Category Archives: Artists

INTRODUCING| MAIA AND THE BIG SKY

She’s gonna be performing at Blankets and Wine this Sunday. A Kenyan with German\Italian roots, her music is soulful and will make you appreciate life from a totally new angle. We got the chance to interview Maia & the Big Sky just after the release of her latest album: Continue reading INTRODUCING| MAIA AND THE BIG SKY

TnT at the Christopher Wallace video launch

TnT is a Kenyan rap duo that consists of the hell spitting Timmy Blanco and the hook swinging Twenny Eights. They are carrying the hiphop torch to Olympic standards and if any of their recent projects is anything to go by the Trap is strong with these folks. We happened to attend the premiere of the Music video for their hit Christopher Wallace. We managed to get a few words from them regarding the project and any future plans. Here’s what they had to say: Continue reading TnT at the Christopher Wallace video launch

Introducing| @quotmie

Over the centuries art has evolved from complexity to simplicity to downright nonsense(depending on who you speak to). However, today’s feature is an artist who dabbles in a very unexplored territory in the artmospherekoff koff. Most of you know it as doodling. Calm thy crawlers before you start lynching me. In this case I am not referring to those mundane sketches you do when bored but a more complex form of it but it still retains it’s simplicity. He showcased his newest work in the recently concluded art fair at the sarit centre and believe me when I say,”Seeing is believing.” His work incorporates a lot of imaginations, cartoons and other forms of artistic expression. He goes by the name of Quotmie and he is an awesome artist and a pretty cool fellow. Continue reading Introducing| @quotmie

Presenting| @d.e.e.e.e

Artistic  expression varies from artist to artist but all in all it comes down to preference. The advice is usually get a niche and carve it for yourself. However, the artist we have in our interview segment today is a cut above the rest. She is a jack of most trades and a master of them all. Her name is Deeee, she is a painter, cook, poet, singer….the list goes on and on. So, instead of wasting your time with meaningless sweet nothings aka journalistic jargo; BD254 presents Deeee.

Ps: Don’t forget the 4 Es. Continue reading Presenting| @d.e.e.e.e

Presenting| Mr. Jemedari

Kenyan hiphop has been for a while been downplayed and graced with controversy from one reason to the next.

However, in the recent past the current generation has in one way or another tried to push away this perception. From their branding, performances and even presentation.

Last year, at the bomblast memorial concert held at memorial park, I happened to be a witness to this new age development and I was amazed. The artist in question this time happened to be none other than Jemedari. Continue reading Presenting| Mr. Jemedari

Presenting| Mwafrika

Acknowledge yourself that you want to succeed, plan how you want to be successful and categorise what you want to be as a poet.

Mwafrika

The Kenyan spoken word/ poetry scene has made major leaps and bounds. It is currently and arguably the most appreciated art form within creatives. Poets are the only artists who are listened to. No matter who you are, where you come from, the audience is always accommodating and supportive as compared to other art forms. The fans are loyal and they are always ready to listen to someone new and give them a chance.

I met Mwafrika at the first edition of the YCafe and what struck me was his humility. I could tell he was genuinely enthusiastic about featuring on the magazine and he had passion for his work. We finally got to have a sit down with him and the phrase ‘Never judge a book by its cover kept ringing in my mind.’ Continue reading Presenting| Mwafrika

Presenting| @Tribesmen Africa

Kenyan music has come a long way from the days of bumping to Boombatrain by Nameless and E-Sir, to the era of crews like Camp Mulla, to  the globetrotting trendsetting Sauti Sol and the new generation of diversity all across the entertainment scene. Today we happen to be featuring a member of this new era of awakening. To say that their music is okay would be an injustice. The Their style is mainly  influenced by elements of new age urban music but they still manage to keep the core Kenyan vibe of music. They go by the name Tribesmen. We were lucky enough to catch some of their members as they were releasing their debut compilation project titled MORE and they gave us an insight into what goes into their creative process and who they are. Continue reading Presenting| @Tribesmen Africa

Presenting| @dubiz_ernesto

When most see a camera and a face the first word that comes to mind is the ‘selfie’. However, today we get to showcase a different type of photography that involves cameras and faces but it’s not a ‘selfie’.

If you have been following this month’s series(photography month), you might have come across the term portraiture. If you are well versed with art terminologies you can deduce the term is derived from the word portrait which refers to a painting or drawing of a person that captures the face and mostly ends slightly below the shoulders and/or collarbone. Portraiture type of photography basically has the same goal only difference is instead of a paintbrush or pastel you have a camera.

From the long introduction, you can already guess where I was going with this. Today’s featured photographer goes by the handle @dubiz_ernesto. He claims to be a diverse photographer but from the looks of his Instagram feed, he is nothing less than a master of portraiture. His style mostly incorporates the use of shadows and highlights to bring out the intended vibe. You should definitely check this budding artist  out.

Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, we present @dubiz_ernesto: Continue reading Presenting| @dubiz_ernesto

Presenting| @Onyango_Odhiambo

When most people talk about day one brothers, they are usually referring to a friendship that has survived the test of time over say a couple of years. However, very few get the chance of having to say this while literally meaning from day one and today we get the chance prove our validity in this elite club.

He started out as a photographer around the same time BD was still getting the hang of the monthly shoots. We happened to procure his services and it was one memorable experience. It’s one of those shoots we always laugh about and it’ll never leave our memories. His name is John Onyango.

From a very informed perspective we at BD can say this fellow has come a long way, from nervous bouts during shoots to being featured on VSCO to recently having shoots within the Kasarani Sports Centre. He tends to specialise in portraiture but is not limited to it as he has dabbled in an array of other styles as well. Saying this photographer is going places is an understatement and it would be a shame if you didn’t check out his instagram.  Without further ado, we present… Continue reading Presenting| @Onyango_Odhiambo

Presenting| @a_mythical_stranger

From the featured image and the title head, you can clearly tell today’s feature is definitely one of a kind. His instagram feed goes by the tag @a_mythical_stranger and boy does he live up to the expectations, at least the myth part(you’ll understand why in a minute relax). If you happen to be a follower of the bigwig pages of the kenyan photography scene on instagram, you will definitely run into his work. His style is quite diverse but it tends to capture your imagination. So don’t be too hard on yourself for posing the question, “How?”…

Continue reading Presenting| @a_mythical_stranger