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5 music artists you did not know were from Africa

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Africa produces great artists, who scale the heights when they get the support they require. This article marvels at some of these great artists who have roots in African.

Starting us off are our very own Kering and Khaligraph. This was an intentional mistake which will make sense if your first encounter with these two was through radio. Did they make you think that you were listening to Americans?

                                                                                                                                         Nikita Kering

Yes! I had to start with the sensational 18-year-old Nikita Kering. Born and raised in Nairobi, Nikita Kering’ rose to fame due to her RnB style of singing. The kind of music that is popularly sang in America is what has seen her defy the odds to become a household name and to winning awards at such a tender age including the current AFRIMAWARDS nomination. Her English may have you thinking that she is best friends with Ariana Grande or Camila Cabello but the truth is she went to good schools, that is Riara Springs Academy, Kilimani Junior Academy, Nairobi Academy and Brookhouse International School. I wonder if CBC will get us such excellence!

                                                                                                                                        Papa Jones

Rapper Khaligraph nominated for 2020 BET Awards

Once again Yes! No one does rap in the whole of Africa like Khaligraph Jones. This is not to say that artists like Abas Kubaff, Octopizzo are not or have not made a name for Kenya but it’s just that when you think of Papa Jones, artists who come to mind instantly include Twista, the Game, Dr. Dre who are some of the biggest hip hop names the world over. So yes Papa Jones is African, Kenyan to be precise.

                                                                                                                                                Tinashe

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I could not believe it either but yes her father who teaches acting at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is a first generation immigrant of the Shona people of Zimbabwe, while her mother, is of Danish, Norwegian, and Irish descent, teaches physical therapy at California State University, Northridge. Making her African. Tinashe is however keen on ensuring her fans understand that she is of Zimbabwean descent and not from Zimbabwe because she was born and raised in America. The two and half men extra wears many hats. She is a singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, and actress.

                                                                                                                                                     Wale

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Even though he was born in Washington DC, Wale has Nigerian blood . His official name Olubowale Victor Akintimehin tells it all. His parents were both from the Yoruba ethnic group of southwestern Nigeria. The American rapper rose to prominence in 2006 and he has held on firmly to his success in the hip hop industry.

                                                                                                                                               Jidenna

Jidenna Theodore Mobisson is in fact Igbo. He spoke of his heritage on VLAD TV where he also claimed to have hired commandos to protect him from abduction during his father’s burial.  He released two singles, “Classic Man” and “Yoga”, in 2015 promoting Janelle Monáe’s label Wondaland.

 

You have got to be proud and hopeful about Africa. If we can produce such greatness amidst all the challenges then to what extends can we go when things get even better.

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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.

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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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