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There are just three things I consider myself good at in this world; Tearing through Chapo, Skipping morning classes, and Pointing Out Good Music. See, I listen to a lot of music – local, especially – and there are those that make me smile; and then there are those that make me want to shoot myself in the nuts. I can smell talent a mile away. For instance, 90% of Kenyans only recently came to know of Vicmass Luodollar; after he did the ‘Bank Otuch’ remix with Octopizzo. But I had heard of the guy even before Obama flew down here. Same applies to Jay A; most guys only knew him after ‘Dumbala’. Me? I had listened to his first track – ‘Clap yo hands – even before I stepped out of high school. I remember telling a couple of my classmates the kid would be a star and they would look at me the way Americans now look at supporters of Donald Trump; like I was batshit.

 

 

 

A few weeks ago – on a lazy Thursday afternoon – I walk into an apartment in Juja belonging to a friend of mine. Warm fellow, sharp as a serial killer’s blade. He comes from Coasto; which means he says words like ‘Kakangu’ a helluva lot. The first thing I see as I take my seat on the couch is a tall Sheesha pot, peeping from the kitchen door; which totally makes me want to blow a few smokes, but I hold myself back. You don’t go into someone’s house and just right walk into the kitchen. There is a small keyboard on the table, a couple medium-sized speakers at either ends, a laptop at the centre, and a microphone lying lazily beside it. He has another friend over; an overly tall dark man with the humility of a pregnant bee. They’re logged onto YouTube, sampling a couple tracks of his (my host’s) latest E.P. His name is Rashid Beduni; but he goes by Rash Raww. A music Producer, as well as an Artist.

 

 

 

Rash was in Germany for the better part of the last three months of 2015 on a school project. Says he enjoyed himself. That the activities were fun. And the people were amazing. And the food was kick ass. I want to chime in, “I bet they don’t make better Chapos than ours, aye?” But, instead, what I find myself asking is, “And Racism?” Says he, personally, wasn’t a victim and neither did he witness any traces of it. At least where he was. So we can assume the Germans are cool peoples. I ask him how the German mamis were and he refuses to comment. Says he was too busy. I ask, “Doing what?” And he says, “Making music.”

 

 

 

Apparently, while in Germany, Rash Raww ran into 5 other really cool chaps – including one very beautiful lady – with the same passion and drive in music as his; Christian F⍤rster (Germany), Keyboard P (Germany), Lynn (Germany/Phillipines), Mattan (Mattan), and Chidi (Nigeria/Germany). It may also be of note that Chidi sings in the African Gospel Choir, ‘Voice Of Joy’, whereas Mattan says he’s a Rapper working on solo projects – including an L.P – under the artist name ‘Mein Name ist Nase’. Don’t beat yourself up, I don’t know what that means either.

 

 

 

Anyway, so the six of them hooked up at the studio many a night and, at the end of it all, they had a six track – five, out of which, were produced by Rash Raww here – E.P. to show for it. And because they met in Flensburg, they decided to release the E.P under the collective name, ‘Friends In Flens’. And they named the E.P, ‘ONE’.

 

 

 

So I asked Rash to play me the E.P and he did. And we listened in silence, and the other guy and I offered our criticisms and opinions where we deemed fit. Rash switches between English and Swahili throughout the whole E.P while the rest of the guys rap and sing mostly in German, with a little English here and there. The E.P has a smooth feel with free-flowing easy to comprehend lyrics; save for the German parts. It’s sort of like a Sunday afternoon playlist. It’s a collection of soft tracks that you listen to when your mind is at peace; probably when you’re laid out on the sand, facing the beach, glasses blocking your eyes from the sun, and a bottle of sting Whiskey standing boldly beside you. My personal favorite in the E.P is the track ‘My Name.’ Simply because, in it, the guys ask, “When I’m gone, would you remember my name?”

 

 

 

“So, why the name ‘ONE’ though?” I ask soon as we’re done.

 

 

“Well, because the whole point of the E.P is to promote peace and oneness throughout the entire world,” says Rash. “We may have different colors on our skin; we may speak different languages; we may come from different parts of the universe; but what we MUST never forget is that, at the end of the day, we are all ONE people,” he adds.

 

 

 

I mean, look at it this way, blacks are being shot down in the streets of America like stray dogs every minute; innocent law-abiding Muslims are being treated as terror suspects even here in Kenya; Trump has vowed to kick Mexicans out of the States if he comes to power; yet we all just smile and drink and dine and make merry and post Facebook statuses of Game Of Thrones like it doesn’t matter. Like the world isn’t coming to a rot. Some people drive while the rest of us here walk; some like Pizza and others like yours truly here love Chapos; some women want tall, dark and handsome men while others just want chaps with dreams; some guys want women with big tits, others like us just want women who can make kick ass Chapos.

 

 

 

But, beneath all our individual differences, we are all the Same; we are all ONE.

 

 

Be so kind as to preview the E.P via this LINK.

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IT HASN’T BEEN AN EASY ROAD, DIL-RAY INC. ON THEIR JOURNEY TO THE TOP

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The year is 2013, a cold evening in the month of August. I’m just coming back to the digs from a long boring Programming class, in which the lecturer kept blabbering on and on about stuff like ‘#include’ ‘printf’ and ‘scanf’. [But you probably didn’t need to know about all that]

 

So I walk in and I find my roommate with a friend of his, listening to Saliva Vic’s rants on 91.5 Hits F.M.

 

My roommate is Dennis Wyre, and he introduces his chum to me as Dilna Ayce…Rapper Dilna Ayce. And we get acquainted. And we chat like long-lost buddies of yore. Then he leaves right before dusk.

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A few days later he’s back again. And the three of us are talking about Kenyan Showbiz. Wyre is declaring his profuse admiration for Camp Mulla while I can’t stop chattering about just why Rabbit is the best artist Kenya will ever have [sorry, E-Sir]. Then in the middle of the discussion Wyre looks to me and says;

 

“By the way, we are thinking of starting our own company; Dilna and I. Unaonaje?”

 

And I look at him like he just rose from the dead. And I look at Dilna, he’s just sitting there. Calm as always, nodding his head in agreement at Wyre’s last statement, and looking straight at me in anticipation for my response.

 

And I almost burst out laughing but I don’t want to seem rude so I just smile. I mean, these guys are barely even into their 20’s, one is in his first year in campus and the other should be joining the following semester and they’re already thinking of starting their own company? The hell do they think they are, Mark Zuckerberg?

 

So, naturally, I ask what their supposed company will be doing and they explain it to me in slow crisp details. I’m not really following; they’re saying something about social media blah blah blah…marketing blah blah blah… But the sounds of their voices and the excited bulging in the eyes paint the whole picture in bold: These are boys with a dream; These are boys on a mission to chase their dream; These are boys on a mission to succeed.

 

A few months later, their Facebook page goes up and voila, a bouncing baby Dil-Ray INC. is born; alive and kicking.

 

So now, champs, due to PUBLIC DEMAND, I bring you the Founders and C.E.Os of Dil-Ray INC.- the Mohawk-prone certified all-round jack of all trades Dennis Wyre and the fun-loving rapper-cum-businessman-cum-sneaker-maniac Dilna Ayce [I’m serious, he loves his sneakers way too much, don’t step on them!].

 

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In their first ever online interview, the lads open up to you like never before and tell you just why they’re the guys to watch.

 

Q: Introductions first, gentlemen, tell us a little bit about yourselves. Who is Dennis Wyre? Who is Dilna Ayce?

Dennis Wyre [as D.W, from here onwards]:  Dennis Wyre is 20 years of age, founder of Dil-Ray Inc., a social media consultant, an Entrepreneur and a student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology pursuing a Bachelors’ degree in Business Information Technology.

Dilna Ayce [as D.A, from here onwards]:  As a co-founder of Dil-Ray Inc., I am a student at JKUAT pursuing a Bachelors’ degree in Business Information Technology (BBIT). I have majored in music as a recording and performing artist. My other interests include acting, dancing, graphic design. You can call me Mr. Entrepreneur too.

 

 

Q: I have heard guys ask whether Dennis ‘Wyre’ and ‘Dilna Ayce’ are even your real names. Care to elaborate?

D.W: Dennis Wyre is indeed my real and government name just that ‘Wyre’ is spelt as Wairey on my Legal Documents.

D.A:  Dilna Ayce is a name that came up through originality and uniqueness. It has a meaning though which is D.I.L.N.A.  (Do It Like Never Again) to be Ayce (The Best).

Q: Uh-huh. Okay. Now the world of today is filled with backstabbers and ‘water melon’ kind of friends. You can never know who to trust and who to cut off.  So, tell us, how and when exactly did you two meet and when did you decide that you could fully trust each other and do business together?

D.A: We actually get this question asked a lot. I met Wyre at some acting audition back in the days. I mentioned earlier that I am an actor. Just as we were socializing we realized we have a lot in common, that’s how we became good friends and the rest is history. If one is a REAL friend then trust would never be something to worry about.

D.W: Sometimes in life, you have to take risks and trust different people along the way. That is exactly what I did and I haven’t regretted any part of it to date.

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Q: When was Dil-Ray Inc. officially established? How much capital did it take to put the company on its feet and how did you even come up with the name?

D.W: Dil-Ray Inc. was born on the 1st of November 2013, through the creation of our fan page on Facebook. We were naive then and didn’t know exactly what we were going to do. We have since grown exponentially over the December festivities, and decided to major in Social Media Marketing and the Clothing line. We registered earlier in 2014 and are now proud to say that DilRay is 100% legal and ready to do business with everyone.

D.A: As we all know starting out comes with its own challenges but we thank the Almighty for this far He has brought us. On the capital part I won’t put it to the public but whoever wants to really know can snap me on my snap chat (Username: DilnaAyce )

 

 

Q5: But still, what does the name Dil-Ray Inc. mean and where did it come from?

D.W: The name Dil-Ray Inc. is a basically just a combination of both our names Dilna & Wyre, as follows Dil – Dilna, Ray – Wyre, Inc. -Incorporation.

D.A: We settled for this name as originality is always a priority for us.

Q6: And to those who don’t exactly know you yet but would like to have a piece of you in the near future, how would you describe your line of business to them? By that I mean, what exactly does Dil-Ray Inc. deal in/do and where/how can an interested party reach you guys?

D.A: Dil-Ray Inc. is a clothing label offering you the latest trends. Our shop is located along Biashara Street, Yala Towers, First Floor, shop No.105.

D.W: Dil-Ray Inc. can also handle all your social media services for companies, brands and artists – which includes branding – as well as events, which involves social media marketing.

You can reach us through any of our social media platforms:

INSTAGRAM & TWITTER: @dilray_inc

FACEBOOK PAGE: Dil-Ray INC (www.facebook.com/dilrayinc)

FACEBOOK ACCOUNT: DilRay TheAccount (www.facebook.com/DilrayTheAccount)

EMAIL: dilrayinc@gmail.com

PHONE: 0701856644

If you want the quickest feedback be sure to give us a call, text or WhatsApp on 0701856644, and we’ll be glad to do business with you.

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Q: And how has the journey been so far, since you founded the company? Tell us some of the events, persons or parties you’ve worked with.

D.W: It’s humbling how within a short span of time you can move from looking up to guys to working with them and eventually being really good friends. We’ve worked with META, which is the powerhouse behind the controversial Daylight Festival Series. We have also, in the past, worked with BEAT INTERNATIONAL who are best known for JUMPOFF and ALL FOR LOVE festivals. And we’ve also been doing some bits of social media marketing for popular events such as “THE HAKUNA MATATA FESTIVAL” and Skyluxx Lounge’s “ART OF LUXURY”

D.A: We also do the social media marketing for corporates such as “The Jockey Club Of Kenya.” This is just to mention a few because the list is endless.

Q: Being that both of you are still students pursuing your degrees at the university level, how do you manage to juggle between your studies and staying relevant in your industry? Or do you have separate people managing things for you when you’re cramped up with exams and all that school stuff?

D.W. Dil-Ray Inc. is obviously not a two man team, we thank God for our support team who always got our back (#TeamDILRAY). Balancing between schoolwork and handling Dil-Ray Inc. matters calls for a lot of planning to ensure that everything runs smoothly even when we are overwhelmed by the studies or are out of town. But I have to admit that it is one of the challenges we are dealing with, but luckily we are two.

D.A.  It also calls for creation of more time and very good time management. Like for me my day starts at 6am.

 

 

Q: Do your folks and family know and support what you guys do?

D.A: My Parents are always my consultants hence they know and are always behind our backs. Like I remember there was a time mom had my song as her ringtone. Even when we go for TV or Radio interviews they are always tuned. You know what I’m saying? I thank God each and every day for such a family.

D.W: My mum is my biggest fan, and has always been behind my back. My brother is in Dubai but still buys our products and Reps the brand in that side of the world. My sister and her young kid were among the first to buy the newly launched hoodies, so I am very glad to have a family which supports me. Every member of the family is a proud owner of at least one Dil-Ray Inc. product.

 

 

Q: What motivates you guys? What drove you into doing what you do so well and, if any, who do you look upto? Generally speaking.

D.A: I look up to my dad. I admire how he does his work and despite any challenges he overcomes them, anytime I need any assistance I usually run to him. As young as we are I was also motivated by Willow Smith. She started mainstream music at a very young age and yet she succeeded. It’s never too early to start chasing dreams!

D.W: I look up to Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook founder and CEO) because of the various business decisions he has made in his life and simply because of the fact that he is a young self-made billionaire. Locally I used to look up to Camp Mulla back in the day as they successfully put Kenya on the international map. Currently I admire Tanzania’s Diamond Platinumz for being arguably the best Musician from Africa, and if you think I’m nuts then let’s just wait and see the results of that at the end of the year.

Q: What is your proudest achievement as Dil-Ray Inc. and the highlight of your lives since you started out this hustle?

D.W: I can’t simply point out one single achievement that I would call my greatest so far but Thanks to God we have our share of notable achievements so far such as a TV Interview we did last year which opened some new opportunities for us. I also remember H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta attending one of the events we were marketing and although we didn’t get to personally talk to him, he still showed up. That’s kind of a big deal, Yes?

 

D.A: Dil-Ray Inc. has made me meet a lot of people, hence connecting which is key in business.

Q: So besides schooling and running your outfit, anything else you guys do?

D.A: Music, Music and More Music. Practicing dance moves. Drawing which includes Graphics design, Any IT related stuff I’m an addict. The list is endless; you can never get me idle at any one given moment. Follow me on Instagram @DilnaAyce and you will get to see the other side of me.

D.W: I am currently doing my Internship at Kenya Revenue Authority but besides that I’m also doing some research and looking to venture into other businesses soon enough. I’m also learning some bits of programming on the side.

Q: And suppose you guys were not doing all this, what would you be doing? Who would you be?

D.W: I would probably be a footballer, I used to love soccer so much growing up plus I got the skills to match the love.

 

D.A: I would be an athlete on the same track with Usain Bolt. I’m a fast guy and I love fitness. My mom too was an athlete, so I guess I inherited some of her genes.

 

 

Q: Ha-ha, Soccer and Athletics? Really guys? [LOL] If you could relive the last 5 years of your lives what would you differently?

D.W: I can’t think of a single thing I would change, maybe just start Dil-Ray Inc. immediately after high school instead of the following year.

D.A: I also can’t think of any particular thing at the moment.

Q: Now I hate to ask this question, but I have to…at least for the sake of the many single ladies reading this out there, any special opposite sexes in your lives? And please don’t mention your mothers and sisters here.

D.W: At the moment I am focusing on chasing my dreams and making myself a better person, which is also a more sophisticated way of saying I’m single.

D.A: Let’s just cut to the chase, I’m single.

 

Q: Now to my favorite question. Do you consider yourselves successful? And if so, how?

D.W: Ha-ha, no, not even close. Until the day I have complete freedom to do whatever I want to for the rest of my life and still have food on my table is when I’ll consider myself successful.

D.A: I couldn’t have put it any better.

 

Q: What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?

D.W: My greatest weakness would have to be the fact that I hate hard work, which inclines me more towards working smart instead. My greatest strength would have to my entrepreneurial instincts which have helped me in coming up with ideas of making money out of the weirdest or strangest of situations I find myself in.

 

D.A: My greatest strength is definitely creativity especially in artistic environments. I’m also a perfectionist hence rarely associate with errors. My weakness is anger; I tend to get angry very fast but have learnt to control it through guidance and counselling.

Q: What should we expect from Dil-Ray Inc. in the near future?

D.W: We just came from our photo-shoot, unleashing the new set of products for the year 2015! We also have a surprise coming for you pretty soon so you better keep it locked to all our platforms as it involves everyone.

D.A: Expect the unexpected because the future is bright.

Q: From pioneering the evolution of social media marketing in Kenya to running your own clothing line, any words of wisdom to the youngsters coming up in the game?

D.W: All I can say to the ones reading this is “Originality and Persistence” I would be lying if I said it has been an easy road for us with Dil-Ray Inc., we have had difficult moments indeed but have just been persistent with what we do. Also remember to put God in all you are doing.

 

D.A: Yes he said it. God first and focus on the goal with a lot of patience.

Q: Any people out there you would love to shout out?

D.A.: Shout out to all the people who believed in Dil-Ray Inc. from family, friends, customers… just everyone!

D.W: I would first of all like to take this moment to appreciate anyone out there who has ever bought anything from Dil-Ray Inc. or has ever done business with us together with the thousands who are following us online across all platforms, I thank you for all the love shown to us thus far.

Shout to all the haters’ outchea too!

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Q: Hahahah! Lastly where can guys follow you online? Your personal accounts.

D.A: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Snapchat: @DilnaAyce.

D.W: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Snapchat: @DennisWyre.

Meanwhile, some of our local celebrities who’ve also grabbed their Dil-Ray apparels:

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THE INVASION

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From my previous article, I can now fully say I comprehend the whole concept behind the cliché, Ain’t no wrath like that of a woman scorned. The comment section on my blog as well as my WhatsApp chat list were spewed with bile, insults, hatred and all mannerisms of odium. One particular mami even says she wants to see my shaved man-hood now. All in a day’s work. But I digress.

Moving On. This will be my shortest piece ever. And I will not repeat a word so read between the lines and listen carefully.

This post is mainly for JKUAT- Main Campus students, and anyone else who loves a warm quiet evening of fun, poetry, good music, and watching of a bevy of beauties walking down the runway – strutting their goods left right and center. Yes, JKUAT has beauties too omera. Juja Boys ni wewe!

 

MC Teller, in conjunction with Soundtrick Events, presents you with, The Invasion. Featuring Spoken Word maestro, Teardrops, ‘Kamua Leo’ hitmaker Kidis and a surprise guest that I’m not going to tell you now. Okay, mainly because not even I know who he/she will be yet. But then again if I did then it wouldn’t be a surprise, Aye?

What’s more, if you think you can sing or rap too (just not like Octopizzo please), you will get to take the stage too and show us what you’re made of. ‘Us’ here being the noisy judgmental critics in the audience most of whom are always scared shitless and wouldn’t get in front of a crowd if their lives depended on it.

I’m a big fan of events myself; Real events, not teenage douchebaggery like Masaku 7’s et cetera. Especially live events. They have this eerie way of separating the chaff from the real deal; Auto-tune and studio tricks from real talent. I once went to an Octopizzo concert and almost demanded my money back yet it was free. [See what I did there? No? Okay.]

So come Thursday – this Thursday, 11th June – find your way to the JKUAT- Main Campus Assembly Hall and enjoy. I will be at the front row seats. If you can spot me, maybe I can score you a few drinks and foodstuffs that will be passed around to the VIPs. I said maybe, stop texting me Davy.

Check poster for details and early bird ticket purchases.

Blessed.

KENYANS, SUPPORT YOUR OWN!

Let’s talk entertainment for a second today. Kenyan entertainment. Okay, this is where all of you ladies who think Rabbit is just an animal close the tab and move on to other businesses online. Aye?

 

Last weekend I had a heated Twitter war with one of Kenya’s top (Yuck!) deejays. DJ Andie, he of Homeboyz Radio and Homegrown T.V programme on KBC every Sunday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Yes, I still watch KBC. Speaking of which, someone hook me up with the Programs Controller over there. Surely, how you gon’ have a Gospel Show on a Saturday and then a secular one on a Sunday? No disrespect to the Protestants but Sunday is the universally proclaimed day of worship this side of the Sahara. On a Saturday, all I want to see in front of me are bottles, bottles, more bottles and perhaps Vera Sidika’s derriere. Not baseless rants from Willy Paul on how his search for the perfect wife has been unproductive. What, you couldn’t keep Pendo either?

 

See I started watching Homegrown when I realized it was the only local programme, besides Mambo Mseto (though Willy M. Tuva has always seemed more inclined towards the Bongo flank), that truly endorsed local talent. That was way back in high school. Rabbit had just done Swahili Shakespeare, Jay A had only released his first mainstream track, Clap yo’ hands, and Camp Mulla were still…well, Camp Mulla. I remember this because I had an argument in within the confines of a classroom somewhere in Yala with a few colleagues of mine (Allan, Kinsley, Gilbert na Clinton stand up) on who between Jay A and Camp Mulla were the real deal. Kinsley, Gilbert, Clinton and I picked Jay A while Allan stuck to Camp Mulla. Then Camp Mulla got nominated for B.E.T and he shoved the middle finger to our faces. Fast forward, Camp Mulla outstayed their welcome, Jay A is now on Coke Studio Africa season 2, arguably the biggest project ever for any local artist, and if RapNairobi is anything to go by, he’s set to put to pen-to-paper on an International deal whose details they “still can’t reveal at this time”. Let me just put it out there at this point, to you showbiz ‘bloggers’, that I have never been a fan of this cliché either. Not one bit. W.T.F do you mean you can’t reveal at this time? So why the hell are you even running the story in the first place? It’s those juicier details you’re sitting on that we’re more interested in dumbass! Not you Uncle Chim, you’re a darling (no homo!) Meanwhile though, Allan recently got his head into the music industry as well, under the stage name ‘Aldiz’ (look him up on Mdundo…brilliant rapper) and it was only fair that I become his manager. Do I hear a Hallelujah somewhere? No? Ok.

 

So where were we again? Yeah, Homegrown. Anyway, so when I started watching Homegrown it was hosted by two of my most favorite Radio/T.V sweethearts, Miss, or Mishy, Amina (I was just kidding about the sweetheart bit Mr. Rabar) and Mwalimu Rachel (call me). On the decks were the one and only camera-shy chubby-cheeked DJ Hassan. By then, and I stand corrected about this, but my only perception of the show was that it was a strictly local entertainment programme. And it was perfect, I never missed a single episode. Heck, I even ditched the normal family mid-morning service for the 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. one just so I could rush back home and get my weekly dose of Kenya’s finest at peace, devoid of my mother’s incessant errands. Then Amina and Mwalimu both got knocked up (pardon my language!) so DJ Hassan had to host the show and a new DJ was brought in to fill his huge shoes at the decks. DJ Andie. Months later into the swap and something changed. I can’t really tell if it’s the management that changed or they just had an emergency meeting and decided that local music wasn’t giving the other Sunday programmes enough run for their money but somehow in between Octopizzo’s usual rants of “Namba Nanee baibyyy” and Willy Paul’s outcry to God to allow him call Him (see what I did there?) ‘Mpenzi’, Davido started creeping in with ‘Damiduro’, whatever the hell that means. Then Wizkid started looking for Caro and Mafiki-something got the speakers going with ‘Khona’, again…whatever the hell that means! And flesh by flesh, the West and South Africans tore our local artistes to bits. Why was I not surprised when Abbas launched a complaint to MCSK regarding his royalties?

 

Now, my argument with DJ Andie started when he played a Tiwa Savage track that sent my whole system swirling with rage. I couldn’t take the hogwash anymore. Why was he playing a Naija track on a supposedly local-content T.V programme? I was in the house with my elder sister and cousin (don’t even think about it) both of whom seemed strangely amused by my anger so I immediately tweeted the guy, asking why he had played Tiwa Savage. That was when the war began. He even mocked me for a second there when he rolled out Davido’s ‘Aye’ and I tweeted him inquiring yet again and he replied with a sly “Na Bado” comment. But don’t trust everything I tell you, here are snapshots of how the conversation went:

 

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Then the guy went M.I.A when I requested to be played ‘Nishazoea’ by Rabbit- Kaka Sungura. Just like that! I wasn’t harsh, was I?

 

A few weeks back, SDE did a story on how Rabbit had walked out on a meeting simply because Kiss T.V’s DJ Xclusive had overstretched his freedom of speech and declared that West African music was much better and was being received more positively by the fans than local music. That’s the level of patriotism if you ask me. And you’re still wondering why he’s at the Coke Studio and you with your fake English accent are still struggling down there? Seriously though, if you still think Rabbit is just an animal I don’t understand how you’ve come this far.

 

Here are the facts, Kenyan artistes are receiving lesser and lesser airplay by the minute and our very own deejays are the perpetrators of the impending music genocide. Like I said, you don’t have to believe everything I tell you, just tune to Kiss 100 one of these fine days and jot down the number of times you hear ‘Million pound girl’ by Fuse Off Da Ground then wait for Sauti Sol’s ‘Nishike’. My wallet is not one of my friendliest items but I’ll buy you a beer or two if you don’t fall asleep waiting. Or perhaps you could set a date with DJ Pinye and Mista Prime one of these chilly evenings on The Beat and carry out your statistic. And while you’re at it you could make a stop over on Str8Up with Ian Mugoya and his pack of noise-makers.

 

I applaud the Gospel deejays. Only one or two International songs receive airplay when you see DJ Moh behind the wheels, er…decks, on Crossover 101. Kiss T.V too, I believe has a segment for local music only. I appreciate it. Sincerely, I do. How about the rest of you? My war rests solely not on our deejays, it expands to y’all too. Stop talking about how explicit ‘Nishike’ and ‘Mfalme wa mapenzi’ are then go feasting your eyeballs on Nicki Minaj’s naked openly artificial butt in ‘High School’. Which brings me to the hypocrisy of Kenyans on social media. ‘Nishike’ boasts half a million plus views while ‘Mfalme wa Mapenzi’ claims a clean 300, 000+ views on YouTube, barely 3 months into its release. Surely, who’s been watching these videos if they’re as gross as we claim them to be? Yo’ Momma? (Again, my language!)

 

Get behind the wheel, support your own. How do you think Davido won at the B.E.T Awards? I gat nothing but love for the West and South Africans. But not at the expense of our own. Octopizzo works just as hard as Ice Prince, Sage sings just as well as Lola Rae, Sauti Sol are just as perfect as Mi Casa and, damn, Sanaipei Tande has just as smooth a thigh as Tiwa Savage. Show them your damn support for crying out loud. It’s about time!!!

 

But then again, like has been the case with the previous writers on this topic before me, we’ll motivate each other for 2 seconds then sweep it all under the carpet the next. Well, I just hope the traffic was worth it while it lasted. *Evil laugh*

 

*Puts earplugs back on. Jams to Nishazoea, Hala, We be happening, Biashara Remix. Then goes back to bed*

 

Blessed Week!