Art that sparks debate: Ezekiel Mutua V/S Sauti Sol

Once again, Sauti Sol are trending on Twitter.  This time, not for their unconventional way of dressing (which I have absolutely have no problem with; they’re artists for crying out loud!) and certainly not for an unnecessary back and forth with a fellow artist. Thank goodness! …..Their melanin video that features Patoranking did not sit well with Ezekiel Mutua, effecting a ban on it. (Well, not entirely. Between 5 AM and 10 PM)

If you’re Kenyan, you probably rolled your eyes so hard reading this, you saw the back of your head. Or maybe not, and you actually agree with Ezekiel Mutua?…..(*shrug). For the rest of my audience that probably does not not know who Ezekiel Mutua is, he is the CEO of the Kenya Film Classification Board. This would be the second time that Mutua would be  imposing a ban on a Sauti Sol video, with the first being the band’s Nishike.

Mutua can do whatever he wants to do, considering it’s part of his job (and a bit more extra that he chooses to do). My issue is that this ban seems biased, considering there’s so much more content (especially foreign) on local media that could do with a ban, but which Mutua apparently seems to be blind to. You’re either blind to everything that you think is inappropriate, or choose to ban it all. There is no in between. And while artists play a huge role in influencing young people, it’s a parent or guardian’s primary responsibility to mold their own child’s character.

Also, what’s art if it can’t spark such debate? Yes,  I might feel embarrassed watching the video with my 10 year old niece. But if someone else watching will have an eye opening moment when they watch the video and actually fall in love with themselves and realize that they are beautiful just as they are, why not?

What’s your take? Was the ban called-for or is Mutua being plain biased?




Erykah Badu’s Felabration

Fela Kuti
Fela Kuti (Picture source: Web)

Erykah Badu is the latest addition to the list of iconic personalities from  around the world “felabrating”, having compiled the fourth installment in a series of Fela Kuti boxes. If you have absolutely no clue as to what the hell I am talking about, “Felabration” is an annual music festival that celebrates the LEGENDARY Fela Kuti; a pioneer of the Afrobeat genre of music and human rights activist.  It’s a one week long affair that runs during what would have been the music icon’s birthday week.

Besides performances from top Nigerian and internationally acclaimed artists, the festival is marked by street parades, symposia on social and topical issues, debates, photo exhibitions and even selected artists creating playlists or putting together their favorite albums of the Afrobeat pioneer.

Assuming that’s clear enough, Erykah Badu’s box set of Fela Kuti includes seven of his albums: Yellow Fever (1976), No agreement (1977), J.J.D (Johnny Just Drop) (1977), Coffin for Head of State (1980), Army Arrangement (1984) and Underground’s 1992 System.

Badu has described Fela as a “f***ing genuis” and urged music lovers to listen to her track selection with “a nice blunt…a nice slow burn”….

Fela Kuti Box Set #4 will be available in a limited 3,000 copy run from December 15 via Knitting Factory Record. The best part: it comes with a booklet containing 7 personal essays on Kuti written by Badu and previously unseen photos of him.Plus, an in-depth commentary by veteran music journalist and Afrobeat historian, Chris May. Others that have done the Kuti box set include Questlove, Ginger Baker and Brian Eno.


African party songs that you should be listening to.

Thank God it’s Friday. It’s been such a long week and so you need just the right kind of music to unwind, get into a party mood before dancing your way into a new week with it’s own share of responsibilities to be fulfilled.

Here’s a list of some of the songs you should be having on your playlist for that perfect enjoyable weekend.













Is there any other song that you think I should add to the list?

Let me know on the comments section below.

Do have yourself a fantastic weekend.

New Music Video Alert: Kaa Kijanja- Feza Kessy Ft. Nikki Wa Pili


Produced by Luffa, here is Feza Kessy‘s brand new video titled Kaa Kijanja featuring Nikki Wa Pili of Weusi.  Kaa Kijanja is Tanzanian Slang for “being alert or aware” (This is the simplest way I could translate it. If you can do a better translation, please leave me a comment below). Be alert or aware of who you are, what you want and doing whatever it takes to get that which you want. Simple understandable lyrics and yet a crucial call to invest all you need to (incuding time, commitment and effort) in order to succeed. The video is directed by Nicklass, who by the way did such an amazing job, don’t you think?

Do check it out and let me know what you think.



Top African artists’ songs banned in Nigeria; Protection or Curiosity Arousal?

Nigerian artists Olamide, Davido and 9ice have had five of their songs collectively banned from the country’s airwaves, over what has been described as offensive content. These are: Olamide’s “Wo” and “Wavy level“, Davido’s “Fall” and “If- Remix” as well as 9ice’s “Living Things“.

Two words: Double Standards. Here’s why; we ban our local artist’s content and yet allow foreign artists with similar or even worse content on our local media. (Neocolonialism at it’s best). The justification you may ask? Blurred out and/or censored equally “inappropriate” foreign content. Let me give you the perfect example;  the ban on the video to Nishike by Kenya‘s Sauti Sol, which is more or less like Trey Songz’ “Nana” video that got more than enough circulation on local  Kenyan media.

Here’s something that I think we can all agree on.  Banning certain content from the media only ignites more curiosity to an audience that may probably never have known about the existence of such content. (No thanks to the internet!)

We live in a world where it’s almost impossible to be shielded from exposure to anything and everything. How about more focus on having the right moral values that will help us make the right judgement on what to take up and what to leave?

As for our artists, do not shy away from expressing yourself with your art (as you should) …but, remember to maintain a balance and use your platform for positivism.

Picture source: Web

Music Review; Shuga- Mimi Mars

Marianne Mdee popularly referred to as Mimi Mars is a TV presenter at  Tanzania’s TV1 and an MC. This is besides running a web- series titled A Day with Mimi, that gives exclusive access to her life, career and the person that she is. Mimi who is also Vanessa Mdee‘s younger sister is currently signed to the latter’s label, Mdee Music.

“Shuga” which is Mimi’s debut song  is a soulful RNB track produced by HighTable sounds, which is Tanzanian singer Barnaba’s . The audio that is 2 minutes and 58 seconds captures the high that is of being in love without exhausting us with unnecessary details, (considering how love as a topic in music can easily be cliche).

 The beats start of on a mellow note, but picks up as we head to the hook to a faster  danceable tempo, which basically explains how we get into love. It’s all mellow as we start out; we are still getting to know the other person and are uncertain about what to expect, only for it to pick up once we are comfortable with each other. Mimi’s vocals are soulful and richly harmonized, with a convincing tone that would have anyone that cares to listen want to experience the kind of love she is singing about. You can tell that she was aiming for a hit song, with the simple and easily memorable lyrics.

The video was shot in Dar es SalaamTanzania by Hascana who is a leading video director in Tanzania. An outdoor setting by the beach side with the right use of color which besides making the video a pleasant watch compliments the message of love. Mimi’s day make up for the video is subtle, balancing the expressive blonde bob, before transiting to the bold glittered lip with long purple hair that works well with night party life setting. Her different outfits and accessories used for the entire video are chic, expressing her dynamic style and individuality. She certainly has got that star look that would have people interested in her even when she is not releasing music, which is a winning star’s quality.

I personally like the story at the beginning of the song’s video that shows how Mimi and her love interest are concerned and take care of each other, which compliments the song’s message. I would have however preferred to have the personalized story line between her and her love interest progress through the entire video. Probably her noticing her love interest at a corner by himself after a long  day of preparing food for entire party, walking up to him and offering him a massage and food, (I am no music director though). Way better than the party set up that has all these other people unnecessarily whining. (My thoughts though and as I said, I am no music director).

However, as I watched this video,  I could not help but think of Vanessa Mdee’s Closer ( well, not the entire video but conceptually speaking, Mimi has her friends hanging out at night by the beach after which her and her love interest separate themselves for some alone time…see what I mean?).

That said, I absolutely think this is a winning song, both the audio and video. The message is  relate able especially if you are or have been in love, you understand what it’s like to care about someone and for them to reciprocate it and the happiness that comes with it all- real Shuga. Plus, it’s a great way to make a debut into the music industry and I will be expecting so much more from Mimi after this high note that she has started on.

I have to say though that the unfair truth is that people are going to be comparing Mimi to her to sister Vanessa Mdee, considering just how much the latter has done in the music industry for the short span that she has been around. Also, because Vanessa is her mentor. Though I also think that Mimi has what it takes to make a name for herself without having to hang onto her sister’s shadow.

What do you think about this particular song?

Drop me a comment below.

Also, if there is any other song you would like me to review, you have my contacts.



Update your playlist; Latest African Music Videos 2017


It’s been a while since I shared the latest African music videos so now that we are almost done with February this would be a perfect time to  have you update your playlist as we start off a new month. (I know! I know! One more day to March but because I can…why not?)These ones are the ones that I am currently obsessing on (videos to be precise…some of these audios I am still not so sure about). Be sure to check them out and then let me know what you think about them.

Yemi Alade, Mi Casa- Get Through This


When two power houses such as Yemi and Mi Casa come together you know it’s explosive, which is exactly what this jam is, just in a mellow way and I am perfectly OK with that.

Mimi Mars- Shuga

I will be doing an entire review of this particular song and video so for now, I won’t say much but watch out for that to know what exactly I think about this song.

Rosa Ree- Up in the air

I unfortunately decided to watch this video as soon as it dropped on my phone next to my 10 year old niece and now I just wish I was more patient in life especially because the video is already titled “Explicit”. That said, Tanzania is one of those countries in Africa that has such heavy weight Hip Hop artists that in my opinion are unshakeable but I can tell you for sure that they need to watch out for this girl.(You can quote me)

P.S: Am I the only one who thinks that Rosa Ree is such a soft name for such a hard core   type of artist?

Eddy Kenzo- Jubilation

I love the fact that I could be in the worst of moods but listen to an Eddy Kenzo song and then find myself smiling right after. Also, if you are a Ugandan artist or if you know any, thank this guy for paving the way for you.

Eugy- don Corleone


I could listen to Eugy all the day long- always fresh and his voice!….Good Lawd! *sighs*  Plus how good does this video look?…

Maleek Berry- 4 Me


There’s something about music producers turned artists that gives them an edge over every other artist out there. Probably because they have an understanding of the different dynamics of music and if you still don’t get I mean, Maleek Berry, Tekno Miles and Nahreel are just a few perfect examples of what I’m talking about.

GNAKO Ft Jux- Go Low


Each day, I fall in love more with Luffa ‘s work.This isn’t your average Bongo kind of song and I like an unpredictable tune that keeps things fresh and interesting.



3 African artists to watch out for in 2017

Happy New Year!

I know! I know! 18 days late but have you heard of Holiday Blues?…as real as hell people. Anyway, I am back now, more energized than ever and ready to get this wheel rolling.

So how about we talk about the 3 artists that you should look out for in the year 2017?

3. Sheebah Karungi

Sheebah (Image courtesy of
Sheebah Karungi (Image courtesy of

If there’s an artist I know that invested in having as much content out there as possible in 2016, it had to be Sheebah. I might not have liked everything she put out, but it was clear that she had one goal; to ensure that her audience doesn’t forget about her. And now having conquered Uganda, I am hoping that this would be the year where Sheebah starts broadening her horizons because the rest of Africa is certainly ready for her.

2. Patty Monroe

Patty Monroe (Image courtesy of

Patty Monroe has redefined Hip Hop Music, reminding us of the importance of personalized style that has now become almost rare, in Africa’s Music Scene. For this particular reason, you should watch out for her this year as she builds a timeless brand that will keep you interested for the long haul.

1. Nyashinski

Nyashinski (Image courtesy of

You only leave the music scene for about eight years and comeback with an unimaginable bang  if you are Nyash. And just like wine, as he ages (musically speaking), he only gets better. There is noted growth in his sound, song writing skills and creativity and if he keeps it up, he might just overthrow the reigning kings (or has he done that already)?

Which other artists do you think we should look out for in 2017?