You and I could have different opinions when it comes to politicians and politics. However, I hope we all agree that politicians and promises are like identical twins. Born together,grew up together but somewhere along the journey, they can seat from opposing tables and wonder how in the world do we look so much alike? President Kikwete, with all due respects, is a politician. And there is something about politicians that resembles the house of lawyers. If you can argue and can exaggerate or redirect tension and stress, you stand a good chance or winning elected offices. I don’t want to call our President names. The clue is, the verb has three letters while a common noun has four!
On the other hand, there are statisticians. They keep numbers and compare charts etc. Their hope or cord is to keep things in perspective and make sure no one forgets. A historian also walks just at the nearby park. Journalists, you and I also have means and methods to keep “records”. That is how much the world has changed. Formerly known as “audience” are now news breakers and contributors. They also keep “things” in digital formats. Hard to erase. You said and promised this and that. They will haunt you like demons.
Few days ago, President Kikwete is quoted by Mwananchi [Swahili Newspaper] making a bold claim that so far he has fulfilled 80% of all the promises that he made when he was vying for the top office in the land. He is also daring to dream for total success that the rest 20% will be fulfilled before his second term [last one according to current constitution] come to an end.
In simple Math, President Kikwete is saying he intends to come out with 100%! With 100% of “fulfilled” promises, President Kikwete will, without a doubt, break all types of records by becoming the best President ever, right?
I have called this “Bold Statement” because if my memory hasn’t been hacked in iCloud, his game plan when he came in power almost 10 years ago was “Maisha Bora Kwa Kila Mtanzania/Kwa Wote”. Are we at 80%? Are we at 50%? Where are we then?
As part of the growing Swahili literature and jargons, Snura can take credit to giving us the word/expression “Nimevurugwa”. You heard it more and more following the release and success of her single with that name. Following through the same path of success and love from her fans, she is hoping to give us something new again. Jidabue. I will be honest with you, I don’t know what it means. The Swahili-English dictionary that I carry with me to all places doesn’t have the word.
I hope you can understand and soon it will all make sense. Click Here To Download And Listen To Jidabue.
When the weekend was starting to take the real shape of louder horns on the street, clubs banging music and random acts of violence and love on street, somewhere in Miami, Miami Heats superstar Dwayne Wade was saying I Do to Actress Gabrielle Union. They got married in the presence of friends and family to seal what has been a relationship with turmoil[like any other relationships out there].
From the gossip columns, theirs was a lavish wedding ceremony. I’d expect nothing less real for folks with the kind of money Gabrielle and Wade could be bringing on the table. The same gossip cops reports that the bride wore a gorgeous Dennis Basson gown, according to the outlet. Dwyane donned a customized Dsquared2, a personally designed bowtie and a boutonniére by Floral Fix.
We wish them all the best. As you know,life on the highway of fame and money isn’t as rose as it seems.
Africa’s best music duo, P-Square have so far proved that with great music,connections and daring collaboration across countries and culture is possible and dope. After all, when you take a deep look, its a win win situation. Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country [which explains the market] and US is well…the HQ of almost everything [I know,you may not like that fact]
Few days ago, P-Square released a video for song Ejeajo Featuring Atlanta born and raised rapper T.I [incidentally, he is my first son's favorite Rapper]. While I know you may have seen this video already, I just thought I should post it because BC ain’t about yesterday or today only. It is the future. Here is Ejeajo
Rumor has it P-Square might soon drop something they have done with Usher. Can you imagine how that is gonna be?
As you can imagine, sometimes I receive too many songs for review and publication. While some weeks can go almost “dry”,some weeks are busier than all blue Mondays combined. Every artist wants to release their new materials. In the music business [it applies in many other industries too] timing is crucial. You want to release your stuff when you are almost guaranteed to grab people’s attention. That goes along with a silent prayer like the one you give or should give the moment you take a seat at church. In your silent prayer you should ask for calmness into the world. No calamity or no one famous than you passes away or create anything more sensational than your new music. Therefore, I understand [and not complaining] why some weeks are heavier than others.
One of the new releases I received last week and I couldn’t post [You know I have a 9-5 equation] came from Anna Peter [stage name Anapita], a radio presenter who has tapped stage performance and doing some excellent work. In her new song, Garasa, Anna Peter decided to work with Barnaba one of the best vocalists in the country. Barnaba is also a good song writer and arranger.
The song Garasa is another love themed song. Its different though…Take A Listen
A couple of months ago, Victoria Kimani was in Dar-es-salaam to meet and work with Diamond Platinumz and Ommy Dimpoz. Together they shot the video for Prokoto. You may recall some “dramas on the set” whereby Victoria was caught on audio complaining about “crazy” demands or excuses that Ommy Dimpoz had made as a reason for not showing up on time etc etc. Well, things got done and at the end no one was left wondering when does a breeze become a wind and when does a wind become a storm.
The space shuttle has landed and now we have the new video from Victoria Kimani Featuring Diamond and Ommy Dimpoz. It’s a simple video. But as they say,sometimes simple things are the best. You be the judge
There is no doubt that what happened in Ferguson,Missouri where an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown[Mike] was shot to death by a Police Officer,left a very bad taste to many. I for one was and still feeling the vibrations of pains to Mike Brown’s family,friends and community. I am therefore glad to see or get a feeling that Mike Brown’s blood would probably be the source for new courage,new hope and new direction as far as race relations in America are concerned.
In the echoes of what many have termed to be cruel injustice in America, Rapper The Game stands up to intolerance and racism on the Ferguson anthem “Don’t Shoot,” dedicated to the memory of Mike Brown. The Compton MC brings together the hip-hop community including Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Diddy, Fabolous, Wale, DJ Khaled, Swizz Beatz, Yo Gotti, Curren$y, Problem, King Pharaoh, and TGT.
The song is now available on iTunes, with all proceeds benefitting the Justice for Mike Brown charity.
Here is the song. I have purchased it on iTunes. I hope you can do the same thing.
They met during the shooting of Mr & Mrs Smith. After years of living together with their 6 children, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt finally decided the cloud gotta settle and before one more sunset, they needed to add creme on sugar. They said “I Do” in Correns, France on August 23rd in a surprising wedding attended by just the few close family and friends and one that Paparazzi missed it!
Angelina and Brad who are sometimes referred as Brangelina, According to various online media reports, the couple’s six children played different roles in the ceremony. Their eldest sons, Maddox, 13, and Pax, 10, walked Jolie down the aisle, while Vivienne, 6, threw rose petals, and Shiloh, 8, and Knox, 6, served as ring bearers.
The pair first met on the set of their 2004 action film Mr. & Mrs. Smith while Pitt was still married to actress Jennifer Aniston. He announced the following year that he and Aniston split, with the actress filing for divorce in March 2005.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
One of Kenya’s most recognized face and name in music industry, Nameless, has dropped a new video for the song titled Butterfly. In the media memos released, Names claims Butterfly, a single off his B4iR Project take pride and origin from Uganda. If you follow social media and music trends in East Africa,you probably know already that Nameless is well-liked in UG.
Here is the video