Blackbird Jeans: Get Familiar

Zeddie Loky and Syd Owino are the dynamic  Kenyan duo behind the Blackbird Jeans brand. They make colorful menswear with an African inspired aesthetic. They are currently based in NYC. Get familiar and support these African brodas.  In the meantime, imma let them finish and let the pictures do the talking.

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Bamzigi: [The African Superman]

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This inset picture is of a man who loves to over use quotation marks like they are going out of style, a comic nerd, and a truly creative spirit. While editing this interview, I honestly thought I was going to loose my mind with the sparodic quoatation marks littered all over. Nevertheless, I made it through the end to discover an artist who adamantly refuses to be boxed into a particular genre and instead chooses to re-invent the wheel, in the name of Mizuka. 

Mizuka in short, is a fusion of electronic dance music, RnB, hip-hop and reggae with an African twist. Bamzigi, is a veteran artist in the Kenyan music industry on a passionate mission of educating the masses of an alternative music scene that is so far left to the mainstream, that one can’t help but wonder, why? Is the mainstream so shortsighted that he had to name his movement 3050, to bring to attention to the need of a futuristic sound-that is different? Hmmmmmm…….intrigued? Click on for more juice. Continue reading

Paying homage to beautiful chaos

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This was inspired by an aritcle I stumbled upon randomly, when I googled “I love milk” and and an essay about a girl who absolutely loves milk availed itself at the top spot of my search. Like the essayist, I have a serious love affair with milk if not, a yet to be diagnosed addiction. I have it with all my meals. It is my water, my daily sustenance-if you will. Now, you are probably wondering about my google search and how it came to be.

Well, I was thoroughly enjoying my evening glass of milk when it dawned on me I needed to find out and possibly ‘connect‘ with others who are passionate about this liquid and the consumption of it. Mind you, this essay was responsible in securing her entrance into her first college of choice. So, I thought to myself, if she found enough words to shower praise on a liquid that the children of Israel were sure to find in the promised land of Canaan, together with honey flowing in copious amounts, and most importantly, managed to hold my interest from beginning to end; surely, I too could churn out a somewhat respectable essay that pays homage to the beautiful chaos in Nairobi and Lagos. Continue reading

My First A&R Client [DREAMVILLE]

When I put out the A&R thingy out, I did it not really with the belief there’d be any artiste interested. I was serious, yes, but still very doubtful and skeptical of getting any feedback.

Well, lo and behold, sometime in December, just before we ushered in the new year, an up and coming group from Kenya emailed me. Somebody out there was willing to take a RISK with this chicka & risk they did.  Can I just tell how excited I am for them! These youngins are fresh, raw, and HUNGRY. As I said, they are FRESH. Fresh to mean that things are a bit subpar [ya’ll know I don’t mince my words], but that’s where I come in. We are working on a revamp of their freshness to dopeness!  This is a labor of love on my part, and actualizing of dreams on theirs.

Without further ado, please welcome into my lovely stable, DREAMVILLE

African Unsigned: The New African Sound

I was casually browsing twitter, when I came across an interesting profile name that piqued my interest, Africa Unsigned. Upon clicking their website link, I was thoroughly delighted but oh so confused by the sheer amount of talent on display. It was completely mind blowing, especially the sounds of one artist Sage. That sista got soul! Her song, I don’t really want to is on repeat. Confusion beset me, as it was not immediately apparent  what the organization was about. 

Africa Unsigned is a platform in which as the name suggests, African artistes get the opportunity to record their albums courtesy of crowd funding. This simply means that they receive monetary support, with as little as a $1 contribution going towards their endeavors.  It is a movement borne of an unbridled love for authentic African sounds. It mainly focuses on the diverse sounds created by the younger generation, a market that remains largely untapped. The New African Sound is what you can expect to hear from movement’s array of artistes, hailing from Kenya, South Africa to Senegal.

Find out more about Africa Unsigned, in our  exclusive interview with Thomas v/d Zouwe.

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