MR. 2KAY ELEVATED

Published on: Jul 19, 2019

With a career only spanning across five years, Nigeria’s award-wining artiste Mr. 2Kay has chart-topping singles including “Bad Girl Special”, “Pray for Me”, and “Belema”, major collaborations and two albums to show. His latest and second: ‘ELEVATED’ is a beautiful body of work that expresses Mr. 2Kay’s growth as an artiste, both vocally and
musically. Mr. 2Kay has in the past scored several hits and collaborations with top Nigerian stars including Flavour,
Iyanya, Timaya, Chindima, Patoranking, Doray, Idahams, Cynthia Morgan and Seyi Shay. Among awards Mr. 2Kay has bagged over the years include Artiste of the year in the Niger Delta for over two years in a row and Best collaboration at Nigerian Entertainment Awards – New York in 2015. The album “ELEVATED’ includes collaborations with top Nigerian acts artistes including Efya, Cynthia Morgan, Harrysong, Idahams and Lil Kesh. He asserts that his visit to East Africa will present him with his first time opportunity to work with East African acts – something close to his heart. He is in Kenya to promote the new album and his latest single/video – “Banging” a bona fide feel-good track and if you listen you can feel that both Mr. 2Kay and Reekado brought their best
in the studio: the result is an incomparable synergy set to unite music fans from West to East Africa.

Discovered sat down with him to find out a little more about Abinye David Jumbo aka Mr. 2Kay.

Where do draw your inspiration from?
My inspiration was given by God and my day to day life and my environment. I grew up with my mom, who was a petty trader. I wasn’t born with a silver spoon so life wasn’t as rosy. We had to find our way. I went out there to help my mother hawk stuff on the street then come back home with money to put food on the table. While other kids were in school I was doing that for over three years. It affected me psychologically and the only thing that kept me going is music and my love for music. That’s how I found music. I became a friend and a lover.

People in your field that you admire?
Wizkid, Davido, 2Face Idibia and Tiwa Savage. Being in the same industry they have influenced me personally on how they are growing in their music. Looking back they went from nothing to something and if they can get to the point that they are now, I also can do that.

How do you influence the youth of Nigeria?
There is a slum in Nigeria, Potokat called the Waterside, I grew up there. A lot of people believe that if I can make it out of there they can also do the same. I inspire and encourage people through my music. It’s my way of telling people to be strong and courageous and no matter how long it takes there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I am my music, it’s my voice, so through that I mentor youth. I talk to them also on my social media platform about staying away from drugs and working hard to reach your goals.

Why did you decide to come to Kenya? (March 2018)
I am doing an East African tour and when you talk music and talk about East Africa you have to come to Kenya. I am super excited to finally come into Kenya as my first stop in launching my brand in East Africa. I’ve been working hard to create content for my fans and it’s time to meet and share with them on a one – on – one basis. I’m here to promote my album ‘Elevated’. You know, moving from one point to another. I feel like I have elevated form all obstacles, rejection, failure, tribalism and life struggles as well. ‘Banging’ is the perfect song to introduce me to my East Africa because it represents all my sounds as an urban contemporary artiste. I want to connect with
my fans so East Africa. While I am here I would love to meet Nameless because he is a legend in the business.
I would also love to work with Sauti Sol, I love their song Melanin.

How did Nigeria get their unique sound?
Nigerians are very consistent with what we do. We are very innovative. We research a lot, listening to different African sounds, bringing them together then come up with our own. The Nigerian sound is very dominating,
we make you like it, force it to you. You hear it the first time and you may not like it, but the next time you will be like, ‘Oh that’s my jam,’ that’s what the Nigerian sound does to you. We don’t stop pushing until we are on top.

Biggest creative challenge?
I don’t have much of a challenge when it comes to creating my music. I work with people who understand the industry and everything about it. So to be honest, I don’t face any challenges when it comes to creating.

How do you manage to stay on top?
Consistency is important, doing your research trying to know what’s new, and staying updated. It’s the same as your I Phone the way you always update it, it’s the same way with your craft. You have to keep upgrading yourself, because if you don’t people will forget about you. People like new thing, think ahead of time, and plan ahead of time.

How do you deal with public criticism?
You have to be strong, God and prayer helps in that area. Staying focused as well. Critic are out there to help you build work better and to grow your talent. Besides there will always be negative comments out there. I don’t like focusing on the haters, I pay attention to the positive comments, people who love me and what I do.

What is your message?
Put God first in everything that you do. Believe in yourself and what you do. Just because it’s not paying up today it may pay up tomorrow. Don’t give up and start jumping from one thing to another. Believe that what you’re doing is going to work out.

What is your favorite song in your album?
God can bless anybody. I talk about myself in that song. Listen to it you’ll understand me more.

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BEAUTY THROUGH THE LENSE

Published on: Jul 18, 2019

MODEL: OGOCHI MICHAEL
CONCEPT / ART DIRECTION; AGORO ADHIAMBO
PRODUCTION COMPANY: CHROMEZ STUDIO
PHOTOGRAPHER: ALLOYS ITEBA

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We live in a society where persons with albinism are dehumanized. They are perceived as magical beings or
ghosts. That’s the worst expression of marginalization and discrimination, especially in East Africa where many
are killed for their body parts for use in witchcraft.

When Agoro Adhiambo, told me that she had a friend with albinism ( Michael Ogochi). I knew that we could
use that golden chance to be a voice for persons with albinism

The Brief was to come up with a campaign using portraits to raise awareness and educate the society that colour
of the skin don’t matter. We are all the same. The superstition and stigma associated with albinism should stop.

They are human beings just like us.

The society gave me a wrong preconception that a person may encounter bad luck if they touch the skin of a
person with albinism or turn into one. I have only encountered good luck since I did the project.

Let’s not discriminate people with albinism, we should love them.

For this specific project I got inspired by Angelina D’auguste, Yulia Taits and Justin Dingwall using their passion
for spreading awareness of albinisim through photography.

 

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WHEN ART SPEAKS

Published on: Jul 16, 2019

How can art lead a dramatic social change? There has always been a natural connection between creativity and
social change. Generations of artists and creative thinkers have employed protests songs, paintings and other visual arts to stoke activism and raise awareness of oppression, inequalities and injustice. Is it enough to draw on walls, take pictures and compose songs? Is this enough to deliver the message we need to? The role of creatives in social change goes beyond individual artists and collectives. The power of art is such that it can reach out to communities throughout the world to transform lives and bring about social reform.

As we searched for content for our ‘Trends’ pages, we used the key words “art and its impact on social, political and economic change.” We came across an article on the Bored Panda, ‘Powerful street art pieces that tell the uncomfortable truth -And just as art can inspire political action and resistance, so too do the walls of the city become canvases for important street art messages. The graffiti and street art on this list is perfect for spreading messages about environmentalism and climate change to a wider audience.

This street art uses simple slogans and provocative images to spread important and inspiring ideas in ways that are easy to remember. Such art can inspire people to action or at least remind them about important issues that they may have forgotten’.

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BLOGGING AT ITS BEST

Published on: Jul 09, 2019

Guess who is trending, they are. It’s occasionally worthwhile taking a moment to acknowledge that there are still really good bloggers out there who are influencing their respective fields.  Every day the sites below have hundreds of hits due to the content they post. Below is –according to us- some of the best digital platforms in Africa.

Best Digital Marketing

Gotta Quirk South Africa. https://www.mirumagency.com/en/home

We are a border-less agency of over 2400 digital savants, storytellers, technologists, makers and relentlessly curious minds. Across the globe, we are united by a love of making what’s next. Together, we blur the lines between strategy, creativity and technology to discover business and human motivations, and to create solutions that empower both. Ultimately, our approach puts clients and people at the center of everything we do. Because we believe that digital not only has the power to impact brands, but also create amazing human experiences.

Best Blog

Joy Kendi Kenya http://justjoykendi.com/

Joy Kendi offers a first look at fashion trends including insightful reviews, full collection slideshows, backstage beauty, and street style.

Best Instagrammer

Gareth Pon South Africa https://www.instagram.com/garethpon/

South African Photographer, Filmmaker, and Influencer. Follow his social media accounts, you’ll quickly find that Gareth has the envied job of working for and consulting with big brands, traveling the world while doing so, and all the while maintaining a top-notch Instagram feed.

Music

Bongoswaggz.com  it’s Popular East African Website Providing to you Entertainment News, New Music(Audio,Video), Celebrities Gossip, Love Tips, Love Stories and Fashion.

Events and Entertainment

Nairobi Now (https://nairobinow.wordpress.com/) is a space where various activities and events taking place in and around Nairobi are posted to create awareness among active seekers about the local arts and culture scene.

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5 WITH NJERAE

Published on: Jul 05, 2019

I am Njerae; a singer-songwriter, a storyteller and a self taught rhythm guitarist. I am a Sauti Academy graduate and a psychology student at the University of Nairobi.

Which famous musicians have you learned from

I try as much as possible to listen to all genres of music. I believe this way i am able to learn much more as every sing artist has their own way of singing certain notes and phrasing certain words. My all time favorites though are Jhene Aiko, Drake, Rihanna and Sauti Sol.

What was the inspiration for the first song you wrote/ or piece of
music you put together?
The first song i every wrote is called Hope. I wrote it back in 2012. The song is basically inspired by the story of Joseph Kony, the leader of the LRA in Uganda. At the time everyone was talking about Joseph Kony but I felt like my peers did not really understand what these young children were really going through, so i wrote the song in the form of a story about a young boy who was abducted and turned into a child soldier.

Describe your first moment on stage, what feeling did you get, were
you nervous
The first time I performed by myself on stage was at a school arts competition. I was very nervous and in the back of my mind i knew that i was definitely not going to win because of my nerves. However, i got on the stage and everything changed. I felt like i put on this mask and no one could tell what i was really feeling except for what i allowed them to see from the song. To my surprise, i actually won two awards and from then on i knew that on the stage, you can be whoever you want to be.

What are your fondest musical memories?
I started singing at the Kenya Music Festival and between 2003 and 2012 that’s basically all i ever did. My fondest musical memories would have to be the trips i would take with my peers to KMF. We all sort of learned each other in a new way, made new friends and new memories that would last a lifetime.

 Do you have any gigs we should look out for?
I have several small gigs that i perform at; you can keep yourself updated if you follow my instagram @Njerae.

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#ColabNowNow 2019 by Maputo Fast Forward, Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festivals and The British Council

Published on: Jul 05, 2019

 

The British Council invites young digital creatives to take part in the third edition of ColabNowNow in partnership with Maputo Fast Forward and Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festivals.

ColabNowNow will select 11 digital artists from Africa and the UK to develop cutting edge digital artworks through collaborative artmaking and storytelling. Applicants will apply with proposed projects which will then be developed with artistic and technical facilitators. Together they will create a collaborative exhibition to be launched on 11 October 2019 at the opening of the Maputo Fast Forward festival.

ColabNowNow has been developed by the British Council as a space for the leading minds in digital art in Africa and the UK to connect, collaborate and learn from each other in a safe, supportive and enabling environment. Do you think you have what it takes?

Curious to see what the ColabNowNow creatives made in 2018? See their online exhibition here .

Webinar

We’ll be answering all your ColabNowNow questions during a public webinar on 17 July 2019, 3pm UTC. Please click here to register.

Who we are looking for?

Are you a daring artist or storyteller working in a digital medium and living in Africa or the UK?

Are you open to collaborating with other artists/storytellers?

Do you want a chance to see your collaborative work shown across Africa, the UK and extensively online?

  • Artists can include, but are not limited to: visual/graphic artists, architects, technical artists, programmers/coders, music/sound artists, performers and animators.
  • Storytellers can include, but are not limited to: writers, photographers, filmmakers, videographers, bloggers and vloggers.

Visit here for more information.

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