TIPS & TRICK WITH WAMBOI KAY

Published on: Dec 20, 2019

Tell us about yourself and your work.​

I’m a creative being whose not afraid to go for what she wants. I started blogging while in campus
after a photography class. I wanted to share my art with others. My online work has evolved to digital marketing where I have worked with amazing brands to share their stories online.

How long have you been engaged in social networking and/or social media channels?​

4 years now​

What does “community management” mean to you?

Community managemnt refers to talking care of people online. Responding to their queries, giving them information, managing their expectations etc. I believe as a digital strangest you’re always managing a community. ​

What is your perception of social media marketing and how do we measure success?​

It’s definitely changed from when social media was relatively new and we were all about followers. Now, I set KPI’s based on engagement/interaction. ​

What ways can a business distinguish themselves?​

By sharing exciting content that is different & could be stylized for ​each platform.

What are your top social media tips?​

Post consistently & reply to every comment.

Photos by Armstrong Too

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A THROWBACK WITH MS.PHY

Published on: Dec 19, 2019

Brief introduction of who you are.

I’m a 24 year old singer-songwriter based in Nairobi. I was born and raised in a village called Sotik, in the Rift Valley, but I moved to Nairobi to pursue my education and musical dreams.

Which famous musicians have you learned from?

Locally Tim Rimbui, Eric Wainaina and Atemi Oyungu are industry heavyweights I’ve personally learnt so much from. The rest of my lessons are from peer artists and watching international acts online.

What was the inspiration for the first song you wrote/ or piece of music you put together?

The first song I remember writing was in primary school with a friend. It was for a CU [ Christian Union] presentation and my class has to sing it. Based on how people reacted I think we did a great job.

Describe your first moment on stage, what feeling did you get, were you nervous?

My grandmother (who is a Kikuyu singer with 4 albums to her name) used to sign me up for church performances when I was young. So that prepared me for my first piece on a bigger stage that was the Kenya
Music Festival where I did a solo classical piece and won at national level when I was 7. I just remember being more hungry than nervous on stage.

What are your fondest musical memories?

My recent performance in Russia at the World Youth Festival tops everything else I think. It was an honor to represent Kenya and Africa in that capacity at the Olympic arena.

Do you have any gigs we should look out for?

My team is working hard behind the scenes on securing a couple of epic opportunities. Dates shall be communicated on my social media.

Why did you decide to perform at the African Nouveau?

AN is one of the proprietors of a solid music culture that’s urban,fresh and very much so African. I have always desired to be a part of this movement and it’s an honor to finally do this for the culture.

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A THROWBACK WITH MS. WAHORO

Published on: Dec 18, 2019

Brief introduction of who you are.

I am Wanja Wohoro a Singer/songwriter and guitarist from Nairobi, Kenya and Sydney, Australia. I began performing and songwriting professionally in 2013. I love the creative arts in all forms but music is how I express myself and communicate best. I am currently writing and hope to soon record my debut album ‘MATRIARCH’, due to be released in early 2018. It is about womanhood, blackness, Kenyan heritage, love and self
actualization.

What was the inspiration for the first song you wrote/ or piece of music you put together?

One of the first songs that I wrote that I was genuinely proud of and wanted to perform for an audience, that I can recall, was inspired by our complacency as humans. How often we don’t speak out about the things we see and the injustice we witness every day. It was called Wasted Tongue, although I doubt I can remember how the full song goes now!

Describe your first moment on stage, what feeling did you get, were you nervous?

I will say though that playing your own music in front of an audience is a completely unique and new experience for me. You are testing your craft on an audience and seeing how they interact and like your music. I find it more nerve wracking but also much more rewarding playing my own music to an audience. I used to be nervous but now I really try to stay in the moment and communicate the content of the songs to the public. There is nothing better than connecting with people through music that you’ve written.

What are your fondest musical memories?

My fondest musical memories have actually been the things that have been happening in the past few months since crowdfunding for my album. I only became a full-time, committed musician in July of this year. I have had a lot of gigs and a lot of interaction with new people. Some of the encouragement and discussions I have had have changed my perception of myself, music and what it means to be a performer and an artist in the
21st century. I think I will remember this period of creativity, songwriting and performing for the rest of my life, as the springboard that began my whole future career and outlook.

Why did you decide to perform at the African Nouveau?

It will probably be the biggest platform I have played at thus far, and therefore a great opportunity to reach a wider audience of people and have them engage with my music. Really excited to get on stage and share my songs from MATRIARCH, that audience will get to hear my new music for the first time!

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REAL LABOR OF LOVE

Published on: Dec 06, 2019

The legendary award winning  British band UB40 will be in Kenya for February 1st, 2020  for the Real labour of love 40th anniversary tour by UB40 ft Ali Campbell and Astro at Carnivore Gardens.
The band  famed for songs -‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Food For Thought’, ‘One In Ten’, ‘I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You’, ‘Don’t Break My Heart’ and ‘Sing Our Own Song’  are celebrating  their 40th anniversary with a tour dubbed – A real Labour of a Love 40th Anniversary tour.
The group has had 40 UK Top 40 hit singles, over 100 million records sale and topping global music charts for over a decade.
Tickets are available at www.ticketsasa.com and www.mtickets.com. There will be no regular tickets as the event seeks to give the fans a VIP experience with rates ranging from Kshs 5,000, Kshs 10,000 and Kshs 20,000.
The concert is brought to you by The Academy of Dance and Arts.

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