It is unfortunate that Camp Mulla will not be able to travel to the U.S. for the BET Awards. But the subject of artistes missing chances to showcase their work at big stages is not new. Bigger artistes have missed bigger shows. Usually timing and logistical issues are to blame in such scenarios.
Lilly Allen had her Visa revoked after getting involved in a fight with British paparazzi just as she was about to appear at the MTV Video Music Awards. A reason was never given but it is believed to be due to her arrest after the incident.
Earlier this year, Spanish star, Pitingo found that his name was on a "no fly" list after going to pick up his Visa for an already planned show in the U.S. The singer unfortunately shared a name with a known terrorist. Even though the Embassy in Madrid knew he wasn't the one, they had to follow rules and freeze the process.
The story closest to Camp Mulla is Amy Winehouse's. She could also not get her Visa processed in time. It finally was but it was too late to travel for the biggest music awards show where she had been nominated for six Grammies. She had to not only receive her awards but perform via satellite. Winehouse's Visa was approved barely 48 hours before the Grammy telecast. It had previously been denied due to a drug violation, which Winehouse had apparently breached.
Thanks to 9/11, Visa regulations have not only become stricter but there are very few special considerations. The U.S. Embassies around the world are more wary and leave no space for slip-ups. In case anything goes wrong, their considerations will be treated as blunders.
So, news hit the Interwebs that Camp Mulla might not perform at the BET Awards. But this is not the first time this is happening to the group. The group seems to run into bad luck every time they have to make big appearances.
A few months ago, the group was considered good enough to perform at the opening of the biggest shows on the continent, Big Brother. But a few days to the show, it was reported that the group would not be able to perform at the premiere of one of the most watched shows in Africa. They managed to later perform at one of BBA's eviction shows, though.
Barely two months later, it has happened again. The date the group was scheduled to interview for Visas was too close to the awards ceremony. They unsuccessfully petitioned to have the interview deferred to an earlier date. An awards show appearance is not a case serious enough for the U.S. Embassy to treat with special consideration.
Their BET nomination and appearance was a much hyped affair, with the young group getting a lot of airtime on media and fueling debate on the group's success on social networks. The group has missed the two biggest chances of their career, but they talented. In the end, that's all that matters.
For the many who cannot hear Kikuyu, our friend Evans has translated snippets of the songs and in Demathew’s case explained the nuances as he sings in parables. You can ask your Kikuyu friends to translate further.
Art & Beer Festival is back. The cultural event celebrates Kenyan culture as it raises awareness on community development. They organizers are focusing on youth development and children's rights. The event also seeks to recognize Kenyan heroes and reward them.
Art & Beer Fest is a 48-hour spectacle that features--among others--art exhibitions, food and drink, auto and motorcycle art, fashion and even a midnight lingerie show. It gives upcoming and established artists a platform to showcase their work and facilitates the promotion of local culture.
The festival hopes to stage reputable events for a local and international audience as it raises awareness on Kenyan culture and trends. They also seek to raise funds for community development projects.
The first event took place on 10th and 11th March this year and the second edition returns on the 28th and 29th of July at the Ngong' Racecourse.
Suzanna Owiyo will be recording a track with Oliver Mtukudzi of Zimbabwe and South Africa's Yvonne Chaka Chaka. The song is being recorded as part of the Plan International's Because I Am A Girl campaign and it aims to sensitize the public on girl child issues.
Suzanna Owiyo started singing as a child and joined Sally Oyugi as a back-up singer in the late '90s. She went on perform at some of the biggest stages on the planet, including a Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. Oliver Mtukudzi is one of the hardest working musicians in the world, with over 50 albums released over a 34-year period.
Yvonne Chaka Chaka has been active in the African music scene for over 20 years and is responsible for some of the continent's most recognizable pop songs, from Thank You Mr. DJ to Umqombothi. Amason Kingi, the Minister for Industrialization launched the campaign in Nairobi.
Gerrard Forster, the Head of New Business Development for Sub-Saharan Africa for UMG International, who is also the fourth judge in Tusker project fame 5 has come out strongly over remarks by former TPF contestant Alpha in the media this week.
According to our sources, Kamande wa Kioi will be charged in Court next Tuesday after National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) completed investigations into alleged hate speech in one of his songs.
Kenyan rapper KenRazy drops his mixtape, the Best Lyricist, today and will be retailing only at Kshs. 100. Keep it Ghafla! for more information on where the mixtapes will be available and for a review of the tracks on the limited edition.
The video for Rabbit's Swahili Shakespeare is finally out. The video matches the tracks mellowness and captures the thoughtfulness of the rapper's sombre lyrics. The video was shot by Crimson Son of Tattuah Films and the song produced by Kaka Empire Studios' Sappy. The song is off the mixtape, The Last King Of... Rabbit a.k.a Kaka Sungura also unveiled the lyrics to the song on his Facebook page. Check out the video below.