Monthly Archives: February 2013

JUSI I LOVE takes a short break

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JUSI I LOVE takes a short break. I will resume posting on 22nd April.

Til then, you may check out these great blogs:

Okayafrica / ThisIsAfrica / AfriPopAfropop / NotJustOk

I’m currently working on the production of African choir music. The first release will be music from a choir from Tanzania. I will keep you updated on JUSI I LOVE about this project.

Salam!

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‘Voters vs. Vultures’ – Juliani (Feat. Dela)

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Juliani6Kenyan Hip Hop artists are coming out strongly in the pre-election period. After Slumdawg & Yabadaoo‘s ‘Peace Song‘ Kenyan hip hop star Juliani releases ‘Voters vs. Vultures‘ (Feat. Dela), a powerful Hip Hop/ Rock track in which corrupt politicians are portrayed as greedy vultures. The comparison draws from Boniface Mwangi‘s anti-government graffiti which gained global popularity. Boniface Mwangi,  activist/ journalist and one of the most outspoken government critic in Kenya is even featured in the video – acting the leader of the group of young people who remove the vultures’ campaign posters in order to initiate their own anti-vultures campaign.

The video ends with an energetic crowd shouting “People, Power, Possibilities” – advocating for peaceful elections that will provide Kenya with trustworthy leaders.

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Juliani  *-*  ‘Voters vs. Vultures‘ (Feat. Dela)

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‘I Need’ – Jnr Brown & Tehn Diamond

I needIn this collabo Zimbabwean Hip Hop artists Jnr Brown and Tehn Diamond provide us with the adequate soundtrack for todays Valentines day. The track ‘I Need‘ combines rap lines with souful singing. On his website Tehn Diamond presents the song with following words to his listeners: ‘This is a song for you, ladies. It ain’t always drinks we wanna give you hey.’

You may download the track via soundcloud but you’ll need to be quick as download will only be possible until 00:00 CAT 15/02/2013.

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Jnr Brown & Tehn Diamond  *-*  ‘I need

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‘Beautiful Africa’ – Rokia Traoré

ROKIA-TRAORE-Beautiful-AfricaAward winning Malian singer Rokia Traoré will release her fifth studio album – titled ‘Beautiful Africa’ – on April 9. Some weeks ago she dropped the title track for the album in which she sings in Bambara, French as well as English. It’s a great, energetic track that expresses admiration but also infuriation about the state of Africa. However, her love for the continent proves to be resilient: “Yet my faith does not know failure“.

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Rokia Traoré  *-*  ‘Beautiful Africa

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African Music for Peace: ‘Peace Song (Amani)’ – Slumdawg Feat. Yabadoo

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Amani4Kenyans are preparing for the National elections that will take place in March. Presidential candidates are trying to mobilize voters since many months and politicians were busy hopping from one party to another. After the widespread violence that followed the last elections in 2007, Kenyan citizens are hoping and praying for peaceful elections. Artists have come out strongly and advocated for a violence-free election period. Two of these artists are Slumdawg and Yabadoo, two rising Hip Hop artists, who are members of Hip Hop conglomerate Y.G.B. (Young, Gifted and Black).

Their video starts with a short flashback of the post-election violence in 2007/08. In the song Slumdawg and Yabadoo communicate strong messages to the Kenyan society: ‘Peace is what we need every time, everywhere. Anything to do with violence, I say NO … no-no-no-no-no. I want peace‘. For Slumdawg, the motivation to produce the song has a lot to do with his own story: “I did Peace Song to urge Kenyans to vote peacefully and to maintain peace there after. I lost both of my parents due to the post-election violence, so I know the pain of losing loved ones to such horrific events.

Download the track via Reverbnation for FREE.

Politics is of no importance to me
These guys are using us like tissues
They don’t wanna submit to our issues
All they ever do is take care of themselves
– Slumdawg

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Slumdawg  *-*  ‘Peace Song (Amani)‘ (Feat. Yabadoo) (FREE Download)

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