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December 2019 Free Copy No. 227

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ENNAIRA Pb: Introduce Yourself & How you got your stage name E: I’m a singer - songwriter and performing artist. I perform mostly with: Bagira, my ukulele or with the band: Bohemia. I’m also a cosplayer by passion. My name came to be in my early high school years when people were messing around and started reversing their first names. I didn’t start using it until later on in my senior high school years when my ambitions for music solidified. Pb: How long have you been in the Music Scene? E: Music intrigued me from a very early age. Participating in School Projects, taking on the Violin in Primary School and writing songs since I was 11. However, in the current music scene, I would say about 3years as I released some songs in 2017 and started performing more so in 2018. Pb: How would you describe your Style of Music ? E: As I am not specifically inclined to any one genre, I would say my music is Afro-Fusion, but I do lean towards Blues, Jazz and sometimes Reggae melodies and sounds in my music. Pb: How did your Parents react when you decided to go into music? E: My parents were very supportive and were happy that I came to them and shared what I honestly wanted to do. I believe it’s because growing up they played us a wide range of music. They’ve both helped me greatly in their support ; with my dad teaching me different skills and tricks to better myself and performances & my mum giving constructive criticism and coming to shows, usually with the rest of my family who are also very supportive. Pb: How did you end up going to Sauti Academy? E: A friend suggested I should check it out, as I had prior education in music. I spoke to my parents about it and they thought it was a wonderful idea. The audition day was really nerve-wracking because I had another event that day and so my brother and I were decked in full cosplay but I was

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happy to be called for the second and now the rest is history. I’m very grateful and pleased that I chose to take their advice as I learned so much from Sauti, not just from our mentors but from a bunch of talented artists whom I can now call my friends. Pb: What are your biggest challenges starting out after school? E: I believe it’s trying to find gigs that are respectful to an artist in the sense of payment. Performance for exposure is something that is hurting the industry and needs to be stopped. Mental health has also been a challenge, but I’m taking each day as it comes and reminding myself that the future is never guaranteed because yesterdays today just might be the last. Also, it’s never that serious. LOL Pb: So far, which is your most memorable Performance and why? E: At the moment, I’d say my graduation concert in July at Alliance Francaise, because there was something electric that day and I honestly don’t know if it was anxiety, excitement or stress. My band was on point from their get up to how we played together, having my family and friends being the most amazing audience members and graduating in general! It felt unreal for a bit, until we had to set down. I also felt very beautiful that day while performing. But some honourable mentions would be at The Elephant, Dagoz, Wild Tymez (Minnesota) & The Minnesota Music Café. Pb: Who are your role Models? E: I would say my grandmother(R.I.P), my mum, my dad, Eartha Kitt, Muthoni The Drummer Queen and Rihanna just to name a few. Pb:How will you be spending this year’s Christmas holiday? E: I will definitely be spending it with my family. Writing new songs for the new year and working on different projects both music and non-music related.

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Interview by Njeri Kimani | Photo courtesy of Ennaira

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Tamer Hosny Sherif Abbas Farghaly is an Egyptian Singer , actor, composer, director and songwriter. He first came to public attention when he appeared on mix tapes with other Egyptian artists. Hosny launched his solo career with his 2004 album: Hob, becoming a successful singer of romantic music and was given the nickname “King of the Generation” by his fans. Tamer Hosny was born in Cairo to an Egyptian father and Syrian mother. He grew up with an interest in football and played the sport for five years. He had his first directorial experience in 2010 when directing his music video “Sa7eet 3la Sotha”. Tamer had a long-held ambition to become a director and to make his own music video. Hosny starred in the 2003 Egyptian film Halet Hob (A State of Love). In 2006, he was arrested for forging military papers to avoid serving in the army and received a one-year prison sentence, yet he only stayed in jail for six months. Tamer sang Bokra “Tomorrow (A Better You, Better Me)” a charity single that was released on 11/11/2011 at 11:11PM, along with Rim Banna, Akon, Diana Karazon, Marwan Khoury, Latifa, Souad Massi, Hani Mitwasi, Saber Rebaï, Kathem Al-Saher, Waed, Sherine and other Arab Artists. The single will distribute the proceeds of its donations to various organisations, institutions and charities with arts and culture programs. The eight-minute song was written by Majida El Roumi, and produced by Quincy Jones and RedOne. Tamer Hosny has recorded a new duet song with Shaggy, named “Smile”. The song, written and composed by Tamer Hosny, will be distributed all over the world. The music video has been released at the beginning of 2012; the music video was shot in New York City, and it has achieved huge success; it has achieved more than one million views in only 3 days on YouTube, and for this exceptional growth rate, YouTube awarded the music video a trending medal Tamer decided to make his Egyptian/Arab identity present in these collaborations, So he made Snoop Dogg appear in their music video wearing Egyptian traditional cloths known as Jellabiya and also wrote Snoop’s name in Arabic on the car appearing in the video. Tamer performed “Right Where I’m Supposed to Be” as the Official Song of the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in collaboration with Ryan Tedder, Avril Lavigne, Luis Fonsi, Hussain Al Jassmi and Assala Nasri openly presented by Public figure Hilal Al- Battashi.

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MY REAL NAME IS: BRIAN OCHIENG I GOT MY STAGE NAME FROM: a Close Friends I STUDIED AT: Domus Marie, Lang’ata and St Michael’s High School I USUALLY PLAY: All genres, feel good music, relatable, hit songs and new music from upcoming to re-known artistes. Based on targeted audience I GOT INTO DEEJAYING: for the love of scratching and love for music IT’S BEEN: 4 years MY MAJOR CHALLENGE WHEN STARTING OUT: access to Deejay Equipment

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MY MAJOR ACHIEVEMENT: Push the agenda of #PlayKe through my social media account on my level as a DJ, music distribution through my street mixes on Matatus and TV (PPP TV), #Neteisetai Top 10 countdown mixes on KASS TV every Friday of the week, featured on KAMEME TV as guest DJ to promote peace during 2017 elections, Resident Deejay on East Africa Express show at PAMOJA FM alongside Mikke Mzeiya and Oliver Koech, played on major gigs and clubs countrywide alongside DJ Mantixx and DJ Takeova as a curtain Raiser, topped on competitions as 2nd runners up and top DJ respectively. Among other small achievements that I can’t recall. IF I WASN’T A DEEJAY I’D BE: A Small Scale Businessman


CARNIVORE SIMBA SALOON, LANGATA, NAIROBI: Roaring BBQ Ribs on Tuesday, from 6pm. Entry: KES 990/- Adult & KES 450/- Child. Rhumba Night every 1st Friday, by DJs Wattii, Wikki & Martin; and New Jack Swing, every 3rd Friday. Entry for each: KES 300/-. Cultural Nights, every last Friday. Entry: KES 500/-. GUAVA LOUNGE, BUFFET PARK, HURLINGHAM, NAIROBI: Reggae on Monday to Thursday, from 11.00am to 7.00pm. Comedy Night, with Freddy, on Monday. Karaoke Night on Thursday, with Erika & Soul Masters. Good looking Friday, with DJ Exotic. Supa Sato, with DJ Symo Mfalme. Free entry. K1 KLUBHOUSE, OJIJO ROAD, PARKLANDS, NAIROBI: Back to the 80S, on Monday. Jazz Nite, on Tuesday, with Mwai & The Truth Band. Wednesday Night Live, with K1 Mixxmasters. One Love Thursday, with Dohty Family. Live Band Karaoke, on Friday. Gogosimo Band, on Saturday. Sunday Soul, with The Spindoktors. Free entry. KENGELES, LAVINGTON GREEN, NAIROBI: Band Night, every last Thursday. Free entry. Networking event, every second Thursday. Free entry. Quiz Night, every 3rd Wednesday. Entry: KES 500/-. MYERS LOUNGE, NAIVASHA ROAD, NAIROBI: Karaoke, with Doryne & Elsie, on Thursday. Ladies Night, with DJ Jacky, on Friday. Steady Saturday, with DJ Ticco, DJ Ben & DJ Davince. Reggae Jamdown, with DJ Vosty & DJ Ticco, on Sunday. Free entry. RAFIKIZ, LANGATA ROAD, NAIROBI: Monday: Soft Rock. Tuesday: Karaoke, with Kendi. Wednesday: DJ Protege. Seduction Thursday: Punch & Cocktails. Friday: Old Skul. Easy Saturday: DJ Mixes. Free entry. SAILORS’ BAR & LOUNGE, HURLINGHAM, NAIROBI: Monday & Tuesday: Slow Jams. Wednesday: Rhumba Nite. Thursday: Kizomba. Friday & Saturday: Club Nites, with DJ Sting. Sunday: Salsa Nite. Free entry. 7 DEGREES BAR & LOUNGE, NAIVASHA ROAD, DAGORETTI CORNER, NAIROBI: Happy Hour (Beers at KES 180/-), from 5.00pm to 8.00pm, every Tuesday to Thursday. Karaoke every Thursday, hosted by Didi and DJ Kuch. Friday Mix, with DJ Seph. Saturday Mix, with DJ Kuch. Free entry. SIPPERS BAR & RESTAURANT, HURLINGHAM, NAIROBI: Monday to Thursday: Rhumba and Blues, with DJ Selector. Friday & Saturday: Hutu Band, with Awilo Jamnazi. Sunday: Jazz, with Wakurugenzi Band. Free entry. 24/7, VIEW PARK TOWERS, NAIROBI: Beers at reduced Prices, on Tuesday & Wednesday. Red Carpet Affair, on Thursday. Ace Cards, on Friday. Reggae Nite, by Livity Sounds, on Sunday. Free entry.


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PARTIES & CONCERTS

Thursday 5th til Sunday 15th Mogadishu, Stories from Within Alliance Francaise, Nairobi. Compelling Art Works, Photographs and Videos, the Exhibition shows the Powerful Impact that art can have in Promoting Social Inclusion. 9:00pm to 5:00pm. Free

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Saturday 7th Money at the Museum Nairobi National Museum,Westlands. A Fun Mid-Morning Involving a Visit to the Museum Gallery, Story Telling, Arts & Crafts. 10:00am to 12.30pm. KES 500/-

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Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th All Things Women Expo 2019 Two Rivers Mall, Ruaka, Nairobi. Enjoy fabulous deals, shopping, fun, entertainment, raffle prizes, samples and discounts. 2 days of pampering and taking time for ourselves. The expo will include local and regional companies with the very best in shopping, fashion, food, entertainment, cosmetics, career development, travel, financial planning and much more. 10:00am-7:00pm. Free entry

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Saturday 7th Art In The Park, Museum Edition National Museum of Kenya, Westlands. Come ready to create your own masterpiece Painting under the guidance of a professional artist. 1:30pm til 4:30pm. KES 2,500/-

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Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th Mega Market and Xmas Food Fair Bomas of Kenya, Lang’ata Road, Nairobi. Buy African, by Africans hosted by Karen Flea Market & MBSFAAM. 10:00am to 6:00pm. Free

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Saturday 7th Kijiji Festival 2019 Karen Village, Ngong Road. Body Art, Glow in the Dark, Art Vendors and more. 2:00pm to 11:00pm. KES 1,000/-Males & KES 500 Females

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Tuesday 31st December Vision 2020 The Alchemist Bar, Parklands Road, Westlands. Usher in the New year with amazing music by: SURAJ, DeeJay Kace, Deejay xclusive 254 alongside DJ Lizbon & DJ Casche. 6:00pm til Dawn. KES 1,000/- Early Bird & KES 2,000/-. Regular

Saturday 14th Kenya Nights Turns 10 Ngong Racecourse, Nairobi. With a Performance by with MAJOR LAZER SOUND SYSTEM & THEMBA! 9:00pm til 6:00pm. KES 5,000/-

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Wednesday 11th A Night at The Library McMillan Memorial Library, Banda Street, Nairobi. Gala Event to Benefit Nairobi Public Libraries. 7.30pm to 11.30pm. KES 10,000/-

Saturday 14th Vivid Vibrations Michael Joseph Centre, Safaricom House, Westlands. With a performance by: CHELSEA OJERA, BRIL KENNETH & ALEXXIS MURITHI 5:00pm til 8:00pm. KES 800 in Advance, KES 1,000 At the Gate

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Sunday 15th Reverb Redefining edutainment with a Music Showcase telling the story of : MANSA MUSA; the richest person that ever lived. The Waterfront, Karen Road, Nairobi. 12:00pm to 11:59pm KES 1,000/-

Sunday 22nd Blankets and Wine #KenyanSummerSeason Ngong Racecourse, Nairobi. Koffee from Jamaica, Sun El Musician from SA, Fena from Kenya and Sol Generation artists including Nviiri and Bensoul. 12:00pm to 11:00pm. KES 3,000 in Advance and KES 3,500 at the Gate

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Sunday 1st What Can’t Kill You Alliance Francaise, Nairobi. What Can’t Kill You hits on everything from the media to the millennials to permissive, yet over-protective mums, a mum whose daughter, bratty Boitumelo grew up to be a thoughtless, adult brat. The one discerning insight the daughter has in the play is when she identifies her mother as the one who rendered her useless due to the mum’s lack of enforced discipline. For a writer who has never worked in the media, Sitati has immense insight into how they operate. He also portrays the complicated relationship between parents and private school heads with acuity. 3:00pm & 6.30pm. KES 1,200/-

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Sunday 1st The Nutcracker Dance Centre, James Gichuru Road, Lavington. The 5th Annual Dance Centre Nutcracker tickets are on sale now! With unforgettable costumes and sets, as well as the return of the Nairobi Philharmonic Symphony and international guest musicians playing the full length Tchaikovsky score, this will be a show you can not miss. Join us for this Nairobi tradition in bringing in the Christmas Season! 1:00pm to 3:00pm. KES 1,800/- Adults & KES 1,500/- Children.

Saturday 14th Temple Year Ender Crooked Q’s Rooftop, Westlands. Close the year with a very special edition of Temple! For our last one this year, we welcome back special guests: Foozak, Allan Strange, Lee .M., Eric K. & Frankie B alongside residents Dylan-S & Rathod! 10:00am til 8:00pm KES 1,000/-

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Wednesday 11th A Night with the Dynamiques The Alchemist Bar, Parklands Road, Westlands. Performances by: Fena Gitu, Arrow Boy, Official Masauti, Hope, Rakoze, DJ Henrique. 7:00pm til 2:00am. KES 700/-

PLAYS & THEATRE

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Friday 6th til Sunday 8th Fish Out of Water Nairobi Cinema. If you want to improve your memory, lend someone money. A greatly funny comedy play by: Heartstrings Entertainment. 7:00pm Friday, 3.30pm & 7:00pm Saturday and Sunday. KES 699/-

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