Nairobi this August, was a hotbed of cultural cool. Showing off it’s, cutting edge creativity & emerging new talent (just to name a few).

Here’s what we loved, straight out my capital of the +254 :

1. Somebody say, new music genre?

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The unapologetic Pan-African, producer, DJ & visual artist, U.KW.E!. Gave the internet, Swahili Trap. A new music genre, under construction.

He did it, with his remix for Ibeyi’s track, Bejila. On it, he also managed to sample an interview they did, with OkayAfrica. Since then, his remix has 5000 plays & counting.

have a listen to the track here:

https://soundcloud.com/brendern/ukweli-ft-ibeyi-bejila

2. Some People Wait On Empire, We’re Waiting Abstract Omega’s series.

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You may know him, for his music video, Ndai. A visual accompaniment for, Legacy. A music project done in 2013 by, creative-hub the Nest.

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Last July, the film-maker began a drama series on his youtube page, Monsoons Over The Moon. However, it didn’t make the rounds on social media, until this month.

Monsoons, tells us the tale of, dystopian Nairobi. It’s theme is very reminiscent of, the city’s & country’s long forgotten past: living in an oppressive regime.

You can check it out here, in the link below:

 

3. Wangechi and Fena Gitu have a new video out!

Rapper Wangechi & artist Fena Gitu play, the two cool ladies on the block, in their new music video, They Don’t Know, a.k.a, #THYDNTKNW .

The track, was produced by, Kevin Provoke for TEN CITIES. A music project by, Goethe -Institut Kenya.

Check them out below:

 

4. Ne-Yo is paid us a visit (and everybody, went selfie crazy).

Coke Studio Africa, is the gift that keeps on giving. This month, they didn’t just do the, usual bring African artists together to perform on one stage routine. Nope! They flew in, R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer & actor (yes he’s all those things) Ne-Yo!

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As you can imagine, with a city as tight knit as Nairobi. You could, connect 6 with people in your group of anyone’s who either saw him, or took a pic with him.

*Insert super-selfie game photos here*

5. Mi Casa re-returned for Koroga Festival!

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This bi-monthly festival’s headlining act, was non-other than eclectic House music band, Mi Casa.

Straight out of Jozi, they took the crowd to church with, their popular hits, “These Streets” & “Heavenly Sent”. As if that wasn’t enough, Kenyan Afro-pop band, Sauti Sol , hopped onto stage mid-way through their performance for a, surprise announcement. Both bands, will collaborate on a track for, Mi Casa’s upcoming album, ’Home Sweet Home’.

They even gave the crowd, a little listen to their project.

Other acts included were; DJ Protege, DJ Andre, Weloi & most importantly, the Queen of Kisumu City, Suzzana Owiyo. She tore up the stage with, her old crowd favorites like,  ‘Kisumu 100’ plus, something new she just dropped,‘Wamiel’.

Check out the photos of the festival, by Awuor Onyango  on her blog: Polygot Of The Open Sky.

 

If you’re not from the +254, tell us, your stories of the great things that happened this past August, in the comment section, below.

 

 

Is a free-lance journalist. Having contributed for, The Standard, The Daily Nation, UP Magazine & What's Good Live. She's also, a Concept Manager at, Wild_Child (fashion blog). In her keeping moving spirit, she manages various artists. Namely , Multi-disciplined creative, Awour Onyango. DJs & producers, Ukweli & Nu-fvnk. She's currently, stressing over her first EP.