Like him or hate him, there is something we all can learn from Kanye West. I said “something” and not all the things. Okay? His style is easy and collegial at times. He is also known to “speak his mind”. That of course has landed him in some awkward situations at times but he’d care less. You can respect him for at least making you and I know where he stands.Right? Sometimes I have felt that when you listen to Kanye West talking and ranting is almost reflection of our own minds in muted format. You know what I mean?
Just after his wedding with Kim Kardashian, he gave GQ an Exclusive Interview. He talked about almost everything “Kanye West”. I don’t want to give you any juices. You check it for yourself HERE.
When I was growing up, I knew there was someone called Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip. That was,of course ,just through geography, history classes and normal curiosity that saw us reading newspapers and magazine from the western world. I bet if Queen Elizabeth name was close to manuals on how to survive and succeed, I’d have paid little more attention.
Now if you would “judge” me for having less “obsession” to the royal family, I’d suggest you listen to my story first. I grew up in a country that practiced an African form of socialism [Ujamaa na Kujitegemea] whereby everyone is regarded equal.Our founding fathers abolished kingdoms sooner than later just after or before independence. Kings and Queens had to look in other ways to remain “royal”. We all became just citizens [wananchi]. All men and women who were able to work, were supposed to do so. Those who couldn’t [for lots of reasons] could be cared for by the state through folks who could work. You are your brothers keeper. Socialism, as you know, didn’t see much sunshine. The values, however, survived.
Years later, as I got closer to the Queen, I started observing the “obsession” about the UK’s royal family. To most Canadians, for example, it is a big deal. I now understand why. Historical facts are there and no one can change history. It can be hidden but that’s about it and sometimes the truth always comes out.
Whether you are in that category of folks who follows everything “royal” religiously or not, you probably know Prince Charles and late Princess Diana‘s grandson, Prince George [born to Kate Middleton-The Dutches Of Cambridge and Prince William] is turning 1 tommorow. In celebration of his birthday that has so far captured lots of headlines around the world, the royal family has shared some of his images as he took those first steps. The young Prince can now walk. Here are some of the photos shared by the Royal Family and some from his earlier days.
I am books junkie. I love and enjoy reading. I read almost everything and about anything. I rarely have “unfinished businesses” when it comes to books. There is, however, one book[or books] that I couldn’t finish. I know this may surprise you [my ladies readers especially] I am gonna write or say it anyway; I was not able to finish reading best-selling trilogy Fifty Shades Of Grey by E.L.James. I am a dude..and may be just too much of a dude. A person who would rather heal his own wounds. When a book makes you stop and stare at the window like a puppy waiting for the “boss” to come home, you need to stop and act like your confidence level actually is higher than of a lion. The trilogy, therefore, set a bit different kind of tone. Yes, it the trilogy, to me, was/is that intense.
Now in case you are so eager to know or wondering why I didn’t finish them, here is the thing. As I was reading and realizing how Mr.Grey was so sure of himself and his easy power over women[woman], I heard there will be a movie. I said okay, I am gonna wait for the movie first. That was just my excuse to not finish it…not now. Yes you heard it right, EXCUSE.Over the years I have acquired skills and well…wisdom[can I say that again?]
Just so that you understand what kind of buzz this movie has already created, the official trailer is expected to drop this Thursday [July 24th] .months before the movie on Valentine’s Day eve February 13,2015. There is a “trailer” on YouTube which I can’t verify its authenticity, with almost 8 Million Views!
What sends the signals high and beyond? Well…Beyonce posted a teaser trailer on her Instagram accout (@Beyonce) and Instagram went crazy. To make a long story short, I am on the line waiting for the tickets[ in my crazy mind I have bought the ticket already and I am watching it]. Come Thursday July 24th, you will see the trailer here.
In case you are asking yourself whether Beyonce is on the movie, the answer is No. I am assuming Beyonce “power” with over 14 Million followers on Instagram might have convinced film producers to utilize it. After all, Beyonce’s followers fall into the young female target demographic for the film.
The film stars Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele. Additional stars include Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden and Luke Grimes.
In life you can either choose to be neutral in nothing or stand up and claim your position. Of course, you have heard it before; a man who stands for nothing can falls for anything. That echoes the importance of standing for something. However, before you decide to stand for something it’s a good idea to make sure you have a confidence level of a lion. Stones and jabs will be thrown to you.
Talking about standing for something, at times when the battles of Bongo Fleva Vs Bongo Hip-Hop might make you want to choose sides. Who is more like a person with a political talent with natural charm and the gift of persuasion and who is is nothing but a fake? Who has a quiet air of authority?
For a while[ and probably forever] these two sides have battled on stages and narrow streets of the land from Zanzibar to the outskirts of Mbeya. Now, before you get your mind twisted, these battles[its good to know] that they are just mere battles and nothing violent has occured [with few exceptions that can't be directly tied to Bongo Fleva Vs Hip Hop]
Here is one examples of the battles crafted in a musical argument between Rappers Stamina and Ney Wa Mitego. Are they sending a jab to Bongo Fleva artists who are arguably doing better than their “rivals”? The song is titled Kwenu Vipi [Literally Translation; How /What About Your Side]
The weekend is here. Relax. It’s Ramadhan. We therefore supposed to take it easy and help those in need and join brothers and sisters in prayers. Don’t say no to Iftar invitation.
Here is the official new video from Stereo’s latest single, Usione Hatari featuring Ben Pol. WATCH
Have you ever heard someone saying, “they were not enemies, but too cautious to be friends”?. I kinda thought of that after listening to Peter Msechu’s new song Nyota.[don't worry you are about to listen to it too].What do you do when someone does you wrong?[Is that English?]. Do you tell them? Do you wish them well and just move on with your life?
I have followed Peter Msechu’s career since his Project Tusker…He rose to stardom and brought home the pride that has eluded us a nation for too long sometimes.
Then he had to learn a hard way that winning a talent competition is one thing different from actually making it as an artist even though no one can question your talent and abilities. He somehow went “under the radar”. It was almost like catching it and killing it and pinning it down, but then you realize it wasn’t a butterfly anymore.
After some attempts, I think he has come to his place-again. Here is a great song from Peter Msechu Feat. Amini who is famously or easily identified when you add “Amini wa THT”.
I received this song couple of days ago but for whatever reason I couldn’t review it earlier. Although Y-Tony is still considered an underground artist, he already has a belt to show. He was nominated for Kili Music Awards for his song Masebene. He is now attempting to reach higher. With producers Abba and Tudd Thomas on his side, you can see why his unsettling thoughts are not in vain. There is hope.
Here is another love themed song. You fall in love and give it all. You end up weeping and counting the squares on your ceiling with no ringing impulses of hope anymore. You are done. If you could give yourself a new identity, you’d embrace that opportunity as quick as a moving Nascar race car.
Y-Tony says this song is from his heart. It’s a single from his upcoming album Masebene. Listen And Download. Tell the other person. It’s easy to be social. Just pick the button below this post.
I guess by now the best way to describe what Lupita Nyong’o has managed to achieve so far can be summed this way; She Is An Endless Surprise.
Here she goes-again. On France’s Elle July 2014. Click here to check more.
Had he lived few more months, today he would have added one more year into his life. Our creator, had different plans. He was called home to rest. He left us with messages and memories. He set examples for us for love,humility,courage and lack of fear to fight against injustices.
As I am writing this, the world has almost lost its game. The lights are fading. There are too much violence in the world. It’s a wrecked earth. I sometimes feel like a section of my body is missing or torn away from a mere thinking of what is going on. With a mask of hopelessness I wonder what Madiba would say about Boko Haram. You know he fought for justice and equality. What would he say about Russia,Ukraine and Middle East. What about the continent he loved so much but, even with his efforts, he left it unbearable to many?
He is looking down with one of his hand on his cheek. He is thinking about us. The world misses you Madiba. Rest In Peace. Happy Nelson Mandela’s Day.