Known as the “KSB,” Kingsley Scarboy is a recording artist from Ebonyi State, Nigeria. The artist is currently studying Radiography in college while pursuing his music career. According to KSB, this dream is supported & sponsored by his brother and biggest fan, PossyJay.
As a kid, KSB fostered a solid interest in music. KSB grew up tuning in to Lil Wayne, YCEE & Young Money. Later on, he became influenced by works of contemporary Afrobeats musicians like Wiz Kid, Mr. Eazi, and Fredo.
KSB released the Afro Pop joint “Calling” in 2019. Calling has an irresistible dance beat and sweet verses. Heartfelt melodies by Bassman Beatx will have you craving for more! This one is for all the melanated beauties & fine mamacitas.
99 ft. Ellie
On “99” KSB collaborated with recording artist Ellie. This heat wave appeared on all platforms in 2020. Ellie killed us softly with her powerful voice. KSB dedicated this song to his ex-lover “purple” whom he’s still madly in love with.
“Purple is beautiful, sexy & independent. She’s the inspiration behind my music. Hope she read this.” – KSB
The gifted artist/lyricist has fascinating sounds that leave crowds enchanted. KSB’s music reflects the genuine components of affection and connections. It’s a guarantee that the Afroswing energies will make you shake a Lil’ Somethin. So, tell me what you wanna do. Click this link and listen.
Waithaka, a Kenyan producer based in the US, relaxes us with café jazz. The smooth keys complemented the poetry superlatively well. This joint was mixed & mastered by Giggz.
The rendition received an overwhelmingly positive review on the diaspora’s top entertainment platform. Music journalist Joy Ruguru unraveled the exclusive scoop behind the BLK2541 project on Tangaza Magazine.
Personal Reaction I dared to visit that place where, “although so much rejection surrounded me, I never felt neglected.” As I pressed replay perpetually, I began to sink inside the alerting sounds of nature. Vibrant imagery invigorated my soul & spirit amid apprehensiveness.
I felt Rongai’s breeze, a place I’ve never been. Although my father had a difficult time connecting with his daughter, I never felt neglected. It was an arduous relationship that left happy memories.
The Natumi Effect
Natumi’s capacity to give the inexpressible life is magical. The expressionist sanctions us to feel our memories by transforming her voice into a safe space.
Vigorous black-and-white visuals express what words are not able to. The man behind the lens, Matthew Kinani, understood the assignment. Ayzoe graced us with clean edits.
For those who’ve been displaced from their point of origin or simply homesick— this work of art is home. No papers? Don’t sweat it! “Take Me Back” is a no-passport-required destination. Relax, unwind and reminisce.
Unleash your implicit recollections. Revisit that place where, “happiness was a given and fear was a feeling so alien to you.” This is a replay worthy track with jazz, heart and soul. Now, let’s close our eyes and go back.
Mkali Magazine is thrilled to introduce independent artist Matt B and his US debut album ‘Eden’, which was released March, 12th 2021. Mkali Magazine was blessed with an opportunity to listen to this holistic creation exclusively and we are enchanted by this musical garden of life. Matt B is a Chicago-based R&B artist with Nigerian roots. His musical abilities are undeniably astonishing. Watch out for this one, cause it’s clear there ain’t no “Bad Vibes” only the taste of victory. The GRAMMY® Contender is currently sitting at #3 on the US iTunes R&B/Soul chart and having debuted at #36 on all genres. This authentic album features production from R&B royalty Bryan-Michael Cox and Tricky Stewart.
Bryan-Michael Cox is an American record producer who is notable for his extensive work with multiple platinum-selling artists including Usher, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, and Toni Braxton. His most notable productions are “Be Without You” for Mary J. Blige, “Burn”, “Confessions Part II” and “U Got It Bad” for Usher. Tricky Stewart is noted for producing the world’s best hip hop, R&B, and pop chart-topping singles. Some of Stewart’s record-breaking singles are: Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” (2008), Rihanna’s “Umbrella” (2007), Justin Bieber’s “Baby” (2010), and Ciara’s “Ride” (2010). Matt B is rocking with the best. ‘Eden’ is unique because it’s his debut album here in the United States. They say good music speaks for itself. Well, let’s find out by diving “Deep” to ‘Eden’—the Genesis of Matt B.
As we all know, the Garden of Eden was the first residence of humanity given by God. Now, why would an R&B artist from Chicago use this powerful title for his album? According to the artist, the album demonstrates the essence of something greater. The official album cover by Angela Benson is mesmerizing and pulls our souls into a colorful green garden filled with classical elements; water, air, and light. It is a visual epiphany. Pay close attention—you’ll discover Matt B dressed in all white while posing majestically. When it comes to colors, white is the most complete and pure. It is the color of perfection! The psychological meaning of white is purity, innocence, wholeness, and completion. It’s proof that the 39 minute trip to ‘Eden’ is worth your precious time! The Chicago native R&B singer-songwriter goes hard from “Saucy” to “Swipe.” The 11 tracks on the album carry a vibrational frequency of balance. Maybe it’ll make you dance or bump and grind. Indeed, the album has diverse styles, and it gives our minds a sense of equilibrium. It hit’s different.
‘Eden’ gives absolute range! It’s fearless and touches on numerous topics—one being the struggles and ups and downs of a relationship. “I Spoiled You” talks about exactly that. Matt B serenades us on a smooth, Synth-pop, hip-hop-like beat with tasteful vocals. This topic is relatable and stirs up emotions. We’ve all been there- feeling discouraged about a situation and consistently trying to warm up spoiled milk. Investing time, love, and energy only to find out you’re spoiling Bae. “I Spoiled You” is one of our favorite fruits in this garden. “Bad Vibes” is a wake-up call that reminds us to trust our intuitions when feeling used and overwhelmed. We should never be afraid to say, “Don’t come out here with all them bad vibes!” That’s right, protect your energy! Track #10 “I Love You” is a beautiful song that restores our faith in true love. He illustrates how it’s possible to go from heartbroken to believer and even walk down the aisle. Brethren, can we candidly speak? Ain’t nothing sweeter than a healthy & fruitful relationship that turns you on like a lighter. We are here for it!
Now, let’s talk about ‘Saucy’, shall we? This is a track that we bet on! It won’t be long until YouTube and Tik Tok choreography videos surface while wrecking moves in the best way possible. The sirens at the beginning demand attention and get your hips moving on overtime with no effort. Matt’s cadence and flow on this track are on point, hella saucy, and swagged out. The transition from singing to rapping is evidence that he is the Jack of all trades. The meshing of this fast-paced beat with some island elements gives it the room to be a contender for one of 2021’s summer hits! Track #11 “Swipe” is a heavy hitter! Gritty, edgy, and braggadocio on full display. Matt B isn’t afraid to lay it out to the opps! The message of keeping the enemy in line is always a relevant one, and ain’t nothing like it on smooth beats with a sexy voice. Everywhere you go, you gonna see him! So, don’t wait on his success, look at him now! ‘EDEN’ is available on all platforms. Stream, share & engage. ‘EDEN’ is cohesive, raw, and authentic. It’s worthy of all the anticipation. This was nothing less than an impeccably produced album.
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New year, new version of Uwanje! We are excited to introduce “Uwanje” by Artist Young Spit of Era257. Back in 2019, we covered a story on his traditional hit song“Iwacu” —a soft Afro-fusion jam. It is no secret that Young Spit is extremely passionate about his Burundian roots…the song titles are loud and clear. February 15th of 2021, a new and improved version of this hot cake “Uwanje” surfaced the net on different platforms including YouTube. Uwanje is a single on Spit’s Album Era257—but 2021, the stylish gentleman with a mature vintage voice renovated Uwanje with some electric guitars, heavy bouncy beats and a fresh African aesthetic. We peeped he even added new lyrics towards the end of the song. We wanted the usual, and he gave us more than the usual. Well, we are here for it! We admire the efforts and dedication that brought this video to life. This video was shot by 21Gproductions, edited by Eazy.Cuts and produced by Mb_jax1 & Era257.
If you is a real one and you’ve been following Young Spit’s musical journey, then you know very well that musical curiosity ain’t new on this side. He played with many different sounds in his album Era257 available on Apple Music, Spotify and all platforms. One dope track on this bad boy was “Parami” feat Tobiali. Throughout this track, we enjoyed linguistic flavors of Kirundi, English and Spanish. “Slow on Me”feat. AB Nabil was another underrated banger with sweet instrumentals. Are we ever gonna get a video for “Slow on Me” though? Nabil, one of the best in the game, jumped on the track and killed his verse. The overall collaboration was delicious to our ear drums. Let’s hope they make it happen and that’s on “Let ‘Em Know!” If you know, you know! Anyways, y’all..Let’s take a moment of silence and just appreciate the details of this beautifully —well put together creation. A breath of fresh air.
Now, when it comes to lyrics, Spit always experiments with his bilingual skills of Kirundi and English. However, this time, he turned it up a notch by daring to mix old school Afrocentrism with a hint of modern Afro-pop. The original version of “Uwanje” was okay, but something was definitely missing. This new upgrade was like adding an extra lemon to our tequila, aight? There’s tremendous growth in his vision but the authenticity remains obvious and true. Y’all peep the Afro-pop vibe, electric guitars and drums in the mix? It looks like we got Master Muzik & Fig the beat maker pon dis joint. Creative juices are intentionally activated! We we’re truly surprised to hear legendary Hugh Masekela inspired trumpets on the background. The Trumpets were definitely a huge risk for a record like this- but complimented his voice quite well. Spit is different and eccentric. It’s difficult to compare his unique, crazy Rockstar mannerism to any other artist. We love the rare authenticity, and that is why we gonna be screaming, “Warabutanze, Baby Wanje” all 2021!
The African prints, Louis Vuitton scarfs, African beauties and good Ol’ vibes are exactly what we needed. It’s impressive. Simplicity meets expensive taste—issa whole mood. We give it three R’s—Raw, Rare and Real. MKALI is totally feeling this new version of Uwanje with the extra Burundian spices.
One can never go wrong with waterfalls, blue skies and green forests! Nature brought balance and complimented the creative directions, sounds, wardrobe and lyrics. Although this tune gave us a semi club feel, Spit challenged our minds by taking the beat into the woods. We love Spit’s imagination and creative directions. The hidden location magnified the instrumentals— truly felt as if the surrounding trees & nature we’re dancing along— now that’s what I call the power of nature and music combined. Feel the adrenaline? We are in the moment and we are enjoying this spark. Check out Young Spit’s new version of “Uwanje”, available now on YouTube! It’s click worthy. Don’t forget, MKALIMAGAZINE told y’all first.
The moment we’ve all been desperately waiting for is here; the King has arrived. This time, he’s drippin’ priceless souvenirs; peace, love, gratitude and positivity. His new album “African Drip” is a celebration of life. Without doubt, AB Nabil fans from all over the world are deeply intrigued by the artist’s rhythm, R&B vocals and lyrics. He earned the title “Artist of The Year 2019” by sweeping fans out of their feet, making the baddest high quality music videos and most importantly, remaining authentic and real. When Eseka is on the beat, you know this sh*t is about to get real! He slaughtered the instrumentals like Thanos from Avengers Infinity War. As you read this article, you’ll understand more about Eseka’s contribution to this album. Producer Niz B also added some glitter to this gem. Mkali Magazine had an exclusive interview with the artist. The raw organic Burundian juice is drippin’ all over and we can’t let it go to waste! So, you better sit back, relax and drink all of this good stuff we are about to share with you, cause you ain’t gonna find this exclusive content anywhere else. Before we dive too deep into the ocean of Nabil, here are some fun facts about Artist of the Year 2019, that you should know about:
Now, Let’s swim through the different tracks and learn a little bit more about the most anticipated album of 2020, thus far. The most fascinating thing about African Drip is; the Executive Producer is no other than his new born baby, Isabella Estelline Nitereka. So, what does this mean? Baby girl gettin’ royalties checks, y’all. In addition, it is a father-daughter legacy. Watch out for insane collaborations with the first lady of Fly ENT; Bijoux, Wema Msafi aka“Kivuruge”, and the talented Mfizi Lucky. Unfortunately, Artist Mfizi is no longer with us–but AB Nabil made sure he paid tribute to the aspiring musician by including their collaboration on the album. Gone, but not forgotten. Below is an exclusive sneak peak before the Album listening party on January 18th 2020. Check out the inside scoop!
Track #1: “Intro”– Introduction to “African Drip.
Track #2: “Ada”– I was driving to Kansas City; an 8 hour drive going to start the album and this melody came to me 2 hours into the trip and stuck with me all the way there.
Track #3: “Ukiniacha” ft. Mfizi Lucky: This track was a track Mfizi Lucky and I were working on right before he passed away. I had to add it to the album just because of what it meant to me. There’s no story behind it other than after I got the song, my man passed on. All the sales on this song crazy melody song will benefit the daughter he left behind.
Track #4: “Nyotsotsera” — This was a throw away song that seemed to be love by everyone else. I was about to drive back home after my two weeks of studio time in Kansas City when Eseka and I had the idea for the beat. I was like, “I am finna just make up words and see how that goes.” Instead, I used google translate for Zulu words… and yeah, that’s how that came up.
Track #5: “Mbwira”–This song is one of my favorites on the Album; the beat, the writing. I was just home and I had a beat so I started writing to it. Then, when I sent it to Eseka, he was in Texas but had his laptop with him. He completely made it sound better and bang! We had a hit. I love the song,
Track #6: “Idondoshe” ft. Bijoux–So, me and Bijoux driving back home from a dinner date early evening. I had the beat from Eseka and I started playing it. I said, “Babe, you wanna mess around in the studio and see if we can come up with something?” she said, “yeah!” It’s a love song and we did something completely different with Bijoux singing style.
Track #7: “Sina mda”–This song was me just saying I don’t have time to waste on nothing. Dope beat, different melody from what people are used to hearing from me. Dope subject.
Track #8:“Amenishinda” –This is absolutely my favorite song on the whole album. I believe will be for many, especially ladies. This song wasn’t even suppose to be written. For the second verse, I remember a picture my girl had shown me early that year, of when she was still young; she had on blue jeans, a pink purse.. and I was like, you know what? Let me talk about that; A girl forgot where she came from when she had nothing and now she’s got all this and wants to leave. Long story short, that’s my favorite song.
Track #9: “Interlude”– It’s just me talking about the album. I just wanted to be free and make music for the fun of it, without having any expectations. I wanted to make music I enjoyed.
Track #10:“Kipopo”– I fell in love with a beat that was sent to me. It was just different. I wanted the challenge, wrote the song, changed a lot of it. We have a nice dance song.
Track #11:“Ndagushaka”– I wanted a Kirundi song that’s a bit different. Eseka, completely distorted the beat, added some Burundi based drums in there and the 808 in the chorus. It’s the perfect party song.
Track #12: “Jegeza” ft. Wema Msafi– I wanted a Kirundi song that was fun and funny. My Bro was in the studio with me and I wrote a verse and that’s how he got on the song. Eseka on the beat and of course he killed that Sh*t!
Track #13:“Natamani”– This song was written a year and a half go. One of the two emotional songs on the album. This song should have been released a long time ago, but the hard-drive crashed and I just sat on it. This song and “Amenishinda” are two emotional songs. The rest of songs are feel good music.
Track #14:“Monica”– This was the second song I recorded on my trip to Kansas and this is a dedication to my girl.
Track #15: “Put It On Me”– A song I wrote over a year ago. It’s the only song I would say is rated R. Its for adults only. Nothing kids can listen to.
Track # 16:“Chomeka”– So, I had this beat for a while. I wrote the second verse and chorus, and just sat there..I was like, why don’t I check to see if babe has time! She did. I wrote her verse, she recorded it and bang! The crazy thing is, her whole verse is Kirundi and she don’t speak kirundi but she killed it.
During our interview session, Nabil was able to express himself freely and with confidence. This enabled us to learn more about his humble personality. He even admitted that he doesn’t think he’s dope. Of course, we disagree with that statement, but let us proceed. Here are some questions that we asked the artist.
Mkali Magazine: If you could describe yourself in one word? what would it be?
AB Nabil: Passionate.
Mkali Magazine: What message do you have for your fans?
AB Nabil:Don’t let your circumstances become your reality. Don’t let anyone tell you that you cant do anything.
Mkali Magazine: What message do you have for your daughter?
AB Nabil: The biggest thing you can achieve in the world is to become a good citizen among society. Spread love. I want her to be a good example.
Mkali Magazine: What message do you have for your girl?
AB Nabil: She’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I owe her all my success. None of this would’ve been possible without her.
Mkali Magazine: Why do you think artists buy views on YouTube?
AB Nabil:People like to fake validation. I don’t think views dictate what song is good and what song is bad.
Mkali Magazine: Are you happy and at peace?
AB Nabil:Peace is very tricky. I think to be at peace is finishing everything you were brought here to do. I am happy–learning to take time off and reflect on life.
As you can see, this album is for us. The mixture of Kirundi, Swahili, Zulu and a lil’ English added diversity and truly stabbed East Africa on the map. You thought the 2018 album “Slave to Love” was the bomb? Wait till you hear this one! African Drip album will be available to order on January 24th 2020. It will soon be available on all platforms, hang in there! Be part of the movement and support the rise of a King. Remember, you heard it here first. Mkali got the juice and the sauce, you heard? See y’all at the album listening party Saturday, January 18th. You don’t want to miss this!
E Dubzz also known as Esau, is an East African recording artist based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The rapper is originally from Tanzania, and came to America with his family at the age of 11. He learned English by listening to Hip Hop music on the radio. An interesting fact is; E Dubzz was on a journey to become a Nurse and he dropped out of Nursing school after realizing it wasn’t for him. ” It just was’t for me. With music, I can express myself and tell my story. I want to use my music to help people heal. Life is rough”, said Dubzz. Since then, he’s been focusing on his music and acting. Mkali Magazine was fortunate enough to score an interview with the recording Hip Hop artist. During the interview, he disclosed some exclusive information about his career, life and personal experiences. “I’ve always wanted to help others feel better about life. I know what it’s like to suffer and struggle!”, exclaimed E Dubzz.
Ever wondered who the real E Dubzz is? E Dubzz makes real Hip Hop. He was influenced by artists like Lil Wayne, Meek Mill and Ace Hood.On July 1st 2019, E Dubzz released the official music video for his hit “I Don’t Smoke” via the YouTube platform. On the song, he says, “I used to hang out with the wrong people and I thought it was cool.” This song is about turning your life around and conscious decision making. He wrote this song after making a decision to live a clean, drug free life. “I was a teenager and I was young. There are things you have to change, or else, you’ll end up locked up in jail”, he concluded. Outside of music, he enjoys spending time with his family and beautiful girlfriend. ” My family is very supportive of what I do. They even come to my shows”, he reassured.
“How Should I Feel” is a single released in 2018, that express the true feelings of the rapper. He wrote this song during a very difficult time. He explained that he was going through “serious stuff.” The artist felt like the whole city was against him and nobody understood what he was going through. “When you try to tell people what’s really going on with you, they attack you. I felt alone, but now I have somebody that makes me smile” , He replied. The following year of 2019, he dropped an album called “Distance Or Follow” which has thousands of streams on Spotify. We learned so much about the artist by listening to a few songs on different platforms. This album has 12 song; Zing Zing, Truth, Goo, We Ain’t Friends and Guns Down are some of our favorites. Here is an exclusive One to One!
Mkali Magazine: What is the meaning behind “Distance or Follow?”
E Dubzz: If you don’t like what I do, stay away from me. If you like what I do and want to go to a different level with me, follow me. I don’t do negative vibes. The person you hear on my music is the real me.
Mkali Magazine: Let’s talk about “Gunz Down.” What inspired you to write this song?
E Dubzz: I don’t have anything against guns. I just believe they shouldn’t be used recklessly. Guns shouldn’t be used to kill or hurt innocent people. They should be used to protect.
His lyrics are meaningful and remarkable. His passion for Justice and Humanity, motivates him to strive and become the best version of himself. The artist truly wants to spread light to those whom are suffering. “My advice to other up and coming artists is; keep thriving, even if they think you’re wack. Don’t let one hater stop you”, insisted E Dubzz. He believes the reason why there’s lack of support within the up and coming artistic community, is because some people don’t want to see others blow up before them. “I believe it’s very important that we all support each other. Doesn’t matter who makes it first and who doesn’t, as long as you show loyalty, it will come back to you“, he declared. The year 2020 should be an exciting year for all E Dubzz fans. The artist will be releasing music videos and exciting projects starting June. “I know people out here don’t wanna see you rise up, but I am doing this for everyone”, he said. Who is the E Dubzz? E Dubzz is the truth! Check out his hit song “I Don’t Smoke’‘ below and stay tuned for more exciting projects! “Distance Or Follow” is available now on all platforms.
If you haven’t heard of Shy; The “Afro Trap Queen”, then you must be living under a rock! The talented Canadian based artist with Kenyan roots is the next big thing. Her latest upbeat soft trap song, “On Me” produced by Drew80hd is all about women empowerment, self love and self awareness. Men, if you’re feeling the vibe, you’re welcome to sing along! The energy of the record is so dope. Shy is sending us a powerful message here; So, after listening to this song, don’t waste your time with toxic relationships. Here are 5 things we loved about “On Me.”
1. Ever wonder why girls take forever to get dressed? Well, thanks to Shy, the secret is exposed! The video starts off with the beauty doing her makeup and getting ready for the club. She looked flawless, confident and ready to party. This scene is so relatable and we love it! Also, those braids are on point!
2. One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and be understood. Instead of getting mad at Shy for taking too long to get dressed, she boosts her up! “Don’t look at me, it’s all about you”, she said. Now, that’s a friend! We love this scene! Her friend was complimenting her and making her feel good. We all need supportive friends during breakups.
3. I got my best friends right here! This scene is giving us some “I am Out” Vibes by Ciara Ft. Nicki Minaj. The artists fearlessly celebrated her breakup with her best friends. So, let’s toast to that!
4.She don’t care no more, she move on for sure! The artist delivered her legendary lyrics in swag and was styled by one of the best stylists in Canada, Antoinette Johnson. The cute outfits we see her rocking throughout the video are from Alluring Dolls Boutique!
5. A toxic relationship will destroy your self-esteem and make it hard to focus on positive areas of your life. Shy validated this point with her lyrics, ” I felt the chokehold. Wouldn’t let me grow, I had to let you go.” Towards the end of the video, she looks confident and liberated by the ocean. Ocean symbolizes freedom, purity and cleansing. It’s a sign that the artist is starting a new chapter, and is on to bigger and better things. We can’t wait to hear more from Shy. She’s truly unique with the voice of an angel. Check out the official “ON ME” video below and subscribe to her channel!
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Revised on 12/23/2019
Recording artist Young Spit is on a mission to take Burundian culture to the next level. Burundi is a small landlocked country in east central Africa, bordering Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The main languages spoken in the Burundian Republic are Kirundi, French (both official) and Swahili. The singer/rapper released a hit song in his mother tongue, called “Iwacu” —a soft Afro-fusion jam, dedicated to his clothing brand “Era 257” on July 27th 2019. Shout out to David Narra, for producing this breathtaking beat! The tune is completely mesmerizing! Director MB_JAX1, the Chief Executive Officer & founder of “IamTheHeartofAfrica” clothing brand, gave us a taste of Burundian culture as well with his powerful vision and contributions in the creative direction process. This video was shot in Atlanta by DopeZulu. It’s an amazing collaboration between MB_JAX1, founder of “I am The Heart of Africa” and YoungSpit100, owner of“Iwacu.” You can purchase your very own “IamTheHeartofAfrica” apparel from their business handler; ”IamTheHeartofAfrica”on Instagram.
This popular video & catchy song is full of culture appreciation, rhythm, melanin & black beauty. For those who don’t know, +257 is the area code of Burundi. NaniMKaliTV received an exclusive custom “Iwacu” crew neck with dat 57 on the back, and we are just so impressed with the great quality. This extraordinary Creative Director & designer of Era 257 placed an emphasis on detail and quality. You can purchase his merchandise from his Instagram business handler: Era_257. The apparel is street, yet comfortable & stylish. You can rock it with some fresh sneakers & a Gucci Messenger bag, like Spit. So, Let me tell y’all why we feeling this hit on a spiritual level.
Positive representation of African culture matters! The internet is filled with stereotypes and negative image of our motherland. It’s empowering to see the ibikemanyi (or ibiseke), a traditional basket woven in the dry season, with strands of banana leaves or young shoots of papyrus. These baskets are woven by the local women by using traditional weaving techniques. In our modern world, they are mostly used as a home décor item and can come in various shapes and sizes too. These baskets are considered as one of the most popular African art items and have a special art value all over the world.
Traditional drumming is an important part of Burundian cultural heritage. This is frequently seen in celebrations and family gatherings. The King and Queen enjoy traditional drumming with the Burundian Drummers of Atlanta, while rocking the colors of the Burundi flag. The men are seen wearing Pagnes; traditional clothing of Burundi worn in the rural areas. We should embrace our roots and never be ashamed! Living in America does not mean forgetting where you came from.
We are obsessed with Black Beauty! It is no secret that Colorism is taking over the East African underground artistic community. Nowadays, a lot of artists are promoting white & light skin women as a symbol of beauty. Colorism is privileging lighter women. Young Spit is clearly trying to tell us something here, and we should pay attention. We hope after watching this video, no woman feels she has to lighten her skin to feel beautiful. Iwacu blessed us with this powerful reminder; Black is beautiful.
Around the world, lighter skin is often perceived as a “marker of superior beauty” and status. Dark women are discriminated against in all sorts of ways. The desire for whiteness forces many young African women to bleach their skin. Skin bleaching is a major issue in the East African community. Representation of every form of beauty is so important. After all, the darker the flesh, the deeper the roots! Check out the official “Iwacu” music video below & don’t forget to order merchandise from “IamTheHeartofAfrica” and “Era_257.” Support young African entrepreneurs!
“Iwacu” means home. Nothing more powerful than a legacy of tradition.
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The beautiful Mimi Mars is taking us to planet Mars with her new Pop hit song UNA Feat Young Lunya & Marioo. UNA was produced by Baddest 47 and Paul Maker and premiered on Dec 17, 2019 via the Artists YouTube account. This video celebrated Dar Es Salaam night life from the unique lens of Director Ivan. Ki ukweli, this time around, Mimi Mars ametushika pabaya!
Swahili Pop music reflects emerging trends. The new trends determine what is considered ‘cool’ in the current party scenes of Dar Es Salaam. Throughout the video, high-end designer shades and colorful outfits were seen. Hot bwoys and fly gurls drinking out of red cups like there’s no tomorrow! The creative directors and stylists did a wonderful job bringing the summer time vibe to life. Did we also mention her hair and makeup was on point throughout the whole video? Yaas, gurl!
“Habari za mjini, kwani nini?” Freestyle King, Young Lunya & SOUNDCITY Award Best NewComer Nominee, Marioo gave us life with their swag and catchy verses. Nothing hotter than a Swahili Pop song with sexy rap verses. How can you have a New Year’s party without this song? It’s just a happy tune that makes you wanna pop, lock, and drop it to the floor. Check out this song on YouTube. Fallow NaniMKaliTV on instagram for more updates.