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WHY I THINK STEPH KAPELA SHOULD’VE STAYED WITH ATWAL MUSIC

I think Steph Kapela should have stuck with Atwal Music. I’m at the airport and I’ve just missed my flight., so I have some time to pass till the next one. My mind is always quick to entertain me with cynical thoughts and random guesses about the lives of the strangers around me, but only thing is on my mind at this point, that post that Steph Kapela made announcing his split from Atwal Music.

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What goes into an artist’s bio

Last year I happened to attend a workshop on maximizing your creative potential courtesy of Music of the People. This workshop was tailored towards educating artists on what they need in when taking the next step from a free act to actually start earning.

One of the panelists was the man behind the former Thursday night live gig at choices. He goes by the name Rashid Jibril and his wisdom was a marvel.  His main focus was on drafting a proper bio. Most creatives, especially in Kenya barely know what this is let alone have one. The ones who have it mostly have a skeleton framework of what is required.  This greatly puts them at a disadvantage when international and corporate opportunities as they are not able to sell themselves or their craft.  Continue reading What goes into an artist’s bio

Song Review: “Neptune – Take It Slow”

A groovy bassline, a psychedelic vocal sample and the most beautiful guitar chords you’ve heard in a while. That’s what will make you listen to “Take it Slow” by Neptune, on repeat for about three hours, say goodbye to bundles.

When boom pap kicks meet jazz influenced grooves, it’s a love that was meant to be. They’re kindred spirits, ready for an O-B-E. The beat, is what drew me to the song first and I thought it couldn’t get better until Neptune started flowing on it. Continue reading Song Review: “Neptune – Take It Slow”

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?”…

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Presenting| @the.frostographer

Well it’s yet another edition of our periodic photography month and today to start us off and for the second time in a row; we have the eccentric and talented Frostographer. We have to say this guys progression has been nothing short of amazing. From a phone to a dslr ‘watu wametoka mbali’. His style is quite diverse and his last shoot flooding our Instagram feed with the afrominimalist can attest to this. He is a perfect example of consistency and dedication can take you places. From shoots with Swiga to capturing iconic moments in events such as the Mojuice album launch at the Alchemist and an image from his last shoot being picked and noticed by the curators for Vsco boy definitely got the sauce. The Frostographer is definitely worth watching out for and hopefully his submissions for this edition will encourage you to  show some love to his Instagram and Vsco channels…

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Introducing| Joseph Kamaru

The Kenyan house and EDM scene is quite diverse and full of really unique talented individuals. Joseph Kamaru is a very gifted artist who happens to be one of them and he does nothing short of delivering musical gold. In case you’re wondering why the name sounds familiar, it’s probably has to do with the fact that he is related to the benga maestro who goes by the same name. However, that shouldn’t fool you as this 20 year old has done nothing but carve a niche for himself without riding on his old man’s waves. From his very active SoundCloud profile to his recent compilation release titled Euphoria,  you can tell he is an artist on a mission. So here on the ‘Introducing’ segment we give you Joseph Kamaru:  Continue reading Introducing| Joseph Kamaru