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The acoustic ISABELLA (Sixth single off Sauti Sol’s upcoming album “Live and Die in Afrika”) – is a bonafide ballad, and truly represents Sauti Sol’s soulful side and prowess in songwriting and execution.

The story line of the song flaunts a youthful love, which knows no age, race or religion. The lyrics are bound to resonate with young people: “Yolo! Yolo! You only live once so, and me I want to have some fun, vunja mifupa kama meno iko, up and away we go…Tonight we are young and high and in love.

Watch the Lyric Video here:


Anyone who has ever wondered what it would be like to go to a summer party with

Beyonce and Nicki Minaj need look no further than their new music video for duet Feeling Myself.

On Monday, the power divas released the footage, which is full of fun moments recorded while the 33-year-old singer and the 32-year-old rapper attended weekend one of the Coachella Music Festival in April.

Highlights from the “Feeling Myself” video: burgers, kiddie pools, squirt guns, Bey wilding out to Nicki’s best verse, the thing where you make your hair into a mustache, Nicki’s PERVERT jersey, Bey’s Chicago Bulls bikini, and more burgers

The Feeling Myself video was exclusively shared on the Jay Z-owned streaming service Tidal but has since been leaked on numerous websites.

Watch Video Here:

I found it always a shame that African music interest often stays associated with the usual form of Highlife genre defining this often as the true sound of Africa. Last friday, Johnie Bar and lounge in Haruma’s John saga area showed us something else. Every Friday they take us back to the 70s in an extraordinary show dubbed Rumba extravaganza, where they get to play pure rumba and lingala music.although here we call this kind of music ‘Lingala’, but really Lingala is the language. In Europe and other parts they call it ‘Soukous’ but whatever you call it, it’s unmistakable. The moment you hear those tingling guitars, you can not help standing and start dancing.

I personally always like African music from the 80s to late 90s, which was largely dominated by rumba and lingala but its sad nowadays it rarely finds enough playtime sessions in public places. Luckily this Johnie Bar and lounge is, finally, one of the exceptions. I wasn’t here before. Located in a residential area from the noisy city center, it struck me that I should come to Haruma’s Johnie Bar and Lounge  more often.

The host of the night is Dj Moht dressed in a baggy clothing and sporting cornrows, Dj Moht knows just what the audience wants. No one in the audience is here for anything but the music and the will to cultivate spirit.

The concert stretches on for more than two hours but no one even remembers they’re wearing a watch. There’s 30 minutes of encore, as the Dj stunningly moves through electrifying versions of hits and album cuts from Tabu Ley, to Tshala Mwana, from Mbilia Bel, to Franco, Sam Mangwana,Musa Juma, Nyboma, Wuta Mayi,Les Quatre Etoiles and who forgets Koffi Olomide with his ndombolo. Steaming hot mamas marauds the dance floor, bouncing off the walls, dissolving time and space and bodies. After a long stretch, there’s demand for more, and we get it in the form of Pepe Kalle’s 90s band ‘Empire Bakuba and the song that no one will leave without hearing, Kanda Bongo Man’s “Kwasa kwasa” One by one, the the men leave the dance floor and peel off into their seats until it’s just the ladies alone on stage, shaking their blessings to the amazement of the now tipsy men in the building. All that’s left is the powerful current connecting the Dj and his rapt Johnie Bar and Lounge ladies on the dance floor, the way they zungusha their limbs it is like they have katika at the waist.

Later in the morning, Stepping out into the cold corporate air of Nairobi, the Rumba night extravaganza, like any shows of the 90s was bulwark: it is a reminder that music’s ability to bring people together to celebrate soulful feeling is in and of itself, as Tabu Ley once remarked, a weapon of the future. I set to leave Johnie Bar and Lounge but deep down in my heart, a voice assures myself. I’ll be back. Next Friday!

Kenyan legendary rapper Hardstone, who is based in the US, has signed with Atlantic Records, making history as the first East African to be signed with the label.

Atlantic Records is best known for its numerous recordings of rhythm and blues, rock and roll, jazz, and hip hop. It is a subsidiary of Warner Bros-Seven Arts, now the Warner Music Group, which has expanded into rock and pop music. The label also has a number of deals with previously independent labels such as Must Destroy and VP Records. Atlantic Records houses many artists of different genres like Missy Elliot, Wiz Khalifa, Aretha Franklin, Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Janelle Monae, Estelle, Trey Songz and Charli XCX.

Commenting on the news, the pioneer of Kenyan music told Word Is in an email interview: “I’m very humble to be here, just came from the biggest meeting of my life which puts an important mark and an international presence in the global market… I’m just blessed to have a chance to showcase my talent and open up an eye to the international community what Kenya and East Africa as a whole got to offer.”

Hardstone also revealed that mega entertainment magazine Billboard has “been following up with my career, I have been blessed with two articles and many more international publications.”

Speaking about the Kenyan music scene, he said: “The market back home is very vibrant and much more exciting than when I left. We still need good structures but we are all in the right direction. Last but not least, I would encourage Kenyan and East Africa artistes to work together in unity and support each other. We all need one another to shape and cultivate our music industry to higher heights.”

Anybody still having doubts as to who the king of Kenyan rap music is? Well, better brace yourselves for Octopizzo’s reign as the emperor.

In as much as folks may still squabble over Octopizzo being the king, one thing they can’t make noise about is the rappers’ success, elegance and flair.

We exclusively broke news to you last year regarding Octopizzo’s upcoming projects with international figures – one of them being Dj Mustard – the mind behind mega hits such as Tyga’s ‘Rack City’ and Breezy’s ‘Loyal’.

Many will agree Kendrick Lamar is better than Jay Z in spitting vibes but Beyonce’s husband is still the big man that everyone looks up to in the world’s hip hop.

Same case may apply to Octo. His success can’t be compared with that of any other Kenyan rapper. Its not a coincidence that the Legendary Johny Vigeti working under Ken Ring (one of the most experienced producers in the game at the moment) deliberately avoids mentioning Octopizzo and goes on to mention Khaligraph and Rabbit in unfriendly lyrics of his much talked about single ‘Simba’.

Late last year Octopizzo had gigs in Europe and most notably conquered Paris where he shot his next Video, Octo is yet to release the video which he describes as a dope song shot in the French capital.

Dubbed ‘Mustard On The Beat’, Namba Nane’s new song is definitely a club bunger. The full version isn’t out yet but the teaser sure gives a lot of imagination on the full package.

He made the French dance to his latest track.

Check out the teaser below:

Video Source: Ghafla

United for a cause! Africa’s finest voices have teamed up to start a campaign geared towards protecting African heritage. The musicians are seeking to attract the attention of the world by using the most potent arsenal at their disposal; music.

‘Tusimame’, a gripping song that brings together an attractive mesh of Africa’s most inspiring artists; Juliani (Kenya), Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania), Emmanuel Jal (South Sudan) and Syssi Mananga (Congo-Brazzaville) was officially launched yesterday at the UN grounds.

The song highlights the importance of protecting African elephants whose population has been dwindling due to increased poaching.

It’s a result of these unjustified jumbo killings that the quartet decided to script an anthem that they would be using to ferry their message the world over.

The four artists yesterday officially kick started their initiative by launching their song in style. As usual, Juliani never disappoints on stage so be sure it was a dope performance.

See photos from the launch below: