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Richest Singer Akothee About To Embarass Kenyan Artistes Once Again, Find Out What She Is About To Do

Richest Singer Akothee About To Embarass Kenyan Artistes Once Again, Find Out What She Is About To Do

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They say a hand that gives is one that receives. Richest Kenyan singer Akothee is a good example. The Shengerea Mama hit maker who has always lent a hand to many is yet again to do something that will mesmerize you.

Finally! Kenya’s Richest Female Singer Akothee Gives Birth

Akothee exclusively confirmed to Mpasho that she was going to help one of the upcoming artistes Ziky, record his song by…

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Kenyans artistes are very petty! They will create something big out of nothing. On Friday night during the Bingwa Awards, Octopizzo emerged the winner in the Comeback category but the Kibera based rapper declined the award claiming that it didn’t make sense and out of generosity, he asked the event organizers to give it to Wahu, who was nominated alongside him in the same category
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This did not end well as Nameless came out to defend his wife Wahu against Octopizzo’s offer. He took to social media to rant about Octopizzo’s remarks telling him to humble himself before life does. Really? Was it necessary for Nameless to put it on social media? As a real man, he should have called Octopizzo and expressed his disappointment to avoid unnecessary drama. More on this story on mpasho.co.ke

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Kenyan artistes unite in 16-hour mega extravaganza

… one concert. In fact, not since the bumper Jaza Lorry concert held … celebrated them in a non-stop concert that went for over 16 … AY. “The current unity among Kenyan and Tanzanian artistes is a … that will put East African music on the world map,” AY … from Kenya Music Industry News http://ift.tt/1KR9yT6

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TUHESHIMIANE PRISS! Nameless Comes Out To Defend His Wife Wahu Against Octopizzo In Vicious Attack

TUHESHIMIANE PRISS! Nameless Comes Out To Defend His Wife Wahu Against Octopizzo In Vicious Attack

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Kenyans artistes are very petty! They will create something big out of nothing. On Friday night during the Bingwa Awards, Octopizzo emerged the winner in the Comeback category but the Kibera based rapper declined the award claiming that it didn’t make sense and out of generosity, he asked the event organizers to give it to Wahu, who was nominated alongside him in the same category.

KABOOM! Angry…

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Arts Journalist Margaretta wa Gacheru’s Business Daily newspaper article here  features Charles Murito, who, since 2014 has been inviting local Kenyan artists to exhibit their work at a space of his choice on a monthly basis.

Charles Murito visited our Essence exhibition and spoke with a few of our Portraits Africa artists in attendance.

We are looking forward to a collaboration with our artists…

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Peace Pieces
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Happy new year family! Hey you, yes you. Don’t you laugh at me. The year is only 27 days old… so it’s still relatively new. Besides, I haven’t been here in about a year or so. After dusting the blog off, it’s only fair that I should greet you in the most grand way I could think of.

Now that we are past greetings, in my silence, I’ve been watching the growth of Kenyan art and artists, and I must…

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The Dispute - 2015 - Oil paint of lubugo bark cloth

On Sunday I made my way to the White Cube Bermondsey to see Michael Armitage’s The Dispute (above). When I first saw the image pop up on Instagram it was the colours and twists and curves that captured my eye. It filled me with a sense of the jungle, of abroad, of South Africa, and the heat. Or of an African folk story. I have a great affinity with Africa as my Mother is South African and strangely it is the one place I have felt the most at home. 

Only reading about Michael Armitage now do I see that he is from Kenya and this was his first solo exhibition in the UK. The text below is taken from the White Cube website:

‘Inside the White Cube presented an exhibition of new paintings by Kenyan born, London-based artist Michael Armitage. This was Armitage’s first solo exhibition in the UK.

Armitage weaves multiple truths into his lyrical, figurative paintings which focus primarily on narratives from his native country, Kenya. Using oil paint on Lubugo – a traditional bark cloth from Uganda – he applies the paint in layers, sometimes scraping back, revising and repainting his images which are fused together from a wide range of sources including media news, East African legends, internet chat and images lodged in his own personal memory. In the painting Mpeketoni (2015), Armitage refers to the terrorist attack by Somali militants on the North Coast of Kenya during the last World Cup, where forty-eight men were killed in cold-blood. Armitage depicts a group of women carrying one of the wounded outstretched on a shroud-like cloth, echoing a Goya etching called Feminine Folly from the series ‘Los Disparates’ (c. 1816–23). While in Accident (2015), for which the starting point was a photograph of a bus crash, he revisits a scene of personal trauma: a plane crash he experienced as a teenager, with his father and uncle, deep in the Kenyan bush.

Conservationists - 2015

In presenting a visual iconography of East Africa; its urban and rural landscape, colonial and modern vernacular architecture, advertising hoardings, lush vegetation and varied animal life, his representations take on the appearance of an imagined or intangible myth, rather than an accurate vision of a singular event. Undermining his richly coloured palette and romantic imagery, however, is a quiet exposition of the daily realities of Kenya’s political problems, male-dominated society and extreme disparities in wealth. In And so it is (2015), for example, Armitage depicts a figure behind a pair of microphones, ready to give some kind of important address. Here the artist expands an all too familiar media image of political power, into a fantastical landscape of abstract vegetation, where the speaker is simply a shadow to his audience who mimic each other’s responses in a form of imagined bubbles. Likewise, in #mydressmychoice (2015), we are presented with a scene which is both sensual and disquieting: a naked woman is depicted from behind, reclining on the ground in front of a row of blue-suited legs, belonging to a group of male onlookers. Two bush babies in the foreground are placed as if in response to the viewer’s own voyeuristic gaze. While the woman’s reclined pose suggests the tradition of classical nudes, the painting in fact relates to a series of incidents in Nairobi, where women wearing miniskirts were accused of being indecently dressed and then stripped and molested.

Armitage’s application of paint is visceral: drips, visible brush marks, washes and layers lend the work a physical presence and charged energy. Using a flattened perspective and sinuous line, faces are often reduced to a few defining shadows, backgrounds to abstract washes of paint and vegetation – particularly doum palms – carriers of atmosphere or simplified, stylised shapes. In these works, figuration evolves into passages of pure abstraction, and then back again, seamlessly, within one painting.

Michael Armitage was born in 1984 in Nairobi, Kenya and lives and works in London. He received his BA in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art (2003 – 07) and has a Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal Academy Schools (2007 – 10).’

http://whitecube.com/exhibitions/michael_armitage_inside_the_white_cube_bermondsey_2015/

Six Best Makeup Artists in Kenya

Makeup artists have the task of transforming or enhancing the appearance of a person in the most professional and timely fashion. Their work imbues beauty and entices the senses making the overall energy in the perception of a person shift. Makeup artists in Kenya have the capacity to evoke different reactions in different makeup structures.…

Six Best Makeup Artists in Kenya was originally published on Reed Fashion Magazine

Khaligraph Jones X Chris Kantai - Ting Badi Malo

Khaligraph Jones X Chris Kantai – Ting Badi Malo

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Khaligraph Jones is back at it again, soon after dropping the seductive hit Nakedhe comes through with a banger Ting Badi Malo. He combines efforts with a hip hop veteran Kantai. Kantai has been off the scene for a minute but is back and seems to be as good as ever. Kantai first came one the scene with a collaboration with a fellow Kenyan artists STL, their single Happy made them both veritable…

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*January giveaway contest!*

Many of you are familiar with Jamilla Okubo, the Kenyan-American artist who has made a name for herself by sharing her talent of storytelling through textiles and fashion, black culture, and contemporary african fashion and music. 

We’re really excited about her newly released 2016 Illustrated Calendar which features a selection of images from Jamilla’s ‘We The People’ and 'Love You’ series. The calendar is available for purchase until Jan 31st, for $25.00, and available for international shipping. Here is the website where the calendars are available, and here is a folder of images for the calendar preview. 

As a gift to our readers we will be holding a giveaway of her 2016 calendar. The contest rules are as follows:

1) Re-blog this post

2) Follow @OurAfricaBlog on Instagram

3) Follow @RosemondandCo on Instagram

The winner will be picked at random on January 31st, 2016 12pm EST through our Instagram page.

In addition to the giveaway, our readers can redeem a special discount on the calendar by using code “ourafrica” on http://rosemondandco.myshopify.com/ ! 

My outfit on stage doesn't make me a prostitute, says singer Victoria Kimani

My outfit on stage doesn’t make me a prostitute, says singer Victoria Kimani

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Victoria Kimani Kenyan-born Chocolate City artist, Victoria Kimani, is fed up with the negativity projected towards female entertainers in Nigeria. She has taken to her social media account to vent her frustration. In an elaborate post, the singer blasted people who criticise women who are working hard to make a living in the entertainment industry. She added that her cute outfit on stage and on…

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