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A Moment with DJ E-LYE

Caught up with friend and upcoming mixmaster DJ E-lye to know more about his journey into the industry.

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Elisha stage name DJ E-lye is a food science and technology graduate whose hobby is deejaying. He has been around the decks as early as class 7, yes class 7, but professionally for four years. The conversation that follows is part interview, part understanding a DJ’s perspective on life. Read on…

Hey DJ E-lye, how’s it going?

The going is good bro.

Introduce yourself for our readers.

My name is Elisha Bwamu, 27 years.

Where did you grow up? And what impact did it have in your life and who you have become?

I grew up in Westlands and Kangemi. It impacted me in terms of knowing that there are people who have everything they need but don’t use it and there are people who don’t have anything they need but use the little to become something.

How long have you been a DJ?

I’ve been a DJ since 2006 ha ha. That was in Class 7 but I started practicing professionally 4 years ago.

What do you mean class 7?

A lot of people in my family are DJs or have been DJs at some point so I got to interact with deejaying in Class 7.

Why deejaying?

It is what I usually feel when I hear good music. I have a passion for good music.

Who is your inspiration?

My inspiration is my late brother DJ Dougie Doug.

What did your parents say when you decided to go the DJ way?

They gave the okay since they were confident I knew what I was doing.

Is being a DJ your main business or do you have another profession/career?

Deejay is my hobby but I hope to make it my main career.

Do you have a favorite person to work with?

Yes. DJ Wolverine.

How do you get the crowd engaged, energized, and in the party spirit?

By reading them to see their preference first then giving them their medicine relentlessly .

How did you land the role you have in Club Clique?

I talked to the bosses a while back when I went there to support a DJ friend and when the opportunity came, they made that call.

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What’s the largest crowd you have ever performed to and which was the toughest ?

The largest crowd I’ve performed to is a campus crowd. It was a Beauty pageant. The toughest crowd I’ve encountered were mature club revellers/bosses who did not dance but remained seated the whole time just nodding heads.

As a DJ where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

I see myself hosting my own events in coordination with my crew.

What is your favorite genre of music?

I am an open format type of DJ but my favorite genre is hip-hop.

Does being a DJ have an impact on your relationship, if in one ?

This one I will pass hahaha. Though for most people it doesn’t have a big impact as long as your person understands what you are doing. Time on a weekend for us is limited since we are always working.

How has the digital age affected your craft?

I can now research easily in terms of what to do, where to look for work , what is trending, etc.

What do you think about Kenyan music industry now?

The industry is still struggling in terms of getting international recognition but I believe we’ll get there with good content.

What has this Covid-19 period taught you in the industry?

Do not put your eggs in one basket and also save because you never know.

Parting shot?

If you are passionate about something , do it .

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Robert Alai assaults Ringtone Apoko

Ringtone and Alai have this afternoon engaged in a scuffle that might have gotten the blogger arrested.

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Gospel superstar Ringtone Apoko was this afternoon involved in a car accident with the renowned blogger Robert Alai. The accident which happened in Kilimani caused the two to engage in a road rage. Several video that have been shared on social media show Alai’s car having blocked Ringtone’s whose window is broken and smeared with blood

Robert Alai, was seen emerging out of his Subaru legacy with a wooden club otherwise known as rungu with an attempt to assault Ringtone. On the other hand Ringtone who had blood splattered on the right side of his face took to making a scene by climbing on top of his range rover while protesting the incident at the top of his voice. He later on climbed down to picket on lookers who had been attracted by the fracas surrounding the incident.

According to officials familiar with the situation, the two accused each other of obstruction in a scuffle that began on Loitoktok Road and spread to Dennis Pritt and Likoni Roads.

Allegedly Alai has been arrested and is being detained at Kilimani Police Station for assaulting Ringtone with his club.

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Sarah responds after Harmonize publicly apologized

The Tanzanian singer is seeking forgiveness from his ex-wife through a public apology.

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Sarah Michelotti, ex-wife to Harmonize has finally responded days after the Tanzanian hit maker publicly apologized to her for the way they parted ways, barely two years into their marriage.

In the apology, Harmonize acknowledged that him siring a baby out of wedlock was the main cause of their break up.

In response the Italian wrote on her Instagram stories that it is important for one to apologize when one realizes he has done a mistake. However, this short statement did not clearly show where she stands with regards to forgiving Harmonize.

Harmonize and ex-wife Sarah

Sarah dumped Harmonize back in December 2020 where she revealed that she had been through ups and downs with ‘Konde boy’ for the four years they had been together.

She also added that the hit maker was a liar who did not appreciate people who help him.

Harmonize has also dedicated a song to his ex-wife and it will feature in his next album.

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Birthday ideas with little or no money

Broke birthdays do not have to be bad birthdays. Make the most of it!

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Unfortunately, it’s not every year your birthday will find you balling. This does not mean you should not enjoy this day to the fullest. It’s your birthday! And it happens only once a year. The good news however, is that you do not need lots of money, or any money at all to celebrate your birthday. Here’s how you can still make it special and memorable;

Picnic

Prepare meals you can pack easily, buy a bottle of your favorite drink and have a picnic setup. You can invite your friends or family for this and have them bring food for the picnic. This gives you an all-you-can-eat buffet without even trying! The trick to picnics is a serene environment and a great view.

6 Tips for a fun end-of-summer picnic with friends – SheKnows

Bake a cake

When you really think about it, baking a cake is not hard. I did this for my 21st birthday and it turned out really good. I labelled myself ‘chef’ for a whole month and baked many more cakes afterwards. Thanks to YouTube, you can find many simple recipes to start you off. The decorating part is the best!

Movie marathon

Drop everything and have a movie marathon by yourself or with friends. Have a lazy day and binge your favorite series while snacking to some pizza, popcorn, crisps and wine!

Window shopping

Manifest on the good things you would have bought for yourself on your birthday by window-shopping at your favorite store. Check out the prices, create a wish list and save up for next time. You might even find something affordable and get yourself a gift.

Game night

Game nights are the ultimate broke party to-do-list. Make a list of interesting games you and your friends could play and invite them over for a party. They can bring snacks and extra games to make it more fun. This is a great way to spend time with your friends on your birthday.

Young Adults - Game Night | Webster Gardens

Charity

Helping others comes with a feeling of fulfillment and peace. You get to know you made a difference in someone’s life and this, really, is a mood you want for your birthday. Organize things you do not use and give them out to the needy. You can also attend charity events and help plant trees, make an environment clean and spend time with other volunteers.

Make a gratitude list

Getting to celebrate your birthday is a blessing in itself. Make a gratitude list acknowledging the good things and people you have in your life. Take note of milestones you have reached, and give a big thank you to God. It is also a great time to set goals for the new age and year.

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