This week we are focusing on some classic rock songs. I don’t know much about rock so I enlisted the help of Mwende Ngao. Enjoy and do have a lovely weekend.
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
This week, we feature a collection of 90s R&B songs I really loved. Enjoy and have a lovely weekend.
Aaliyah – Are You That Somebody
Mo Sound Entertainment in partnership with Safaricom, held a red carpet event at the Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum to announce the nominees for the 8th Annual Groove Awards. Since the Awards began in 2004, over 600 artists have been honored.
Speaking at the ceremony, David Kuria chairman of the Groove Awards Nomination Panel announced that they had come up with The Groove Nomination Academy to decide on who gets nominated from submissions handed in. The academy is made up of 70 strong personalities in the music industry. DJS, presenters, artists, writers, editors, and producers make up part of the Academy. Their work is to go through each submission and decide who among them deserves to be nominated for the award.
Musician Kagwe Mungai has released a cover of Ice Prince’s hit single ‘Oleku’. The cover is a slowed down version of the original, which gives it a soulfoul feel. He infused his own lyrics into the cover while only retaining the hook. By doing so, he made the song his own and also made the cover stand out.
My first neo soul experience was in 1995 with Groove Theory’s “tell me”. My love affair with that genre is still strong after all these years.
Today, I’ve decided to share some of the songs in that genre that I like, both old and new. Enjoy.
D’Angelo – Cruisin’
The second edition of Samsung Ziki Stars, a Galaxy Music sponsored talent search competition, has finally come to an end and the winner announced at an event at Skyluxx last Saturday. Daniel Chikwaza, a second year communication student at Daystar University emerged the winner. He won a fully sponsored single and one video courtesy of Samsung Electronics East Africa. Daniel will immediately head to the studio to work on his first single and video under the mentorship of Kevin Wyre who is the Samsung’s Brand Ambassador.
This week saw the inauguration of the Uhuru Kenyatta, the first president to be elected in Kenya under the new constitution. He also happens to be the youngest president Kenya has ever had.
Suffice it to say, I’m feeling a bit patriotic and I thought a Kenya leaning playlist would be appropriate. Enjoy.
Roger Whittaker – My Land Is Kenya
April is Jazz Appreciation month and I asked Jazz aficionado and Dj, David Njuki, to help me out with this week’s playlist.
He had this to say about the playlist:
“The selected playlist barely scratches the surface of what jazz is. A question that most people tend to ask and is a bit hard to answer.
I have selected some of the most famous “traditional” (sometimes referred to as classic jazz) jazz. All the songs on the playlist have been done over and over again by countless number of artists and4, they have somehow set a benchmark for this kind of music. The musicians in the playlist are huge names in the Jazz world and that’s why I decided to start there. I hope that this serves as a good start.”
Billie Holiday – Fine and Mellow
I caught up with Dan and asked him a few questions about the new jam.
Hapa: What was the inspiration behind the song?
Dan: The story behind the song is in many ways my own story but nonetheless a story that many people identify with. If for example you think about the politics of the last few months and the tribal tensions that built up and are still hanging in the air, imagine how hard it has been for mixed relationships. I mean just think of mixed religion marriages and relationships, I can only imagine how complicated the wider society has made it for these guys. I thought I would say something about our broken politics in a light and simple way. What better the to wrap it all up in than a love story?
This weekend’s mix has come a bit late. But better late than never. Right? . I’ve decided to take the mellow-Kenyan music route. Enjoy.
Manjeru – Lalalala