Hey guys, so as you guys may have noticed I’ve written extensively about #NuNairobi( the artistic revolution currently occurring in my city)- on this blog and on other publications as well. Well a few months ago I was approached with the idea to curate an event based on the #NuNairobi scene as it blows up and continues to manifest itself to the world . I was really skeptical because let’s be honest, I’m a lot of things but I wasn’t an event organizer; but after a period of thought I decided to give it a go! Anything that can help in the growth of the culture and scene seems not only worthwhile but necessary at this point in time.
When Just a Band announced their 2 year hiatus earlier this year, a lot of fans were reasonably devastated. Blinky Bill promised a debut solo album titled ” “Everyone’s Just Winging It & Other Fly Tales” by the end of the year but a day after his birthday on August 26th he surprised us with a free E.P which was uploaded to Soundcloud and Bandcamp.
In the past year alone, the underground music scene in Nairobi has been bursting with so much talent and ingenuity. It has many hidden gems who you may not necessarily hear on the radio or see on television. You just need to know where to look.
PyroNairo might be a hashtag you’ve seen one someone’s Facebook presumptuously as they post a link to a song, but do you really know what it means? The term “Pyro” itself means something related to fire. I know it sounds corny but when you listen to music being put out you can be assured that it’s nothing less than flames.
Tetu Shani just released a new song and I’m excited as hell! When he first told me he was working on new stuff with Jinku, a producer associated more with electronic music, I was a bit surprised but also eager to hear how they would blend their sounds together. “Chemistry” is the result of this collaboration and it features the beautiful songstress, Mayonde, who lends her soulful vocals to the track. The sweet, steady-building love song is calming with it’s romantic guitar notes and soul-baring lyrics. Continue reading
Recently I was able to have a chat with the remarkably talented Tetu Shani. His latest release “Jacaranda Tree” has a beautiful rhythm which just makes you nod your head as you listen to it. The experienced guitarist lends his mastery of the instrument to the song really making it his own. To say the least ,this song is quite relaxing and the expressiveness in his half-sung half-spoken lyrics definitely makes you wanna listen to it more than once!