2010 Year in Review

The year 2010 was by all means a good one and very busy as compared to 2009, felt like one of those crazy but constructive weeks when Friday reaches before your realization then you just blindly chant TGIF. In this case, Thanks God Its 31ST! Where do is start? We finally got the balls to pass the new constitution which by virtue of nothing is perfect was a very big accomplishment, yaaaay! I see its hiccups as just but mere stepping stones, certain that Vision 2030 is now shaping up well into its achievements. Ocampo definitely bagged the award for having been mentioned the most in the Kenyan news. At first, I thought that it was yet another one of the hullabaloo innuendos, but when he unleashed the #Ocampo6 names, it felt like a preview of justice to prevail. I can’t wait for ICC to take the central role, it’s high time we (as a country) rose above impunity. I start to feel less haunted by the post election violence, hope the rest feel the same. Nways at the end of the day come what may, we must never forget where we came from but we must let go of the past and move on. After all, the mistakes are meant to make us wiser.

Moving on from matters less patriotic to my favourite topic, narcism: I had a fabulous 2010! Gosh! From the Lewa trip weekend (Click here to read the Lewa post) to my birthday getaway(bday post) to my graduation (more on that) etc. For all I cared, my Christmas came  in October, my Santa being my own lucky self. I won my baby smart phone in a singing competition, YES! Ask James Murua, he is my witness. A few weeks later won me a macbook laptop at a gala dinner. In sheer luck my name was randomly picked from a list of all the guests who had attended the event, if that’s not an early Santa, then what is? Now to matter luck unrelated, celebrated one year since I joined Grapevine, yaaay! I think that’s cool. I got my freelance contract with the BBC which marked the end of my one year long internship! By virtue of the 6 degrees experiment, I met Y’ossour Nd’our, when I met his buddy Baaba Maal during his Kenyan concert which I coordinated, I  also met and interacted with the legendary Literature guru Ngugi wa Thing’o at the Kwani Litfest which was really cool. It gave me hope that one day I may be very prosperous and as humble at the elderly genius whom I learnt from a lot including the importance of preserving our African Cultures, more specifically our traditional languages.

Onto matters less rosey, well almost got arrested if not shot at, in the Nairobi National park during a park party that we held there. I accidentally rammed into someone car while taking u-turn. The KWS guards then accused me of a hit and run. Oh save me! Which idiot would hit and run in the park? I think you would still be bound to get caught, I honestly didn’t realize that I hit the car, it was just a little scratch on the other car. All that man needed was stash to buy a rubbing compound which I sorted. Nways they must have gotten the kicks outta my shaken face, hahaha one of the guards said about me, ”Huyu ni wa kuuliwa tu” Ok.Not funny.

Lesson Learnt: Stay away from Park policemen or wardens, whatever they call themselves! They are as wild and heartless at the park animals and always at the service of fucking up park parties. Still very bitter at the harassment, I need to let go of that…

It’s a bit sad that there aint no relationships talk all through, that’s because my heart has been far far away with someone who is miles away… It’s NOT a long distance relationship, more like a connection that never blossomed but we try to keep in touch and be happy with each other’s lives and all… It’s actually kind of cool. Guess am still very legible 🙂

I would blog and blog and blog about 2010 but I choose to dock off. In a nutshell, I really loved 2010, am gonna miss it and I promise myself to work harder to have a bigger and better year in 2011. I want to venture even wider into my career and others. Hope to venture into more holidays thus money making projects, I want to form a hobby out of visiting Children’s Homes, I love kids. Have to identify one home so I don’t end up homeless too, LOL. In summary, let’s just say, I wanna do that which I can but haven’t yet. Also recently bumped into Dad’s library so am gonna be reading a whole new  load! Currently reading The Trial of Jomo Kenyatta by Montagu Slater. BTW It’s not as boring or cliche’ as It sounds…

2010 Lesson leant: When it’s fun time, have it in (fully fully conditioni) When its serious business, don’t let anyone put you down, don’t miss on an opportunity at hand  (by grabbing them), learn from your past mistakes. You can achieve so much in a year let alone a day so we must be open minded and assertive that 2011 is the year of kicking ass!

Special shoutout to my friends who gave me hope in one way or the other: Bunny, Chim, Saar, Wanjeri, Jude, Koigi and Anto. Heart y’all xx

It’s better to fail and having learnt than having to regret a decision you should have made (#anyixquote)

Sol Filosofia – Sauti Sol (Album Review)

Barely three years since they stepped into Kenya’s musical scene and the story has been of the rise and rise of Sautisol! Last Christmas they gave their fans a gift, first album Mwanzo.  Another holiday and the gift is Solfilosofia, the much-anticipated sophomore album that was recorded in the plush Svenska gramaphone studios in Sweden during their recent 3 month-long European tour. The first time Chimano told me of the title ‘Solfilosofia’ I thought to myself, ” quite wordy.” But after listening to the whole album, the jigsaw is complete.

1.Mbiguni 5.00

The soft drums fused in Polycarp’s guitar create an alluring opening into the album’s first song. It’s a story about a girl crying. She is fed up of life’s troubles, a reflection of us at some point. We have all had troubled days leaving us wishing that heaven would come down on us if the world won’t swallow us already. This is an inspiring song, not gospel but very spiritual because deep down, most of us really want go to heaven when the time comes. P.s that electric guitar really kills it at the end!

2.Malikia 4.00

This is the Lazizi of Solfilosofia, a simple ballad. Just like in Lazizi Polycarp’s fancy fingers on the guitar starts up the song’s rhythm, and in the same comparison Delvin does justice to the opening verse. It’s a plea to the undecided girl to come love him, marry him, have his kids. It’s a continuation to Subira and Zosi from Mwanzo. It’s not, ‘be careful girl’, like Zosi or ‘goodbye you were too choosy’ like Subira, but the lyrics have matured to, ‘Its time, just come marry me!’ Perfect dedication to a girl. This one needs a very sweet music video with a solid story line.

3.Coming home 4.42

This one is a classic, no doubt. Afro-acoustic soul meets rumba. The lyrics are deep, we all know of people we love who have travelled far away or even passed away. Everytime we think of the miles away, it feels so sad. The thought of a reunion usually gives us a glimpse of hope. The boys sing about this instance. I didn’t like the rumba bit much, probably because I preferred the first part of the song but then again. Love the cello at the end! So love + don’t like + love= Loved the song! Watch the video now=> 

4. Soma kijana

One of my favourite tracks! First because of the Kwaito sound, it’s so catchy, makes you just want to swing! Then Sauti are singing in unison? How cool is that? Kind of like a very sane choir. The second part of the song is plain Daudi Kabaka. I salute Sauti for making such a classic song, not to forget the powerful lyrics urging the youth to pursue education as there’s no getting younger. Watch the video here  

5.Awinja 5.30

One of my replay tracks. If I wasn’t of Luo decent, there is nothing I would have rather wanted to be as French or Luhya! Sauti make Lunje sound so good! I sing to all their Lunje songs not knowing what they mean. This song is a true indication that music comes from the heart. You can feel the subtle intensity of this one even without the ability to understand Lunje. It’s the first song in the album to bring out Bien’s vocal prowess! I remember the first time I heard this song at one of their rehearsal’s, I shed a tear not knowing what they were singing about. I later learnt that the song is a tribute to all the mamas out there who defy boundaries in pursuit of working hard just so raise their kids. P.s Bien’s mum is called Awinja. Enough said.

7. Nambee 5.35

If songs had sisters then Nambee would be related to Mbinguni. It’s like a pied piper song, you just want sing to it and join the bandwagon. The message is on how people are always fast to rant about life’s struggles to rarely take time to thank God for what he has done for us. This one is more of an inspirational track. Its upbeat tempo renders it fit for a dance probably at a concert, at home or even  in church. I love the first bridge where they do an acapella. Chimano says that, “Avandu vashiri khumanya mwina mukali, ni papa aliye mbiguni” means, ‘We all don’t know but there is one who’s most high who watches over us, He is in heaven’. P.s you must see Sautisol perform this one live, usually ELECTRIC!

8. L.A.D.Y 5.15

This is one of Sauti’s oldest tracks having been written around 3 years ago. For some strange reason the boys never loved it much to include it in the first album. I always told them how nice it would be to have it recorded, so glad that they finally came to their senses 🙂 It’s a baby making jam by all standards. Bien’s vocals are just amazing, they would make any sane woman fall in love with him if not the song already! The song’s lyrics are poetic and a perfect gift to all the gentlemen out there in pursuit of a lady. The song sounds like something Boyz2Men would effortlessly do! Yes, i did compare them to  Boyz2Men 🙂 Special shout out to Andrew on that bass guitar!

9. Row your boat 4.15

Polycarp’s fingers mixed in the cello are at it again! Special shout out to Lennart Esbornn for stroking the cello. Chimano’s vocals shine in this one and did he pull an Ayub Ogada somewhere at the start? Inspired by the famous round song, this rendition is a traditional story about a young boy whose father is a fisherman. The boy would like to be like his father. It sounds like a good soundtrack for a movie. I pray that all the big movie producers bump into this one, Sauti kaching’! $$$$$$$ P.s the last 30 secs of the song is plain orgasmic leaving you wanting more!

10.   Sofia 4.40

Why Sofia? Why oh why? My name is Rosey! I wonder why Sauti wouldn’t just use my name or is it that bad? On a serious note, this song is an immediate continuation to the Mwanzo feel. You want to be chilling in your room jamming to this, you want to hear it over that dinner, you must have it in your iPod. And by now, you must have already realized that songs that start with Delvin’s verse are serious ballads! Delvo, thanks. When you love someone then they break your heart and leave you, deep down we always feel that one day, the ones who lost us will miss us and realize that we were the best they ever had. Sauti insist that Sophia isn’t a particular girl but just a representation of us. Those who loved us or hurt us. Nway shame on you Sophia.

11.   Private Spice 3.55

This is proof of their consistent versatility. Another reggae song and is that Delvin chanting at the beginning? It’s simply a song about appreciating life’s little pleasures 🙂  Chimano is rapping, it’s sure is the apocalypse!

12.   Sol Generation

Sautisol doing a rock song? A powerful song with a message for the youth to stand up to the opportunities beforehand because they are God chosen soul generation. I really love the bridge, really sounds like something Kings of Leon would do. Special shout out to Polycarp’s hands on that electric guitar and i also want to be a sol generation 🙂

Many critics dismissed this album even before its release, something that made me wonder why some Kenyans just want to see budding artists fail or loose stamina. I am confident that they will continue to sour high. I salute their efforts.

This album is different as compared to Mwanzo. It’s not a plateau but a musical journey, one that takes you up and down the hills of different mature sounds leaving you feeling nourished after the gist of the journey’s experience. The album mastering is up to standard, in summary its their philosophy fused in Sofia, remember the girl who represents all of us? Product= SOL FILOSOFIA

Bonus: special shout out to Andrew, Peter, Nynke, Bien, Delvo, Ballgum and my sidekick, Chim.

The 8 Days of 24 (TV Review)

Welcome to the review of the most self-centered series revolving around the staro of the decade, Jack Bauer! Jack single-handedly saves America from terrorists in just one day, well the world if we are talking of securing nuclear weapons that are scheduled to conduct acts of terrorism in other parts of the world. The award-winning and super costly series to produce events occur in real-time. Jack saves the President from assassination, another one from signing a blood shed peace treaty, uncover government conspiracies, just to mention, and all that and more in a record span of just 8 days, lets not even go into the number of men that Jack took down. Lets go!

Best Days!
24  Season 2
This was the first adrenaline pumping season that set pace for the rest of the days!  The successful arrest of a denotation of the nuclear bomb that posed a threat to L.A is the very first major threat and creeps fear into the audience. With the able assistance of Michelle Dessler, Jack and his partner Tony Almeida manage to uncover a conspiracy within President Palmer’s cabinet. Jack avoids the assassination of Palmer in day 1, then a Senator. Day 2 however ends with the president collapsing giving a speech as a biological weapon attack beckons.. That was probably the greatest of  finales i have ever watched!

24 Season 3
The best day if you ask me 🙂 As cold-blooded as Jack is, he seems disturbed following his wife Teri Bauer’s murder in Day1. Working undercover with drug loads renders Jack a heroine addict. His new partner is sexy Chase, he is also dating Kim Bauer, Jack’s daughter, bad idea. A fact that doesn’t make Chase’ life any easier seeing it’s hard enough being Jack’s partner. The major threat in this day was the Virus. It’s final destination holder, Michael Amador is dangerous and sexy, talk about great casting! I liked the chase of the dangerous and sexy by the sexy Chase. The danger of how lethal the virus would be is a thrill to the audience till the last-minute when Chase attempts to sacrifice his life by attaching his hand to the virus delivery device. Chase eventually has to lose an arm to save his life.  Once again, the day is saved.

24 Season 4
Welcoming the acting prowess of Kim Raver who plays Audrey Reines, really loved this woman. Jack is now working for the Secretary of State James Heller who is the primarily targeted by the Middle Eastern  terrorists led by Habib Marwan. Marwan was badass! The danger in this day is worse than any other as Marwan has a series of attacks in plan and one terrorist attack actually goes down. Before the day is saved, a chinese consul who worked with the terrorists is killed in a shooting battle between CTU agents and the terrorists seeking refuge at a Chinese consulate. The situation draws bad diplomatic blood between China and USA. President Keller’ s plane crash allows the appointment of his vice president Charles Logan as the president. Logan wants to get rid of Jack as Palmer warns Jack in advance. With the help of Michelle, Chloe and Tony, Jack is able to feign his own death and goes MIA for a period of about 4 years. Very disturbing finale.

24 Season 5
The assassination of David Palmer, Michelle Dessler and the death of the ka fatty dude from CTU who used to sit next to Chloe, Edgar is an anticlimax. Jack is accused of murdering his friends. It hurts him that they are dead and then accusing him? Oh no, Jack is back and very mad! He is on a personal mission, to find out who killed his friends and in turn revenge!  Turns out President Logan was behind the attacks in a bid to somehow sway the Russians decision in signing the anti-terrorism alliance treaty, really Prez? The audience is perturbed by the realization after Jack unveils President Logan as having been the villain all along. Logan is finally impeached. Tony Almeida dies- I cried, and cried and cried and cried. Like a baby.

From DAY 6-8
The momentum is on a downward spiral, explaining why the series audience reduced by large numbers prompting Fox to stall another season. I mean how do the writers kill Tony Almeida then bring him back to life? I loved Tony and all, but he should have never come back. Writers already did that with Jack once, so not cool. Bringing Almeida, a good man back to make him a villain ati in pursuit of revenging his wife Dessler’s murder was so uncool. The Tony we knew was better than that! That was serious character assassination.

Wayne Palmer, the late David Palmer’s brother acts a very naive and gullible president, as compared to David Palmer making it feel less appealing. President Taylor and her seemingly shaken family together with her emotions just don’t add up to a good president. All the decisions she makes in the final Day8 are wrong starting with her choice to let the ex-rogue president Taylor be her advisor. Jack’s character is reduced to a hacker in the last day! The writers seriously diverging from the previous life saving days to a day that saw Jack kill people in cold blood, following his lover Renee Walker’s assassination. Jack fights to expose the Russians assassination of President Omar and his lover in time before President Taylor signs a peace treaty with the Russians. Very stupid plot as before Jack would put the country’s needs before his, this last day was all about revenge and cold blood murder. As far as am concerned the peace treaty might have been signed because if anything, blood had already been split. Then Jack disappearing in the end mysteriously is a loop, why? Heroes don’t do that, oh he wasn’t a hero this time, just a guy who had murdered people ruthlessly. President Taylor resigns. That day was more like an apocalypse. Urrrg, bad end.

Most Memorable
1. Chase (Kim Bauer’s boyfriend) sacrifices his life and attached his hand to the virus delivery device. Jack cuts off his arm in an attempt to save him from the bomb explosion.

2. Jack shooting his partner Curtis dead. Curtis attempted to shoot down a terrorist who was responsible for the death of a member of his (Curtis) family. Jack had to kill Curtis in exchange of the life of the terrorist who would later give Jack the info he wanted.

3. Jack killing badass chics Nina Myers and Dana Walsh in cold blood. Nina killed Jack’s wife Teri, Dana played a big role in working with the Russians to fuck up Taylor’s admin and the peace treaty, she proved to be a very annoying and renegade bad bitch.

4.Jack shows signs of humanity when he vomits after killing Curtis. The only time Jack possibly ever vomited in the whole series.

5. Jack torturing his own brother who had information on some nuclear canisters. Turns out Jack’s dad over doses the son (whose name i cant rem) to death. Sad but it runs in the family.

6.Killing Audrey Reines husband, indirectly by ordering the only medical personnel to attend to the terrorist first so they would give Jack vital information that he needed. I think Jack just didn’t like Mr. Reines, he loved Audrey too much to kill her husband.

7. Jack bit a terrorist’s neck and an accomplice of a Russian syndicate’s ear, YUCK!

8.After Teri’s death, falling in love again with Audrey Reines, then Walker… other proofs that Jack was actually human.

9.Cutting out an Russian sniper’s intestines after he refused to give valuable information, Jack retrieves the memory card stick in his intestines, it had information he needed. Jack was bad!

Characters we really MISS 😦

1. Michell Dessler and Tony Almeida (PERFECT combi)

3. Curtis (He was a very cool partner)

4.Chase (Cool partner though agent Ortis day8 completely overshadows his swag)

5.Audrey Reines (Great actress and overly emotional for a day’s occurrence)

Memorable QUOTES:

Start of Day 6 , Jack is running late at CTU. Somebody tells a worried Chloe, “Maybe he is caught in traffic” Chloe answers, “Jack doesn’t get caught in traffic, he walks against the traffic!”

End of Day 4, James Heller warns Jack against pursuing his love for his daughter Audrey Reines. He tells Jack, “You are cursed, anything you touch ends up dead”.

Day8 when Jack calls up his bootlegger dude for weapons. The man tells Jack that he better not show up at his doorstep. Jack answers him, “If it wasn’t for me, you wouldn’t have had that doorstep, now I will there in 10”.

I REALLY LOVED 24, so sad it had to end. Too happy though that it made me man up to action movies. I now really dig the conspiracy types of movies and shit. Long live Jack Bauer who says that if the demand for 24 still ensures and the writers can get more inspiration, with a backing of the productions funding, why not have another day?

Lets have a DAY 9 yo!

In love with the TWO..

I am in love with two different men. Its crazy, its feels like driving on two different lanes on a freeway in pursuit of colliding. It feels like am constantly diving into an endless sea that never left me free. Am I lying to myself  and there is no way out of this?

It’s like am playing need for speed, just that this aint no play station but a real life situation, sometimes its a pain but most times I am praying for a resolution. How do I come up with a solution when I love them both? It’s like a balance, I just row my boat.

Its like sugar and spice, I want to his wife, no. I want to be by the other man’s side, no. I need a little bit of both to complete me, I hate that I put them on a platform to compete for my love. Since the first time I saw them, I knew that I was attracted, turns out I over reacted…

Now the sweetheart turns heart-breaker …

A Leap of Faith is All We Need … Sometimes

It’s arguably inherent in all human beings to have difficult times in life, well apart from the proverbial flaws that no one can escape. A shoulder to lean on is what we all need in such times if not a friend or two to help us through but what is most important is the will to make it, YOUR will to make the impossible possible. I have an anyixbaby quote: Obama becoming the president of the USA is the day that scrapped the word impossible from the dictionary, think that quote is self-explanatory.
On days when am stressed out, I take it out on my friends, which is really a bad trait but you can’t blame me, they are the only my punching bags I have, well until i join some sort of gym. But on the good days when I care enough to not be mean to them, I take it out on my brandy. Recently, on one such night I went to the local kiosk to buy some lemons to fix my drink. The man I found at the kiosk did not have any lemons, he then went ahead to give me irrelevant additional information, telling me how i wasn’t going to get lemons at that time of the night. That really pissed me off because I wanted lemons, I had to have the lemons! I didn’t loose hope but walked around to the other kiosks and finally I got the lemons, Yaay! I really had the urge to go back and tell that man who discouraged me that I actually managed to get the lemons but nah, had to have that brandy.

In yet another such incidence, my best boy Chimano  and I were desperately looking for a little Macbook bag, for me! It was one of those crazy HOT Nairobi days when you just wanna strip into a pool but instead of that we were walking into almost all electronic shops in town. The only bag we found was a size lager than what we wanted. I almost settled for it until Chim told me not to. The shop attendant was going to sell it for 1,600/=bob.  He then choose to ignore the decorum of customer care if he had any at all, he went on telling us how we could never find such a bag that we particularly wanted. That really gets me temperamental, someone telling me that I can’t get something. Nway we headed on to the last shop, only to get a similar bag to the one we had just left but the right size and wants more? It was only 1,000/=bob  Chim and I were so tempted to go back to the other shop and just tell that damn attendant that we actually did get the right bag, but we were too tired to go back….

Most recently, I graduated with a degree in Journalism and Media Studies with a major in broadcast Friday the 3rd of Dec, Yaaaay! What you did not know is that I almost failed to attend the graduation ceremony because of a bunch of incompetent University of Nairobi employees. HELB had allocated me some loan that was meant to be disbursed to my account in the course of December. They had clearly stated that they would remit that stash within the month and I had all the official HELB letters but my school department idiots were refusing to freaking clear me for the ceremony! I even wrote an official letter to HELB addressing the urgency of the payment but of course they have and had to follow due process seeing am not a daughter of Ruto or some politician. Well, not that they would help Ruto’s daughter at the moment anyway…

Eventually, I ended up having written sooooooo many letters to my school director, principal, even the VC, yeah Magogha himself. I bet they never read the letters, except for the Principal who at least cared to speak to me, though he didn’t help me much, which was really disturbing because I reckon he should have been able to help me seeing as he was my last resort at that time. It was only a day to the ceremony, there I was having given up until my pal Koigi convinced me to have faith and sort that issue as HELB is a recognized institution and my apparently recognized ex-uni should have been able to realize that. I had to go to the University Senior finance officer, who later couldn’t understand why the peeps at my department were giving me problems with the clearance. He said, “It depends on who you were talking to..” All he had to do is instruct his deputy to write a letter to my director authorizing her to clear me and within a moment I was good.

I kept asking myself, why did it have to depend on who I was talking to? Shouldn’t we all be attended to the same if we are all students of the University? Well, if it wasn’t for the intervention from the finance man I wouldn’t have attended my own ceremony. Not that I highly perceived of it anyway, I was doing it for my mum but when I got there on Friday morning, I have to admit that the feeling was unexplainable, just to see all my classmates looking strange in the gowns, the flashbacks of how far we had come together, I think it was totally worth my attendance plus had a seat tagged with my name, so why would anyone want to miss that?

It could be anything, from a silly kiosk man almost making you miss to have your brandy with lime, or a silly electronics shop attendant almost making you buy a laptop bag that’s a size bigger or even incompetent ISO certified University of Nairobi employees almost making you miss your own graduation for no solid reason, name them…..

The moral of this story is, we are living in hard times. The chances that someone out there will try execute their frustration on you and deny you an opportunity or just try to discourage you is very high. Be wary of such people, never be discouraged to an extent that you fail to recognize those who are willing to help you and give you hope. If you want something, do not let anyone tell you that you can’t get it, that’s because you can (as cliche as it sounds) Obama did, I did it, so why can’t you do it? Never mind going back to those who told you that you couldn’t make it because life is a forward acceleration, just move on.

Lets preserve HOPE, sometimes it’s all we got.
Special shout out to my mum for always believing in me, Chim my sidekick, Mr. J. Okemwa, University of Nairobi deputy finance officer, Bunny, Koigi, Mwendaa and Jay for being my ROCK/s haha. That’s Chim and I on the morning of our graduation day.