New Music Video Alert: Diamond Platnumz ft. Omarion- African Beauty

So they’re two versions to this song’s video; a clean and an explicit. I am yet to see a difference between the two. But then again Wasafi TV will be airing content pretty soon so Diamond can have the video playing on it, just in case it’s banned from other local Tanzanian channels.

Don’t get it twisted though, I absolutely love this song; both the audio and the video. I have to admit that I prefer Diamond singing in Swahili, but this is one flawless jam. The lyrics are catchy, the beats out of this world (despite the fact that I think that they sound more like those of Omarion‘s Distance) and speaking of Omarion, he didn’t come to play. Do I even need to talk about the video quality?

This is indeed part of that African beauty that I’m proud to be associated with!

What do you think about the song?

Let me know on the comments section below.


Dogo Janja’s latest music video: Creative or plain cringy?


I know! I know! It’s been quite a while since I posted and much as I would like to use the lame old “I was busy” excuse, I won’t. I should be committed and disciplined enough to write regularly.

That aside, a lot has happened in Africa’s the music scene since I last posted including;  Di’ja giving birth to her second child (can you believe it?), Willy Paul revealed that he had upcoming collaborations with Vanessa Mdee, Harmonize, Ben Pol  and even Morgan Heritage and A.Y married the love of his life.

But that’s not why I’m writing today. Tanzania’s Dogo Janja recently dropped his latest music video, Wayu Wayu and boy has it been stirring some serious controversy!


On the video, Dogo plays several roles, which isn’t an issue or anything new, except for the part where he is also his own video vixen. Now this did not sit well with some of his fans, considering he has a wig on,  his face beat for the gods and is dressed as a woman. In an interview, Dogo attributed the video concept to expressing his creative freedom. And you would think that after that explanation people would leave him alone and just enjoy the song, right?….Yeah…not happening. (At least not any time soon)

Think about it though, besides being creative, this could actually be one of the smartest  moves Dogo has made as an artist. The video has been trending in Tanzania since it’s release and everyone is talking about it. Granted, it’s not all positive talk,  but it has created interest and attracted views from people that might have otherwise never known about it’s existence.

One of the most important factors that contribute to success in the creative industry is being different. That’s the only way you get to stand out. It doesn’t matter how talented you are. You have to offer something that no one else in the industry is offering.

I don’t know about you but I’m not mad at Dogo for taking such a huge risk. (Though I don’t know how I would feel about it if i was his wife, but she did his make up herself so who am I to talk…?) We actually need more creatives and especially music artists that will push the boundaries. At the end of the day, it’s not really art if it can’t spark conversations like this.

Let me know on the comments section what you think about the video. Is it creative or plain cringy?

Did Mowzey Radio’s death mark the death of Weasel’s music career?

Radio and Weasel
Goodlyfe Crew- The Late Radio (Left), Weasel (Right) Image source: Web


I’m still on that Radiology vibe and I’d like to talk about something that I think many of us have had in mind the minute we learnt about Mowzey Radio’s death. Was he buried along with his Goodlyfe crew partner Weasel’s career? The two have been together for over a decade and while Radio over the recent past before his death was doing a lot of solo projects that music lovers including myself appreciated, there was always a special kind of magic that we experienced when the two worked together. Radio reeled us in through his powerful vocals, while Weasel brought in that dynamic Ragga- Dancehall feel that added umpf to their music.

I have to be honest and admit that I am one of those that thought Weasel’s career had hit a dead end now that Radio is no more. But I have had a change of mind since then. I have been listening to a lot of  Goodlyfe music this past couple of days and realized that I loved their songs not because Radio was on them, but because it was both Radio and Weasel. They were the phenomenal and timeless hits that we knew them for because the duo combined efforts and each brought something unique to the table.

So if you ask me if Weasel has a career ahead of him without Radio, that would be a YES. However,  it will need a lot of re-strategy. Music lovers and particularly Goodlyfe fans have been used to a certain sound for such a long time, with Radio’s voice in it. And while we love Weasel, his is a style that is very niche and one that on his own may lack commercial appeal. Two options; Weasel tones down on the rapping while incorporating more singing into his style (I’m not for this option because it’s more of selling out). The second option, (which is my preferred one) would be to team up with other vocalists (it doesn’t have to be one) for the sake of being able to appeal to the larger masses, as the Goodlyfe Crew did.

Uganda has some of the most talented vocalists that I know from Africa, who would gel well with Weasel’s style including Allan Toniks, Aziz Azion, Michael Ross, and Rabadaba.

It might be hard for people at first to accept the change (whichever strategy he opts for), they might be skeptical about it, especially if Weasel decides to partner with other vocalists. Some may interpret it to mean that Weasel cannot stand on his own as an artist but hard as it may be initially, people will eventually get used to it.

Although Weasel did reveal that he and Radio had songs that could last upto five years from now so hang in there my fellow Mowzey fans. We will still be getting a lot of that “fresh unheard Radio sound”. The Radio might be off but the music keeps playing.

That said, I do wish Weasel nothing but the very best on his new journey. I pray God give him the strength that he needs and that we as Goodlyfe fans continue to support him and shower him with love and encouragement.


5 Lessons to learn from the life and death of the late Mowzey Radio.

  1. Every opportunity is a blessing- no matter how big or small it may seem. 


Through a TV interview, Radio revealed that he was  a barber when he met Chagga, who was by then working for Jose Chameleon.(He however did switch to manage the Goodlyfe crew until mid last year) ..Chagga would occasionally pass by the shop where Radio worked and the latter would sing for him. Note that Chagga would get his hair cut at a different barber shop other than the one that Mowzey worked at. (And yet still God found a way of making their paths cross!)

Chagga advised Radio to switch from his then English- the likes of R.Kelly inspired style of music,  if at all he wanted to appeal to the local Ugandan audience. With that in mind, Radio took a day and a half to pen down a Luganda song which would be his first, “Jeniffer“. Later on when he saw Chagga,  he sang the song  for him, impressing him and Chagga going ahead to introduce Radio to Chameleon. Upon hearing Radio’s voice, Chameleon told him  to come ready for work the next day, to which he was appointed as Chameleon’s back up singer and driver.  The rest as they say is history.

The older we get, the harder it gets to chase our dreams. Sometimes life happens and we roll with it while shelving those dreams. You might not be where you thought you would be at this time in your life but hang in there, keep working towards your dreams and never give up any opportunity that you get. It might just be a step closer to your dream or even have you meet someone that will take you a step closer to that dream, like Chagga did for Radio.

2. Do the best you can with whatever you can, as long as you can

I know a couple of people that have the most basic of resources that they need to build on their dreams but yet choose to sit back as they wait for the “right time” and perfect conditions to start. News flash- that time is just never going to come and life will never give you the perfect conditions you need to start.

You’ve probably heard that life is too short and if you think it’s cliche then have a look at Radio’s tragic end and tell me if tomorrow’s guaranteed. All you have is today. Make use of it. For someone who died at 35 (unfortunately hitting that 35 mark on his death bed), he sure did achieve more than what the middle aged ordinary person does. It could be that he knew that he did not have much time on his side and made maximum use of whatever time he had breathing  as we have heard, but his legacy at 35 (with over 250 released and 400 written songs) is one that I truly respect and admire.

3. Confidence is everything

If you followed Radio’s career and have watched a couple of his interviews, three things were consistent in all of them. Confidence, charm and a lot of deep knowledge. Sometimes, the confidence came out too strong that it would actually be translated into him being cocky. Truth is, I believed in Mowzey and his talent more because he made me believe in it. He made sentiments that had me convinced to think about him the way he thought about himself and sometimes, even more. Borrow this trait and you will have people thinking you’re the best thing that ever happened to mankind.

4. Part of your legacy is how much you let others share in your gift.

I’m not sure I know an artist from Africa that has helped  and collaborated efforts with fellow artists like Mowzey (and Weasel) did. From the new entrants, to the upcoming, to the well established ones, Radio clearly knew that his gift was meant to be shared, impact others and grow the industry as a whole.

You’d think that for an artist with such a rare and incredible voice that instantly captured an audience’s attention, he would want to work alone and have all the spotlight shine on him. But that wasn’t the case. He knew he’s worth and let others with valuable input to the craft come in and work together for the creation of magic. From Spice Diana, Leila Kayondo, B2C, Ziza Bafana, Allan Toniks to the very well known PJ Powers, Wizkid and Snoop Lion. Is there an artist that Radio hadn’t worked with?

Sometimes we feel like we’re too good to collaborate with others or  or we just don’t want to share in the limelight but yooh! talent is meant to be shared and to bless others, something that Radio clearly understood far too well.

5. Discipline is just as important as talent.

Some of you will hate me for this and think of it as disrespectful to Radio’s legacy but I’m going to speak my truth anyway. Radio was said to be a hot tempered guy that couldn’t hold his liquor and publicly engaged in violence more than once. From throwing a DJ’s laptop into a pool after failing to play Goodlyfe’s tribute song for Ivan Ssemwanga at his vigil, to fighting a traffic cop who arrested him for drunk driving  , to beating up a university student, violence became something that was synonymous with Mowzey.

He was human just like everyone else but Radio’s death was such a senseless kind of death that I  still cannot come to terms with. How can a person that was alive just 2 weeks ago be reported to have engaged in a bar fight, gotten into a comma and then died? How do you make sense of that? The most unfortunate part, he’s not the only one. There are more top Ugandan artists that have been reported to be violent. Heck! Jose Chameleon was fighting at Radio’s vigil.

Forget everything else, if there’s anything at that I would hope would come out of all this is that artists (not just from Uganda) will take away from Radio’s death that discipline and self control are just as important as talent. I hope that they will learn to walk away from situations and people that may provoke them into  a mess that they have nothing to do with. You don’t have to react to everything. Don’t let a pig drag you into a fight in the mud because while you get dirty, the pig will be enjoying itself. And I say this with all due respect to Radio’s memory hoping that we will not have to loose any other talent or even ordinary person in such a a senseless way. That is my prayer.

What other lessons do you think that we can learn from Radio’s life and death?

Drop me a comment below.


When it’s time to walk away from that prestigious Sony Music Africa record deal

Happy new week my loved ones!

Unfortunately for me, I’m just not over Radio’s demise. How can the death of someone that you barely even know be so damn painful??…I’m upset, disappointed and broken at the thought of never getting to fully explore that “Radiology potential”. He might have left us with more than enough phenomenal music but it’s just never going to be the same. Mowzey did say that we failed to appreciate the living legends and instead showed love when one was no more. He was right. We did not give him enough credit for his contribution to the music industry and it’s a damn shame. (I’m sorry but this is the only place I get to let out the emotions that I have to deal with following Radio’s death. So please bare with me for the next couple of days, will you?)


Nigerian Rapper YCEE


ION, Nigerian rapper YCEE‘s music label Tinny Entertainment has terminated the artists’s distribution deal with Sony Music Africa .

tinny entertainment

Well, we saw this coming. YCEE was clearly dissatisfied with Sony Music’s Michael Ugwu’s performance as an executive, 10 months into the deal, accusing Ugwu and his team of ripping him off.

I have said this before and I’mma say it again. Think twice and weigh your options before agreeing to a music record deal. I don’t care about it’s potential to take your music career to a whole new level or how badly you think you need it as an artist.  It’s not a life and death kind of situation. It might seem so at first but nothing will take you further than your talent and determination to win. Not even the best music record deal that one could score. Stay woke in these streets people!

Farewell Mowzey Radio!

Mowzey Radio
Mowzey Radio of the Goodlyfe Crew

My heart is shattered into a million pieces! Just about 2 months ago, I was doing my own celebration of 10 years of Radio and Weasel. I was beyond excited to see what more they had to offer the music industry after a decade of nothing but incredible music. And now I have to write about Radio’s sudden demise. Life is funny, huh?


I have loved Radio and Weasel since I first heard their song Zuena back in 2008. I’m not even sure how to properly eulogize a legend such as Mowzey. I cannot begin to tell you how much of an influence he has had in my love for urban African music.

Radio was among the very few artists from Africa that I thought were worth listening to back in the early 2000s. He (alongside Weasel) had me learn to appreciate what the continent had to offer in terms of music, at a time when foreign music was the only availed option on mainstream media (and was shoved down our throats- if I’m being honest) .Because of them, I became more open and interested to explore our own music even from other artists from across Africa.

Mowzey had a voice like no other and so much soul in it that always had me blown away. Every time I listened to his music, I was ecstatic about it like it was the first time I had heard it.  I remember sampling Vanessa Mdee’s Scratch My Back from the Money Mondays Album (which features the Goodlyfe) crew and thinking, YES!! This is that untouched novel sound that had me fall in love with Radio and Weasel back in 2008.

When Radio was in hospital, Chameleon had promised to step in for him and perform in his place at all of Goodlyfe’s booked concerts until he was well. Who knows if Weasel and Chameleon will now team up to form a new crew?

PS: Interviewing the Goodlyfe crew was on my list of things to do before I die. I did not know Radio personally, but trust me when I say that I’m greatly pained by his death.

Such a great loss to the African Music Industry,

Rest in Power Legend!

New Music Video Alert: Di’ Ja Ft. Tiwa Savage- The Way You Are (Gbadun You)



Damn I love how clean this video is! And is it just me or do the beats to this song seem like a slowed down mellow version of Tiwa’s All Over? (which probably explains the  “Baby Fresh on the beat and is killing them all of course”  reference at the beginning of the song?) That aside, I love the smooth afro- beat vibes on it.  As usual, Tiwa Savage adds a sassy powerful touch to it, so I will have this on replay for the next couple of days.

What about you? What do you think about the song?


Vanessa Mdee; Money Mondays Album- My top 5 picks

Money Mondays Album Art

Vanessa Mdee dropped her long awaited “Money Mondays” Album and I finally got to listen to it all. Truth is, I was a bit hesitant at first, because I’m the type of person that will easily tire from listening to just one artist consecutively, no matter how good they are. I prefer a wider selection of music that features different artists and genres, depending on my mood, the time of the day and what’s currently going on in my life. So I knew I was going to listen to a song a day from the album, just to make sure that my mind didn’t wander off from boredom.  But as fate would have it, I got to listen to the album in it’s entirety in just one sitting (or rather commute). It was worth every minute spent listening.


18 tracks, (well, in real sense, 15), with an intro, 2 interludes, 2 bonus tracks and a special additional track that can be found exclusively on the new Vee Money App. (Though I did download the app and still can’t find the Konshens‘ collaboration- anyone else??) Irrespective of what you are into, whether it’s an up beat club or a mellow feel good song, you are guaranteed to have something that you will like on Money Mondays.

I am so glad that Vanessa had only 4 songs on the album that we had already listened to before, with the rest being exclusive and fresh music.  Who wants to stream (even for free) or download a music collection that they have heard already and probably moved on from? (I know I don’t!)

I was stoked beyond measure from track number 9 (Wet- which features GNako). Yes, the top 8 are good, but as soon as I got to 9, CHILD!!!!!I was in heaven.

Here is my list of top 5 tracks from Money Mondays that I will be listening to until my repeat button can’t function no more.

5. Floating on a wave

If you are as old as I am, then you definitely thank the heavens for RnB music,that is fast becoming rare in this day and age. Don’t get me wrong,  maybe it’s  just too evolved for me, but sometimes I have no idea what these youngins’ be singing about or it’s just too much for my liking. This song right here is a golden RnB track, with such raw emotions on it that qualifies it to my favorites’ list.

4. Scratch my back (ft. Radio and Weasel)

Ain’t nothing like the magical fusion of progressive Bongo music and Ugandan sounds on this particular jam. It’s different from what I am used to from Vanessa, but you can’t be mad at a creative whose work you could never predict. Plus, I am a sucker for a pleasurable listening experience, which is exactly what I got with this.

3. Wet (ft. GNako)

Vanessa Mdee and Nahreel are a match made in heaven. And I have never been more in love with GNako’s voice. They asked if they could make me sweat?? Well, it’s a yes considering all the dancing that I’m doing whenever I have this song on play. Absolute smash hit!!

2. Bambino (ft. Reekado Banks)

Am I the only one wondering what exactly Vanessa Mdee wants to  “sit down pon'”? I thought I enjoyed Move, but yooh! this afro-dancehall blend is on a whole other level.  Whitney Houston must be smiling from up above, because let’s be real, very few artists that sample songs as huge as “My love is your love” actually do justice to the originals.

1.The way you are

If you’re in a relationship and the person you’re with doesn’t make you feel like you can relate to this song because of how they treat you, then I hate to be the one to tell you this  but you’re in the wrong relationship. I love nothing more about this jam like the soul on Vanessa Mdee’s voice. A perfect work of art is all I can say.

Now go sample the album if you haven’t done that already and let me know whether you like it as much as I do, as well as  your favorite tracks on it.

Happy listening.


Lesson from Tanzanian artists for a thriving music industry.


If you read my blog, then you have probably figured out by now that I am a keen follower of Tanzania’s music industry. And even if you’re a first timer, now you know. Last weekend, one of Tanzania’s leading female acts Shilole was getting married. In attendance were some of the country’s A-list stars, but that’s not what caught my attention. People!!! Tanzanian artists’ support for each other is beyond me. You would think that the guests was trying to outdo each others’ gifts to the  newly weds.

While Vanessa Mdee was sponsoring the couple’s honeymoon, Jux promised to pay for one of Shilole’s kids’ fee and any other school related cost for a whole year. Jokate on the other hand offered to pay for a business course for the bride, (whenever she was ready to take it up) that would help her grow her newly launched chilli business.

You’re probably thinking that it couldn’t get any better than that, right? Well, it could. It actually did. Harmonize told Shishi (as she is popularly referred to) to go window shopping of  a car worth 9 Million Tanzanian shillings ( USD 4050), for which he would pay for, in an effort to help further her business.

And then came Diamond……. He noted that he might want to offer the bride a gift that she probably already had or one that she might not necessarily need, and therefore gave her the choice to select her own wedding gift. (I know!! You don’t do that unless you’re Platnumz) She’s a smart woman though because while she was being advised by the MC to ask for another car, after a while of thinking, she settled for asking Diamond to use his platform to help in promoting her chilli business. Being the boss that he is, it was a done deal right there and then as Diamond promised to cater to all marketing costs that would help promote the  business.  (For a minute I thought she would ask to be signed to WCB or even a collaboration with Diamond but I’m not mad at her for her choice).

I was thinking about this whole scenario and couldn’t help but wonder if Kenyan artists (and creatives in general) are doing enough to support each other. It’s been said that Kenyans are one of the most aggressive and competitive lot in the world, which leaves room for little to no support for one another. Nothing wrong with knowing what you want and going for it, but then again it is true that if you want to go faster, you should go by yourself. But if you want to go further, then go with others.

I’m not saying that creatives should be buying each other cars or paying for each others’ children’s fees or honeymoon. Support could be achieved without having to spend a dime. It could just be by using your huge platform to promote an upcoming artist’s song via social media, giving a referral or even just simple advise to a fellow artist on how to stay winning.

It could be a practice that is already on going but one that I just do not get to hear of  much, but I love doing rounds on Insta to just to find a Tanzanian artist doing a cover to a song by another artist or dancing along to a fellow artist’s song. Sometimes, I don’t even know about the existence of that particular song, but because it’s on my favorite artist’s feed, I get a chance to hear and then sample it. Not because you are featured on the song or because you stand from gaining from the song’s success, but because you understand the hustle that comes with putting out a song and respect those that actually put in the work.

I really hope that 2018 will be a year of difference for Kenya’s Music Industry. From DJs to media personalities to music promoters and event organizers. Let’s work together to build a richer industry.

New Music Video Alert: Yemi Alade- Go Down


Off her “Black Magic” Album (Delux Version), here is Yemi‘s latest video, Go Down. Shot and directed by Paul Gambit, this is a bit too mellow for me. Not that mellow is bad. Sometimes it’s exactly what you need to get you through an early morning, late night working or lazy Sunday afternoon.  I have to be honest though. It wasn’t one of those that I heard and instantly fell in love with. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad song but there’s something about Yemi Alade that has me looking forward to her releases every darn time. Audio or video. They’ll be some great beats to “Chacha” to, a mind blowing music video with a story that will have me hooked from the start to the end or some sick dance moves that I will try but miserably fail to emulate. It’s just what she does. And this…this wasn’t it.

It might take time to grow on me, a couple of more listens perhaps. (I will let you know when I have a change of heart about it). Or maybe I’m just not part of the audience that the song was aimed for, considering it’s part of a Delux album collection. But still unexpected, which is a trait that I highly appreciate on artists.

What do you think about it?

Let me know via the comments section below.