Monday, August 31, 2009

Julie Gichuru pregnant again - and you heard it a long time ago on Twitter via @RafikiKenya

Julie Gichuru is pregnant again, excellent news! That will be her fifth child, a real African woman! And you heard if first on Twitter, thanks to @RafikiKenya. See some of the tweets of the past month below on this topic:

mountainous Thanks for that info dude, I am glad to note you heard it first on Twitter through @RafikiKenya some time back.
about 7 hours ago from web in reply to mountainous

nzembi @mountainous By the way that #juliegichuru polka dot dress is nice.about 10 hours ago from mobile web

mountainous I was about to diss the polka dot dress on Julie Gichuru but now I realise its a Maternity Dress so I have to retract #citizenlive
about 10 hours ago from Seesmic Desktop

bankelele CitizenTV news anchor julie gichuru confirms she is expectant as she reads a story on teen-pregnancy during the sunday nightly news
about 10 hours ago from mobile web

kachwanya Julie Gichuru Declared she is pregnant. for those who have been asking.will give birth in two months time...great
about 10 hours ago from web

mountainous Wow! Julie Gichuru announces she is indeed Pregnant Live on Citizen Live. I guess @RafikiKenya was right all along. congrats to the Gichurus
about 10 hours ago from Seesmic Desktop

nzembi Julie Gichuru announces she's pregnant on Live News.
about 10 hours ago from mobile web

mountainous @ek13photos you can critique Julie Gichuru's polka dot dress on Citizen Sunday Live LOL!
about 11 hours ago from Seesmic Desktop

RafikiKenya @Shiko_Msa Thanks for confirming my view on Julie. The works are now already in their last stages (read afterplay)
11:17 PM Aug 23rd from web

RafikiKenya @ruatek Thanks for supporting my old view that Julie is full.
11:15 PM Aug 23rd from web

Shiko_Msa @rafikikenya before you get down to the works. Julie. Looks it yeah. But she can still do away with the odd dressing. Now go.
10:57 PM Aug 23rd from mobile web

ruatek @Rafikikenya it's a known fact julie is exptn a 5th..kudos
8:57 PM Aug 23rd from mobile web

RafikiKenya @dnyaga Good, I hope you will agree with me. She is pregnant, but it wasn't me #juliegichuru
8:46 PM Aug 23rd from web

RafikiKenya I hope today you will all agree with me that Julie Gichuru is indeed pregnant. #citizentv
8:44 PM Aug 23rd from web

RafikiKenya @emugendi Woman's intuition ??? Yet, I guessed it first #juliefull Was I born in the wrong body maybe?
9:51 PM Aug 2nd from web in reply to emugendi

RafikiKenya @Shiko_Msa Do you really think it is just the dress? #juliefull
9:29 PM Aug 2nd from web in reply to Shiko_Msa

RafikiKenya @bobui Depending on the positions they use, I think it could work #JULIEnaLOUIS But how would the baby look really?
9:28 PM Aug 2nd from web in reply to bobui

RafikiKenya @bobui LOL Yes it could be Louis Otieno ! But what a baby would that give? No, let me not think about it.
9:17 PM Aug 2nd from web in reply to bobui

RafikiKenya @bobui @willpress So at least we are 3 already who can agree that Julie is pregnant. Now, next question: who did it? Her husband? Again?
9:10 PM Aug 2nd from web in reply to bobui

RafikiKenya @bobui According to my sixth sense, she is pregnant #juliegichuru
9:05 PM Aug 2nd from web in reply to bobui

RafikiKenya I couldn't hear Julie, but she looks very pregnant
8:58 PM Aug 2nd from web
The early announcement of Julie's pregnancy on Twitter reminded me of some nice infographics from Samuel Degremont on information flows before the Twitter era and after Twitter. I am copying these graphics below.

Before Twitter

After Twitter

As you can see from the graphs, Twitter has changed the flow of information and news quite drastically. What do you think?

Apart from following @RafikiKenya on Twitter and the usual baby bump, here are some other signs to look out for if you want to know whether a woman is pregnant or not:
  • Sudden emotion swings (although women also tend to have these even when they are not pregnant, so maybe they just occur more frequently).
  • Fatigue.
  • Weight gain.
  • Sleeping problems.
  • Morning sickness; also certain smells make her feel sick.
  • Drinking less alcohol or no alcohol at all.
  • Urinating more frequently.
  • Some women get a faint dark or red line from their belly button down.
  • Sore breasts, bigger areola as well as tender nipples which may be darker in color than usual.
Any others I am forgetting?
Oh, and please don't ask me which of these signs showed me that Julie is pregnant.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Kenyans getting ready for Stella Mwangi (aka STL) in support of the Mau Forest

Kenyan rap princess Stella Mwangi aka STL will be performing at Thika Municipal Stadium on Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 to raise awareness and funds for the Mau Forest. The concert will involve Stella Mwangi as the Headliner, K-Nel (Kenyan hip-hop artist based in Germany), DJ Wesley, DJ Leo (Capital FM), Jimmie Gait and Abbas among other popular Kenya artists. Stella Mwangi will be joined by her girl Michelle (from the song Take It Back). The Green Belt Movement and Wangari Maathai are also expected to take part in the event.

Stella Mwangi aka STL is a young, Kenya-born MC inspired by Queen Latifah and others. She has shared stages with Public Enemy and Angelique Kidjo. She is making great inroads into the international scene and currently working on a second album which hopefully will be taken up by a major label.

Personally, I am not into rap at all, but I love Stella Mwangi's music anyway. Great lyrics with some kind of message, a groovy sound and funky moves - that's what I need and she got all of them! You can see how she is (w)rapping herself in Rafiki Kenya's soft avatar flag on the picture. Nice of her, isn't it?

Here are three of Stella Mwangi's best songs:

1. 'The Dreamer' (her second single from her debut album ‘Living For Music’ which was released on October 20th, 2008 in Scandinavia and Africa):

2. 'Makelele' (about the post-election situation and disharmony in Kenya):

3. 'Take It Back' (her first single, it was a kind of a hit song in Africa and in Scandinavia; #1 on the East African charts in 2008)

The lyrics of the last one 'Take It Back' are so inspiring and so true:
Heshima kwa huyu dada, Jamani ametoka far Tunawakilisha and We're taking it back just taking it back Rumblin’s beat -we're on fire, STL, Michelle aha Tunawakilisha and, We're taking it back just taking it back
I'm on my way back home Already packed my bags can't wait to get home Clear everything else away Don't wanna do nothing else but walk my way, I’m going Back to Kenya, back to the fine weather Back to grandma, ain't nothing else I'd rather Sit on the porch and drink grandma's porridge Talk to my elder, listen while they speak knowledge Next morning be on my way to Nairobi Do another song bet now they all know me And magazine can write all kinds of bullshit But let me tell you this, STL will always do this Lift your hands swing them around like a million buck Make sure everybody here knows what’s up It's been a while now finally I'm coming home With the perfect beat, go a head and shake it all
I been around, seen a few things learned a couple new things Been through good and bad things Learned about how things - GO! When you got a big dream, can't let - GO! I'm holding with a good grip I rap to get close to everything I'm chasing Do all there is, history in a making Some call it good work, some call it time wasting Some wish me good luck, some would like to see me fade But on my way back home I don't wanna stress I just wanna lay down and watch the sunset Hang around with my cousins, we be chilling man Turn the volume up on this we be cruising man STL baby knew this time would come That I would take this, back to where I'm from Through your fist in the air if you feel this People here show love, cause this the place
Unahisi hii ngoma vinoma From the shagz to the city let me see you if you real with it -Unahisi hii ngoma vinoma Nomatter young and grown get your grove on go and get with it Unahisi hii ngoma vinoma I'm saying je unahisi hi ngoma vinoma una hisi hi ngoma vinoma I give you who I am, applaud to this one Thank you!
Stella Mwangi's album 'Living For Music' can be downloaded from Amazon:

For the concert on Sunday, transport arrangements will be made to ferry people from Nairobi to Thika (free transport from Nairobi to Thika and back will be provided). Tickets (Ksh 300/- only) will be sold at the gate and at the KENCOM bus stage in Nairobi.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Sauti Sol: Refreshing Kenyan music now available to the world

The refreshingly creative Kenyan band Sauti Sol consists of Bien-Aime Baraza, Willis Chimano, Delvin Mudigi and Polycarp Otieno, who met in high school and originally started as an a capella group.

The group is inspired by the choices, consequences and challenges that the Kenyan youth face and the need to revamp the music industry with a different unique sound that cuts across all age groups. Musically, their inspiration comes from the music of Fadhili Williams, Daudi Kabaka and other established African artists such as Salif Keita and Lokua Kanza. Eclecticsoul describes Sauti Sol's music appropriately as "afro fusion/neo soul sound that soothes, grooves and moves your mind, your body, your soul and takes it to that secret place where music meets heaven".

Their first album "Mwanzo" is an excellent fusion of delightful African sounds with a modern urban feel. Most of the songs are extremely well received when performed live among Sauti Sol's continuously growing fan-base.

The first single from this amazing album is "Lazizi". It was released in February 2009. Here it is:

The second single "Blue Uniform" was released in July 2009:

The complete album "Mwanzo" will be available for download from Amazon from Tuesday, 4th of August 2009.

Sauti Sol will be going on tour to Europe at the end of August. This is a good opportunity for the band to showcase their great talent and show the world a little of Kenya's musical scene. What better way to send the band off than with a live show on Saturday, August 8th, 2009, at the August 7th Memorial Park (Moi Avenue, opposite Railways) from noon to 6 pm, and an exclusive afterparty at Blue Times Lounge (Museum Hill) where you will have the chance to meet the band, grab an autograph, and take a picture. Let's send these guys off in style!

Ticketing info:
Concert: Advance tickets: KSh 300/- (call +254 727 214465); Gate: KSh 400/-
Afterparty: Free with concert ticket; KSh 200/- without.

Sauti Sol will also be performing at tomorrow's (Saturday, August 2nd, 2009) Blankets and Wine.