Sorry for the very late update. The winner of the pair of tickets to the event should have been announced yesterday at 5pm. unfortunately I haven’t had internet access for almost 24 hours!! (thanks Safaricom!)

In as much as I’d love to give tickets to all you wonderful readers of this blog, I’ve decided to award the pair of tickets to Shelly B after I read her comment on the previous blog post.

After reading her comment, you have to admit that one would have to be absolutely heartless not to award her the pair of tickets.

So there you go, Shelly B. The tickets are yours, courtesy of 98.4 Capital FM. I hope that you and your cousin enjoy the show.


What’s on my Playlist?

Vivian Green – Emotional Rollercoaster.

This Saturday 15th October 2011 Capital FM invites you to the #LoungeUnplugged Fanatic edition, featuring R&B and soul singer Vivian Green. The 32 year old Soul Train Awards nominee and a native of Philadelphia is on her fist visit to Kenya. She is famous for her three studio albums A Love Story (featuring the hit single “Emotional Rollercoaster”), Vivian (2005) and her third album Beautiful was released in 2010.

The Lounge Unplugged is proudly sponsored by Baileys, Virgin Atlantic and Hotel Intercontinental. It will be held at Kefit Centre on Limuru Rd. Gates open at 7pm. The event also features performances by Neema Ntalel and Fena.

Tickets are available at all Dormans outlets (Yaya Centre, Westgate and The Junction), as well as at Hotel Intercontinental and Capital FM on 19th Floor, Lonrho House. Advance tickets are selling for Ksh 2,000/= and they will be Ksh 2,500/= at the door. So hurry and get yours while stocks last!


I have a couple of tickets to give out to the Lounge Unplugged courtesy of 98.4 Capital FM. Everyone wants one, and I wish I could give them to all you guys who’ve been ombeting so hard on Twitter, but I can’t make it that easy. So let’s have a little competition and from that, I’ll pick out a winner by the end of tomorrow, Friday 14th October.

All you have to do is answer a few simple questions, So here we go.

  1. Which airline is flying Vivian Green and her entourage to Kenya?
  2. Which hotel will she and her crew be staying at?
  3. Who is the main sponsor of the event?
  4. Name the venues where you can buy the tickets.
  5. Who are the curtain raisers for the event?


You should also give a very brief reason why you deserve the tickets, who you would take for the concert, and what you would wear for the event. (Ladies, a little black dress is always a winner, but you can be a little more creative, no?)


(Hint: All the answers are in this post, and you can also get more information on the Capital FM website )

Competition closes at 5pm tomorrow. You better get cracking and send in your answers in the comments section below.


What’s on my playlist?

Vivian Green – Beautiful.

Anyone in Nairobi looking for a pre-promulgation plot should consider heading out to Fiesta Restaurant this evening for Stan Live.

Stan (Stanley Ng’ang’a) is the talented, guitarist with the mellow voice that you probably remember from his album “Kenya Debut”. (Don’t have it?  I suggest you look for your own copy A.S.A.P – you can thank me later). He is back in Nairobi after a successful four month tour of Europe with his Penya Africa label-mates  Sauti Sol.

Stan Live is a monthly event  aimed at promoting upcoming local talent, and giving revelers a chance to unwind to poetry and live instrumental music. Regulars include Stan and his back up team comprising of Kwame (guitar) Dempsey & Meshack (vocals) and Bruno on the percussions as well as appearances by artists like Aziza and Sauti Sol. It is definitely the place to be if you want a laid back evening out tonight.

See you there!

Venue: Fiesta restaurant, Koinange St/Tubman Rd

Entry: Ksh 300/=

Time: 8pm until late

What’s on my Playlist?

Raindrops – Stan

Ha-He is the second video from Just a Band’s second album, 82. It was released this past Monday via JAB’s YouTube page.

Makmende Amerudi

Makmende Amerudi

The 1970’s themed video, directed by Jim Chuchu and Mbithi Masya, features a mean, ass-kicking character known as Makmende (played by Kevin “K1”Maina) who has been all the rage on Twitter this week.  A lot of people have been wondering who the hell Makmende is. Well, that depends on your age and where you grew up. Makmende was a term used way back in the early to mid 1990s to refer to someone who thinks he’s a superhero. For example, if a boy who’s watched one too many kung-fu movies on TV decides to unleash his newly acquired combat skills, he would be asked “Unajidai Makmende, eh?” (Who do you think you are, Makmende?) Trust me, there was a Makmende in every hood!

Makmende on Esquire

Makmende on Esquire

What Just a Band have done, quite creatively, is to give life to this long forgotten character in a way that makes him a unique Kenyan superhero, akin to Shaft, Jack Bauer and Chuck Norris. Makmende has so far taken on a life of his own, with a fan page on Facebook , a Twitter account and even a website! Makmende is this week’s biggest trending topic on Twitter in Kenya.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Jim Chuchu and Mbithi Masya receive offers to create a TV series based on Makmende.

Badass of the year!

Badass of the year!

I have to say that Just a Band are setting the standards as far as local music videos are concerned. It’s about time some creativity was injected into the music industry coz I’m sure you agree with me that we are all tired of seeing the same old music video concept, which is to hire a few pimped out cars to floss with, get a bunch of pretty girls, pack them into a club and have a few miscellaneous people masquerading as artistes jumping all over the place screaming “Mikono Juu!” with other two bob lyrics.

The video itself is hilarious, you have to watch it to appreciate the humour in it. With names such as “Finger of Nebula” (a parody of Hellarunga’s Finger of god and Crab Nebula) and starring characters named Wrong Number, Abscondita, First Bodi, Taste of Daynjah, The Askyua Matha Militants (this one literally killed me!!) and Britannia Zimeisha.

So kudos to JAB and as The Baks would say, “Endelea stairo hio hio!”

Enjoy the video!

Just a Band 82

Just a Band 82

So you know where I’ll be this Saturday. Album review coming up as soon as Blinky Bill hooks me up with a complimentary copy!

What’s on my Playlist?

Usinibore! – Just A Band



Maxwell, one of the greatest Neo-Soul artistes is back (finally!) after a seven years’ hiatus. The first album of his upcoming  trilogy BLACKsummers’night was launched three days ago. The other two, blackSUMMERS‘night and blacksummers’NIGHT will be launched in 2010 and 2011 respectively. Kinda creative, don’t you think? —> BLACK-SUMMERS’-NIGHT?

It’s been a long time coming and this is an album that I definitely must get sooner rather than later. I’m sure that Val and The ‘Licious One will agree.

You can read more about, and sample tracks off BLACKsummers’night here and here.


Speaking of hiatus, your regular dose of 5 bob opinions is taking a break from blogging for a while. Msi-tense, I’ll be back very soon. In the meantime, you can find me fooling around here —->

What’s on my Playlist?

Pretty Wings – Maxwell

Thanks everyone for sharing the information about the diferent Jazz nights in Nairobi. Last weekend I was on a mission to experience a couple of them. I intended to fika Psys on Thursday night, but the heavy rain coupled with mechanical problems, plus the fact that it coincided with Methu’s birthday bash at the Carnivore meant that I couldn’t make it! I also missed the Carni plan (pole bro, I’ll be there for your 1021st birthday next year!)

Sunday night found me calling Modo to ask whether he’d be there for Jazz night at Tamasha (since he raised the idea on my comments page) but he was somewhere detoxing after the long weekend. Unyc had informed me that she’d be there so we made a plan to link up.

9:45pm found me walking into Tamasha, and I was quite surprised that the place was packed! I didn’t know that jazz nights are this big in Nairobi. I expected to find a chilled out joint, considering the fact that it was Sunday night and people have work to attend on Monday morning. But I also know that Nairobians love to enjoy their weekends right up to the very last minute. But the crowd up in there was relatively mature, mostly guys in their mid 20s to late thirties. No tois in belts masquerading as miniskirts, others looking like a cross between Chingy/50Cent and R. Kelly jumping up and down to silly hip hop music. This is quite a plan if you want to enjoy yourself with a mature crowd.

Trying to find Unyc was quite a task, until she sent me a text telling me to look out for “a lady in beige sitting at the bar looking pretty and very lonely.” That was the easy part since her description was right on point. I’m surprised that there were no hawks swooping around! Chic, kwani did you tell them that you’re a divorced, feminist mother of three? I know fewer words that would send Kenyan men scampering for safety. Divorced? FEMINIST!? Three kids? Nice meeting ya! Goodbye.

I spent the next few hours trying to convince, coerce, cajole, sweet-talk, seduce, implore, katia, inveigle, palaver, coax (and many other big words that I’m yet to learn) Unyc to gimme a good role in her new Riverwood blockbuster (since there are some malicious characters trying to convince her otherwise!) But it seems that our minds were not in sync so hapo niliambulia patupu! The cow has refyOOOOOzed! 

Ok back to the music. The jazz was really good, but the mood of the place was a bit too uptempo for the music, you’d have thought that this was Saturday night at Buffet Park just hapo in the backyard. The live band came on for the second time (I’d missed their first rao) but they were quickly hijacked by some guys who sang happy birthday (the full kyuk version – complete with instrumental) for their pal. Everyone in the pub joined in and that made for quite a comical moment right there. I’m sure you all know the version I’m talking about, sivyo?

Happe baaaaaaathidei dear Maikooo, (HAAAAAAAAAPPE!!!) Happe baaaaaaathidei dear MaaaaiiiikOOOOO  May you haaaaaaave many many mooooooooore (MEEEENEEEEE!!!)May you have menemenemOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Punde si punde jazz night was turned into Karaoke night. Actually, it was turned into KARIUKI night as several kyuk numbers were played mfululizo, and it was left for the out-numbered non kyuks in the house such as myself and my buddy to look so out of place, clapping along like Biwott at a church function.  The highlight of the night was when Carol Atemi took to the stage and did a jazz rendition of several songs (I can’t remember them all by name coz by that time I was already under the influence – a few beers on an empty stomach is definitely not a good idea!) But I do remember her doing “My boy lollipop” by Millie Smalls. And trust people to chuck a Kenyanized remix

“My mboy rorripop, you make my heart ngOOOOO ngeedyup! You set my heart on FAIIIIIIIYAA! You AAA my wan ndizaIIIIIIYAAAAAA!”

Good times (Movie Buff 2006) I tell you!  

But I digress. Carol’s singing was fantabulous, backed up by Chris Bitok and his band on the instrumentals. I must admit that the first time I heard about Carol Atemi was the same Sunday afternoon when Capital played a neo-soul track of hers, fused with some kiswahili….that song is too beautiful! I don’t know the name of the song though. I asked her about it, she told me (I forgot…again!) But she says she has an album coming out in September this year. Best believe I’m a buy that! Look out for it.

A couple of other “celebs” were around, Edward Kwach ensconced in a corner looking very depressed. Dude has a big head I tell you. Very large, you’d think it’s a watermelon. DNA the one hit wonder (for now) was there feeling all hot with his “stunners”…I’ll never understand what it is with “celebs” wearing shades at NIGHT….INSIDE A BUILDING!! That’s just being a shagzmodo!!

There are a lot of other details about the night that I’ve left out, (inebriated, remember?) But I know that somehow Kariuki night became old school night.

Kui had suggested that I check out a certain venue at the Village Market that has a live band on occasion, usually on Fridays. I thought you meant The Cork (my second local, sadly it closed down some time last year) they used to have a very good live band on Sunday evenings.

There’s Dormans Rhythm Bar that has Jazz nights every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. (Kui, is that the one you had in mind?) Dormans is a very cosy uptown pub/coffee shop, very tastefully furnished. It looks like something straight out of Jo’burg or Cape Town. I lack the words to do any justice to the decor, so just check out this sample photo that I took at the stairs.

Rag at Dormans

You get the idea, no?

I’m no EGM or Mocha or (lately) Aegeus so forgive the picture quality. That’s 0.3 megapixel photography courtesy of my rusty Nokia 6600. Just aim and shoot. Hiyo tu. Dormans have Double Take band (Chris Bitok and Mwai) performing there every Friday from 9pm, and they have other invited bands who perform on Saturday and Sunday nights from 8pm.

The down side to Dormans is that it usually closes quite early on most days, (yesterday they were closing at 7pm!) maybe their prices are not too welcoming. (150 bob for a beer!!) So it’s not the kind of place where you can check into for a cup of coffee after work on your way home. It’s also quite snobbish, well, it’s got to be if their main clientele includes expatriates and UN employees. Not a place for the common middle class mwananchi. You only go there if you’ve got some serious cash to blow (i.e two beers, pushed veeeeery slowly!)

So now you know where to find me on Sunday nights, ama?

What’s on my Playlist? 

Only the loot – R. Kelly 

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