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Nairobi News : December 13th 2013
Leisure: Take in some history with a visit to the Karen Blixen museum. P. 17 > Wheels: Don’t trust that car salesman with all your heart. P. 21 > ure: Take in some history with a visit to the Karen Blixen museum. P. 17 > Wheels: Don’t trust that car salesman with all your heart. P. 21 > YOUR YOUR DEFINITIVE ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE NAIROBI NEWS nairobinews.co.ke Friday, Dec 13 - Sunday, Dec 15, 2013 chillax ere are they now? UKOO FLANI MAUMAU There is no way to go back in time without mentioning hip-hop heavy weights Ukoo Flani Mau Mau. The group is made up of two groups; Ukoo Flani from the coast and Mau Mau from Nairobi. They joined forces to become the most respected name in their genre. Their songs have been termed as Kenyan Hip Hop classics with songs like Burn Them, Dandora l.o.v.e among others topping the charts for the longest time. Unfortunately they split in early 2000. However some, like Sharama (right) launched solo careers and have been doing very well, releasing singles and doing various collabos. Setting trends. What better way to celebrate Kenya at 50 than to look back at those who rocked our worlds with their talent and gave birth to entertainment as we know it today?Sylvania Ambani gives us the story young. While in Form Four, Jimw@t went to Calif Records and recorded his first song, Sema Nami Sweetie. After high school, Jimw@t released it and was shocked by the positive response. The same year, he was featured by Rhaptaz, a group composed of Gabu of P-Unit in the song Paulina which became a club hit and was used in the Close-Up Dance-o-Mania competition. He also did videos for the songs that same year. He was also featured in Jua Cali’s Kwa Album Yangu and Wanakimbia, which are in Juacalisekta, a mini album by Jua Cali. He then went on to pursue a solo career. In the same year, Jimw@t released his most popular Single to date, Under 18, in which he featured Meg C. In 2009, He was involved in a UN peace campaign where he collaborated in a peace song with artistes Jua Cali, Mejja, Nyota Ndogo, and Mr Lenny. He also worked on an anti-corruption song, Simama, with top Kenya artists. We could not reach Jimw@t but we hope he is well. He later released a mellow jam, Fall JIMW@T J in Love. His last release entitled Fan Wangu, was a dedication to his loyal fans. The much celebrated singer was recently in a bad road accident and has had to have multiple surgeries to improve. We wish him speedy recovery. WAKIMBIZI Who can forget these guys with their controversial hit songs Nampenda John and Jogoo? Wakimbizi was made up of two brothers, Mariko and Filter, together with Andree their childhood friend. They came out in the 90s with their song Nishike Pole Pole which became an instant club hit. They then released Wrong Number, a song about sugar mummies and young men. Wakimbizi still reside in the city and are working on a comeback album. ames Wathigo Mburu aka Jimw@t started his music career very LINDI Morrine Otiya was famous for her role as orphan girl Lindi in Kenya’s classic TV Series Tausi. She waltzed into the entertainment industry when she was only 10 years old and instantly became a favourite. Unfortunately when the pro- gramme stopped airing on KBC that was the last we saw of this talented actress. Lindi was the orphaned girl who was forced to live with an aunt who was very harsh to her. Her role as the orphaned, lonely girl forced to do house chores moved most of her fans to tears and kept them waiting for the next episode to unfold. SWAHILI NATION This group was one of the best in RnB back in the 90s. It was made up of two brothers Andrew and Robert Muturi and the late Cool James who later left the group. Ken Kayongo and Charlie Todwong from Uganda later joined the group. In 1994 Robert founded Groove Sounds in Sweden, and left the group. Ken, Charlie and Andrew were left to work on their first album, teaming up with Dr Alban. They release Hakuna Matata, one of the biggest RnB hits out of East Africa.
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