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After scoring zero in this year’s Groove Awards, controversial gospel singer Willy Paul stormed out of the Saturday night ceremony at the Safaricom Stadium Kasarani gymnasium in a fury.

“Where is my car and my girlfriend?” paparazzi who tried to get a comment from him on his lack poor score could hear him asking a friend on the phone. According to them, he looked perturbed and rather dejected. The many friends who usually hang around him were nowhere to be seen.

In a year when the big story from the gospel front has been the beef between two past Male Artiste of the Year winners – Willy Paul (2013) and Bahati (2014) – it looks like the latter is having the last laugh. He was the king of the night and congratulatory messages have been streaming in thick and fast. He has many new friends. The ‘Barua’ singer upset his arch-rival by scooping all four categories he had been nominated in, including the coveted Song of the Year and Male Artiste of the Year, as Willy Paul went home empty-handed.

It was a humiliating defeat for the ‘Sitolia’ star whom Bahati has been crying about, claiming Paul has been ‘stealing’ his songs. “I thank God for all this. Glory be to His name. As I said before, I sing to glorify God and I want nothing to do with our (his and Willy Paul’s) stories. I treat him as a brother,” Bahati told MondayBlues yesterday

Phylis ngetich

Currently the youngest superstar millionaire in Kenya, it was simply a matter of time before Phyllis Ngetich a.k.a Phy’s musical career would sky rocket to great heights. Starting off in Phy and the band, she worked smart and made the right moves but as she told SDE, it wasn’t a walk in the park.

Born and raised in Nairobi, Phyllis was the first born for a longtime before her younger brother came into the picture while she was in Form 3. Her passion for music became more evident to her while at Moi Girls Eldoret. Soon after high school, she joined the Kenya Conservatoire and Sauti Academy where she nurtured her musical prowess and learnt how to play different musical instruments.

This, she admits, came in handy at the Maisha superstars’ competition as it flaunted her range of skill sets. Her brain got her a slot at the University of Nairobi for a degree in Real Estate where she stayed active in church activities at the All saints Cathedral. On one of the poetry nights when she was slotted to perform, she quickly formed “Phy and the band” whose performance was so impressive, they started getting gig referrals since then.

It was while pursuing her degree and still in the band that she got the chance to be part of the Airtel Trace stars Music competition where she became first Kenyan runner up, then joined Maisha Magic Superstar a few days later. Weeks after meeting the finest East African stars and working under their mentorship, Phy won the coveted price of 1.2 million, a music recording contract, and got to put her music on waabeh.com for her fans.

With her determination and resilience, it is no wonder Phylis won the Maisha Superstar grand prize which ushered yet another high in her career.

Via SDE

Groove Awards 10th edition

10th edition of Groove Awards has been postponed to 6th June 2015. According to a press release dated 31st May, the anticipated event has been postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.

“We would like to apologize to all Kenyans and the gospel industry at large for the inconvenience caused by this unavoidable event. My team and I are working hard to ensure that the event takes place next week,” said Kevin Mulei, Founder of Groove Awards.

Groove Award Press Release
The voting will be extended till 5th May 2015. The event will award artistes in 33 different categories, honouring gospel musicians, DJs, producers, radio and television gospel shows.

nnnWycliffe Kamande aka Biscuit is a 2012 Kisima awards nominee for most promising artist award category which he lost to Octopizzo.

He has been off and on the Music industry but he now confirms to us that he is back into recording, most recently he performed at the Coast Music awards in Mombasa.

He is currently recording at Ogopa Deejays with his most anticipated One in Million video scheduled for release next month.

Watch his latest Video:

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top-africa

Music is one of the top earning careers in the world. However, not everyone can make it in the music industry. For you to make it, you have to have the passion and know your audience and your way around the entertainment industry as well. That’s how the majority of the successful musicians have managed to create a name for themselves in the world. With that said, do you know who the top 10 richest musicians in Africa ? The list of the top 10 African musicians according to Answers Africa may surprise you. Check it out below…

10.Jose Chameleon – Uganda

09. Banky W – Nigeria

08.Hugh Masekela – South Africa

07.2 Face Idibia – Nigeria

06.Fally Ipupa DRC

05.Salif Keita – Mali

04.Koffi Olomide – DRC

03.D’banj – Nigerian

02. P-Square- Nigeria

And the richest African musician is…

YOUSSOU-N'DOUR

01.Youssou N’Dour – Senegal.

He is a Singer, Songwriter, Composer, percussionist, occasional actor, business and politician. He also owns the biggest media house in Senegal with radio and TV stations and he also has a lot of investments in Real Estate.

As was to be expected, Nigerian artists take up most of the top slots, followed by the DRC .

Sourced from lifestyle magazine

A meticulous ensemble from AfroStreet Kollektions

A meticulous ensemble from AfroStreet Kollektions

The La Griglia Restaurant recently played host to Casino Malindi Fashion Show 2015. Beautiful models rocked the catwalk sporting stunning local and international designs from top designers based in Nairobi and Malindi.

Fourteen home-grown fashion designers including AfroStreet Kollektions(Yvonne Odhiambo), Simbaress Fashion (Diana Nekoye), Vaishali Morjaria, Mia Mara Creations (Lorna Abwonji), Wazawazi (Chebet Mutai), Afrostreet by Melanie, Sang Sang Fashions, House of Walove, Lisa Christoffersen, Rialto Fashions all acknowledged the importance of the event to celebrate femininity. Other design brands featured at the event included Get Hooked, Chefammel, Lukagwa Jewellers and Oceano Pearls.

AfroStreet Kollektions bring out the African culture with a Western touch

AfroStreet Kollektions bring out the African culture with a Western touch

“This event is primarily a showcase for both Kenyan and international designers creating couture and accessories, all with some relic of Africa. It is an occasion to review how far women have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development. It is also an opportunity to unite, network and mobilize for meaningful change,” said Daniela Cellini, event organizer and proprietor. Vaishali Morjaria stole the show with her collection dubbed “Angels in Daughters” showcasing an all-female collection of dresses. Her fabric of choice included net, silk, lace and chiffon integrating pink, purple and white colours with hand-embroidered patterns.

Coinciding with the International Women’s Day, the event aimed at celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of all women in the past, present and future.

House of Walove showcase distinctive pieces that are a fusion of contemporary and historical trends

House of Walove showcase distinctive pieces that are a fusion of contemporary and historical trends

In addition to being a unique opportunity for talented fashion designers, the event attracted the participation of today’s most stunning Kenyan runway models by Mochez Modelstunacheza, managed by Dorothy Oliech.

“This is a positive event for Malindi, creating opportunities for stylists, models and others in the fashion industry to mingle and network. The event has responded to its real purpose in linking the cultural event to the celebration of the woman. I think that today, all human beings should recognise the woman, so the ones who had the idea of choosing a day to celebrate the woman were not wrong,’’ said Eve Chege, a fashion show guest and blogger.

Casino Malindi Fashion Show is a signature event in the Coast that is committed to setting the standard in fashion, bringing together the most influential designers paired with elite Kenyan models on one runway.

AfroStreet Kollektions maintain the African heritage evidenced in their fabric and prints of choice

AfroStreet Kollektions maintain the African heritage evidenced in their fabric and prints of choice