Isn’t it strange that there was rainfall in December and harmattan in January? Well, at least we finally got harmattan. While we are in for a lot of dryness, cold and dusty day, I must not fail to bring you the Artistes in focus for the week. Today, we feature Seun Kuti and Vitoria Kimani
His full name is Oluseun Anikulapo Kuti, but he is professionally known as Seun Kuti. He is a Nigerian musician, singer and the youngest son of famous afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Seun’s showed interest in music at an early age of five. When he was nine, he had expressed his passion by offering to sing to his father. Liking what he heard, Fela allowed his son perform with until his untimely death in 1997. Seun was fourteen when his father died. At that young age, he became his father’s successor of leading his father’s former band Egypt 80.
Like his father, Seun sings and plays the saxophone. He has followed the political and social ethos of his father. As he got older, he added his own taste and genre of music to the band. The band creates more than music, they dig deep into various African traditions to reflect the continent’s struggles and cultures. In 2008, the band released album called Many Things. this was the first album released under the moniker Seun Kuti & Egypt 80.
In 2014, Seun Kuti was given an honorary invitation to perform live for the first time at the Industry Nite. In his musical journey, he has toured the world and released many albums. In the bid to keep his father’s legacy alive, his genre of music is Afrobeat. He had a website that gives us an insight to his music, tour and everything he does. He has a striking resemblance to his father. Some say Fela Kuti died and entered into Seun Kuti. Notably, he his also renowned for his activism via his Nigerian resistance movement which strongly lampoons the ills of the government and the society at large.
Victoria Kimani is best known as an entertainer. She is a Kenyan singer, songwriter and actress. She was born in Los Angeles, California but she later lived in Nigeria for 2 years. Her parents were missionaries, so they moved to Benin City for missionary work. She found her music talent at the age of nine and at the age of 16, she joined the church choir. She started her music in 2009 but became popular in 2010 when she did a cover for Ice Prince’s Oleku. The cover caught the attention of Chocolate City executive Ice Prince who she dated for 2 years.
In 2012, she was the first female artiste signed by Nigeria’s music label Chocolate City. Under the label, she released many singles and albums like; “Mtoto”, the Swahili word for “child”, Whoa, Show, and Prokoto. She also released mixtapes like; Oya, Heaven, Hate Me, Open Up Your Heart, F.U.M.F, Do What You Want and Freaks.
In February 2015, Kimani joined forces with divas Cynthia Morgan and Emma Nyra and released the video “Vex”. In May 2015, she also released her work “Loving You”, in which she collaborated with Nigerian label mate, Ice Prince. However, her contract with the record label also ended in 2015.
Her genre of music is Afropop and R&B. Kimani has been outspoken and shares her passion on issues like male chauvinism and women empowerment. She also joined forces with the ONE Campaign to express her passion. She defends models, singers, dancers, entertainers, presenters, business women, PR, managers, PAs, singers, stylists, DJs and designers. She strongly believes in women empowerment.
playlist of the week .
Beautiful moments- FEMI LEYE
Catalyst- SEYI VIBEZ
Gba GBA- KANI BEATZ FT BELLA ALUBO
Need You- FITILA FT KOREDE BELLO
Choose to be happy- ENOASK FT JAPHET GEORGE, SALLY.
Indian girl- GBAYI
Men Soji- ANTI WORLD GANGSTERS
Sare- ARYA STAR
Animal- MMZYO FT SEUN KUTI.
Never drink and drive. Wear a face mask and stay jiggest.