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Daily Nation : February 23rd 2014
February 23, 2014 Sunday Nation GIG GUIDE :SATURDAY: THE MOJOS LOUNGE, BANDA STREET, NAIROBI, WILL BE HOSTING DJ KAYDEE THIS AND EVERY OTHER SATURDAY. THE DJ WILL PLAY THE BEST MIX OF MUSIC PLUS YOUR REQUESTS ALL NIGHT. 3 VIDEOLAB HITORMISS ‘WHOA’ thought she will be doing foreign songs and forget that she is in Africa. Well, her two new releases have proven otherwise. ‘Oya’ featured M.I from Nigeria, which was a very nice collaboration while this new collaboration with AY from Tanzania and Kenya’s Prezzo W ell, when Victoria Kimani launched her music career in Kenya, many will cement her presence in East Africa. The video is shot in Kenya and Prezzo kicks off after Victoria’s intro. AY follows immediately after Prezzo and makes the hip-hop feel stick throughout the song. This song and video will make Victoria’s presence in Kenya be felt more and she will have to do a Ugandan collabo in order to gain more East African fans. Good job. and it looks like 2014 might just be the take-off year for this 254’s rap wonder-boy. One thing about Khaligraph is that rarely would he disappoint as far as the art of rap and music in general is concerned. He has easily transitioned from a street hardcore rapper to a mainstream rapper and now morphing into a brand. Just as he had promised, Khaligraph dropped a ‘Valentine’s themed’ track “Kidosho – Abiro Teri Mos” which translates to “Beautiful, I’ll take it easy”. This is a love-rap song, a special dedication to the ladies. Produced by Big Beatz K Afriq, the track starts with a slow jazzy and soul feel to it and later picks up when the kicks and snare come on. Opening up the first verse with his usual catchy style of rap of always loading his bars with many quotable lines. The instrumental is haligraph Jones has in the past month created a buzz for himself, simple, with not so much as keys playing making it easy to hear Khaligraph’s lines word for word. Kidosho is a story with three parts, first being a boy from Bondo trying to woo a lady from Nyeri, second is the independent ladies getting a pat on their backs and third is the celebration of love. The hook is also well laced, with the rapper going all ‘R-n-B, Blues’ on the fans. Yes, he sings while playing around with the words and you can tell he is having fun. He infuses Luo, Swahili and English perfectly. And just like the open- ing verse, his final verse makes for an interesting listen. The song’s entertainment value is through the roof, it’s loose and playful, poetry and word play revealing in the frivolity of it all. This kind of sound is rarely seen in the music circles and it’s always amazing when an ‘all rap no bubblegum’ artiste steps out of his comfort zone.
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