TINGA TINGA TALES THE MUSICAL

Tinga Tinga Tales the musical was launched yesterday at Fairmount the Norfolk Hotel. In attendance  was Charles Wanjohi, Acting Director – consumer Business Safaricom, Eric Wainaina, Musical Director,Composer & Lead Actor,Phillipe Cauviere – CEO, Mt Kenya Wildlife Conservancy,Sheba Hirst- Executive producer. The musical was described as  bigger and better as never seen before. The Musical will also be showcased in Newyork from 13th October to 20th October. It will also be showcased here in kenya as several shows are in line. Eric Wainanaina the kenyan veteran singer also performed and we had several representatives of various companies that have sponsored the event.

Here is what went down at The Launch.

RiP XXXTENTACION….njino wanjiru

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I recall when i first heard about xxx. what caught my eye was the fact that he was inspired by Kurt Cobain. I later got to his music on sound cloud and my goodness, i could totally relate. I then jumped on 17 the album and thats when i figured the force xxx had and still has. I was really sad at the time from my first serious relationship. xxx cut right through my soul. I then started forcing my friends to fuck with him as i could see the great potential he was. sure he was very controversial and if indeed all the accusations were true my apologies to all the victims. By that i want to say that his music was great from performances to the production and delivery. He was such a force that his cult folowing called out drake for trying to copy his  flow. He was one crazy dark guy. He even turned down a 6 million contract from capital records. All this was inspiring as an artist cause it just shows how the new generation understands what they want at this time and stick to their guns. If you havent gone through depression then you wouldnt understand what am x is all about. He was such a minimalist as you will see in his music of which is always not more  than three minutes. You will also notice that he had not followed anyone on ig something that only beyonce has done and at his level, all this shows just how he believes in himself. I really related to him and what he was all bout and am very sad of the fact that we will not hear more records from him.

RIP XXXTENTACION

#xxxtentacion #xxx #x

KANYE WEST-YE’………by Njino Wanjiru

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kanye west is back with a new album ‘YE’  which ofcourse to no surprise debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard charts. The record is kanye’s 8th number one and it sold 208000 units in its first week of availability. ‘YE’  features appearances and contributions from artists like Nicki Minaj,kid kudi,Ty Dolla Sign, Party Next door and Charlie wilson. The album was exclusively produced by Kanye and additional production by Mike Dean who serves as the co-executive producer. Recording took place through 2017 and 2018. Some of the songs include ‘ghost town’ ‘ violent crimes’ ‘No mistakes’ ‘All mine’ ‘yikes’ and ‘ I thought of killing you’. 

The album was met with  mixed reviews from critics. personally i like the production as kanye  is a great producer and innovator. ‘ye’ is a very bold record  and comprises of seven singles which some fans felt that, that was a very selfish move. kanye did the Art work himself using his I phone on his way to the album listening party hours before the release of the album. The cover features snowy mountains in Jackson Hole, the area where the album was recorded and produced. On it is a text reading ‘i hate being bi-polar its awesome’. 

Hip hop fans have something to ponder on…….xoxo

RIP Guka…

guka 2I’d be lying if i say i had not thought of this dreadful moment before in my miserable life. These moments were met with fear, a lot of confusion and deep sorrow that would choke me every time it happened.  On Tuesday at 4.00pm sited and just concluding of what would be a successful day,i had the untimely call. Guka is gone.

Ofcourse i cried, went wild, asked so many why!! Seriously and honestly  speaking I have not only lost my grand dad I’ve also lost one of my best friend and fan. He was amazing and beautiful in his own way. So calm and so peaceful. The peace that makes you question. This is one man i knew so well and had a very deep relationship with. Am proud that i am named after him. I am also proud that he shared with me his deep secrets.

I recall the good old days when he would drive singing kikuyu songs. Especially that ‘Abijan ti kudu kunene’  This would be met by my disapproval. He was hilarious in his own way. we laughed to our own stupid jokes, talked about people and once in a while he would throw his politics in there.

we did not miss each other while we were away from each other but when we  were together we had quite the chemistry. I will remember how he would listen to me and really tried to please me in all ways he could.guka 1

This is a very dark moment in my life and i believe i shall overcome. He believed in my dream and believed in everything i did. I am happy to say that i was able to run errands for him, advise him on some business decisions and later pay myself using his credit(lol)

Guka was my dad and hence we fought when he did not take care of himself. I’d say to him ‘while am away please take care of yourself’ guka3.jpg

I am very happy to know that he really loved me and that i have his blessing in life. Not long ago he told me that he knew that i love him very much and for sure i do. I pray that all will be well and my family will stick together during this trying moment. I am and remain strong.

May His soul rest in peace.

love you so much Guka….xoxo

CHRISTINA AGUILERA IS BACK…. by Njino Wanjiru

 

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6 Time Grammy award winner songstress Xtina is back after a break of six years.  Her new album, which will be her 8th will be called ‘LIBERATION’. The album will be out on June 5th and its debut single ‘acceleration’  is out already. The video  premiered on you-tube about a week ago. ‘Acceleration’  is a kanye west produced song and it features  Ty Dolla $ign and 2 chains. Just as expected from kanye’s production of minimalism and experimenting, he quite delivers on the beat. Christina Aguilera is a great vocalist. The song got look warm reception and maybe this is due to the fact that Xtina is trying to move with time and at this time Hip Hop  is being consumed than any other genre for the first time in history. “Accelerate”  has a stripped-down, drum-heavy hip-hop production reminiscent at times of the sound on West’s 2013 album “Yeezy”; the video, which recalls Aguilera’s sexed-up “Stripped” era of around 15 years ago, features lots of sexy posturing from the singer and is heavy on tongue, glitter and a honey-like substance. The video is explicit and features  a sexual Aguilera and alot of nudity.

Cant wait for her new album and see how she has evolved as an artist since her last record ‘lotus’.

xoxox

 

MY DEAR MELANCHOLY by njino wanjiru

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This post comes late but my love for The weeknd is still on. Earlier on i was afraid that he was growing old on me. The Starboy era was amazing but it did not take me back to the obsession i  had when i discovered The weeknd. This new ep seems to recapture his earlier dark style that propelled him into what he is now. ‘Beauty behind madness’ was pure magical with high profile features that made the songs even more attractive without loosing the gist of what The weeknd is made of.

Fast forward, The six song ep opens up with the top ten track ‘call out your name’  which is very catchy with a very unique sonic dark sound and a flavor bended towards RnB crossing over to a non prominent pop style. In the song you cant help but feel that it was more personal and it feels like he is lamenting about his recent break up high profile relationship with selena gomez. I will not get into deep about that cause i never really cared for that particular relationship. the weeknd

On ‘try me’ through the dark sick beat you’ll hear his sharp falsetto cut through kinda reminds you of the album ‘trilogy‘ . Most notable highlight of the song is the anger in the song that feels like you are being haunted. The song that is ‘Mike will made it’ produced is a clear indication of how he and selena ended their relationship. ‘wasted times’ feels like a lament song and it is a little lighter and simply plain with the usual dark production that is prominently featured on this ep.

Other great notable song is ‘i was never there’ which features Gesaffeilstein  who is also featured on ‘hurt you’ a very dark and deep song that tells you how much he gives during a relationship and how supportive he is as a partner.Through the lyrics, you will feel regret too.weeknd 1

other notable songs on the ep include ‘privilge’  which reminds me of one of his tracks in the album ‘beauty behind madness’ called ‘prisoner’.

All the songs debuted on the Billboard 100 and the ep was at number 1 ontop Billboard 200.Id recommend anyone to listen to this cause for sure The weeknd is a great and solid artist who is very unique and deep.

bye bye guys……xxx is next…lol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NoT cUrIoUs by njino wanjiru

Don’t let them go ahead of you.                                                                                                             Ask yourself,is that my doing?                                                                                                             Some are like drugs, they think for you and their thoughts are more fucked up.                   You fear a snake, i fear a human being. Snakes are predictable a human being can blind you. Brainwash you and watch you drown then call everyone to watch your stupidy.

Don’t allow yourself to play the victim, you fool.                                                                             Open up and own up to your foolishness                                                                                          Address the foolishness, only  then can you save yourself.                                                         Some of us die watching ourselves.                                                                                                   Let your story write itself,don’t allow anyone else to star in your story.

Be a star baby, let them live their life                                                                                                 Live yours and accept that which you cant change.                                                                       Love yourself for even the saints are fucked up too                                                                      Let your heart be hurt for it will be stronger and it will leave you wiser.                                 Evaluate yourself and pray for wisdom.

 

DIE HAPPY….Njino wanjiru

Today is Wednesday, am not sure i knew how it would turn out neither did i care. All i care about is i die happy and content. I live like no one had expectations from me because this expectations take me from myself. I still listen to trippy music just as i still go to church. Am confused most will say. This new confusion makes me happy unlike previously where i was overconfident and lived to peoples expectations and still didn’t satisfy them. Sadder i got and depressed.

I single handedly killed all the small gods i had made, all the moms i had made to replace my mom, all the siblings i created to make me not feel lonely. I had to face that ghost by myself. I figured it was stupid of me. I don’t expect anything from anyone, however i don’t mind surprises. Its living life like i should have. I still fall in love and out of love only now that i don’t share with just anyone. You ask why? we human beings are fucked up and i’ve learnt that the hard way.

I’ve found love in strangers and they ended up being the greatest friends and confidants i could ever have. Even if it was for two or three hours. I’ve learnt that in life you have to let go of the page you’ve read so that you can open up a new one. When you open a new one the story becomes really interesting and you just cant seem to wait till the next page then the next chapter.   That’s my life. There is always something to be cautious about,curious about,looking forward to,happy about and brabrashit!!! Ive mastered this art and hence am barely caught off guard.

Ill not advise anyone. I still haven’t figured my shit out. I know what i want but before then i don’t want to pressure myself to the point where am loosing the small detail of life. To be happy and die happy. I don’t know when ill die but for sure i don’t even care. Even if it was tomorrow. Ill still be glad as long as i lived a happy life

Remember to live your life & Be happy…..

THE POWER OF MUSIC

If you look at me you’ll probably think am the happiest guy on earth and i don’t have problems at all.  This is because i have always overlooked my problems and i know a smile will take me a while far.

My playlist depicts a very sad kid and lonely and indeed this are the ghosts i’ve always fought. Previously i did not know how to handle my sadness and loneliness. It has indeed been a journey. I thought that id find the solution with my family but they could only solve them in doses. Friends; am sure you know what am going to say. You probably have had your fare share of drama with friends. Not gonna share details,we’ll save that for another day. Alcohol,weed, running away from home so much so.

Going through all this i thought i was the most disadvantaged kid on the planet. Remember i was also tackling relationships and that didn’t spare me from falling in love and having my hear broken.  All this i look back and think to myself, It made me a very strong person. It made me sane and more aware of myself.

During this time as i got darker my music increased in its sophistication, depth and emotion. Only a few will get what i mean by that. As i drown in sadness i also drowned in music. Id put my earphones on and sleep to the best music ever. I went from hard rock to metal to rock to hiphop to rnb to jazz to neo-soul to any artist who depicts darkness and weirdness. Weird right?

This made me numb to my problems and made me be hopeful. Its that simple or not. Now i have a therapy that i don’t pay, and she has been the most loyal person. Her name is my playlist.

boobye!!!