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TKK Toa Kitu Kikubwa

Corruption is arguably in the DNA of the Kenyan cultural fabric. The term TKK was coined as an acronym for bribery and corruption. It is my belief that erasing bribery will help in healing a nation whose values are quickly eroding.

The cry to stop corruption is not exclusive to the youth, even the old feel this way.

I must confess that I do not have a plan in place to stop this disease but I do know that the ending of corruption can begin if YOU decide to become intolerant of it.


ikenyan youth.

While I normally rant and rave about Genge and Kapuka, I felt the need to bring to light a fact that I feel is so evident yet ignored by most of the older Kenyan generation. So what is this fact? Well the fact is I am an ikenyan youth.

This means that among other things;
I have an email address.
I’d rather read a blog than a book.
I have a website.
I am actually in touch with my peers in kenya and around the world through social networking tools like facebook, youtube, myspace…and the list goes on.
I am not as dumb as I look.

Understanding this new medium called the Internet is a way in which the older generation can use to bridge the gap between their generation and my igeneration.

  • Back in the day the youth used to sit at the heels of the old and listen to them tell stories that taught moral lessons. Today that same person can use the simple precess of going on youtube, opening a channel and tell the same stories via video camera and in so doing reach countless Kenyan youth worldwide.
  • Do not misinterpret our lack of asking “tell us about the good old days” as a lack of interest in our history. Many of us have shed our Christian names for our tribal names e.g from Scholastica to Akumu, from Johnston to Kimani.
  • We now listen to Kenyan musicians who sing and rap in English and swahili. Before you roll your eyes and click your tongue, remember that though our genge, kapuka and bongo music is African American influenced in the same way your beloved “Helule Helule”, and “Angelike Twist” was influenced by the African Americans of your era.

Genge Revolution.

With every revolution there at times is a counter revolution.

The Genge music genre has boasted a large following both in Kenya and Abroad. Before the rise of genge/kapuka, the Kenyan youth seemed so hypnotized by African-American hip hop but eventually they began to adopt the Hip Hop genre to share their world view on their own terms.

Now there is a slow revolution within Genge circles. These revolutionaries as well as artists are tired of listening to the same beat, same track and same bling bling talk. The new revolutionaries are more socially conscious, thoughtful, creative and eloquent.

“Lalalala” by Manjeru is a good example of a revolutionary love song that is so sweet, and creative. This song lacks the trademark misogyny and and bragging that some artists are well known for.

I am absolutely into STL’s style. Stella Mwangi (STL) has managed to rise above the throng. One of these days, I am going to dedicate a whole entry to talking about her music and talent. Her music speaks for itself.

So what is the future of genge and kapuka? I wish I knew. What I know is that redundancy could plague these two genres resulting in people loosing interest and going back to American Hip Hop.

Nonini – Genge Ambassador

In an effort to understand genge music, I decided to have a crash course in the music of the genge artist Nonini. It could be argued that nonini is the genge ambassador. His music is infectious and his rap style is effortless

Nonini and Sexually explicit lyrics go hand in hand so it should be said that the videos you will watch could rub you the wrong way. I don’t condone his message nor do condemn it. It is my belief that the artist should express his thoughts and feelings with out public and self censorship.

Like many others, I am curious so see where genge music is headed and with artists like Nonini on the drivers seat, I am certain that it is headed in a very interesting direction.

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Indiginas & STL

Many of us have had the sad and unfortunate experience of trying to make a good impression on a lady or guy we have just meet. The Kenyan genge artist Indiginas articulates this frustration in his hilarious video called Binti.

I must say that occasionally, I love it when an artist is not afraid to be honest and funny at the same time. Believe me, this is no easy task. Indiginas even does not hesitate to jump in front of the camera and act out being lengwad (ignored) by a girl at a bar. I highly recommend this video if all you want to do is reminisce and just laugh.

Chances are you can relate.

The sleek lyricist/artist, STL (Stella Mwangi) on the other hand has a thoughtful video called “Makelele” which is a thoughtful and touching video that forces us to step back and reflect on the state of the Jamhuri ya Kenya.

I am amazed by her range and creativity. My suspicion is that the video is in response to the violence in Kenya that was ignited by flat out utotology, tribalism and hate.

Maze, I know that this was a mouthful. Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed it.

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