Category Archives: Music


From: ‘Judy Miriga’

Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,

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Pitson – Lingala Ya Yesu

Prezda Bandason – Christina & Beautiful Nyiluo

Madanji Perimeter & Maxwell -Christina

Odos Jasuba: Wendo

Odosh Jasuba

Aboy lanlord – Arossy

20ème Anniversaire – Franco & le T.P. O.K. Jazz 1976


Uhuru: Dialogue any time, but campaign later
On Friday, I hosted a huge delegation from the Kenya Private Sector Alliance for our quarterly roundtable. For the whole afternoon, we engaged in intensive discourse over a wide range of issues, and received reports on a multiplicity of initiatives aimed at making the business environment more conducive to greater productivity and competitiveness.

RAILA: We must talk, and this is why
One of the unfortunate assumptions that African countries have made in adopting western democracy is that those who get elected are infused by their victory with an omniscience that enables them to formulate solutions for all the country’s problems.

Stalemate as Cord, Jubilee leaders maintain hardline positions
The question on whether there should be a national dialogue conference as proposed by CORD seems to be generating more heat than light a week later.

Mudavadi offers to lead mediation on proposed national dialogue
After a year in the political cold, former Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi has finally asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to give him a chance as a mediator in the national dialogue that the opposition and Cord leader Raila Odinga has asked for.

Uhuru: Let’s go slow on politics, focus on growth
President Uhuru Kenyatta made a triumphant entry in former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s Nyanza backyard with calls on the opposition to stop blame games.


10 hours ago
Rejuvenated Muite is back and enjoying every bit of the game

By Nation Correspondent

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The recent involvement of veteran lawyer Paul Muite in a series of high-profile cases has led to suggestions that the former Kikuyu MP and unsuccessful presidential candidate is on the rise again after a trying period marked by the loss of political favour and financial challenges.

Muite, who was recently appointed by the Director of Public Prosecutions to carry out an independent assessment of the claims of wrongdoing surrounding the government’s acquisition of Malili ranch, has been the lawyer for the Judicial Service Commission, which he has represented in a number of high profile assignments, including before the committees of Parliament.

Muite has also acted in the legal proceedings spawned by the impeachment of Embu Governor Martin Wambora, and also for the Media Owners Association in the battle with the government over the switch to digital television.


Muite is one of the best known lawyers the country has ever produced. He was a fearless lawyer during the one-party era and represented several people considered enemies of the Kanu regime. Among his big cases at the time was the defence of the late George Anyona, Njeru Kathangu, Prof Edward Oyugi, and Isaiah Ngotho Kariuki in their trial for sedition in 1990, one of the last acts of tyranny before the Kanu regime caved in to pressure for multiparty politics.

In the same year, Muite was elected chair of the Law Society of Kenya, an event that coincided with great political activity as the forces of reforms fought for a resumption of multiparty politics, which Kanu fiercely resisted.

Muite was one of the actors behind the Kamukunji rally held that year, which demanded a resumption of multiparty politics. Charles Rubia and Kenneth Matiba were detained without trial after the rally, and Gibson Kamau Kuria fled the country to avoid a similar fate.

While it was widely expected that Muite would also be detained, he turned up at State House instead, accompanied by his wife, for dialogue with Moi. The mystery remains how he managed to arrange all that and to avoid detention himself.


Before multiparty politics resumed in 1992, Muite had teamed up with opposition figures, including the Opposition leader Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, to form the Forum for Restoration of Democracy (Ford), which Jaramogi chaired, with Muite as the vice-chair. When Ford was transformed into a political party, it splintered into Ford Kenya led by Jaramogi, and Ford Asili, led by Matiba, after the leaders failed to agree on a presidential flagbearer.

Muite stuck with Ford Kenya, becoming its vice-chair, and supported Jaramogi’s presidential candidature in the country’s first multiparty elections. He has written on his website that “Jaramogi had wanted Muite to be his successor as leader of the party.” Although Jaramogi lost his presidential bid in the 1992 elections, Muite was elected MP for Kikuyu.

In Parliament, Muite was one of the five members referred to as the Young Turks, who were regarded to be pursuing a progressive agenda in the House. In the later stages, he served as chair of the Legal Affairs Committee, a position to which he brought much of his vigorous style. It is thought that the subsequent chairs of this committee have heavily been influenced by Muite’s style in the manner in which they seek to lead it.

One of the issues that Muite had championed while chairing the LSK was accountability for the Goldenberg scandal that broke out during his term. Amid a refusal by the government to take action against the perpetrators of the scandal, Muite led the society in bringing a private prosecution against Kamlesh Pattni, who it has since been established, was the architect of the multi-billion-shilling scandal.

Muite’s charisma and reputation as a fearless lawyer and his credentials as a national leader, illustrated by his decision to side with Jaramogi — seen as the face of the progressive forces — positioned him as a serious presidential contender in future.

But this image crumbled when in 1999 Pattni sensationally claimed that Muite had shaken him down for a bribe of Sh20 million in return for immunities in the Goldenberg scandal. When Muite denied the allegation, LSK under the leadership of Nzamba Kitonga constituted an independent probe of two senior members of the Society, Benjamin Okuom, and Philip Ransley, to look into the allegation.
The probe concluded that the payment of Sh15 million had been established.

This money was paid by several cheques in favour of third parties following Muite’s instructions. The panel found that the balance of Sh5 million allegedly paid in cash to Muite could not be substantiated.

These allegations were to prove a severe blow to Muite’s political standing. Although he went on to serve as MP for Kikuyu for three terms, it is considered that the substance of his national appeal was effectively shattered by the allegations.

Although Muite maintains his innocence up to today, the claims by Pattni have inflicted lasting damage on his stature and are viewed as a glass ceiling on his presidential ambitions.
After losing his seat in 2007, Muite went into a political wilderness, during which the only news about him was the two attempts by auctioneers to throw him out of his home, which was to be sold to recover a debt owed to a bank.

In an interview with the media, Muite did not dispute the debt but contended that the sale was orchestrated by President Kibaki and his wife Lucy as punishment for daring to oppose some of the President’s political actions.

Muite also accused the bank of bad faith in seeking to sell his home at a gross undervalue compared with the debt claimed.

It did not matter that the auctioneers were eventually unsuccessful in their attempts to sell Muite’s home. The spectacle on national television, of Muite’s household items, strewn all over his compound by the auctioneers who had been repulsed by Muite’s men, confirmed how far the great lawyer had fallen.


Thereafter, Muite ran for president on a Safina ticket, in last year’s General Election, positioning himself as a candidate who stood for principle, a reminder of the Muite of old. In his campaigns, he threw barbs at the two main contenders, Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta, who was declared the winner, and in the process reducing some of the polarising effect these two candidates had in the elections.

Analysts consider Muite’s decision to run a desperate attempt to remain relevant in greatly changed circumstances.

His historical position made it unseemly for him to run for his former seat of MP in Kikuyu which, moreover, he stood little chance of winning unless he aligned himself with the dominant TNA party in the area.

Muite’s otherwise irrelevant presidential candidature was given prominence by the debates that the media organised, initially among a select number of candidates, excluding him.

However, Muite obtained a court order that forced the media to accept him in the debate, and the occasion provided him the opportunity to display his considerable oratory skills bring his candidature some attention.

In March 2013, only days after the announcement of the results in the hotly disputed elections, Muite joined three other losing presidential candidates in a delegation that paid a courtesy call on Kenyatta, the President-elect. The other candidates in the delegation were James Kiyiapi, Musalia Mudavadi and Hussein Dida. Those who stayed away were Peter Kenneth, Martha Karua and Raila.

The timing was significant because the petition filed by Raila challenging the declaration of Kenyatta as the winner was then under way at the Supreme Court. The meeting was part of a series of activities carried out by the President-elect that were viewed as calculated to remove the sting from the electoral challenge he was facing in court by presenting his election as a fait accompli.

The meeting was seen as an endorsement of Kenyatta and undermined Raila’s petition.

Muite used the occasion to state that election petitions would not help the country and that he was ready to work with the government if the opportunity was offered to him.

The Malili ranch saga contains allegations against the current LSK chair Eric Mutua. The appointment of Muite to carry out the Malili probe places him in judgment over the leadership of the society that once carried out a probe against him after Pattni’s allegations.

One problem that Muite will confront when he probes Malili is why his results, especially if they implicate anybody, should be accepted by the parties when he rejected as false the results of the probe against him based on Pattni’s allegations.

Whatever the case, it looks like Muite is back in a big way and is now at the centre of national activities as he was in the 1990s. And, as always, controversy is never far behind him.

Africa’s Biggest Music Stars & Launch ‘Cocoa na Chocolate’ to Revolutionize Agriculture

From: News Release – African Press Organization (APO)

Africa’s Biggest Music Stars & Launch ‘Cocoa na Chocolate’ to Revolutionize Agriculture

19 recording artists. 11 countries. 10 languages. ONE message to African Leaders: Do Agric, It Pays!

LAGOS, Nigeria, March 31, 2014/ — ( today launched one of the continent’s biggest musical collaborations ever, ‘Cocoa na Chocolate’, in support of a new campaign to boost investments in agriculture: ‘Do Agric, It Pays’ ( Nineteen of the top recording artists from across Africa, including D’Banj and Femi Kuti from Nigeria, DR Congo’s Fally Ipupa, Cote d’Ivoire’s Tiken Jah Fakoly, Kenya’s Juliani, and South Africa’s Judith Sephuma, have come together to help rebrand agriculture and tell African youth that their future lies literally beneath their feet—and in their hands.

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The participating artists are: A.Y. (Tanzania), Bufallo Souljah (Zimbabwe), Dama Do Bling (Mozambique), D’Banj (Nigeria), Diamond (Tanzania), Dontom (Nigeria), Fally Ipupa (DRC), Femi Kuti (Nigeria), Judith Sephuma (South Africa), Juliani (Kenya), Kunle Ayo (Nigeria), Vusi Nova (South Africa), Liz Ogumbo (Kenya), Nancy G (Swaziland), Omawumi (Nigeria), Rachid Taha (Algeria), Tiken Jah Fakoly (Cote d’Ivoire), Victoria Kimani (Kenya) and Wax Dey (Cameroon).

These artists are using their voices to inspire young people to join, and tell political leaders ahead of the African Union summit in June that the time has come to adopt better agricultural policies that will help tackle youth unemployment, provide better support to small holder farmers, boost productivity, increase value chains, and help lift millions of Africans out of extreme poverty.

The song is available for download for free at after signing the ‘Do Agric’ petition that tells African leaders to invest in our farmers, our food, and our futures.

Dr. Sipho S. Moyo, Africa Executive Director, said:

“These brilliant artists are role models who connect with African youths. Their voices, in support of African agriculture, are sending a powerful message to the young generation: it’s time for African leaders to scale up public investments in agriculture and ensure policy interventions are targeted to benefit smalholder farmers who provide 80% of the food we eat on the continent.

According to the UN-FAO, agricultural growth is 11 times more effective at reducing poverty than growth in other sectors like mining and utilities. Do Agric is a continent-wide push to appeal to African governments to commit to spending at least 10% of national budgets on effective agriculture investments—a commitment they originally made in Maputo in 2003—and to do so through transparent and accountable budgets. We are indeed proud and greatly privileged to be partnering with such an inspiring group of individuals to spread the message that not only can Africa feed itself, but it can help to feed the world.”

Nigerian music superstar D’banj said:

“As African musicians, agriculture is the single most important cause we could champion together and I am proud to say we are doing it with ONE voice. Here in Nigeria alone, while 70% of Nigerians depend on agriculture for their livelihoods, the federal agriculture budget has been trending downwards, and is now at just 1.47%. This is a serious concern, especially because Nigeria spends billions of Naira importing food every year.

Through this song, we are calling on youths to go online and join, to get more involved in agriculture, and to ask our governments to step up and improve agricultural investments, so that the youths can have a better chance of succeeding in it.”

These artists are joining to show the current generation of young people that not only can agriculture be cool, but it is also a great way to earn a living. But without strong political will and public support for agriculture, African youth will not be able to take advantage of the potential that agriculture presents. is partnering with the popular voices of African artists in calling on political leaders, private sector investors and the youth to “do agric”— because “it pays”.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of

For further information, or interview requests, please contact:

ONE Africa Media Manager, Nde Ndifonka: / +234 81 00 55 00 76

ONE France Media Manager, Annabel Hervieu:

About Do Agric:

The collaboration is part of Do Agric, It Pays, ( a campaign, launched on 29 January in Addis Ababa with civil society partners including the Pan African Farmers Association (PAFO), ActionAid International, Acord International, Oxfam AU, East and Southern African Farmers Forum, ROPPA, Southern African Confederation of Agriculture Unions, the Africa Union Commission, Becho Welisho and the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). ONE has alos partnered with several grassroots organizations across the continent including Agricultural Non-State Actors Forum (ANSAF) of Tanzania, East and Southern African Small Scale Farmers (ESAFF), National Association of Nigerian Traders

(NANTS), BudgIT, and YPAED.

In 2003, African governments committed to spend 10% of their national budgets on agriculture. To date only 8 countries have consistently kept that promise and as a result, agriculture productivity in Africa is stuck at 1961 levels. To change that, launched Do Agric, It Pays to pressure African governments to commit to spending at least 10% of national budgets on effective agriculture investments, through transparent and accountable budgets. At the heart of the Do Agric campaign is an effort to push political leaders to adopt better policies that will boost productivity, increase incomes and help lift millions of Africans out of extreme poverty.

For more information on Do Agric, It Pays, visit the website:


• ‘Cocoa na Chocolate’ was co-produced by Cobhams Asuquo and DeeVee of DB Records. Godfather Productions directed the music video that will launch April 3 on Trace, MTV, Channel O, Soundcity and Canal France International. The verses were written by each participating artist, and the hook was written by D’Banj, whose company, DKM Media partnered with ONE to undertake the project.

• There are 19 artists from 11 different countries in the song: Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mozambique, DRC, Cote d’Ivoire, Algeria & Cameroon.

• The song and music video were recorded and shot over three days in Johannesburg, South Africa in support of’s ‘Do Agric, It Pays’ Campaign.

• Each participating artist wrote his or her own verse.

• There are 10 different languages in the song: English, Arabic (Algerian), Malinke, Lingala (DRC), French, Swahili, Shona (Zimbabwe), Pidgin (Nigeria), Portuguese, & Xhosa (South Africa).

• Agriculture in Africa is an economic game changer: agriculture is up to 11 times more effective at reducing poverty than other sectors such as mining.

• Cocoa na Chocolate marks one of the largest Pan-African music collaboration ever on the continent.

• The collaboration was co-produced by Cobhams Asuquo and DeeVee of DB Records. Godfather Productions directed the music video. The executive producers were Sipho Moyo, Jeff Davidoff, and Nde Ndifonka of

• The song, ‘Cocoa na Chocolate’, refers to the importance of agriculture both to Africa’s future and in the fight against extreme poverty. The example of cocoa is illustrative: while Africa produces tons of cocoa, which it exports it for processing at prices far insignificant relative to the price of the finished product—chocolate—Africa then has to import the chocolate at exorbitant prices. It is clear that Africa is missing a key economic opportunity in processing and marketing the final product. This must be the future of African agriculture: creating a prosperous value chain that will create more jobs and viable business opportunities, generate better incomes for farmers, and attain productive efficiency that will lead to reduced food prices.


3/31 – 4/4


Femi Kuti
Dama do Bling
Vusi Nova
Wax Dey


Judith Sephuma
Liz Ogumbo
Nancy G
Buffalo Souljah


Victoria Kumani




Fally Ipupa


Tiken Jah Fakoly

Rachid Taha


Kunle Ayo



“As African musicians, agriculture is the single most important cause we could champion together and I am proud to say we are doing it with ONE voice. Here in Nigeria alone, while 70% of Nigerians depend on agriculture for their livelihoods, the federal agriculture budget has been trending downwards, and is now at just 1.47%. This is a serious concern, especially because Nigeria spends billions of Naira importing food every year.

Through this song, we are calling on youths to go online and join, to get more involved in agriculture, and to ask our governments to step up and improve agricultural investments, so that the youths can have a better chance of succeeding in it.”

Femi Kuti

“I think this is the most important project I’ve done in my life because agriculture for me is the most important thing for human beings, so I’m very proud to be part of this and I hope it’s going to be successful. I think our lives, everything, our future depends on this, so I think we all need to put all our resources, all our energy into this to make it a success.”

Fally Ipupa

“It is a very important project. It is important for us to tell the African youth to grow hectares so we can have good and organic food. And so we can maybe one day export, pondu, saka saka and other African dishes the same way we export music.”

« C’est une projet très important. C’est important pour nous d’inciter la jeunesse africaine d’aller cultiver des hectares pour avoir de la bonne nourriture bio. Et comme ça, peut-être qu’un jour, on exportera le pondu, saka saka ou autre plat africain, de la même manière qu’on exporte la musique. »

Judith Sephuma

“Farming is really cool. In our country we have young talented people who are trying to get into the industry like mining. Meanwhile farming is such a great business to get into, it pays, literally. Our government has made the promise to support agriculture. Let’s make them keep the promises.”

“This project is about different artists, different genres of music, coming together, saying we stand together as one. “


“In Africa there are a lot of talented artists, we are here to collaborate together and the theme is agriculture. Agriculture pays, agriculture is cool, agriculture is everything. We want to motivate youth and others to invest in agriculture. If you listen to my verse I’m saying I wish I could have invested in agriculture since way back, but the time is good now, it’s better if I can Do Agric now. I’m telling them that agriculture is cool and I want to tell you too.”

“At the end of the day, let me put 100% concentration in this. Its better to help others, to motivate them, and at the end of the day, Africa is one, so we want to push this. I’m cool, I’m happy and when I fly back to my country I’m going to motivate guys to Do Agric.”

Tiken Jah Fakoly

“This campaign is very important for Africa and for the world. Normally we should not talk about elementary crisis in Africa because we are strong, have a lot of young people, so thank you ONE. In the lyrics I am talking to young people from Africa and I say we have to go to farm because we have land and its raining and we have all the things we need for food – we have the possibility to make Africa all about food.”

Kunle Ayo

“It’s all about forcing the hands of government to make sure they make do with their words in terms of agriculture. The project is Do Agric – It Pays, and for me there is no better cause to support than this one.”

Dama do Bling

“For me it was an honor, and very fortunately for me to show from Mozambique, my part of Africa, that we all struggle with the same problems, and this song, this video, all the 20 artists just make this one big great voice. I can say to my country, yes we are a part of this, we have to work and we have to make the politicians change their mind about agriculture.”

“My lyrics talk about how to use the land to develop a country. We know that with a little bit of seed, and water, we can make a developed country. We can teach our children how to use the land, create jobs, we have fertile land, we can create opportunities for all the people in the country. Being part of this project we want to show how as musicians we can stick together and show our voice to the world to say agriculture is important.”

Victoria Kimani

“I’m a huge fruit and vegetable person and I’m really big on natural foods. My brother is a farmer and outside of that I love the idea of investing in yourself. I think agriculture is the way forward to be honest with you, not only from a financial aspect, but from giving back and providing jobs. I think it’s an amazing cause.”

“Its crazy because everyone has their own swag, their own style and when you put all that together its crazy because it doesn’t sound purely Kenyan, purely Tanzanian, purely Angolan, its awesome.”

“This amazing campaign is all about investing in land and promoting farming. My little part is to collect together what everyone is saying their own individual dialect. It’s an amazing effort and it’s all about ONE, so one love.”


“Lets make Africa great, a beautiful place, put our hands together and support agriculture. I’m trying to let people understand that there is a need for us to improve the potential of our people by supporting Do Agric initiative that is also aimed at agriculture as a means of developing the African economy. I’m part of history to be part of these artists who are here – I feel elated and glad, its nice to be part of the project.”

Buffalo Souljah

“We are trying to convince the youths that farming is cool, so I try and bring something from my country and my originality too which is really nice.

I just went in there to put in the Zimbabwe flavour. I’m a reggae dancehall artist but when you are trying to pass a message and representing your nation, you need to have sounds of Zim – so a bit of dancehall with the GT home village type of song. “

Liz Ogumbo

“I really believe that if we spend more time reaping in our backyards, farming, and putting our resources together to allow the farming side to happen, then we are going to be saving a lot and build the economy.

As a fashion designer I want to wear my blue jeans and make sure that I can be able to get it from my garden – If I can grow that cotton in the village and then come to the city and use that same cotton to manufacture what I’m doing as a fashion designer then I am playing a big role within the economy and that’s what Do Agric is all about.”

Nancy G

“My lines in this song are about the future, growth and connecting seeds with life and understanding the relationship between them.”

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USA State Dpt.; Press Releases: Osaka, Japan Selected as Host City for International Jazz Day 2014

From: U.S. Department of State

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 4, 2014

The United States welcomes the selection of Osaka, Japan as the Global Host City for International Jazz Day 2014, which will be celebrated April 30.  Osaka’s jazz scene dates back to the 1920s and remains lively today, making it an ideal focal point for the day’s events, which will include a series of educational programs and performances at the Osaka School of Music and the All-Star Global Concert in Osaka Castle Park featuring internationally-renowned jazz artists from around the world. 

International Jazz Day, a U.S. initiative, was established in 2011 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to celebrate the unifying power of jazz, its history in fostering communication across cultures, and its continuing vitality in all corners of the globe.  It is chaired by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who serves as a UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.  The Institute is the lead nonprofit organization charged with planning, promoting, and producing this annual celebration.

In addition to the events in Osaka, parallel International Jazz Day events and activities will take place around the world with more information available in the coming weeks. 

Learn more about International Jazz Day at or by following the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #jazzday.

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GEORGE RAMOGI……….Brings good memories…………..

From: Maurice J. Oduor


Try George Ramogi’s Argwings Kodhek Onindo. It’s a very moving song. Just YouTube it.

Or Mboya Memorial.


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Wuod Nyar Gem………….Thumb George Ramogi lomba…………..!!! These are songs of our fathers generations………..and we can still remember them nolstagics……….piny onyiedho wange………………. Ondiek otoyo……………….These are things of wonderful memories. Jaluo Odiero……….Lunglish gives you direct translation…………….. If you can speak Luo you can speak English…………………………….

December is time South Nyanza ladies go back to their villages from Siaya to Celebrate Christmas (Ndalo rusa) ………Nya Kindu………… Do I say………..

Benga ochacho………….Even frailed legs finds their rythm …………


Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,

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Published on Apr 18, 2013
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tom kodiyo -nyar karabok

Uploaded on Aug 28, 2011
Tom Kodiyo and Metro Dumbe Dumbe in another revitalisation of an old [CK DD] Ramogi song.

Ramogi: Affline the Pretty

Uploaded on Jun 13, 2008
benga original

George Ramogi: AGAI KOYIER

Uploaded on Oct 21, 2010
popular music from kenya luo

Tom Kodiyo sings George Ramogi: Pesa Orumo, Opiyo Timmy

Uploaded on Mar 20, 2011
Tom Kodiyo remakes of old Ramogi hit songs.
Pesa Orumo [Financially Ruined] [5:50] is a song about fake friends and a friend in need. See translation within. Opiyo Timmy celebrates ‘Budho’, a famous party organised at this man’s home, where guests, musicians and their groupies did their things endlessly in delight.

For nostalgic reasons I post the original Opiyo Timmy too. For those who remember their father’s first record-players at Kaluo. Red sanyos with two-cover speakers, brown philips in compact suitcase models. Kassanga vinyls that turned convex in the hot sun. The amazement as even the dogs stopped fighting the cats over fish-bones to gape at the unevenly spinning turn-table, as returnees from the city introduced us to recorded music under the siala and ojwok and oyieko trees! Ah, how time flies.

Tom Kodiyo remakes George Ramogi: Oyuke Ben, Omullo Dick

Uploaded on Apr 23, 2011
The Metro Dumbe Dumbe of Tom Kodiyo and other veterans of the Old Continental Kilo (CK Dumbe Dumbe) of George Ramogi, achieved stupendous sucess in the wake of a tsunami of nostalgia that swept Luoland when they redid hoardes of the old songs.
The second song at 5:20 is called Ogono Sammy here, but it is a replicate of the old Omullo Dick, a track composed by Jerry Okello ‘Obengo’ Janyakatch, of the notorious laughing voice, that sang the now legendary lines:

Imiyo omin ‘tella long’ moro ma k’arwako to nyiri opong’ kuoma ni bi ikenda, (Okello Jerry b’ikenda x2) watedo nyakau! OR:

You let fit and stitch a stylistic pair of longtrousers for me, such that whenever I put it on, hoardes of ladies besiege me: OH ‘kello Jerry! do marry me my Hero; do marry me and take me as wife in chief to Nyakatch, land of the brave!

To an ajok akwero nyirigo, yie ung’wonna x2; to long maka omin ‘tella oseko rwako ni nono, (ni long’ni ni nono x2) onge mwandu! HEE HAHA HA HAAA!! OR:
–With heavy heart I have to dissappoint them breathless ladies: This trouser you see me in, is empty. Pennilessly empty I say, O piteous dears! And arlier on:
I wear it courtesy of Dicky O, my heart’s comrade who is the brother of Willy, them that were brought forth by the women of Ongilo in Jimbo. Dick the baron of great wealth, who brought me to Kisumu to play music, and rented the best hotel suite, because his great heart also knows I am wont to be a magnet of them, beauty queens whose movements of the buttocks spin your head, like our music your body! —HA HA HAHAHAAA!!

My uncle, who was among the first to buy a ‘philips automatic’ in the village, played this vinyl repeatedly to grooves, singing along from AtoZ. But I remember him saying the bass-line was new, hinting at an impatience at always playing third fiddle to rhythm and solo guitars in benga! Sorry I cant find the original Omullo Dick with its belching base.

Tom Kodiyo – Born Smart (Kenya Luo Rumba)

Published on Jul 23, 2013
Modern Kenyan Luo Rhumba! Tom formed his band Metro Dumbe Dumbe which played in his club Dumbe Dumbe in Kisumu.He teamed up with his former colleagues from Ramogi,including Orwa Jasolo in this.They later disagreed and broke up and club closed.Tom now has his music instruments for hire.Orwa has his own band,others joined various upcoming bands

Tom Kodiyo – Agumbi Jalieta (Kenya Luo Rumba)

Published on Jul 23, 2013
The only information I have about Tom Kodiyo is that he has played with George Ramogi for years. Enjoy!


Amiyi Chunya – Brian Prince (Official Video)

Published on Nov 8, 2013
Luo for ‘I give you my heart’. Zouk music with benga undertones.Myriad dances also fused together including bits of salsa,contemporary and kizomba (Angola). It talks about love,how strong and powerful it is, yet we choose to love. It’s not random neither is it fate. Enjoy


Published on Aug 28, 2013
NUTA JAZZ, wana msondo ngoma

Kenya: The Spirit of 1963

From: Hon. Oscar O’Lawrence

If only we can do this…which as we speak is IMPOSSIBLE, then Kenya would have not only grown but Kenya would have matured to be a truly developed nations!


“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me show love; where there is injury, let me give pardon; where there is doubt, let me show faith; where there is despair, let me give hope; where there is darkness, let me show light; where there is sadness, help me bring joy” – Hon Oscar O’ Lawrence

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From: Maurice Oduor
Date: Sun, 25 Aug 2013 00:48:12 -0400
Subject: The Spirit of 1963

Can we Kenyans go back to the spirit of 1963 as expressed in this song by Daudi Kabaka? Kenya was optimistic and we had no tribalism of any kind. Can we get back to that point?

Harambee Harambee by Daudi Kabaka

Kenya: Hip hop artiste claims Kidero hasn’t paid for campaign song

from: Judy Miriga

Good People,

This is how Kenyans forget too quickly and kills job creation for the youth in Kenya.

These initiatives of self-creation youth talents and skills need to be encouraged, motivated, rewarded, supported and people must help them to perfection. They are the little things that improve economy and help our youth to be more creative.

These skills developments initiatives also take away our youth from the streets from joining the gangs that are destructive and non-productive, giving no value to the progressive development; except they are damaging .

Bwana Kidero can do better than this………!!! it is called Social Welfare Development…….

Cheers !!!

Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,

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Hip hop artiste claims Kidero hasn’t paid for campaign song

Hip hop artiste claims Kidero hasn’t paid for campaign song

Saturday 8th June, 2013 on The Standard

Two artistes have claimed Nairobi county governor Evans Kidero has not paid for their work during his election campaigns. Victor Otieno better known as Juma MP or VBO and hip hop artiste Kisanya Peter aka Sinpare, performed during his campaigns before the March 4 elections. The songs included, Inawezekana na Kidero and Nairobi for Kidero.

The two artistes blame the governor’s former chief campaigner George Wainaina, who is now a top official in the governor’s office, of making it impossible to meet with the governor. “We had a gentleman’s agreement with Kidero during the campaign where he promised to pay us ‘properly’ as soon as the elections were over.

We were only paid performance allowances which are not enough to cover the cost of the song production,” Sinpare told The Nairobian. The artistes claim that the governor has been cancelling their appointments and has been reluctant to answer their phone calls.

“We spent so much money recording those songs and our producers are now wondering why we have not yet paid for studio time,” VBO told The Nairobian. Efforts to reach George Wainaina’s office for comment were futile as our calls went unanswered and our SMS text ignored.

Paris Jackson, the 15-year-old daughter of late pop star Michael Jackson, was rushed to a Los Angeles-area hospital on Wednesday after an apparent suicide attempt.

… Read the comprehensive news article and discuss at The Standard

Hunting Africa’s Newest Holy Grail – an Affordable Internet and Content Device for the Home

From: Abdalah Hamis

Up until now, the focus has largely been on seeing how the price of mobile phones (whether smart or feature phones) can come down to open access to different content and services to wider numbers of people. But the new Holy Grail is finding a cheap household or “on-the-go” device that can deliver both Internet and VoD content to households. Russell Southwood looks at the kind of projects that are coming forward to tackle this need.

Whatever anyone tells you, Africans buy content. Go anywhere in an African city and you will find a market stall or small shop selling DVDs and VCDs. Take Kenya, for example, pirated DVDs sell for between US46-57 cents a copy and large numbers of people spend several dollars every month on this form of entertainment. The same is true for music DVDs. Even the most remote villages get DVD shops the moment electricity arrives.

A pirate market is simply one that functions at a level people can afford (remember the grey market in VoIP calling) not the one that suits the rights holders. So the commercial challenge is to be able to deliver both Internet and VoD content that works within these spending parameters.

In small markets, the cost of rolling out fibre to households is enormous so there is a “chicken-and-egg” barrier: the market is too small so there can never be sufficient “critical mass” to get prices to a level that is affordable so the market stays small.

However, even in places like Kenya, the practical challenges of delivering VoD content have left some of the best minds in disarray. Jamii Telecom may have built a fibre network and connected people with Fibre-To-The-Home but they have not yet created a convincing VoD content bundle to make use of it.

Enter stage left one of Kenya’s bountiful supply of small entrepreneurs, Kahenya Kimunyu, CEO and Founder of Able Wireless. He has created a modified Raspberry Pi with inbuilt wireless access (via Wi-Fi on 802.11G) that can give Internet access to two devices in a household.

His vision is to get local franchisees to put up local wireless aerials that will service several households locally. Each aerial will be able to service 20-25 people. The aim is to sell the box for KS500 (US$5.73) and to charge the same amount for an unlimited content service. He is looking to launch in November 2013 and reckons that it will be possible to get to 20,000 people by the end of year one.

The weakest part of his launch narrative so far is the content piece:”We’ll work with anyone who will offer a revenue share and our terms are generous.” He has one or two aces in his hand he can’t yet talk about but thus far the content is mainly low cards. A streamed channel of Al Jazeera, curated local You Tube content and the possibility of other local content providers coming in:”We want to get the kind of content people are currently buying at pirate DVD shops.” He may yet solve the content problem so let’s not judge too early in the process.

Another example of a different approach is a project at the “We”nnovation Hub in Lagos. One of its members has designed a piece of hardwire to use Wi-Fi and it can create its own network (within an area like a neighbourhood or a school) that can hold a digital library of content. It would allow users to stream content locally but have digital rights management that prevented piracy and it can be operated just within a local network.

These projects represent are just two examples of the kind of low-end, hybrid content delivery plays that people have talked about to me. They may not succeed but they are an attempt to find a way that suits the local context at a price people are already affording. One day soon maybe one of them will succeed…

Read the original story, with tables and illustrations where appropriate.

USA, NJ: Opiyo Jarumba in New Jersey

From: Doc Odotte

From: otiende Fred
Date: Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 4:19 PM
Subject: Opiyo Jarumba in New Jersey

AKIA Emergency Fund will be hosting a dance party this weekend, Saturday the 13th of April, 2013 in New Jersey ( note the change of venue) from Makeda Ethiopian Restaurant to PROGRESSIVE TEMPLE HALL, 186 HALE STREET,NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ.08901. There will be a stunning performance by none other than the legendary Benga maestro Opiyo Jarumba with super Mejja Band currently on a tour of the US. The Band is fully equipped with a dancing troupe from Kenya featuring Shiro and Sippi (sips), the lead guitar is played by Young Boy, Roberto Jaligega on the rhythm & vocals, Mulumbi Jamarachi on Bass, Opiyo Jarumba himself on the vocals and Robert Osembo on drums. Come and enjoy the performance of this group before they leave for Kenya As this will be their last performance in New Jersey. The show will start from 8:00pm till 2:00am. Please be on time. All members and non members of AKIA are invited, there will be a cover charge of $20. at the gate.

For more information, please feel free to contact,
AKIA chairman Edward Oyuga. 215-240-0106
AKIA organizing secretary Tom Ogindo 914-552-9613
AKIA treasurer Hellen Adhiambo 732-735-1136
AKIA secretary Nelson Kondula 845-401-3590
AKIA member rep. Noa Nyalele 732-2798018
Opiyo Jarumba 484-664-9736
Paul Alwala. 267-334-8485
Fred Adede. 845-705-2429
Doc Odotte 732-213-9699.


From: AKR|Association of Kenyans Living in Rwanda

Fellow Kenya,

Its time to unwind !! Refer to email below for direction.


From: tony
Date: Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 2:45 PM


Carwash Royal is hosting a Kenyan Night event; where Kenyan King of Mugithi ,MIKE RUA will be live on stage

First time in Rwanda on 1st and 2nd March 2013,

Kenyan D.J Hassan will on the desks spinning best of Kenyan Music, – Rhumba, Ohangla , Kiluhya ,KIkamba ,Genge ,Kalenjin,Kisii etc.

Advance ticket are sold at The Royal Carwash or call no 0786879329/0784762932

Charges : Rwf 7,000 per day

Rwf 10,000 for a season ticket

Don’t miss this chance,

Come and feel at home away from home.


From: People For Peace

Voices of Justice for Peace
Regional News


The National Cohesion and Integration Commission Chairman Mzalendo Kibunjia wants three popular musicians Muigai wa Njoroge, Kamande wa Kioi and John Demathew be investigated for hate speech and inciteful.

[images]Inset- musicians Kamande wa Kioi- John De’Mathew- Muigai Njoroge/ File

Wa Njoroge is to be investigated for his Hague Bound song presented as a question and answer narrative where he asks: What if you knew that you are being pushed to the Hague by an uncircumcised man who wants to push you there and take over your wife and all your wealth? A man who can do anything to ensure you are in problems.

The answer to his question is that better to die. Things for men are not governed by an uncircumcised man. I would kill him. Its better they increase my charges”. He believes Uhuru Kenyatta has been taken to the Hague by uncircumcised individual.

He wonders what you would tell your crying supporters as you are being shipped to the Hague? The answer: I would tell them to pray for me and know I am being persecuted for my love of my community.

Question: When you get to Hague how you would ensure the white man does not cheat you? Answer: I would ask for proceedings to be done in Kikuyu. Question: When on the dock what would you be thinking of the uncircumcised man who is the source of your predicament? Answer: I would ask God to forgive him. I would also ask that he gets circumcised so that he matures mentally. I would also ask Kenyans to be very wary of that man.

The song says Uhuru is the Moses of the Kikuyu nation, who is meant to move Kikuyus from Egypt to Canaan, anointed by God, poured oil on. The song says Philistines who do not circumcise cannot lead Israel. When Abraham stressed God, he was told to go get cut, even you General of Migingo, your knife is being sharpened.”

The contentious songs according to Kibunjia include ‘Mwaka wa Hiti’ loosely translated as year of the hyena by John DeMathew, Muigai wa Njoroge’s ‘Hague bound’ and ‘Uhuru ni Witu’ (Uhuru is ours) by Kamande wa Kioi.

If they found guilty of hate speech, they will be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or a fine of Sh1 million or both. A radio station that plays the music would also be liable to a fine not exceeding Sh1 million according to the Act.

This is not the first time the issue of uncircumcised cannot rule Keny and hate speech has emerged. The former Finance minister Simeon Nyachae once said that Raila Odinga could not govern Kenya since he is not circumcised.

William Ruto in a bid to convince Raila to leave the ODM ticket to Kalonzo Musyoka echoed the same sentiment. “A Luo cannot win presidential election in Kenya”, Ruto said. Upon such utterances, it was reported that Raila broke down in tears; as we have made to understand, his tears are never too far from the surface.

Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta also insulted Raila based on circumcision by saying, “they think Kibaki is uncircumcised like them” he said in Kikuyu. Joshua Kutuny also refered to Raila saying “Shetani ameingia kwa speaker na huyo shetani ni “O”. He went further in explaining the origin of KKK alliance saying that they started KKK alliance to open Kibaki´s door since “O” had mistreated them.

On the run up to taking the hague bound flights in prayer meeting PNU Chief Whip Johnstone Muthama, who employed a variety of rhetorical devices said, “We’re going to the polls next year and we are going to send him (Raila) back home to fish,”?I don’t have to tell you that in Kenya we know people by their names so when Kutuny says “O” had mistreated them, it can mean only Raila but also Luos as a whole, the uncircumcised, those who eat fish.

When Raila stood against Safaricom IPO the then Finance minister Amos Kimunya said, “This is not a “fish market”; it’s a stock market, referring to the usual Kenyan stereotypes that Kikuyus are investors (stock market) while Luos are only prominent in the fish industry (fish market).

Raila has nor been spared either. He has been accused by the Party of National Unity of propagating a hate campaign against the Mt Kenya people. Party Deputy Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni said the Premier had hatched a plot to create a wedge between Mt Kenya people and the rest of Kenyans.

Kioni who is also the Ndaragwa MP had demanded that the National Cohesion and Integration Commission investigate Raila over claims he allegedly made in Wajir that people from Mt Kenya region perpetrated the Wagalla massacre
Raila accused of hate speech against Mt Kenya residents – Move It!

Kibunja has also proposed that Facebook and Twitter users in Kenya who post material passing as hate speech and incitement to violence could be arrested and charged in court of law. He says he would work with the police on monitoring materials posted on Facebook and Twitter by individuals and organisations.

Generally, hate speech is that which offends, threatens or insults groups based on race, colour, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability or a number of other traits.

KNCHR defines hate speech as any form of speech that degrades others and promotes hatred and encourages violence against a group on the basis of a criteria including religion, race, colour or ethnicity. It includes speech, publication or broadcast that represents as inherently inferior.

In media hate speech is defined as a tool that encourages violent activities ,tension or hatred between races, ethnic or social groups, or countries for political goals /or to foster conflict by offering one-sided and biased views and opinions and resorting to deception.

It was used to fuel hatred in Rwanda …”it should be stressed that people must bring matchettes, a spear ,an arrow ,a hoe, spades, rakes, nails, truncheons..Barbed wire, stones …and the like, in order, dear listeners to kill the Rwandan Tutsis” that was a Rwandese ethnic radio station calling on the Hutus to kill the Tutsis.

In Kenya former Assistant Minister and Kuria Member of Parliament Wilfred Machage, his Mt.Elgon Counterpart Fred Kapondi and Christine Nyaguthi Miller the Widow of former Chief Justice Cecil Miller were accused for hate speech.

Machage was accused of making four Kiswahili statements targeting the Maasai, Kikuyu and the Luo, while Kapondi allegedly threatened that communities in Trans Nzoia and Bungoma would be kicked out, it meant that they wanted violence and terror reigned on the said tribes. The court set them free for lack of evidence.

According to Section 44 of the Penal Code any person who, without lawful authority, carries on, or makes preparation for carrying on, or aids in or advises the carrying on of, or preparation for, any war or warlike undertaking with, for, by or against any person or body or group of persons in Kenya, is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for life.

In Kenya this law cannot work as yet since majority of Kenyans who have been implicated are politically protected, especially a number of Ministers and MPs who either belong to Kibaki’s PNU or Raila’s ODM camps.

Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
People for Peace in Africa
Tel +254-7350-14559/+254-722-623-578

Peaceful world is the greatest heritage
That this generation can give to the generations
To come- All of us have a role.

2012 Twin Cities Concert


A great evening of singing out featuring the finest local artists including Catherine Ondari ( Launching 2nd Album), Destiny Faith Ministries Praise Team, United SDA Church Choir, Adorations, Faith SDA Church Choir, The Kabambes, KCC Praise Team and many more. The climax of the event will be the launching of Catherine’s 2nd Album and the official commisioning of an orphanage ( Love Passion Care Keumbu Holiness, Kisii-Kenya)

You can’t afford to miss this event. God bless you and see you there.


“I shall pass through this life but once, If there is any good I can do let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again….”

Song; Here, no one cares about you

Link sent by Philister;

I thought of the many songs I had heard that voice sing as I sat down and reached for a glass of water; after all I was still trying to understand how such an icon could suddenly be gone.

“In this country no one cares about you. These stars have money but they’re not happy, they are very lonely and miserable people. “ Lauren responded “It just makes you realize how short life is.”

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Africa: World Music: Where Are The East Africans?

from Jojo Kilimanjaro Entertainmen

KE411 Newsletter

World Music: Where Are The East Africans?
I hope you have started the year well. If you live in the United States, Canada or Europe, and have an interest in African music, you probably have realized that West African musicians dominate world music concerts, festivals and other music events. Have you ever asked yourself: Where Are The East Africans? I explore this issue in my article currently featured on Mshale, a newspaper based in Minneapolis, Minnesota of which I am a contributing writer. Here is a link to the article. World Music: Where Are The East Africans?

Another one of my articles that may be an interesting read to you is: How a Somali Rapper Became The ‘Face of Africa’.

Can You Use Some Laughter?
When the announcement came that Walter Mongare aka Nyambane would go on a solo U.S. tour in September 2011, many wondered whether he could pull it off without the other two members of Redykyulass. When it was all said and done, Nyambane had performed in 14 cities and if you were lucky to catch him in Kansas City, MO or Dallas, TX, you saw a side of Nyambane that many did not know about: uncensored adult-only stand-up comedy that left audiences yearning for more and wanting him to return in 2012. Here is a chance for you to see Nyambane raw and uncut.
Nyambane Uncensored, Dallas, Texas

As usual, I do appreciate and welcome your comments. Just reply to my email. Thank you

George “Jojo” Ndege

KE411 Newsletter by Kilimanjaro Entertainment

World Music: Where Are The East Africans?

How a Somali Rapper Became The ‘Face of Africa’.

Nyambane Uncensored, Dallas, Texas

Very Sad story about our sisters in diaspora

From: Tebiti Oisaboke

This is indeed a heart breaking story and I feel for this poor girl from Nigeria for having fell prey to these creatures. This is modern slavery which needs to be condemned by all sanity people. I would suggest that she makes some documentary videos about her life in a foreign land and how she ended up there to do what she did far from what she was promised before she left home. She would make more money to cater for her medical bills instead of continuing to sell her sick body to unsuspecting customers who might contract the virus even though she says that she tries to caution them to use protection. She should do what the late Uganda singer Mr. Philip Bongoley Lutaaya did before he died of the dreaded scourge in December of 1989. Phill used to sing like an angle. I will never forget the documentary about his life made by the late Mr. Peter Jennings former anchor of ABC News which was first aired in April of 1990.


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Remembering Philly Lutaaya

Form part of the lyrics to the late great Philly Bongoley Lutaaya’s hit single ‘Born in Africa’ released in the late 80s. This song and its accompanying album recorded at B10 B10 studios in Sweden in the same period is still a favourite in Uganda over fifteen years after it was released. According to Dr. Alban Nwapa, the Nigerian-Swedish musician who made his musical mark with Denniz Pop a few years later, Lutaaya was one of the greatest African musicians of the 80s.

Unfortunately the world purely out of his tragic demise did not get to fully appreciate the man and his works as his life was cut short in December 1989 before a logical conclusion of an otherwise promising international (globally recognised) music career. Alban who released a song and album (his fourth) coincidentally titled ‘Born in Africa’ in 1996, which was an afrocentric medical student who graduated into a professional dentist and was equally a disc jockey who had successfully made the transformation into a musician. Alban occasionally met Lutaaya at the Kilimanjaro Club, Stockholm where the latter performed with the Savannah band in Stockholm Sweden. Alban in proceeding years was based at the Alphabet Street club in Stockholm.
In Uganda Lutaaya is eulogised and his legacy continues as a surrogate patriarch of Ugandan contemporary popular music who is still envisaged as an eternal legend with works (especially the afro-reggae single ‘born in Africa’ and the poignant ‘alone and frightened’) that are local classics. His work as a renowned anti-HIV/AIDS activist fostered a dual legacy and throughout the western hemisphere it is this point that he is remembered for. Fondly referred to with reverence as ‘Omugenzi Philly’ (the late Philly), he is a guiding beacon to the careers of many musicians in Uganda.

At the 1st annual Pearl of Africa Music (PAM) awards, 4th October 2003 at Speke Resort Munyonyo Kampala, he received a nomination for Life Time achievement and though edged by the evergreen and ever present Elly Wamala (passed away – RIP), many believe this year or anytime soon Lutaaya will posthumously win the coveted award. Angela Kalule, a leading female vocalist in Uganda also recalls Lutaaya in two contexts. First his public declaration of his sero status (HIV positive) at the time when it was a risk of public animosity for such circumstances or revelations and the accompanying anti-HIV/AIDS campaign that he assumed. The second was his unique style of music, which she says has not been matched up to this day in Kampala.

Before the enhancement of the Internet as a global form of popular culture and the local proliferation of musicians in the 90s, Lutaaya, Samite Mulondo (based in America) and Geoffrey Oryema (based in France) were the three symbols of Ugandan popular music in a global context though there were occasional mentions of the Afrigo band. Oryema with frequent classic remakes of folk songs from his home area Acholi land and the association with Peter Gabriel is a public name in western capitals. He contested at the inaugural Kora Awards ceremony in 1996. The interesting bit with Lutaaya is that whereas his name has resounded globally, it is as aforementioned more to do with his work as an anti-HIV/AIDS campaigner than the masterpieces he delivered. The sole reason being in my presumption that it was not easy to distribute his works at the time he passed away as it would have been if he had released those works today.

Lutaaya had not yet attained those major record label deals that propelled the careers and sounds of artists like Papa Wemba or Youssou N’dour.This not withstanding his public testimony about his own experience with AIDS first unveiled on April 13th 1989 at Makerere University Kampala as he spoke to students and his accompanying work (including an album ‘Alone and Frightened’ released 29th September 1989 along with an audiovisual documentary ‘Alone: The Life and Times of Philly Bongoley Lutaaya’) on the same note sent his name running through global capitals at a time when the AIDS epidemic was still some kind of mystery and had turned Uganda into an advancing health disaster area.Indeed it was about this time that the only two things Uganda was known for were Idi Amin’s reign of terror in the 70s and the scourge of alarmist proportions.

Phillip Bongoley Lutaaya, born October 1951 (a year before Ignatius Musaazi formed Uganda’s first political party Uganda National Congress) to Mr Tito and Mrs Jastin Lutaaya in Mengo (the seat of the Buganda Kingdom from where he hailed), Kampala was literarily born into urban life. Buganda was at different times referred to as Buganda province interchangeably with central province and was the headquarters of the British administration before independence. Philly Lutaaya started school in Mpigi District a few kilometres from Kampala where he did primary section at Kasaka Primary School, Gomba. Gomba is also the ancestral home of Philly Lutaaya and forms one of the three counties that form the district of Mpigi which is in the Buganda region.The others are Mawokota and Butambala.Lutaaya’s parents were teachers.His dad taught at Kasaka boys primary school while the mother was a headmistress at the neigbouring Kasaka girls primary school.

After this period, in 1959 he was enrolled into Budo Kabinja Junior School in Kampala where he spent a couple of years till 1969 before moving on to Kololo Secondary School within Kampala. He got involved in high school bands before breaking out to seek a professional career. At Budo, Lutaaya studied with the late great Ugandan-Rwandan guitarist Dede Majoro who at one point influenced the incorporation of the lead guitar into the Ugandan soundscape. It was at this early stage that the two artists attained their first contact with western instruments like the piano and the guitar which they never separated from till their demise. Many of the christian-run schools of the day had high school bands. These included Namilyango College, Kings College Budo and St.Mary’s College Kisubi.

At the age of seventeen, Lutaaya like many of Uganda’s popular musicians got his start as a nightclub band singer. The clubs are cited by acclaimed musician Fred Kanyike Buwule (1989) as a base where musicians can play as residents and present some kind of security of consistence for the musicians. Which implies security of income and career. Lutaaya revolved around New Life Club (Mengo), Kololo Night Club (which was not far away from his former high school, now known as Angenoir Discotheque) and Arizona Club (Kibuye), and at these locations, he still paid particular attention to the guitar revolution of the Congolese rumba and Afro Jazz traditions that were doing rounds in East Africa at the time. His Other influences came in the form of popular rock ‘n’ roll stars Elvis Aron Presley, Cliff Richard (aka Harry Roger Webb) and The Beatles (Paul James McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Richard ‘Ringo Starr’ Starkey). In 1981, he named his newly born last born child John Lennon Kabogoza after the Beatles member. Robert Mayanja, a former member of Elly Wamala’s ‘MASCOTS’ band where Philly sojourned at one point Lutaaya used to commence his rehearsals with a rendition on drums and vocals of the Beatles’ ‘let it be’ single which he loved.

The period between which Lutaaya was born and the period when he began performing were both sides of Uganda’s pro-independence struggle and the aftermath of independence (independence came in 1962). These foreign influences were played on radio, played by bands and stocked in retail shops for the colonialists, a situation that affirmed such songs within the local populace as well. The Beatles in 1964 had begun their elongated conquest of ‘both sides of the Atlantic’. This wave and its influence rivalled by the influential congas and guitar-driven Afro-Cuban scenario were radical incentives to the young Lutaaya. At home, Wasswa ‘Rocky’ Birigwa (Kampala Mayoral aspirant in the 90s and now ambassador designate) and his brother Geoffrey Nsereko, Elly Wamala, Fred Masagazi and other notables were breeding a home-grown sound though with foreign sonic overtones pegged onto them.
In the clubs, Lutaaya worked with various bands including Eko Jazz band and the prolific Congolese Vox Nationale Du Congo Kinshasha that was also based at New Life. The bands influenced his metamorphosis from an amateur musician to a more versatile and professional musician (singer, songwriter and instrumentalist). Professional in not only practise but in the commercial context of performing for a paying audience. In 1968 when he was still with Vox Nationale, he released his first recording ‘Philly Empisa Zo Zikyuseko/Flora Atwooki’ on A/B sides respectively. Lutaaya also recorded ‘Tugira Tulinda’,’Baasi Namakwekwe’ and ‘Bw’oba Osiimye’ during this period with the band.

At the age of nineteen, two years after exploration of the clubs, Lutaaya moved by road to Kinshasha the capital city of Congo Kinshasha to base with Vox Nationale that had returned home. The Kinshasha odyssey through and through was a milestone to the career of Philly Lutaaya who was exposed first hand to the vibrant Congolese music scene. His later recording ‘Likambo La Falanga’ was influenced by this trip to Congo. Lutaaya returned at the age of twenty-one to join the Cranes band led by Sam Kaumba that was based at Silver Springs Bamboo gardens. Other members of the band were Jeff Sewava, Tony Senkebejje, Charles Sekyanzi and the late Jesse Kasirivu. Lutaaya joined Sam Kaumba and Eddy Ganja in the Cranes after this group of musicians left the band to form Afrigo band (Sewava after sometime left Afrigo to form Afrigo Waves based first in Mombasa and then Germany). Lutaaya due to personal experience always believed bands were integral not only to the evolution of a particular musician but the broader musical culture of Uganda.

After Cranes band, Lutaaya was recruited by Fred Kanyike Buwule the leader of the 16 member Rwenzori band. He joined Rwenzori’s sister band River Nile Band. In River Nile, he met bassist Shem Makanga who he later worked with in Savannah band in Sweden. Rwenzori band included Eclaus Kawalya (father to Afrigo band vocalist Joanita Kawalya), Geoffrey Nsereko, Fred Sebukima, Alex Mukulu, Sempaala Kigozi, Fred Masagazi, Hadija Namale Kalyango, Mansur Akiiki. Lutaaya only joined the main Rwenzori in 1975. With Rwenzori, he released the album Ashiita. The band underwent a split which introduced new members Frank Mbalire, Billy Mutebi and Fred Kigozi. Rwenzori shifted its performance base to the International Hotel (presently named Sheraton Hotel, previously named Apollo Hotel but changed by Idi Amin who did not cherish the association with Apollo Milton Obote who he had overthrown on January 25th 1971) attracting massive crowds.

After this band, Lutaaya formed a loose group with friend Frank Mbalire incorporating a number of other seasoned musicians that included Fred Kigozi. Their meeting and rehearsal point was at Namirembe road where Philly Lutaaya’s parents owned a flat and also ran a shop. The band rehearsed upstairs and started performing in different places in Kampala. Inspite of their commensurate talent and experience, the band faced recurring difficulties. They hardly got admirable gigs and this was frustrating to Lutaaya who envisioned a departure from Uganda to improve his fortunes as a musician. The band, which also had a stint at a place called Katis in Lungujja Kampala owned by the father to Betty Kamya Turomwe who is presently opposition group Reform agenda spokeswoman began nurturing thoughts of a new strategy executed abroad which shall be tackled later.

The period 1971-1979 was chaotic for Uganda that had got independence in 1962. Idi Amin, an ex-Kings African Rifles officer and Uganda Armed Forces general had taken over power from Dr. Milton Obote in 1971 and imposed a ruthless genocidal regime in Uganda, where citizens all and sundry were tortured, mutilated or murdered for all kinds of reasons. In 1978/1979 the first post-independence war of liberation waged by Ugandan exiles (who were mobilised at the Moshi conference) with the aid of Tanzania’s then president Julius Kambarage Nyerere dethroned Idi Amin. The post war era was a relief but one of the most fragile in terms of political, social and economic stability, a fragility which the military commission overseen by Paulo Muwanga struggled to cope with. There were enormous challenges and security was elusive. To musicians, not only was it unsafe to perform night shows (which would bring money), but the money was not available as the economy was bad and in any case, people would not attend performances after which getting back home would be accidental.

The Congolese sound still manifested influence in Uganda and surprisingly Michellino Mavatiko, who was rumoured to have been a one time band leader of Tabu Ley’s L’Afrisa International and composed the single ‘Salima’ had following altercations with Tabu Ley had set up an East African base at Hotel Equatoria with regular performances at a club close to Black Lines house (Kidukuulu bar) under the auspices of the then interim Government and fully sponsored through the national budget. Mavatiko performed in Swahili, Lingala and Spanish. He only left after the elections which Milton Obote won. His departure was rumoured to have been a consequence of ruthless treatment he underwent with his band members after the Government crack down on hotel guests when guerilla leader Yoweri Museveni was said to have slept at Equatoria on one night. Mavatiko did not like this treatment and found his way out. His brand of Afro-Jazz and Soukouss music influenced Lutaaya and friends for the period before instability that was mounting and eventually drove them into the diaspora.

Lutaaya predictably like many other Ugandans left the country for Kenya. Kenya, which was a cradle of stability though the early 80s had a quelled threat to in the form of a military coup attempt against former president Daniel Arap Moi. The major challenge of living in Nairobi Kenya was the suspicious attitude held by the Kenyan security towards Ugandans living in Kenya falling on the background of possibility of the turmoil in Uganda spilling over into Kenya. Philly was arrested at the popular Lidos Bar in the Musakos swoops before leaving for Sweden.

The gifted Lutaaya’s new life in Kenya began as a session player for different recording studios. He also collaborated with another Kenya based Ugandan musician Sammy Kasule of the outfit Orchestra Jambo Jambo who was later to work with him in Sweden. Other musicians from Uganda based in Kenya at the time were Tony Senkebejje who left in 1982 for Mombasa Kenya. In Kenya, Lutaaya was able to proceed with nurturing his musical ambitions in the process recording ‘Nsunzi Watali’, ’Asaba’ and ’Univumie’. The Nairobi years were an asset to Lutaaya who was exposed to a more multi-cultural environment that Kenya encompassed. This experience prepared him for the journey to Sweden, which he took in 1984. Upon arriving in Sweden, Lutaaya spearheaded the formation of a band named ‘Miti Mito’ (small trees: figurative for young ones).

This band was the foundation for the monumental Savannah band, a congregation of some of the best musicians Uganda ever produced. Members of the band included bassist Joe Nsubuga, Fred Tebusake Semwogerere, bassist and vocalist Sammy Kibirige Kasule, Richard Mudhungu, Frank Mbalire, Joe Nsubuga, keyboardist and vocalist Hope Mukasa (formerly of the Mixed Talents and who pioneered the Karaoke culture in Uganda in the late 90s), percussionist Gerald Nadibanga and bassist and saxophonist Shem Makanga. According to Lutaaya, the band was actually formed between Uganda and Kenya and each member was destined to move to Sweden after the preceding one had arrived. Though the band members had mastered different roles in regular band formations, they were reorganised by Lutaaya to achieve the multi-cultural and achievement goals of going to Sweden.

The move to Sweden, unveiled many opportunities. Sweden is a country that has by predictable coincidence accommodated the highest number of Ugandan musicians in the Diaspora. Charles ‘Charlie King’ Twodong, Swahili Nation, Luther Martin Kintu, Maddox Semanda Sematimba and Young Vibrations all got their acts straightened out in the environs of Sweden. Whereas the trend started with Lutaaya and friends, the Swedish cultural policy (including a strong copyright law) was an extra weight to their ambitions.
In 1974 the Swedish parliament enacted a policy for government support for various kinds of cultural activities including music and musical production. This included a provision for funding areas of cultural exchange music inclusive, which was crucial to Lutaaya’s objectives. In fact one of Lutaaya’s most popular records ‘Born in Africa’ was partly funded by the Swedish council for Cultural affairs. It was also produced by Lutaaya and Sten Sandhl who was the director of the Swedish National Concert institute ‘RIKSKONSERTER’, A Swedish government agency supportive of music of all kinds. This institute not only receives public funding it also runs a record label ‘Caprice records’ through which it releases records. Lutaaya and friends had also got into various cultural festivals in Sweden: Gothenburg annual carnivals, and the Falun Folk Music festivals.
In the late 80s Lutaaya went solo and released the nostalgic ‘Born in Africa’ single and album. The music on ‘born in Africa’ was in all aspects classic material a clear show of music nurtured over the passage of time. This eclectic album is what got the whole of Uganda listening to Philly Bongoley Lutaaya. Singles on the album included ‘born in Africa’, ‘Nkooye Okwegomba’, ‘the voices cry out’, ‘tulo tulo’, ‘naali kwagadde’, a remake of ‘Philly empisazo’, ‘Entebbe wala’ and ‘en fest I rinkeby’ (his Swedish remake of a party in rinkeby)’. Although this album drew Lutaaya into the mainstream of the Ugandan music audience, his mark was just a matter of time before it was made. The cast that worked on this album was the best of Uganda in Sweden. Kasule and Nadibanga on guitar and percussions respectively, Billy Mutebi on guitars, Swedes Mats Wester and Roger Myrehag on keyboards and synths and off course Lutaaya’s young ones Tezzie and Tina assisted by Sabina Have, Kasule and Scottie Prescott on vocals.

With the success of this album, Philly Bongoley Lutaaya’s fans expected the follow up album to be even more eclectic and far reaching than the ‘born in Africa’ project and were completely taken aback when Lutaaya came back to Kampala in April 1989 with news that dampened their hopes. On April 13th 1989, Lutaaya in a sense of altruism declared he was living with HIV/AIDS, a virus that had made its presence in Uganda in the 80s and had decimated thousands of lives.

This was a shocking revelation (because AIDS in Uganda at the time was a guarded mystery) and was an anti-climax to the preceding circumstances in Lutaaya’s musical life. All sorts of sceptical accusations arose. His project was to make money and more fame after which he would rescind the pronouncement. The year ran fast and Lutaaya took to a different direction in his career. He used his influence and popularity and got involved in anti-HIV/AIDS awareness programs with the Swedish and Uganda Red Cross and undertook a countrywide tour of the same and a recording of the ‘Alone and Frightened’ album that brought attention to the stigmatisation of AIDS patients. The lead single that Roxette (Marie and Per Gessle) perchance sampled for their 1990 single ‘it must have been love’ became an anthem of hope in Uganda.

The activities that Lutaaya partook were a Godsend for the Government and People of Uganda. His music and documentaries on the perilous epidemic shaped a new perceptions of the disease and though the problem became a challenge that continued, safe sexual behaviour was a policy advocated for with vehemence in Uganda throughout the 90s and accounted to a down turn in the spread of the epidemic. Philly Lutaaya’s ‘Alone and Frightened’ album was officially launched by the late ex-prime minister of Uganda Dr. Samson Kisekka on Friday the 29th of September 1989 at the Sheraton Hotel. The ailing Lutaaya returned to Uganda for the final time on Saturday 2nd December 1989 and passed away at 10:50 am on Friday the 15th of December 1989 at Nsambya hospital Kampala Uganda and was buried at Bunamuwaya on the Entebbe-Kampala road. The attendance of his burial by senior Government officials including the minister of Health Zak Kaheru highlighted the Ugandan Government’s attachment to Lutaaya’s efforts against the dreaded scourge.

— On Fri, 12/9/11, Kuria-Mwangi wrote:

I could not help but feel the pain for our sisters from West Africa stranded in Europe! Very very sad in-deed. I hope our sisters read this and refuse to fall prey to these marauding beasts using the internet and other means to lure our sisters to these dehumanizing dens in Europe and elsewhere. Very very very sad. You cant help crying. You want to blame poverty but these beasts must be brought to book and made to pay for the unyama!

I am a dying African bestial porn actor stranded in Europe

It all began when she answered to an internet announcement.

Lolita is from Nigeria and at only 26 years of age her testimony seems almost unbelievable. Her story perfectly illustrates some of the hardships thousands of African women go through. Prostitution has reduced her to a drug addict and an alcoholic with aids pulling her into the doomed path of the grim reaper.

Prostitution among African women is snowballing in Europe. Amely-James Bela, a business school graduate, has a long history of humanitarian and community work. She has been fighting to stop the traffic of women and children for prostitution. Her book La prostitution africaine en Occident sounds an alarm on this phenomenon. has also decided to follow her example by bringing this trend to light.

“If only I knew what was in store for me here, in this crazy place, this place that so many people admire, this place they all want to come to (…) a place where we, Africans, are considered as good for nothing, slaves who are made to eat human excrement and drink their urine. Some find it normal that sick people, perverts, rich people… use their money and influence to gravely abuse other humans.

They say that we are adults and therefore consenting, but this is not true because no one asked for my consent before throwing me into this hell hole. I was forced and threatened… and if we are adults, what about the kids who find themselves in this milieu? Those people pay a lot to abuse the youngest ones. Poor people do not pay such ludicrous amounts of money for such things, simply because all their money will still not be enough to buy these…

“I am not afraid anymore”

I am disgusted and no more afraid, and by the way, who cares? My days are numbered anyway. My aids is in its final stages. They have more respect for dogs than for us. I know that not all the girls go through what I have been through. But I know what goes on in this milieu and why the girls deny all those horrendous things so as not to fall victim to their anger. Their riches give them the right over our lives… If their drugs, their aids and alcohol had not brought me to my death bed, their filth and the filth of their dogs that I was made to swallow as well as their violence would have done it anyway.

I have prayed to God to forgive me and take me back. No human being can live with what I have in my head. I only have to close my eyes for a few seconds for all the horrors to come rushing back. Everyday and every night I go through the same torture. I need someone to help me end it all, I have no energy in me to even try it. My God! I want just a moment of silence to rest. I just want it over and done with and just go, go, go…

Recruited via the Internet

My troubles began in Lagos. I came across an internet announcement, which said that a businessman was looking for women who wanted to get married for his dating agency. There were photos and stories of happy and successful marriages. Apart from the internet announcement, I also answered to announcements posted in these magazines that we find everywhere now. It all went very fast. The man contacted me and we started communicating via the Internet. He promised me things that no woman would refuse. A dream. In a matter of three months, I had every single paper needed to leave for London. He also gave me the names of persons I had to meet and everything went well. I also had to go to Benin City (a city in Nigeria, ndlr) to collect a small parcel for him. I was a bit taken aback when I realized that the little parcel he was talking about were three young boys between the ages of eight and twelve. Their passports and visas were ready. Everything was ok. I went to see a guy called “wizard” for instructions.

Our trip took us through Ghana where someone provided us with Liberian passports with which we traveled to London. This was to help us obtain refugee status with ease. We left after spending three days in a shantytown in Accra where we were hidden to “avoid being spotted by jealous people who were not as lucky as us!” hmmm… The youngest boy was gripped by fear. He cried a lot, his whole body shook and could not utter a word. His only refuge were my arms and the only moment he left my arms was to allow me to go to the bathroom…

Defenseless children

At the airport, my fiancé and the person who was to collect the children were waiting. The separation was very painful. A lot of force was needed to tear the little boy from me. I never heard of those children again. I followed this man whom I knew nothing about apart from the fact that he called himself “Bryan”. We barely got to his house when the nightmare began. First of all, he wanted us to do it right away. But I told him that I needed some time as it is not too easy to open up to someone I did not know, just like that. But his violent grip made me give in immediately. My first hours on the English soil were marked with rape and violence on somebody’s living room floor. He took a rest, drank whiskey and came back to do those horrible and painful things that I didn’t even know existed, again and again. I thought I was going to die.

I was forced to do what he wanted, I knew only him and he had kept all my papers. After sexually abusing me, he asked me to watch films in which girls were having sex with animals. He said to study what the girls were doing because I was going to do the same soon. He said that my arrival had cost him a lot of money and I was going to have to pay him back. He also said that because he is a very nice man, he would find good business and film contracts and split the money between the two of us. He gave me a little something to give me courage, but not to worry because there was a lot of money to be made. Lots of money. That little something to give me courage was, in fact, drugs. This is how, three weeks after my arrival in England, I became a bestial porn star addicted to drugs and traveling through european capitals; Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris and London, my residence.

Women and animals

Once or twice a week, I was sent to film sets or individual homes to tape these nasty pornographic videos. Sometimes the master and his dogs would join in. It gave me nausea. His wife would look on, amused, while mixing herself cocktails. I took drugs and drunk before doing those scenes, because without getting high on drugs, I just couldn’t do it. These animals in me, their slaver, their hairs, their bad breathe, the scratches from their claws, while obeying their masters who would order them to go slow or use violence with me under them… I cried, I screamed, I prayed for the good lord to take me away. What was I doing? My poor mother would die if she knew. To prevent her from asking too many questions, I sent her money along with carefully staged photographs Bryan and I made.

The worst moment came was when I was made to perform oral sex on these animals. Sex with the animals were unprotected and the man told me that I was not at risk since God had made sure that animals could not impregnate humans. For years I did only that. Litres of animal sperm in my stomach. My body is so filthy that not a single child could possibly be conceived in it. One day, to spice up the scenes, the producer’s wife went and fetched puppies to suck my breasts. It was very painful because they sucked violently as there was no milk. The professionals sell these films across the world while others watch them during parties.

My family lives well and I live with aids

I have to confess that I made a lot of money. I had a house built back home and my family lives well. I pay the school fees for the young ones and I am respected and adored. My family is very proud of me because they know nothing about what I do. Out of greed, I worked more to get more money, which also meant more drugs and alcohol. Sometimes Bryan rented me out to a friend of his in the south of France, because in summer, the arrival of a number of yachts and celebrities at the côte d’azur means a big market for prostitutes and drug dealers. There are all night long orgies and they pay a lot. It is a change from the usual work and brings in a lot of money.

I think that is where I was infected with aids… and because I did not have regular medical check ups the disease was discovered too late. I was abandoned on the beaches of Saint Tropez. Bryan disappeared and changed his address. A prostitute from Poland came to my aid but since she was not able to cater for my drug needs as well as all she was doing for me, she introduced me to an African girl who was also involved in the same line of work, who introduced me to an association that takes care of African women with aids…

My disease is in its terminal stage. I won’t live past thirty. My body is covered with leeches, I am a drug addict, anorexic, alcoholic… I still work as a prostitute, but I am careful not to put my clients, who know nothing about my situation, at risk. I do it to help me buy drugs and alcohol. I take those things to speed things up, you know, my death. The images torture me and it is like a poison killing me in small doses. It is the worst kind of death. I regret so much for coming to Europe. Back home, I would be healthy, married and by now a mother…”

USA, Fl: The Premiere Holiday Party of The Year..Get Your Tickets Today!! Please come out to support our initiative

from barack abonyo

Dear All

Kindly join us in a great event intended to support courses both in the USA and Kenya. Please forward this to all your friends living within the Orlando area. This will be a great event. Buy your ticket in advance or just join us at the door.


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Kenya: Musicians in demo threat against mismanagement at MCSK

By: Joseph Mwangi

Nairobi Musicians have given the Music Copyright Society of Kenya seven days to call an annual general meeting to elect new directors as the current office holders are in office illegally after expiry of their r term in October 2011. They are also demanding that their royalties for this year which MCSK has continued to withhold illegally be paid immediately.

They are now blaming MCSK boss Maurice Okoth of mismanaging their hard-earned money claiming he has refused to present MSCK audited accounts for now ten years despite orders from Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK). They allege Okoth has been working illegally with Mitoko & Company Certified Public Accountants to loot their money yet the company had been stopped from transacting any business with MCSK.

A letter dated 29th November 2010 signed by ICPAK Discipline & regulations officer John Wambugu to the Managing partner Mitoko & Company Certified Public Accountants reads “Kindly let us have your urgent response to the allegations set out in the said letter including your working papers fro the audits conducted in the last ten years to reach us on or before December 14th 2010. In the meantime, you are kindly requested to desist from any further dealings with the MCSK until the matter is resolved”. But shockingly, they never forwarded the 10-years audit report as demanded by ISPAK and have continued to work with MCSK illegally.

In a letter dated 14th November 2011 to MCSK, the musicians are now demanding that an AGM be called immediately where Mitoko & Company Certified Public Accountants will be expected to present audit reports for ten years, hold countrywide elections, form parallel committee to oversee and observe MCSK activities and to form a committee to oversee the proposed amendment of memorandum and articles of MCSK.

Investigations now reveal that MCSK is a scam and it’s officials are abusing the power granted to it by the constitution more so on issues relating to management of finace since no one closely monitors the activities of MCSK. In the ten-year audit report, musicians are expecting to be told how much MCSK collects monthly, annually and how much does it spends on the running of its offices and how much does it forward to musicians.

The following questions are expected to raise temperatures during the forthcoming AGM.

1. What other functions MCSK represents apart from collecting and distributing royalties?

2. Is MCSK right to strike deals on behalf of its members? If yes, what method does this body uses to monitor music sales transacted over the internet? Is the method transparent? And if it is, those represented, are they being served with records showing the transactions?

3. Is it right for MCSK to label a member’s work Published by MCSK when it knows very well that the term publisher means the owner, composer or the original creator of such work?

4. If a member wants to pull out of this organization what is the time period for processing pullout requests and what is the procedure?

5. Does MCSK update its members contact information?
a) If no, why?
b) And if yes, how long does it take to update a member’s contact?
c) And how many contact updates request have they undertaken in the past 2 years?
d) Can MCSK produce updated members contact list?

6. Does MCSK as a society frustrates members who do not agree with its way of running things? And if they do, how much power granted to this society by the constitution to oversee the downfall of its disgruntled members?

7. Does MCSK officials charged with overseeing the welfare of Musicians in this country cahoots with corrupt music studio owners and music shop owners to deprive musicians their intellectual property right by manipulating the ownership of works submitted to it by its members?

8. Do all registered members of this society receive their yearly royalties and if not why? If yes, can MCSK as a transparent non profit making organization provide all the payment records since its formation?

9. Can MCSK account for unpaid royalties?

10. What method does MCSK uses to reach each and every one of its members? Is the method convenient to an extent that all its members get notification in time? If no, why?

11. Does this number (020 4440970) belong to MCSK? If it is why doesn’t anyone pick it when dialed?

Good examples are MCSK affiliates ASCAP or (American Society of Composers and Publishers) and BMI or (Broadcast Music Inc.) isn’t MCSK for MUSIC COPYRIGHT SOCIETY OF KENYA and KCB for KENYA COPYRIGHT BOARD confusing?

13. Should there be two copyright bodies in one country or is one body enough like the Library of congress in the United States or is this an African way of running things?

14. Why is MCSK website full of images showing sponsors instead of Musicians on whose feet it stands? Is this a mockery or is MCSK a begging bowl? Or isn’t this a ploy by MCSK officials to fool the government and the public that it still depends on sponsors?

15. Why are certain links on MCSK website like distribution dates, Events calendar, money matters, and economic effects in the society points back to home page where there are no contents suggested by the links?

16. Who manages MCSK website and how often is this site updated?

17. Is MCSK a political party where majority rules?

MCSK was founded on the background of fighting for the (weak) since musicians could not collect their royalties from those exploiting their music and it is on this background that MCSK need to reach to each and every one of its members just as it strives to collect royalties from every music user in this country and its affiliates not just a few and not even 99.9999% but 100.0%.

18. Does MCSK live up to this objective and mission?

19. How does MCSK help all of its members raise capital for production of their music like other music societies the world over?

20. Is MCSK stealthily fighting those it is suppose to protect?

While almost 95% of its members cannot afford to buy newspaper on daily basis, about the same percentage of all MSCK members has or have access to at least a basic mobile phone.

21. Why is MCSK insist on using daily newspapers to announce things like AGM, royalty payment in the wake of information technology advancement age where sending SMS and or Email is as less as a single click for blast Email or SMS.

22. Who handles MCSK member’s complaints?

23. Why Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) pushed Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to introduce a sticker that will drive the cost of producing original DVDs and CDs by 50% KRA rejects MCSK proposal. The fact these stickers are not directly purchased from Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) KRA played the MCSK way is also a question of another corruption avenue.

If MCSK cannot answer these compelling issues that threaten the welfare of its members, then it has outlived it use.

Bodies like MCSK, KFF, KPL etc needs a close check by the government, the public, affiliates and its members. These bodies can be great tools to eliminate poverty if not abused, but can be killing weapons (talent wise and life wise) if managed poorly, unprofessionally and unethically.

USA, Ohio: Caring Citizens, Occupy Dayton, music;

from Octomotor

My Sunday experience today included the weekly gathering of Caring Citizens after the church service.

This group envisions that the communication and use of progressive values & visions which were held by founders of USA can aid the solution of many contemporary ills. Empathy for others is a major ingredient. See website,, and publications authored by George Lakoff, including the one titled, _Thinking Points_

Also, one of the participants in the Dayton Ohio portion of the “Occupy Wall Street” protest action attended our Caring Citizens gathering today. Afterward, the path from church to my afternoon activities led past their Courthouse Square site. Their counter marked 22nd day of this public oriented protest effort. Their signs indicate web site,

Today during early Sunday afternoon, some music was being performed. Some individuals were playing guitars, drum, and singing songs such as the one which states, “This land is your land, … is my land … it belongs to you and me”.

Hence I was reminded that likely this was the same weekend as the yearly Fri. – Sun. musical event in Columbus Ohio called Ohio Valley Filk Fest (OHVFF). It features music on themes of science fiction, fantasy, political satire. It has traditional European & USA folk music as well.

At OHVFF, often addressing the topics reflective of dissident mass political movements, are likely to be the composers / singers Kathy Mar and Lesley Fish. Both are veterans 1960’s hippy era songsters.

on web page,

Neal Stephenson wrote that there are . . .
‘those who have no sympathy that an affluent, middle-aged white American has [lived to not see] his boyhood fantasies fulfilled’.

Ones lacking that sympathy could be from the viewpoint of either those persons in the first world’s economic top most layer, or some of those among the very vocal spokespersons for the social justice and green politics causes. (The affluent middleclass oriented open society idea now has significant critics, though I dissagree with them.)

I will mention a song by F&SF themed song writer / singer Berry Child Helton a few years ago. It expressed a similar idea. The title is “Monorail from Atomland”. It told of his regret for the situation in which the optimistic science fiction tales, published during the 1950 – 1960’s, depicting the historical era we now inhabit as a time and place for the kind of technical, social, and economic progress, which could lead to widening benefits of liberty and economic prosperity for most people, did not come to pass. Rather, we now do not have inexpensive energy, opening access for many people into settling interplanetary space, excellent terrestrial transportation, and perhaps even anticipatory democracy. He, along with his wife Salley, who is also talented musically, likewise have been usual attendees of OHVFF.

USA, MN: 10/29/2011 MUSIC CONCERT!!


The group, Psalms 150, which is made up of a team of Christian singers from different denominations and cultures drawn from both SDA churches as well as Pentecostal churches, and based right here in Minneapolis or otherwise known as Twin cities, are happy to invite you and your friends to attend there first ever Twin Cities Music concert to be held on Saturday 10/29th/2011 as from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at the Park Senior High School Auditorium Addres 7300 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park, MN, 55443.

Come enjoy dynamic praise, drama and skits, dances, various choirs as well as solo artists around. If you are also interested in participating in any way or presenting an item feel free to contact David @ 612-298-5763

God bless you all.
Psalms 150 group.

“I shall pass through this life but once, If there is any good I can do let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again….”

Kenya: International youth day Activity

from Isaya Omwango


the youth congress is welcoming you to the international youth day Activity.

The bellow data will give you full information on what will take place on that day.

Interest other young people to participate.



ufuo creations | 0722 74 84 55 | 0752 74 84 55 | 0734 74 84 55 | po box 21482, nairobi 00500

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The Youth Congress & Koko Band


International Youth Day 2011

Dialogue and Mutual Understanding

Olympic Mtaani
Kariobangi grounds 12th-13th August 2011

Youth Assembly in Nairobi

Muisic Concert

Koko Band album launch

Sarakasi Dome Ngara
12th August 2011
Entry 500/- from 7:00Pm
Featuring Elani and many more

The Yiouth Congress,
International Youth Day 2011
MTU Kawaida
Kokoband (on facebook)

Kenya: It is Celebration Time – Enjoy and Have Fun – But Watch This .


It is Celebration time people. Do the best you know how and enjoy yourself in
the shaking of the leg.

Civil Society and the Public Community are the boses of the new set of employees
as is in the New Constitution. The Public have the POWER to Hire and Fire.

You only hire after background check is done and you are assured of Clean Bill of

It is time for Hire and Fire people !

Cheers !

Judy Miriga
Diaspora Spokesperson
Executive Director
Confederation Council Foundation for Africa Inc.,

Promulgation Feature

standardgroupkenya | August 23, 2010
The 2ndrepublic is set to be born. After 47 years of existence under the Lancaster constitution, Kenya is about to embark on another historic journey. We take a look at our country’s path to a new constitution and the various turning points that have served to define it, in the first of a series of features that will give you information in the run up to promulgation of a new constitution. Ktn’s Muraya Kariuki kicks off the first feature in the series, a nation reborn.

Implementing new law

NTVKenya | August 06, 2010
Kenya is collectively pondering the next steps after a successful passage of the proposed constitution in the just concluded referendum. The overwhelming Yes vote that has thrown the country into jubilation, has also opened a crowded page of things to do as the nation embarks on the process of implementing the new constitution. NTV’s Joe Ageyo with a detailed look at the next steps that Kenyans will be taking within the next few days, weeks, months and even years.

Implementing The New Law

standardgroupkenya | August 23, 2010
The interim independent electoral commission has gazetted the final results of the referendum on the new constitution clearing the way for its promulgation on Friday.
The cabinet meets tomorrow to approve an initial bill to kick-start the implementation of the new constitution as the government rushes to beat the timelines set for the implementation of the new laws.

2012 Alliance Debate

standardgroupkenya | August 23, 2010
Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi says all the hype about alliances that has characterized news in the last week is premature and misdirected. Musalia who is in Mombasa warns that political alliances are unlikely to work as the new constitution has virtually opened up political space in Kenya. He spoke as higher education minister William Ruto tore apart a poll showing Prime Minister Raila Odinga as the favorite. In a thinly veiled attack on the Prime Minister, Ruto said the dynamics of the 2012 election would be totally different and that what he termed as manipulation of opinion polls would not help anyone.

The Luo of Kenya: A Visual history (music : VUC Lamo)

Tanzania – Swahili Bongo Flava – Twanga Pepeta – Mtu Pesa

Tanzania – Swahili Bongo Flava – Twanga Pepeta – Walimwengu

Tanzania – Congo – FM Academia – Dunia Kigeugeu

zuhura swaleh – jino la pempe

Swahili Taarab: Vidonge

Tanzania – Msondo Ngoma – Kalunde

Swahili Bongo Flava – Twanga Pepeta – Shafii

Them Mushrooms – Unkula Huu (chakacha)

Ombi Lako

Tanzania – Uganda – Kenya – Jabali Afrika – Pepeta Keketa

Riziki – JAMNAZI AFRICA (Ongoro)

Kenya Luo Benga Music by Okinyo Flory-Woud Mikayi

Osiepe – John Junior


Mary Nyar Gem – The Late Collela Mazee (Track by Collela Jnr)

Onyi Papa Jey – Happy Nyar Masai (Pt 2)

Osogo Winyo: Nyakabondo

Kenya Luo Benga Music by Okinyo Flory-Woud Mikayi

July 25, 2010

Congo – Koffi Olomide – Micko (Ndombolo Fever)

Koffi Olomide – Riziki

Congo (Zaire) – Papa Wemba – Fula Ngenge


Soukous Dance Promo – Diblo Dibala

Djunny Claude – EMBAMBE

Djunny Claude – QUITTE OU DOUBLE

Congo (Brazza) – Djunny Claude: Ex Loketo – Fillo