V has blessed us with some new material and we will release one at a time based on demand.

Here is his hit new single Julieta (Thanks to Kilimanjaro Records and Daddy V).

I’ll reserve my personal opinion about the track for now, I am yet to critic the track so ill wait for about 5 or more comments and then give my feedback.

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Brand New: Bedsitter Lovers – Mr Tash (GetMziki Exclusive **)

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Funny thing when Robert sent me this track I had no idea who he was, then his follow up email reiterated his other skills and capabilities which I am fond of but I have never been able to put a face to the work. Good work on the graphics bro! Little did I know that Robe is or has been working on an album – but the infamous graphics producer for people like DJ Styles, Fakii and other entertainers in Kenya has been holding back some of his hidden talent. I will assume this work was produced at the Red Room (CodeReds popular production studio).

On second thoughts bad assumption it seems like the credits on this track title Blak Vogue productions as the producers and possibly directors of the video. Either way the video is just okay its not a major uplifter – I personally like the beats on this track. The arrangement is interesting, a little more bass in the right places would put this track on a different level but none the less its a fulfilling instrumental. The lyrics are choppy, for a new artists id give Mr Tash a 5 or a 6 out of 10. The reason why is because his rap style is just different and I like humorous rhymes.

Robe tried explaining the moral of the track – he lost me somewhere on the line – but ill let you all listen to the goodness and make your own assumptions ..

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Brand New: Marya feat Colonel Mustafa – Hey Baby (GetMziki Exclusive ***)

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Lets get these pleasantries out of the way real quick – Mustafa your CHILE IS HOTTTTTTT!! with a capital T (As Mzee Tama would say in brackets capital T T). Wai wai wai – Truthfully the first 15 minutes of my day today was spent watching this video back to back, I really didn’t hear the song kabisaaa!! The thing is I actually watched or had seen her previous video Mahaba, but I think after this jam came out and I started feeling the jam – I fell in love with her.. excuse me.. I mean sorry.. I feel inlove with the song 🙂 the song I meant the song.

I know with the way am talking am making her into a Halle Berry of sorts, but thats not the case really. All am saying is that its been a while since we have seen some eye candy on our youtube/screens that was singing well and also has the appearance to support the looks. No disrespect to any other artist in Kenya am just saying this chile right now for me takes the trophy for the whole of East Africa in terms of cakes… And thats just real talk. I mean look at the representatives on each coast – Ray C (TZ), Juliana (UG), Nakaya (TZ), Wahu (KE), …. Well actually K-Lynn from TZ is a cake hauuu uuu!! and then there is Kaz… hmmm okay let me sit this one out for a while while I look at my diary for clues.

What sucks about Marya is that she will always be known as Mustafas Boo, thats kinda whack coz she needs to be able to ride her own wave of success. I also think her brand name is a little off – MARY-A (her real name is Mary Maina), am not sure what the A stands for but I thought her name was Myra initially until I realized is MaryA -I dont know maybe thats just me. Lastly its Ogopa – Ogopa can make anyone a superstar with their beats, so I am yet to make a decent decision on whether I think she can sing or not. This particular track is off the chains – Gangsta loving right there, but I cant feel her vocal capabilities, to me it sounds like she is just talking and conversating with her peers.

The Mahaba song she release prior to this one was just okay I would give it a star – this one I give 3 stars for quality of beat, composition, collaboration, video quality and style) but more importantly to get her number he he he he… Mustafa hang on to this one coz she is bound to get hit on by 999 guys on an average week. GetMuzicians its time to harvest this track – what do you all think?

ps. Also Mustafa making love Collabos is dangerous ground homie, mkija kukosana hizi ngoma zitakuwa zina leta machozi na majonzi tupu mshkaji wangu

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Brand New: Jangwa – Lyrical assassins Feat. Wenyeji and Shamir

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I enjoy great relationships with the Lyrical Assassins crew – Calvo and crew sit on my gmail like neighbors and relatives in your digz. However I have no particular bias to their music, when they produce hot shit I tell them, when they produce whack shit I tell them some tracks make it on to the site and some just don’t. I respect our relationship because its based on honesty – and they understand my opinions are just my opinions. Sure enough they might influence a few people to react differently but essentially I normally have plenty of DJ’s call me out and tell me that I was wrong.

This track is HARDCORE – its titled Jangwa (Jungle) you get the essence of the jungle the forest kinda – the sounds in the background and some of the bottle shakers and other instruments are very distinctive. I know the song is a metaphor of sorts, because it talks about the real jungle – life! But playing around the African Jungle (Forest) animals and other elements that depict the continent is sheer genius. I am not sure if this is a track I will play everyday. Its a song I wont mind listening to and meditating on the lyrics (I guess thats why they call themselves Lyrical Assassins). The tracks features Wenyeji and Shamir – its an interesting collabo – I’ll let y’all be the judges.. enjoy!

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Historians – Bouje (GetMziki Exclusive ***)

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We have never posted a Historians song on this site ever. Funny enough I used to like these cats back in the day – they had that “Hey DJ” song a while back that featured all these Mash Auto cars. The song was pretty cool, the video was even cooler, that is until I saw the same cars on Bamboos video and a couple of other videos and then I hated the song… 🙂

Historians haven’t really done much as far as I can tell, but whenever Ogopa has blessed them with a beat they always tend to kill it. Am also glad that one dude cut off his dreads, they weren’t really a good look. he also seems to have cut some weight – honestly I know this has nothing to do with anything but you gotta admit the Historians are looking sharp and well groomed on that video. Not that they didn’t before but am just saying… Anyway I digress.

Overall I like this track, it sucks that I couldn’t get any quality images of the group anywhere on the internet. The Ogopa website seems to be under construction. I also hope this song is not supposed to be “Bourgeois” many people never know how to spell that word. a chile who is boujee (bourgeois) flossy flossy… he he he … the pronounciation is boujiii but its spelled – bourgeois … Anyway let me chill out, enjoy this exclusive track …

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Brand New: Jaguar – Tayari (GetMziki Exclusive *)

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Damn! I have been AWOL for a while – its been weeks since I’ve posted any song, I had some personal family business to attend to – but now that I am back I need to process this back log. I am glad the rest of the GM team managed to update the site and make sure stuff stays fresh. However not to brag – but I always got the fresh shit from Kenya & Naija:-) (ps. I am feeling that Zimboo stuff).

That said I have been sitting on this Jaguar song for a while now, the track is called kama uko tayari featuring some chile I am not sure who she is. Jaguar has been touring the US over the last few months, although I personally haven’t had the chance to sit and talk to him. I am not such a fan of this song but there has been some underground movement claiming that this song is the shit. The track sounds coast-ish… but I could be wrong. I listened to it a few times but am not really feeling it – I think Jaguar needs to switch his style up – its 2009. You need to come out with BANGERS…

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Brand New: Bamboo feat J-Sol – Waniua/Long Distance (Get Mziki Exclusive ***)

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Bamboo dropped this track a week ago, unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to listen to it until yesterday. Initially there was a lot of name dropping on the email (Typical Tim when he is excited). “The Song features J-Sol on the hook” and produced by the same guy who produced Sweet Dreams are made of this (Named Swisha who is signed to Dave stewart).. Meanwhile all along am listening to this track am saying damn its good to have P-Funk back (Popular Tanzanian producer).

Personally I am more excited to just have Bamboo back. This year he has been blessed and in return he has blessed our ears, consider this for an album run. He dropped Tubambiane earlier in the year, which was a sick come back for an artist many had written off (I still listen to that song everyday). He then dropped Tabia Mbaya, which was an instant club banger and heart robber.

So if you sample the past two tracks and then get to this Long Distance track – one thing that will definitely stand out is the fact that the man is back. Bamboo has embraced his roots and is going full throttle hard at the local East African market. This track would fit right in the Tanzanian market with the other hits that people like P-Funk puts together. Its interesting that some US/UK Based producer put this track together. However this is not the type of song you would hear in a club but its definitely going to get massive radio play and rotation.

All we need now is one more HIT Bamboo! and then we can take over the world 🙂

ps. That guy singing the hook? sick! Good job on this collabo by the way Jay and Jay Soul… pss. Big shouts also to Attitude, Mercy and the whole ATL crew thank you for your love and support to the GetMziki team whenever we are in town…

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Full Kipupwe – Wakamba Wawili feat Abbas

Full Kipupwe actually means cool season, or super baridi with high winds,

its not one of those words that you’d normally hear through conversations, unless you are in Tanzania or somewhere in Mombasa.

Labala and Angano make up Wakamba Wawili (which ideally is still part of Ukoo Fulani Mau Mau) but together they have been putting out hits on the underground scene. This song may not be your average Kenyan Local song (they hate calling their music Genge) so for now we will call it Kenyan hiphop because ultimately they consider themselves conscious rappers. Putting dobiez (aka Abbas Kubaff) on this track just added the right mix – his opening verse killed it.

“Rusha mikono juu, ngoja mi nikueleze, funga mdomo wacha mi ni malize…” (futuristic rhymes) Wakamba wawili watch out for more music from this duo…

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