Tag 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

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

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.

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

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