If honesty is something good and desirable, we’d all agree on one thing right now; Mwana is one of the hottest songs for 2014. The fact that it comes from Ali Kiba, one of the most vocally gifted artists in Africa, shouldn’t real matter in that equation although you can hardly separate his talent, appeal and drive behind making Mwana what it is today. So Mwana is a hit.Period. I can drink my dark coffee without worrying about spending the rest of afternoon seating somewhere with my pants below my knees.
To add salt on the wound [Yes,it’s a wound to some] here is the official video for Mwana. It is as if Ali is saying have a merry Christmas. I can almost hear Mwana’s sound coming from some basement parties this holiday season. As they say, opportunity never knocks twice at any man’s door. Here is your opportunity to watch Mwana.
Do one extra thing[you know about the magic of going extra mile,right?], subscribe to Kiba’s YouTube channel. You won’t regret…Mwana…
If legend is a word/term that should be used carefully, I find peace to say that when it comes to Professor Jay and Jose Chameleone, that carefulness can walk slower with shoulders high like a day laborer that just got paid and it’s Friday evening. These two, by local and even international standards, have reached or are on the very last steps of the ladder to be there. They are legendary artists. They are also good friends.
I thought of “legend” when news reached my desk that on the pipeline was another collaboration from Professor Jay and Jose Chameleone following a huge success of Ndivyo Sivyo few years back. This time, however, the two turned to Love as opposed to normal humanity hassles that carried Ndivyo Sivyo.
The new song is titled Kwa Ajili Yako and is a production of Willy at Mwanalizombe Records. Here it is; Kwa Ajili Yako
The new beauty queen of the world is South African, 22 years old Rolene Strauss. To win, Ms Strauss beat 120 other international contestants all of whom were eyeing her new titled; Miss World 2014.
With close to one billion people estimated to have watched the final on TV, Miss South Africa-whose first runner up was Miss Hungary, Edina Kulcsar and second runner up was Miss USA, Elizabeth Safrit was crowned by the outgoing Miss World, Megan Young of the Philippines at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London, England.
If you thought Miss World is still left to “young dumb girls who just happen to be beautiful”, I am afraid you may need to take a back seat a bit. She is smart. She is a fourth year medical student who is passionate in medicine something she probably get from her parents who are both in medical field as a Doctor and Nurse.
Strauss is the third South African Miss World, the country having held the title in 1958 and 1974. Venezuela tops the all-time leader board with six titles, ahead of India and the United Kingdom on five titles each.
Miss World began in 1951, a year before its chief rival Miss Universe.
If 2014 was a great year for Hip-Hop music; part of it could be because Dr.Dre proved that hip-hop music is alive and can still be on the lead. He didn’t release Chronic. No. Thanks to his deal of selling Dr.Beats Dre to Apple he is now estimated to have $620 Million.
Now as we wind down the year that was, Dr. Dre has topped the Forbes’ list of Highest Paid Musicians for 2014. He is followed by Beyoncé who earned $115. Mind the gap please. Beyonce’s husband, Mr.Carter Jay-Z is tied up with P.Diddy at #12 with $60.
Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country. The latest count was/is that Nigeria’s population stands at 167 Million. It is also biggest economy and wealthy in terms of natural resources such as oil/gas.
But it is also one of the most corrupt countries in Africa. The politics of Nigeria are as “crazy” and confusing like the tombs of Nara. With all that in mind, former President of Nigeria, Gen. Obasanjo seems to be on a league of his own to expose the dirty laundry at unimaginable length. He has written a tell-all-book titled My Watch. He has exposed a lot of people to necessitate the High Court Of Nigeria to order confiscation of the book till matters are dissolved. I am pretty sure the order has just made the book a top seller overnight because Obasanjo had already gone ahead, published it and launched it.
Check the excerpts below as published on Linda Ikeji’s blog
“By the Constitution, I had to inaugurate or prorogue the National Assembly on June 4, 1999. The most important officer in the National Assembly is the senate president and that office had been zoned to the South-east. And here was where Atiku Abubakar, my vice-president,first showed his hand and his character.
“Without seeking my view or approval, he started planning the installation of Chuba Okadigbo as the senate president. I did a background check on Chuba including his past as a student and made enquiries about him in the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) under (President Shehu) Shagari and no one would recommend him for the post of senate president.
“I left Atiku to go on his chase while I carried out a meticulous and detailed investigation and background check on each senator from the South-east. The one that appeared most appointable was Evan Enwerem. I canvassed the senate across the board for his election and he was elected. Atiku did not expect it and he felt sore.
“He began to strategise for Enwerem to be removed and Chuba Okadigbo to be installed. His strategy worked because I was at Abuja airport to receive a visiting head of state when the news reached me that the Senate had impeached Enwerem and elected Okadigbo. I was not perturbed. I came to understand from some senators including Florence Ita-Giwa, who later became my Special Adviser/ Liaison Officer to the National Assembly, that Atiku distributed US$5,000 each to some senators to carry out the ‘coup’.
“That was the beginning of bribing the legislature to carry out a particular line of action to suit or satisfy the purpose or desire of an individual or a group. The National Assembly had tasted blood and they would continue to want more. From the day I nominated Atiku to be my vice, he set his mind not for any good, benefit or service of the country, but on furiously planning to upstage, supplant or remove me at all cost and to take my place.
“That was what I brought him for, but he was impatient and over-ambitious.He was not ready to learn and to wait. His marabout, who predicted that despite being elected as governor, he would not be sworn in as a governor, which happened, also assured him that he would take over from me in a matter of months rather than years.
“All his plans, appointments of people and his actions were towards the actualisation of his marabout’s prediction. Once I realised his intention and programme, I watched him like a hawk without giving any indication of what I knew and letting down my guard. I could not succumb to the distraction, diversion and malevolence of an ambitious but unwise deputy.
“The work in hand was more important than a confrontationalrelationship with my deputy, a man over whom I knew I had far more experience and outreach in all matters. To alert him of what I knew he was up to, would only lead to lying, denial, more mischievous plans and more duplicity on his part.
“He was better managed that way. What was important was not allowing myself to be surprised or outmanoeuvred by him. I must always seize the initiative and know what was going on if not in his mind, but at least in his camp. That I did very effectively.
“Sometime in the fourth quarter of 2004, an associate of Atiku came to my residence at the Aso Villa from Atiku’s official residence. He felt uncomfortable and I tried to make him feel at ease. Then, he settled to tell me the story of what had just transpired in Atiku’s residence. I listened with rapt attention.
“He went on to say that Atiku told him that for him to become the President of Nigeria, the 2007 elections were only a formality.
“The seven ingredients he needed for his enthronement were already in his hands. He controlled the National Assembly because both the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representativeswere in his pocket. He controlled twenty-eight out of thirty-six governors. He had control of the media. His influence over the judiciary was overwhelming.
“What he needed was foreign endorsement and for that he had employed two lobby groups in the US and one in the UK. And finally, the money for the elections was in his purse.
“When the man finished, I thanked him without passing any comment. The man was surprised at my reaction and asked, ‘You have nothing to say to these?’ I said that I had nothing to say and I immediately called my ADC, Chris Jemitola, to play a game of squash with me.
“On our way to the squash court with my ADC, I said, ‘People at times make plans and leave God out of their plans.’ My casual remark struck Chris and he said, ‘Sir, that was a profound statement.’ I said that I made the statement because of what I had just heard of Atiku’s plan. I was not convinced he had put God in his plans.
“Atiku was confident and God was laughing. Most of Atiku’s ingredients soon started to fall out of place one by one. The first was the party, PDP.
“He thought I was powerless and had no clue about the execution of his plan with his group; part of his attack on me was for national chairman of the party to give the first salvo, then other things would follow as his grip on the party would be firm and consolidated.
“That salvo came in the form of a letter to me from the chairman of the party, Audu Ogbeh, who had fully defected with (Iyorchia) Ayu to Atiku.
“The letter, which was not the product of any issue or matter discussed with or at any party meeting, came suddenly. When I received it, I could read the sinister intention behind it.
“I spent that night writing my reply and I sent it in the morning. My reply was clear. I wondered why Atiku and his group did not realise that with my reply, the battle line was clear or maybe they thought that the seven ingredients would remain intact to the end.
“My assistants had moles within the Atiku group. Anything that they planned would be reported. That was the case after Ogbeh’s letter. They decided that Ogbeh should appear remorseful and come with the National Working Committee to apologise to me. It was not from their hearts, but to lure me to a ‘killing ground’.
“All pieces of information that were reported were verified because it would not come from only one informant. Timely information is a very important principle of war and also of politics. In politics, just as in war, what matters is not just your plan, but knowledge of your opponent’s plan. Knowing their plan, I had the choice of playing along with them or being firm, I chose the latter.
“I told Ogbeh that my relationship with him as national chairman and me as national leader of the party was based on mutual confidence and trust. But with his letter, my reply and what I knew of him then, I could no longer work with him in confidence and trust.
“There were only two choices left for both of us in our best interest and that of the party – he, leaves as chairman or I leave as leader of the party.
“The following Sunday, I called at his house, which I had done on several occasions in the past when there was an important party matter to discuss. This time, I asked him to give me an undated letter of resignation as the national chairman.
“I waited, he gave me but it was wrongly addressed to me rather than to the national secretary of the party as stipulated in the party’s constitution.
“Ogbeh reported to his group and it was decided by them to play on and to wait for my disgrace whenever I presented a letter of resignation not addressed to the national secretary.
“The informants did their job and I, once again, paid another visit to Ogbeh at his residence. He entertained me to a meal and drink, and changed the addressee on his letter of resignation.
“It would appear he never reported the change to his group. When I considered it opportune and appropriate, the letter was dated and presented to National Executive Committee of the party, which regrettably accepted the resignation.
“With that, whatever control Atiku claimed to have over the party began to crumble. But he did not think so and went on to boast that if I made my daughter the national chairman, it would be a matter of weeks not months before he would put her in his pocket.
“I therefore had to look for a successor chairman, who would be too big, uncompromising and inflexible to be lured and controlled by Atiku. I found such a man in Senator (Dr.) Amadu Ali, whom I had known many years earlier as a medical doctor in the army…”
Big Brother Africa 2014-Hotshots’ winner, Idris Sultan, landed back in Tanzania this evening and was received by eager fans who couldn’t wait to see him. His Mother, close friends and other members of his family were among people who met him at the Julius Kambarage Nyerere International Airport [JNIA] Idris didn’t disappoint. He was energetic, full of smiles and you could tell he understands what it takes to be a new star of the land; Humbleness.
Idris who automatically goes into the list of new millionaires in the country after winning USD $300,000 [Approximately Tshs 517 Million] will meet members of press tomorrow morning at 10:30am at The Hyatt Regency [Kempisky] Hotel in Dar-es-salaam where he is spending a night.
Idris becomes the second Tanzanian to win the Big Brother Africa top prize after Richard Dyle Bezuidenhout who won in Big Brother Africa Season 2 in 2011. Richard took home $100,000. Big Brother Africa is produced by Endemol.
Among many viewers on the continent, Idris earned the nickname of Mr Lover Man, perhaps because of his soft, yet appealing touch towards women in the Big Brother Africa House.
But to his father, Imam Rashid Khatibu Sultan, he will forever remain a devout Muslim who held the Quran with high regard.
And the 58-year-old expects nothing short of that from his son, even now that he is a millionaire. Idris walked away with a fat cheque of $300,000 (over Sh500 million) as the ultimate star of the reality show, now in its 9th season.
“Idris has taken up after me, he was a regular at the madras while still a young boy and he was with me during the Ramadhan”, says the excited imam.
Never has there been a day when Idris skipped fasting during the holy month of Ramadhan, he said, adding that his discipline was an attribute to his victory.
“He exhibited it in the house throughout the 63 days. I’m happy that he has made the country proud,” he noted.
However, some of Idris’ exploits in the house did not go down well with the imam.
“I was annoyed when I saw him kissing and sitting in compromising situations with some of the female housemates. I’m waiting for him to come back home and I will tell him how unhappy I was with what he did for it didn’t reflect how he was brought up,” he says.
Imam Rashid says he could not afford missing an episode of the show, just to catch a glimpse of his son inside the house. A relative had the DSTV set installed so that he could follow the story of his son at Big Brother House.
Even when it was down to two men on Sunday night, Imam Rashid recalls nervously sitting at the couch inside his house in Kigamboni Maweni area, praying that his son emerges victorious.
Everything happens for a reason. That’s true. However, a certain part of you must be part of that reason. That is the part enabling you to work hard, aim high and dream BIG. You can’t just sleep and dream. You have to wake up, smell the coffee and start dreaming at work. Light a joint if it helps you stay awake. Your past doesn’t matter as much as your future.
After watching the new video from AY Featuring Sean Kingston & Ms Triniti for the song Touch Me, it took me back to the interview I recently did with him about his early struggles before he made AY the name we all recognize today. You can read that interview here. It wasn’t easy. Therefore, to see him cruising on the streets of LA with superstars such as Sean Kingston, it signifies the dream I referring above.
Without any more delay, here is AY Featuring Sean Kingston and Ms Triniti in Touch Me. I will allow being the judge on this video. If you’ll allow me, however, I will say…On Fire baby..
Here is a new one from Victoria Kimani one of the East Africans[Kenyan] crossing boundaries across Africa with her music. Here we go
People, who make predictions on East Africa’s music, have it that Vanessa Mdee is the coming or is the female version of Diamond Platinumz. You’d understand them. She is, above all, organized and understands the etiquettes of music as art. It could be from her experience in the industry as the VJ before she ducked her fear of studio booth and decided to do it.
Her latest single Hawajui, has a video. You are about to watch it below. Go ahead.
You can also download the original song below