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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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A lot is happening in a short span of time. Therefore we thought to fill you in on happenings that may have skipped your timeline.

Nikita Kering got nominated for AFRIMAWARDS 

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Recently, Nikita Kering, a Kenyan RnB artist was nominated for the All Africa Music Awards in three categories 1. Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa 2. Songwriter of the year 3. Best Artiste, duo, or group in African RnB Soul. Voting is ongoing on afrima.org Vote for her!

Kevin Hart launched a clothing line

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The line which is dubbed ‘the Hart collection’ is produced in collaboration with fabletics, Kevin Hart and his wife Eniko Hart. The collection comprises mostly sporting gear, hats and sweaters.

 

Venessa Mdee welcomed a baby girl

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The Tanzanian artist who is engaged to power actor Rotimi recently welcomed their first child. The superstar who currently resides in Nigeria with her fiancé announced her pregnancy with a picture on her social accounts. She followed that recently with the hand of a newborn and a caption bearing the name Seven Adeoluwa Akinosho. Kenyan celebrities who flooded her timeline with congratulatory messages include Tallia Oyando, Akothee, and Sarah Hassan.

 

Vybz Kartel bought his family property

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After 10 years of incarceration, Vybz Kartel, the famous dancehall artiste is now investing in property for his family. In an Instagram post, he announced that he had procured land for his son who was now a father, and bought a house for his aging mother and father.

Kenyans vote Otile Brown, the biggest artist in Kenya See the source image

Nairobi Gossip Club hosted an opinion poll where they asked Kenya to mention the biggest Kenyan artist. As usual, fans took to commenting where most comments indicated that they considered Otile Brown the biggest artist in Kenya. Otile Brown must have impressed his fans by his work ethic, strategic collaborations and his relentless urge to rise as a star.

Other honourable mentions included Nyashinski, Sauti Sol, Khaligraph Jones and Nikita.

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Akothee speaks on her struggles of being a public figure

According to the mother of five, not every stranger who approaches you has good intentions and went on to say that she has been forced to run away from her fans on several occasions

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Being a public figure comes with its own share of challenges that come as a result of high expectations from people who at time forget you are human being too.

Now, singer Esther Akoth, popularly known as Akothee, in a post on her Instagram account has opened up on the struggles she goes through in her life as a public figure. The hit maker revealed that she is always uneasy when she discovers that she has been noticed when in a public area.

“You all might not understand but allow me to express myself today. I may appear strong but deep down I have been broken so many times. I am a moving damaged goods,” She wrote.

 

Akothee said that being on the limelight might not be as glamorous as majority of the people at times believe and events from her past still give her chills when it comes to meeting her fans.

“I have realized that I have become very sensitive that I don’t even want to leave my house. I don’t like people recognizing me in public and at times I just wished I was just a normal person passing the streets in peace,” she added.

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According to the mother of five, not every stranger who approaches you has good intentions. She went on to say that she has been forced to run away from her fans on several occasions. Akothee admitted that she is always scared to meet her fans to the extent that she gets traumatized before leaving her house or jumping out of her car.

 

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“I am Samuel” film banned

The film was produced in 2020 by Toni Kamau which highlights the experiences of Samuel Asilikwa after coming out as a gay man in the streets of Nairobi

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The Kenya Film classification board(KFCB) has announced the ban of a “gay” themed documentary on Samuel Asilikwa, a Kenyan. The film was called “I am Samuel” and was directed by Peter Murimi.

In a statement on Thursday, acting KFCB Chief Executive Officer Chris Wambua said that the ban will be in effect because the film is promoting a “gay theme”

“In the course of examining a film titled: I am Samuel, which was submitted to the Board for classification, the Board noted a clear and deliberate attempt by the producer, to promote same-sex marriages as an acceptable way of life,” Wambua said.

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He went on to say that the same-sex relationship is evident in the film through repeated confessions by the gay couple(in the film) that what they feel for each other is normal and should be embraced as a way of life.

Mr. Wambua also announced that any attempts to air the film with the Kenyan territory in now deemed illegal and any to distribute it within the country shall be met with the full force of the law.

“While the Board welcomes local and foreign support to our budding local film industry, such funding should focus on production of content that is aligned with the laws of our country. Films that advocate for same-sex marriages, homosexuality or any outlawed practices shall not be allowed for exhibition, or distribution within the country,” KFCB said.

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The film was produced in 2020 by Toni Kamau which highlights the experiences of Samuel Asilikwa after coming out as a gay man in the streets of Nairobi. It also shows his experience of rejection from from friends and some family members.

 

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