Category Archives: Kenya

‘Natives’ – Xtatic (Feat. Fancy Fingers, Kahi, Poet Teardrops, Fadhilee Ituliya)

xtatic let me explainIn September 2012, JUSI I LOVE introduced to you, a rising Kenyan Hip Hop artist called Xtatic. The young artist has since then developed her artistry. In her recently mixtape ‘Let Me Explain‘, you can listen to the fruits of this hard work. I would like to share with you the amazing track ‘Natives‘, which features Fancy Fingers, Kahi, Poet Teardrops and Fadhilee Ituliya. It’s an anthem that vibrates through Xtatic’s pride about her African roots.

You can listen to the mixtape in its entirety below. Okayfrica just premiered the video for ‘Let Me Explain’.

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‘Malkia’ – Kwame

malkiaKenyan producer Waithaka recently produced the great Afrosoul track ‘Malkia‘, performed by Gospel artist Kwame (‘Rugendo‘). The sweet tune is getting more and more attention in the blogsphere since it seems to suit many ears and souls. Enjoy the joyous melody and Swahili/Sheng lyrics.

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‘Penzi Sumu’ – Victoria Gichora

gichora5In recent years, we got used to listen to great Afro Soul from Kenya (JarelNaomi Wachira, Mayonde, Sauti Sol, … just to name a few outstanding artists/ bands). In such an excellent Soul scene, it is increasingly difficult to show outstanding performances and yet, shooting star Victoria Gichora just succeeded to deliver a brilliant surprise hit. ‘Penzi Sumu‘, produced by Wawesh Mjanja, (founder of Penya Africa) is a deep and slow Soul track that shines through Gichora’s unique soulful voice and its warm ambience.

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‘Kidogo Kidogo’ – Trabolee (Feat. Level Next)

Trabolee kidogo kidogoOne of Kenya’s best rappers, Trabolee, will release his new album ‘All Roads lead Home‘ on 7th February. JUSI I LOVE readers know the rapper from his feature on ‘Elements‘ in the framework of the NEST project ‘Our Guns don’t work‘, on which he collaborated with Kenyan Soul artist Jarel (‘Fairy Tale‘, ‘Let’s Go‘, ‘Clouds).

In order to give us an idea what we can expect on his album, he released the track ‘Kidogo Kidogo‘, which features Nakuru native Level Next and fuses modern Hip Hop with Kenyan classics. “All roads lead home is my most ambitious project yet in terms of experimenting with new sounds and stepping out of my comfort zone. So Level Next and I were chilling and this is what we made for you, paying homage to the greats” explains Trabolee.

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‘I’m A Lion’ – Treesha

treeshaTreesha is an upcoming Reggae/ Soul/ Pop artist. The young singer is a native from Kenya but based in Germany where she is developing her artistry. Her international debut single ‘I’m A Lion‘ (available on itunes) is a vibrant Reggae tune that introduces us to her powerful voice. The track was beautifully visualized in a video by Steve O. depicting Kenya’s beautiful landscape and the pride of the Maasai.

Treesha  *-*  ‘I’m A Lion

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