Young Kenyan creatives who are doing the most

Apart from the regular school routine, this is what young Kenyan creatives are doing to survive this harsh economic times. Times are hard leading but these youth have been able to incorporate their talent in contributing to the societies creative industry.

Some of this young creatives include,

 

1. Clint Malik and Moh mckenzie

Clint Malik and Moh McKenzie began their first style collective in Jericho Estate, a working class neighborhood in the Eastlands surbub of Nairobi. They are a group of neighborhood boys with a shared love of fashion.

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Earlier this year with the help of their photographer friend Brenon Ochieng Ooro, they started incorporating everyday objects, little relics found around their suburb, into their street style photos on Instagram. Clothespins hang from thrifted trench coat pockets and broken mirror shards are fastened to sunglasses with string. Tailor’s measuring tape and playing cards are safety-pinned onto everything from traditional Kenyan robes to hand-painted jeans and captioned #MadeInKenya.

Malik says,

“We use objects related to our culture, like matchsticks, brooms, and handmade handbags,”

Clint and Moh tell the Vogue

 

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2. Shem Obara

He is an enthusiastic self taught Photographer who has gradually been gaining recognition in the creative industry. He is known for his portraits, creative concepts and editorial images, which have caught the eye of many people through social media. The artistic mind has also captured the attention of some Kenyan celebrities with whom he has worked with. They include, Muthoni Drummer Queen, Kagwe Mungai, Blinky Bill, Antoneosol, Joan Munyi (Yummy mummy) among others.

 

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3. Jebet Navaa

Self-taught artist Jebet Naava effortlessly creates candid, thought-provoking and transcendent art. She is inspired by Nairobi’s vibrant creative scene and by elements of the human condition. Naava is determined to push Africa forward and claim her narrative. As a mother who has battled depression, her work tenderly centers on mental health, self-love, the celebration of the woman and the resilience of humanity. She was the artist behind Blinky Bill’s album cover Mayonde’s ProjectPurple EP.

Jebet tells the culture trip

 

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4. Wabosha Maxine

Maxine Wabosha is a Kenyan makeup and beauty artist who is carving a niche as an “eyebrow” expert. From getting spotted by brands, to working with amazing personalities, Maxine keeps on shining. Her services and YouTube channel, which all go by the name ‘Beauty by Wabosha’, have resonated with a lot of Kenyan youngsters and all who love the art of transformation. 

“Beauty is being the best possible version of yourself. Both on the inside and out”

Wabosha tells the spread zone

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5. Vallerie muthoni

Vallerie Muthoni is a recording and performing artist based in Nairobi, Kenya, currently studying a diploma in Music Production. With roots from her childhood in the USA, her music entails a different assortment of sound. From old-school funk and groove to the modern day RnB & Soul, her sound cannot be put into a box. Also being quite the entertainer from a young age, her live performances are experiences, from the story telling in her lyrics to her relation with the audience incorporating dance, dialogue, prose and energy through it all.

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She is also a girl of many traits, she has her own YouTube channel with content varying from Comedy, Music to even Poetry. You can also occasionally find her MC/ hosting events around town. She was recently one of the main performing acts at the Thrift Social-Athleisure edition

 

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Here is how some of your favourite celebrities celebrated Jamhuri Day (photos)

The 55th Jamhuri day is a national day in Kenya set aside every 12th December to celebrate Kenya’s independence. Many people do not go to work on national holidays.

Celebrities were not left out, they took this day to celebrate it with friends and family.

Below is how some of your favorite celebrities celebrated Jamuhuri day,

1. Betty Kyallo

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2. Amina Abdi

The beautiful all rounded media personality is not one to show off her family on social media but on this day she was spending quality time with her son.

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3. Sarah Hassan

After announcing her pregnancy on social media, Sarah Hassan has continued to share her journey with her followers. During this Jamuhuri day celebrations, she was accompanied by her husband in what looks like a vacation to Lamu.

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4. Janet Mbugua

The ever dazzling and recent mother of two was honored with the invitation to the Jamuhuri Day Garden Party at the State House. She was accompanied by her husband, Eddie.

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5. Kagwe Mungai

The Kenyan Musician and Producer was In Cairo, Egypt on a work trip but he was sure to represent his motherland during the special day by wearing a Kenyan Jersey

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Kagwe Mungai Partners with Top Liquor brand

Kenyan singer/songwriter and producer Kagwe Mungai has partnered with Ciroc Vodka, which has been made famous over the years because of the marketing and promotion being handled by Sean ”Diddy” Combs who has an equal-share venture with profits from the brand being split between him and manufacturing partner.

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This working partnership will see Kagwe do some projects like music, traveling and events with them. The partnership is an evolving one that will take place for a couple of months.

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Kagwe Mungai’s partnership makes him the second person in Kenya after the Fashion/Beauty/Foodie/Lifestyle Content Creator Joy Kendi who is also brand ambassador.

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This partnership comes some days after being nominated as the best Male artist in Eastern Africa in the All Africa Music Awards (Afrima awards). Kagwe was grateful for having been nominated along side big East African Artists.

Kagwe is yet to release his album which he features big collaborations with music artists like South Africa’s Sho Majozi and Tanzania’s Mimi Mars.

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Kenyan celebrity squads that will leave you jealous (photos)

It’s one thing to have favorite celebrities but it’s another thing when you find out they are friends. I have put together a list of surprising celebrity friendships who will  leave you wanting to be part of their squad.

1. Edith Kimani, Sharon Mundia and Patricia Kihoro

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2. Kagwe Mungai, Fena Gitu and Lenana Kariba

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3. Sheila Ndinda, Nancie Mwai and Mandi Sarro aka The girlfriend diaries

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4. Naiboi, Nyashinski and Big pin

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5. Joy Kendi and Cris Njoki

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6. Catherine Kamau, Neomi Nganga, Celestine Ndinda, Judy Nyawira and Faith Mary Nyaga.

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7. Terryanne Chebet, Monica Kiragu, Shix Kapienga, Kirigo Ngarua and Jacque Maribe

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Kagwe Mungai opens up on dating and why he is still a single man

Kagwe Mungai is not a new face in the entertainment industry for his electrifying music performances that leave Kenyans begging for more of the same dose.

He is among local celebrities who have managed to keep their life private despite him being in the limelight, while most male artistes jump from one relationship to the next. Kagwe’s relationship status has remained a big mystery.

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According to Word Is, he said he has dated before but ended up being heartbroken.

“I am not dating anyone now because I don’t want disruptions. Plus I have been busy with my album.I dated some days way back, which did not work. My heart has been cheated on for so many times. The girl actually told me who she played me with, but after we broke up, because we were still best of friends.”

It’s said that the worst feeling in the world is knowing you did the best you could and it still wasn’t good enough for the other person thus losing them in the process.

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According to Kagwe, that experience of having his heart broken inspired him to do the song, Creeper.

He has a new song called Super Sinner, inspired by his childhood songs.

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The Sh20Million dowry demand made by Kagwe Mungai that will leave your mind spinning

Kagwe Mungai is a very beautiful man. That term beautiful is normally used to describe the attractiveness of ladies and women in general but for him, it will suffice.

Why? He is so pretty that he has crossed the spectrum of how we define attraction. This also comes with a certain big headedness on the part of the musician.

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The man has received so much praise that he believes that his sh*t don’t stink, only smells like roses. What has the “Baas” singer gone and said exactly? Well in a post praising the strength of his mother, he was still able to praise himself. Narcissism.

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The man should read about the Greek tragedy of Narcissus, the man who gave us the classic term Narcissism. A good read and a cautionary tale all at the same time. But we millennials don’t read. Did you just read that? Then I am wrong. Sorry.

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I digress. back to his self-congratulatory post. He wrote:

“Look at my gorgeous mother! She’s the strongest and wisest person I know with so much sauce and grace! Ain’t a woman alive that could take my mamasplace! ♥️ #ThisIsTheWomanYoullPayToMarryMe
#YesYouWillPayDowryForMe #FerrarisWillBeAcceptedAsPayment.”

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That is what I call a healthy sense of confidence. Brimful! let us forget the fact that dowry is traditionally men to woman, not the other way around.

So, ladies, you got the memo. Pata Ferrari kwanza!

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Kagwe Mungai Just Dropped The Biggest Song of 2018

Cool kid Kagwe Mungai has just dropped a brand new, hot love song titled “Till The End”. The groovy jam features fast-rising Nigerian singer Niniola.

For those of you who don’t know, Niniola won the Soundcity Best Female MVP award (2018) as the Best Male MVP award went to Diamond Platnumz. The visuals to the song are dope; I must say that Kagwe has reached the international standard he’s always hoped for.

Like Mom Like Son: Kagwe Mungai Introduces His Mom To The World

The song is irresistibly dope and both artistes delivered to the maximum. Kagwe’s musical journey has been interesting. He did not start off in the streets like many of his Kenyan counterparts. The “Creeper” crooner actually studied music.

In a July 2017 interview with Nomad Magazine, the singer opened up about his background.

“My Mum says I used to sing myself to sleep. At the end of 2009, I went to Southampton to study Music Production and Operations Management. In High School, I had been a bit of a rock star, and then I went there and was the bottom of the barrel and met people who were so much better than me. I had to reinvent, grow, start again, and that forced me to hone in on my production. By the second year, I was tutoring; the third year I was in production and I found my group of friends that were from all over the world, which was such an amazing experience and the main reason I wanted to study abroad. I did a lot of growing in those three and a half years, travelled to a lot of open mics and tested my material. I got booed at a Kenyan event in Coventry. I was the last one to perform and people had eaten nyama choma and started chanting “Go home!” over and over again. My Mum taught me a long time ago you can’t ever run away from a fight, whatever that fight is, especially if the fight is brought to you. So I just told the DJ to keep going and kept singing.”

As for the music, it keeps getting better. Just listen to “Till The End”

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Fena Makes Kagwe Shed A Tear On His Birthday!

As Kagwe Mungai turned  a year older this week, his close friends are showering him with birthday wishes and praises.

His good friend Fena took to Instagram to wish him a happy birthday, and it was such a sweet message that made Kagwe shed an emoji tear.

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The “Baas” star was literally digitally serenaded by Fena:

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“It’s been beautiful watching you glow up into this fine fine man Kagwe… Learning from you, rooting for you, laughing, crying, bitchin and celebrating with you; definition of a true brother. I can’t wait to see how self-absorbed we’ll be together in our fly ass fifties 😂😁💝 Real talk though, everyone needs a Kagwe. Thank you for being mine. Fuck it up bro! #KagweNation #TheDreadsAreRealNow”

In turn, he shed a tear: kagwemungai Baaaaaaaaabe!! ♥️♥️♥️😢

Here are some of Fena’s fans’ wishes to Kagwe:

maureenbarmasai @kagwemungai Happy Birthday ♥♥
kleiyahr @kagwemungai happy Born Day
lucymelight Aaaaaaaaaaaw
riccombitho Am guessing you meant grow😂😌 but who cares its @fena_menal
michelle.ntalami Happy birthday @kagwemungai! 😘🥂
pousseylynn Yaas this is indeed glowing. I need me some Kagwe. Lawd!
socialocca 💯💯💯
yaframo Aaaaw [email protected]_menal
caren_phy If @fena_menal says it’s “glow up” then it’s fuckin “glow up” deal with it 😁
mr_snaps @kagwemungai usha wekewa kwa meza budaa…roho safi

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Like Mom Like Son: Kagwe Mungai Introduces His Mom To The World

Kagwe Mungai is one of Kenya’s most talented artistes. The singer prefers keeping a low profile when it comes to his personal life. Not many know who he is dating or much about his family. The “Creeper” crooner recently made a bold move and posted a photo of himself hanging out with his mom on Instagram.

This is such a rare thing as men find it hard to appreciate their parents on social media but are quick to praise their girlfriends.

Here is the photo:
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The singer sees himself as a future star. In a 2016 interview with Nairobi News, Kagwe said that “I want one day to be able to stand and accept a Grammy Award as the best musician and not as the best only in Africa. I want to be able to compete with the likes of Trey Songz. I want to create a lasting impression for generations to come because we have the talent, best music, and the best culture; that is what Kagwe is about.”

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Is Kagwe Mungai Dating This Nigerian Songbird?

Many people have proclaimed that 2018 is the year of change and they are looking forward to making changes, getting that mulla and changing their lifestyles and one Kagwe Mungai is also making a few changes.

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Might Kagwe Mungai be starting the year with a new lover? Late last year, details emerged on his Instagram stories where he was confessing his love for someone. And we may just have cracked who the lucky girl is.

Widely known for her song Maradona, Niniola is a Nigerian female artiste who rose to fame in 2013 after appearing on Project Fame West Africa.

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She has also been nominated for various awards and has gone ahead to win some of them including the best African collaboration in 2016 for the Mbilo Mbilo Remix and the Female vocalist of the year at the Nigerian Teen Choice Awards in 2017. Niniola is currently signed to Drumroll Records.

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It is rumored that their relationship started when Kagwe went to Nigeria last year. The superstar loves to keep his private life just that and he has never showed off his girlfriend in the past.

Well, it’s a new year and he might be ready to show off his girl for the world to know.

Here are screenshots of his confession;

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Mafisilets Vuteni Stool! Kagwe Mungai Is Single, It Could Be You He’s Looking For (Exclusive)

Ladies can’t get enough of him!

Kagwe Mungai is one of the Kenyan male artistes with a massive following especially by the ladies. The Creeper hit maker sat down with this writer where he finally revealed he is single…And I mean very single;

“I love my fans back. At the moment I’m dating myself, which keeps me focused on my writing, when I’m in my relationship I keep it ONE hundred percent. I needed to be by myself. Things change.”

So, who is his ideal woman?

“I don’t know. I like to be surprised. I don’t like to write how the person must be. “

Kagwe, who is now ruling the airwaves with a song dubbed Paloma, says he appreciates the ladies for the love

“I don’t have groupies, i have loyal supporters. At the end of the day is all love. These are people who support what i do.”

Mungai, who also doubles up as a producer, has produced some of the best hit songs Kenya has ever seen, and he had a message for the slay queens. Take notes!

“Live your best life, at the end of the day you are the one who has to live with your body and choices. Whatever makes you sleep at night, do it.”

He admits women always slide into his DM’s with all manner of ‘dirty’ and suggestive things.

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Kagwe Mungai is not only talented when it comes to producing good music but he is also blessed with good looks.

Looking at him one would think he has grown up with a silver spoon in his mouth but that is not so. Kagwe opened up during an interview with the Standard where he said he had to work many jobs to survive.

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Kagwe says, “I was a dishwasher, a bartender, a DJ, a barber, a tutor and many more.”All this was meant to earn him an extra coin back in campus.

He has worked on songs such as Give It To Me Feat King Kaka, Creeper, Hot This Year, Doctor, Biggest Fan, TKK Feat. Madtraxx, Bad Girls and The Dee

Kagwe is among few Kenyan artistes who have worked with both international artistes and African entertainers. Apart from being a great musician Kagwe is a certified saxophonist, composer, songwriter, singer and rapper.

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Having worked along side musical acts in the United Kingdom, Mungai had the opportunity to collaborate with musicians and poets such as Run toto Run, Louise Victoria, Julie Wangombe. Kagwe Mungai’s most notable collaboration was with Fena Gitu in the song Dutch. The song managed to peak at number one on several charts in Kenya and abroad.

As young as  14, he was writing songs and developing ideas with a four-track recorder his older brother brought home one day.

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Kagwe with his mum and his brothers