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Susumila Denies Claims of ‘Illuminati’ Praise Song

By Thomas Matiko

Coast-based musician Yusuf Kombo, popularly known as Susumila, has denied claims that he is set to drop a new single Tawire that would be praise of the satanic cult Illuminati, a that he has long been alleged to be a member of.

The Coastal blogosphere have been awash with news claiming that the Hidaya and Kide kide hitmaker has been forced to release a song in praise of the cult following his successful musical career.

Susumila is arguably the most highly rated musicians from the Coast with a gigs almost on a weekly basis.

According to the reports, Susumila is set to release the song T awire (a phrase commonly used by witch doctors) in two weeks’ time.

One of the terms in the song ‘ s lyric is the word ‘Subihan’ associated to a ‘jini’ (ghost) that he praises for helping him get a car, beautiful women and fame.


The reports further alleges that Susumila is making this move after being forced by the dark forces to release the song or else they would turn their back on him and ensure his downfall.

However, the musician without confirming or denying the release of the said song, has refuted the claims maintaining that his musical success is as a result of nothing else but sheer hard work.

“I work hard boss, silali nahangaika . Kama umechunguza I’ m very consistent in my work, I push my music alot kwa sababu ndio njia pekee inayolipa bills zangu. Hata vitabu vya dini vinasema asiyefanya kazi asile, Susumila said.

For the longest time, Susumila has been associated with the Illuminati and at one point when he lost his mother, its was alleged that he sacrificed her for fame and success.

The five huge rings, which he is always spotted with, have also been associated with the cult, allegations that Susumila has refuted them time and again.


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Singer Meek Belly Releases First Music Video

By Sharon Kantengwa

Aspiring artiste, Meek Belly, real name Martin T Ganura, recently released the music video of his third song, Garuka, whose audio was released in July this year.

The singer says the song was inspired by a true story and was produced by Pastor P while the video was done by Pure Gaze Pictures.

The singer, rapper, songwriter, and pianist joined the local music industry after years of working in communications and journalism field.

His love for music dates back to primary school where he was a choir member of the school, and later in high school, he created his music band “Boys of Hope” at Ntare School, Uganda. He has since been involved in a number of church choirs as a singer and pianist.

“After university, I pursued my professional career where I worked for a number of International Humanitarian Organisations, got promotions and headed to what I would call my dream job,” he says.

“Despite finding fulfillment in journalism, I still felt like needed to venture into one thing I love the most- music, and that was when I decided to go for it,” he adds.

Meek has recorded a couple of songs, which include Kuki, Ntacyo uzabura, and is currently putting final touches to his new song Baravuga which he says will be released in two weeks.

He also intends to do a collabo with music group, Urban Boys, among many projects currently in the pipeline.


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I Was Paid Sh500K to Sing Song Criticising Raila, Claims Musician

Photo: The Nation

Atommy Sifa.

Controversial Luo benga musician Tom Mboya Ang’ang’a, also known as Atomy Sifa, has claimed he was offered Sh500,000 by a Jubilee Party activist to sing a song criticising Nasa leader Raila Odinga.

Sifa had initially denied composing the song, instead insisting that he only appeared in the video.

In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Nation on phone from his hideout in Tanzania, Sifa said he accepted the offer because he was desperately in need of money to pay his daughter’s school fees and buy food.

The song titled Uhuru Nyale (Uhuru is capable) faults Mr Odinga for the ills bedevilling the community.

In one of the stanzas, he sings: “ Joluo ugaloru mojoga ubiro luwo ng’ani nyaka kar ang’o? (Luos you should not be taken advantage of. Until when will you follow this man?)


The song has so infuriated the community that Sifa said he was forced to go into hiding in Tanzania to avoid the residents’ wrath.

He said he was being hosted by a friend, eking out a living by doing menial jobs since he lacked a work permit to enable him to get meaningful employment.

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“I was desperately looking for money to send my daughter to school and for food. I ask my Luo brothers to understand me,” he pleaded.He narrated how he struck the deal that led him to sing the song which has angered Mr Odinga’s supporters.Sifa said he had gone to record a song in a studio in Nairobi when he met a musician friend. The friend said he could help him make money by introducing him to “some good friends”.He said he was later introduced to a Jubilee activist who broached the idea of him composing the song for money.PAYMENT DISAGREEMENTSSifa said he later learnt some other Luo musicians had also been approached to perform a similar song but declined the offer following disagreements over payment.One of the musicians, he claimed, had demanded Sh5.2 million while another had asked for Sh3.5 million.According to him, he settled for Sh500,000 but he was only paid Sh40,000 and was still waiting for the balance.“I had a deal with them and they gave me specific words which were supposed to be in the song,” said Sifa.Sifa said he produced the song and later had the video shot at a hotel along Thika Road in Kiambu County.PRAISE KENYATTAHe claimed that other musicians were also paid to sing songs praising President Uhuru Kenyatta.Sifa defended his decision to sing the song, saying it had earned him money.“I have more than 10 albums and I have composed more than five songs for Mr Odinga. What wrong have I committed by composing a song for Uhuru?” posed Sifa.The musician said he was suffering in Tanzania and called on the government to give him a position in the Ministry of Culture and Arts so that he could promote the welfare of musicians in the country.“Now that Kenyans have re-elected President Uhuru Kenyatta, I am asking him to consider me for a position,” said Sifa.He added: “I am an orphan. My children and my band members are worried over my whereabouts.” Sifa said he feared for his life should he return to Kenya.

It Took Us Six Months to Produce ‘Friend Zone’ – Sauti Sol

Photo: Sauti Sol/instagram

Sauti Sol.

By Hilary Kimuyu

Award winning afro-pop group Sauti Sol have disclosed how producing the world’s first ever emoji only music video took almost six months to produce.

The video of their newly released single, Friendzone, is a WhatsApp themed, emoji-only (lyric) video.

“This is the first EVER emoji only lyric music video in the world. It took us almost 6 months to develop and execute,” said the group on their social media pages.

This is the first EVER emoji only lyric music video in the world. It took us almost 6 months to develop and execute.

The emoji lyric video is the first of a three part video release for the song friendzone. The song has been well received among their fans and even on the airwaves.

Speaking about what influenced them, Bien said; “Right now somewhere in the world, there is always someone in the friend zone and there is someone trying to get out of the friend zone.”

“As part of our majority we try to sing songs that make people happy but we also tell people stories. Songs that people can relate to. People use emoji’s in our everyday lives, they are slowly replacing the actual words,” added Savara during an interview.


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African ‘Beyonce’ Thrills Online Audience – VIDEO

RESOURCE: Audrey Iteriteka Cover of Beyonce’s HaloBy Naira Habib

A video of a girl singing a rendition of American award winning singer Beyonce’s hit, Halo , has wowed the online community.

The clip is taken in what looks like a classroom, where the girl sits on a chair and begins to sing the song from Beyonce’s 2008 album titled I Am Sasha Fierce .

The vocal prowess of the girl has prompted netizens to tag the singer, plus encouraging music producers to invest in her talent.

The video was actually uploaded on YouTube in 2015 and has received more than one million views.

Nairobi News has established that the girl in the video is of Burundi origin and goes by the name Audrey Iteriteka aka Beyonce.


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STL’s ‘Big Girl’ Chosen as Sound Track for Hollywood Movie

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Kenyan rapper Stella Mwangi

By Naira Habib

Singer Stella Mwangi also known as STL, music career seems to be flying high as her song titled Big Girl has chosen as the sound track to Hollywood movie, Rough Night set to be released in June 2017.

The song is off her latest Hollywood EP album called Stella Mwangi. The movie will star award winning actress, Scarlet Johanson, Kate McKinnon, Zoe Kravitz, Jillian Bell and Ilaa Glazer.

This will be STL ‘ s third project from her EP to be featured on a Hollywood Project.


STL’s single Set it off > from EP (Extended-Play) Big Girl featured as a soundtrack on the third episode of BET Africa’s show, Being Mary Jane Season 4.

One of her other songs was also clinched by Fox Networks of the single Get Up & Go off the EP (Extended-Play) Big Girl to feature as a soundtrack on the second season of Rosewood .

The song appeared on Episode 15 titled Clavicle Trauma and Closure aired on February 10, 2017.

STL’s EP is a fusion of songs with high energy where she continues to create a diverse sound, fusing Swahili and English while remaining authentic to her African origin and style.


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Tawanda Marwizi — Upcoming musician Jah Victory real name Collette Hodera has roped in Baba Harare for an HIV and Aids song to be released next week. Titled “Wakandibaya”, the song was recorded at Maselo studios.

Jah Victory has since struck a deal with a UK medical doctor Dr Jewel Jacobs who has offered to assist him in spreading the campaign. The musician said the song will feature on his coming album “Kumafaro”.

“I have since realised that several youths are engaging in sexual activities leading to the spread of HIV and Aids,” he said.

He was optimistic that his campaign would reach several youths.

“It is encouraging that we have people like Dr Jewel who have come to assist in the campaign. For now we managed to do it with Baba Harare but more artists are coming on board,” he said.

Jacobs said they will also assist young musicians to create awareness through songs.

“Music is a communication that is powerful and we decided to assist the young musician in the campaign,” she said.

She is hopeful that the song will do justice in educating youngsters who are prone to the disease.

Apart from the song the musician is set to release an album “Kumafaro” that will have several tracks that include “Kumafaro”, “Anotamba”, “Vadzimu Vangu”, “Nherera”, and “Ndakazviparira” among others.

“That is my first album that will be recorded at Maselo productions. I think people will like it as most of the songs are party songs,” he said.

He said he would continue with his sermons on HIV and Aids to ensure a free HIV and Aids generation.

“I believe with the help of other musicians we can take several steps ahead in creating awareness campaigns. I am optimistic that these campaigns will contribute in creating a free Aids generation,” he said.


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Nigeria: Group Launches Gospel Music APP

By Ugo Aliogo

ETranzact group has launched a gospel music application known as the Minstrel with a focus to improve the gospel industry in Nigeria and make the content exclusively available to all and sundry.

Disclosing this in Lagos at a media briefing, the Chief Executive Officer of ETranzact, Mr. Valentine Obi, said the application would be a worship lounge where subscribers would have access to exclusive music content and worshippers, adding that it is a platform that provides access to one-stop shop for all gospel music.

He also stated that the content and sales of music on the application is within the control of the Minstrels (artists), adding that this empowers the artists to determine the pricing and the distribution of their work and also curb the issue of piracy.

Obi stated that when a user subscribes to the application, it provides opportunity for the user to choose the minstrel he/she likes and download the ministrel’s songs, adding that it is criminal to download music without paying for it and the application provides a portal for the minstrels and the subscribers.

He added that the application would eliminate the use of conventional means of music distribution, help to keep the music bought by any subscriber until when needed, stating that a subscriber can either buy a single or an album by paying through the subscriber’s bank account.

According to Obi, “The pricing of each song is dependent on each minstrel. You can buy a single or an album. We have plans to do advertising. But we don’t want to clutter the application with advertisement. The platform is available to all minstrels. As time goes on there will be events and plans to assist up and coming artists. You cannot play the song without the application and for a subscriber to play the music, the subscriber needs to buy the song using his bank account and submitting of personal needs such as name, email address and others details in order to create a profile for the individual. The application provides opportunity for the subscriber to chat their favourite minstrel, share songs amongst friends and family members, and create a playlist.”

One of the gospel artists present at the event, Nathaniel Bassey, commended the group for introducing the application, adding that it will promote innovation, growth of the industry and improve the gospel music video content in the country.


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Meet Christopher – Rwanda’s Rising RnB King

interviewBy Sharon Kantengwa

Known for his love ballads, Christopher Muneza is known to be one of the fast rising music artists in the country. He is also currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Finance at Kigali Independent University, amidst his continuous release of hit songs. The RnB maestro had a chat with Sunday Magazine’s Sharon Kantengwa about his music career and future plans.

What inspired you to do music?

I was always inspired by legendary musicians like Cecile Kayirebwa, and because I used to love her songs since I was little, I chose to use my talent when the opportunity came my way. I am glad that my decision has not been a disappointment as I get to improve musically.

Which one of your songs moves you emotionally?

There’s a song I composed called ‘UwoNinde’ which I wrote as a way of expressing my feelings. The song is about my experience as a senior four student, and the peer pressure that comes with being a student. My friends always used to push me into getting a girlfriend but I always told them, that I wasn’t searching because it wasn’t yet the right time for me.

Where do you draw the inspiration to write your own songs?

I get the inspiration from couples, my friends and people around me. I sing about love mostly, because even if many artists are singing about it, love is a vast topic that can never be exhausted because it is the most genuine feeling ever. Love is a rule from God that people often take seriously.

What has been your lowest point in your music career?

My lowest point was during the Primus Guma Guma competition. I had high expectations in the competition and I was using a lot of effort in the competition but unfortunately I did not make it as a winner.

How has your music life been like since you shifted management from Kina music?

I decided to leave to have enough time to prepare my team.I left because I wanted to achieve big and work out things on my own. We still have a collaboration with the Kina Music team although our work relations are not like they used to be before. The difference now, is that I am in charge of my own projects.

What do you attribute your music career success to?

My focus talent and love for my music. ‘IriJoro’, a song I sang with Danny Nanoneis which sprung me to the limelight was a result of my hard work. I give my music career enough time even as much as I may be busy with school.

What are your future aspirations?

I want to expand my music to the whole of East Africa and also launch a countrywide music tour. I also want to release ‘IjuruRito’ video and will soon be doing a collabo with Meddy. I have a lot that I am preparing for my music career but this is it for this year.


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Yet Another American TV Show Picks STL’s Song as Soundtrack

American TV shows seem to be falling over themselves for songs by Kenyan-Norwegian musician Stella Mwangi better known as STL.

Just days after her song was featured as a soundtrack in Being Mary Jane, another TV show has picked up her song.

Now, Fox Networks have clinched STL ‘ s single Get Up & Go off the EP (Extended-Play) Big Girl to feature as a soundtrack on the second season of Rosewood .

The song will appear on Episode 15 titled “ Clavicle Trauma and Closure ” to be aired this Friday, February 10, 2017.

This deal makes STL one of the most successful East African artistes in the business of music licensing in Hollywood.

This will be her second music project from her EP to be featured on a Hollywood project.

Rosewood revolves around a brilliant private pathologist Dr Beaumont Rosewood (Morris Chestnut) who uses his sophisticated lab to perform autopsies for the Miami Police Department, while uncovering clues unseen by its staff.

STL’s first single Big Girl was featured on an American production company that specialises in producing TV and YouTube content on the freshest car, motorsports, supercars, auto news and car and prank videos every week called Donut Media .

STL’s EP is a fusion of songs with high energy where she continues to create a diverse sound, fusing Swahili and English while remaining authentic to her African origin and style.


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