Popular Kenyan Gengetone band Ethic has announced the official departure of Rekles.
The group, which previously comprised Swat, Zilla, Seska, and Rekles, made the announcement in a statement shared on their social media pages.
The statement said that the latest changes mark a significant turning point for the group, but they assured fans that they would be continuing their journey despite the changes.
The group also acknowledged Rekles’ contributions to their success, saying that he played an instrumental role in their rise. They also wished him well in his future endeavors.
“Rekles, with his unparalleled creativity and hard work, played an instrumental role in Ethic Entertainment’s rise. His contributions to both the group and the broader Kenyan music industry have been monumental and can never be truly quantified,” the statement said.
The group also said that they were grateful for Rekles’ indelible impact on their journey. They said that the music they created together would forever resonate with fans, and Rekles’ influence would undoubtedly continue to illuminate and inspire aspiring artists and creatives for years to come.
Ethic Entertainment is known for its inclusive and diverse approach, and the group said that they were confident that they would be able to continue their journey and legacy despite this transition.
The group’s fans have been reacting to the news with mixed emotions. Some fans are sad to see Rekles go, while others are supportive of his decision to pursue new opportunities.
Only time will tell what the future holds for Ethic Entertainment, but one thing is for sure: the group has left a lasting mark on the Kenyan music industry.
Gengetone group Ethic Entertainment is one of the pioneers of the music genre that has been in existence for years. The genre’s unique sound track style coupled with some explicit dance is what most young people have been jamming to over the years.
The group is a conglomerate of Rekles, SWAT Mtoto wa Eunice, Seska and Zilla. The group released
The quartet burst onto the scene in 2018 and has enjoyed a meteoric rise since the release of their debut single Lamba Lolo.
Before venturing into music, they were just regular hustlers; with their most popular member Rekles working at a movie shop.
Their first song Lamba Lolo from 3 years ago now stands at 5.1 Million views on YouTube. This wasn’t something they expected, as they revealed in a recent interview on Churchill Show. They expected 5 to 10 thousand views on their song for a start.
They edited the video themselves after realizing that no producer wanted to work with them. The low-budget video was shot in Umoja where members of the group grew up before the fame. In just a few days, their expectations of views had been surpassed and after hitting millions of views, they started receiving calls to perform in concerts and clubs.
Their 2nd song dubbed ‘Pandana’ was also a hit; currently standing at 6.5 Million views . Even though in the recent past most people have criticized Gengetone music for it’s downfall, Ethic have stood their ground and re-ignited the genre. They have now released their latest banger ‘Fanya’.
Singer Rekles has come out to share his side of the story moments after rumor had it that he was now done with Gengetone group, Ethic.
Rumor had it that Rekles is currently working as a solo artist; weeks after he dropped several projects featuring other artists as seen on social media. Also, judging from the fact that he seems to be working better as a solo artist, this has now left many claiming that he is now all independent.
But since where there is smoke…there always fire; we believe that the rumors may have some truth. This is judging from how Rekless has been moving in the entertainment industry! Speaking about this, the management went on to deny rumors claiming that Ethic’s is no longer together; but oh well let’s see how it plays out.
Ethic feels played by social media fans and if I am not wrong they are also blaming Ezekiel Mutua for treating them unfairly!
The popular gengetone artist revealed this in a Tweet where they pointed out at Benzema’s new song Ngwatiology; which has been receiving massive love from fans despite the dirty content it carries.
In a tweet seen by Ghafla, the boys made it known that if it were them; they would have ended up in jail for dropping such a song. However, when it comes to Benzema everyone seems smitten by his bad boy vibe!
Their social media manager went on to write saying;
Kama ni thic ndio ingekuwa imetoa hiyo ngoma ya ‘Ngwatiology’ tukuwa tumekimbizwa kamiti
However fans on the other hand needed them to understand why Benzema’s content has never rubbed anyone wrong! According to most comments, fans reminded Ethic that Benzema has never painted any minor as a sex object in his music.
This is something they wouldn’t understand since their last song left many disgusted after singing about a minor’s private parts. Well, having done that, there is no way Kenyans on social media will let this slide easily!
Others went on to remind Ethics that they are the pioneers of Zero content music; that has helped nurture more artists like them. But in Benzema’s case, he delivers his music in a more creative way that entertains his chosen few on social media.
Brothers in the industry?
Seeing how KoT was responding to their tweet, the boys went on to make it clear that there was no bad blood between them and Benzema.
They went on to sarcastically mention that their tweet was aimed at helping push ‘ngwatiology’; and not asking Kenyans to flag it down.
We also can’t forget that they also have an upcoming album set to be released soon; which might explain why they have been trying to beef with artists on social media.
Every time you listen to a song by Zzero Sufuri, Ochunglo Family, Sailors Gang, Boondocks Gang, Rico Gang and the likes you should remember that we would not be here today if Ethic didn’t look at music from a different perspective.
For a long time, Kenya had a copy paste approach to music. Musicians would wait for the likes of Nonini, Jua Cali and Nameless to release a song then they would hit the studio and release a song that is similar to the ones by these artists.
Back then, Genge and Kapuka were the in-thing. Funny enough, nobody thought they should invent a new sound and own it until Ethic came along with Lamba Lolo in 2018 and changed the game.
Interestingly, the same thing is now happening with the Kenyan sound. Every artist, even the established ones, is now making music that you can tell borrows a lot from the sound that Ethic introduced us to.
This is a good sign that most Kenyan artists are afraid of thinking outside the box. Instead of copying a sound that already exists why don’t they come up with a distinct sound that they can own?
The Kenyan industry can only grow if we diversify i.e. have different approaches to music so that even the people who don’t feel the wamlambez and lamba lolo vibe can have something that they can listen to.
The song was also above par i.e. the audio an video quality. It probably set them back a couple thousands of shillings but let’s be honest, who wants to listen to a whack audio or watch a low quality video in this day and age?
Lastly, their marketing was also on point. They made some their fans to set alarms just so that we could be among the first to watch the song and when it finally dropped, it was a topic of discussion on social media for the next few days.
It’s really interesting to see Ethic grow from amateurs to professional. I hope can only hope that they will keep at it!
Ethics let many down after releasing a video to their hit song Soko.
Although the audio had already been released; and Kenyans refused to listen after Ezekiel Mutua demanded to have it banned due to disgusting content.
Well this is no longer a topic as the song was pulled down from YouTube and will never be heard again. However a few people here and there have come out to bash Ethics for viewing women as objects in their music; and promoting rape in their lyrics!
Miracle baby calls out Ethics
Among the people on the forefront is Sailors Miracle baby who has condemned Ethics for acting like perverts; not forgetting pedophiles who will one day have children of their own!
Through his Instagram page, Miracle baby did not hold back from mentioning that Ethic had embarrassed everyone doing gengetone; and unlike other artists who are afraid of telling them the truth, Miracle baby could not let this slide.
Siwezi kimya mumechoma???? Rape haifai ku glorifiwa. Shame on you!
Ethics issues apology
In a way Ethics was quick to dismisses claims that they were promoting rape or disrespecting women in their songs.
However after Ezekiel Mutua threatened to have sue them; the boys then shared a new message on their page apologizing as they wrote;
Tedd Josiah who is a proud father of a beautiful baby girl was also among those who couldn’t help but feel disgusted by Ethic; and the rest of Gengetone artists desperate enough to promote rape!
He went on to call out the young boys through a well detailed post where he wrote saying;
Kenyan artistes, let me tell you something, it is time we address the kind of content you are producing. You start talking of rape among young children, because it is like there is nothing else to talk about from gengetone artistes. And we have seen the record label’s logo. So now you think you are the greater than all of us because you are the only ones familiar with sheng? Right?
He went on to also address their greed for fame which they seem to be chasing at any cost. Tedd Josiah said;
Well, you are only making matters worse because the same government we are trying to reach, in order to support our art and pay us royalties, are not even going to take any action with your kind of content.
Wacheni kuchoma picha! It’s like pouring acid on the same seed you expect to grow into a plant.
Are you in need of ratings that bad? Is it that bad really?
Lastly he concluded his post saying;
If you had a small kid and you hear someone advocating for the rape of young children, how would you feel? I just want to ask you that question. Because I am telling you, I swear, try that with me! I am ready to go to Kamiti if anyone dares that with my kid!
Ethic Entertainment, the group that introduced Kenyans to the Gengetone sound, has released a jam to sensitize the public about the deadly COVID-19 virus which has caused the death of 35,000 people across the world so far.
As expected, the song titled Quarantei has been ruling the airwaves since it came out a few hours ago and we are also feeling it.
While this track puts emphasis on as such as; self isolation, social distancing and sanitizing, there are so many things in it that have nothing to do with corona virus. I guess they were just trying to be creative and relevant.
That said, Quarantei is a big tune. Whoever said that Gengetone is dead should listen to this jam because maybe, just maybe, they might have a change of heart.
The lyricism on this track is dope. These youngins are so creative and this is evidenced by their wordplay skills. Trust me, once you start listening to them, nothing will make you stop, even if your house if on fire.
I have been trying to figure out whose verse I love the most and I must go with Swat Mtoto Wa Eunice because he did a good job. Although his rhymes were random, they are not to predictable as is the case with many musicians.
Notably, Rekless also nailed the hook. It is so infectious and to add to add to that, it blends well with the verses of the other members of the group.
The beat, which was produced by the one and only Motif Di Don, was not too bad though I must say that it is kind of monotonous if you compare it with their previous releases.
About the video, I feel it was lazy. However, we’ll forgive them because there isn’t much that they could do because of strict regulations that have been put in place by the government because of corona virus.
Ethic has lately been making headlines for all the wrong reasons! Just recently they were accused of promoting rape through their Tarimbo song; that left many feminists calling them out for the insensitive content!
The song was pulled down from YouTube but later re-uploaded as reported by Ethic’s social media manager.
Anyway the boys are back with a new scandal involving upcoming group dubbed Sotic gang who are accusing them of stealing their song!
They stole our song!
After dropping Soko which seems to be doing well on YouTube; word now has it that the song was originally recorded and produced by Sotic gang who have proof that Ethic almost borrowed everything from their song Isseti.
The boys claim that Ethic did not just take lyrics out of Isseti but they used the same style used by Sotic gang. Ethic however added flavor with new beats thanks to their top producers; since Sotic gang could not afford a high budgeted studio as they are upcoming artists.
Sotic gang is now asking for justice to be served since upcoming artists are being exploited by other artists since they have no connections in the entertainment industry.
But seeing how our judiciary works after releasing Babu Owino who shot DJ Evolve; do you think Sotic Gang will get any justice in the entertainment scene? Let’s see!
To be honest, I’ve never seen our local acts getting as much support compared to this year and that’s definitely one of the reasons why many people will live to remember this year.
A lot has been said about the genre of music that is popular in Kenya at the moment i.e. Gengetone. However, one of the things that you can’t deny was how popular it is/has become. It’s really infectious.
This year reminded me of the early 2000s when the likes of Flexx, Nonini, Jua Cali, Pilipili, Jimwat, Nameless, Lady S, Deux Vultures, Pilipili literally ruled the airwaves. Their music was like a drug of sorts.
If you had already been born during that time then I am sure you know what I’m talking about. Kenyan music was so big and most of us, including yours truly, had books where we had written down lyrics just to memorize the songs.
The best part was that most artists sang in a language that we could all understand with the addition of a little bit of Sheng which is unlike Gengetone but that’s a story for another day.
In as much as Kenyan music was really big this year and got us back to appreciating and supporting our local artists, I fear that the phase that we are in won’t last for long.
It’s pretty obvious that the new wave of Kenyan artists need to look for ways of sustaining the sound because whether you like or not, people will soon get tired of it.
They say that to much of something is bad and after listening to songs about sex, weed, bedroom affairs all year long, I must say that I have kind of had enough.
Don’t call me a hater but I’m not sure if songs by the likes of Ethic, Gwaash, Ochunglo Family, Boondocks Gang, Rico Gang, 34 GVNG will still slap as hard next year and that is why 2019 is more than exceptional. Enough said.
For a long time, there has been a debate about who is the best lyricist in Ethic – the group that became household name after releasing the mega hit Lamba Lolo in 2018.
Admittedly, all the group members namely; Seska, Zilla, Swat and Rekless are gifted. However, most people can’t seem to decide who is the supremo between the last two since their verses are always lit.
It is for this reason that we decided to pit them against each other. We want to know who you are willing to put your money on and why i.e. what makes them stand out from the other members of Ethic?
His verse on their debut hit dubbed Lamba Lolo was really dope and this made him a favorite among many people.
He has continued to wow his fans in the group’s subsequent releases particularly a song titled Instagram where he really brought his A-game.
Unlike Swat, his lyrics are more thoughtful and mature but this does not really come as a surprise since he is the eldest member of the group.
You also can’t fail to appreciate his wordplay. It’s really on point. He got many people talking after showcasing his skill on the group’s latest release dubbed Figa.
That said, who, according to you is the baddest lyricist in Ethic? Tell us below!
It seems like Ethic Entertainment can’t just escape random beatings in their lives.
First it was SWAT who was given a thorough beating by Umoja residents several weeks ago after they confused him for a thief.
During the weekend, another assault at the Koroga Festival were they performed left four of their members; Dj, hypeman, Zilla and their driver, all hospitalized. The four got a beating from KK security company and some of the festival organizers after an altercation.
The group has now vowed to sue the security company following the attack.
“It’s with deep regret that we have to post this. Koroga festival called us and told us to perform as the headliners for the Koroga festival Saturday edition. We’d done one event with them previously and since we had no issues the last time and also because it is a huge platform, we obviously jumped at the opportunity to perform again. This time, However, the treatment we got from them was more than hostile. As we speak four of our members including our Dj, hypeman , Zilla and our driver are all in hospital, brutally injured by Guards from the K9 security company and other festival organizers. We want to state that we will be seeking legal redress as we need due compensation from Koroga and K9 security group for our medical bills et al.
“As we push Kenyan music to the world we hope that one day,Kenyan artists will one day be treated the same as artists from other countries. The Saturday event this time surpassed all expectations and is definitely going to surpass their Sunday one. You know why? Because we Kenyan artists have worked our asses off to finally get Kenyans to support their own. And this is an agenda we’re willing to push to the very end. To all our loyal fans we’re simply asking that you support our cause. #Justiceforethic#RespectKenyanartists” Ethic Entertainment wrote on their official Instagram page.
Several artists have come out to stand with them saying the Kenyan industry is usually biased depending on where you come from.
You might hate me for this but sometimes I get the feeling that Kenyan rapper Henry Ohanga, alias Octopizzo, has lost his relevance or he’s on the verge of losing it. Well, I could also be wrong.
Also read: Octopizzo Vs Khaligraph, whose music approach is better?
Admittedly, the Kibera-bred artist still makes good music but the truth is that is not what the mass market is consuming heavily. Put simply, it’s not the kind of music that most Kenyans are vibing to at the moment.
Octopizzo has released two songs since the year begun i.e. Babylon and Zikishika. While both songs were above par and well-executed, none of them was hit and we can debate this until the cows come home.
You could argue that the Oliel hit maker targets a particular niche with his music and he’s not interested in the mass market but the truth is that every artist wants his songs to go viral and garner millions of views on YouTube.
As we speak, Zikishika – which was released in April, has 810,000 views. Babylon – which was released in February has garnered only 780,000 views so far.
Now let’s compare this to Ethic who make music for the mass market. They have also released two songs this year namely Pandana and Figa. Pandana, which dropped in March has 2.3 million views, Figa which was released a fortnight ago has slightly above 1 million views.
If it is indeed true that numbers don’t lie, what does this tell you? What does it imply? The way I see it is that Octopizzo is losing or has lost relevance in the local music industry. It’s just what it is.
The emergence of new age-artists like Boondocks Gang, Ethic, Ochunglo Family, Rico Gang, Zzero Sufuri really tilted the scales. The mass market is consuming their music heavily at the moment and the sooner Kenyan artists realize this, the better!
We’ve seen the likes of The Kansoul working with these new age artists so that they can remain afloat so why can’t Octopizzo follow suit?
I’m sure you are aware that Zzero Sufuri and Ethic don’t see eye. Their beef is so bad that the former dissed the Lamba Lolo hit makers in his latest release dubbed Matisha.
In the song, there’s a part where Zzero says, “Si ni kumatisha, wako lamba lolo isha tubore, hujaskia ma morio flani wakali wametoka Dago si wamekam na ingine mbaya si unasikia vile inadunda bro.”
I’m not sure where their bad blood started because they don’t even come from the same area. Zzero is from Dagoretti while Ethic is from Eastlands, specifically Umoja. So this is not even about regional supremacy or is it?
Admittedly, both Ethic – which is made up of Rekless, Swat, Zilla and Seska – and Zzero Sufuri are all talented. However, their styles are as different as day and night. If you are a fan of both artists then I know you agree with me on this.
To a large extent, Ethic’s music is raunchy. Most of their songs are about sex, women’s rears, boobs and genitalia and what not. Put simply, they are willing to cross every line to become a household name.
But that doesn’t mean that they are not talented. If you listen to Ethic’s song keenly, you’ll notice some good rhymes and wordplay. Perhaps this is why most people are hooked to their music despite the fact that it’s explicit.
On the other hand, Zzero Sufuri’s music is not raunchy at all. He infuses dancehall with a small element of mumble rap and the outcome is totally amazing. I’m not even exaggerating!
In as much as their styles are different, at the end of the day one of them must be better than the other. So, here’s my question. According to you, who is the baddest between Zzero Sufuri and Ethic?
Missed Ethic? They are back with Fyeka. This group is great. They have taken street music on another level. What is Fyeka now? Can’t wait for the video. Ethic has a simple way of presenting their work. Fyeka is a sheng’ word and the meaning in this song is just hilarious. Ever wondered on how they come up with their song titles?
Fyeka Akicheka is the new anthem in town.
Production and Presentation of Fyeka
There is a lot of simplicity in what this group do. Looking at the audio it is a simple style but very clear. Fyeka itself is just a title that literally means slash. The kind of artwork applied here is one to watch. Ethic has influenced upcoming artists and the society at large with their kind of work. There have their style and this is what makes them unique.
I’d classify their songs as Vulgar. How do you even say Chuma ilale ndani? Symbolism at it best here. And by the way what is Chuma in this case?
It is interesting how they pick words from the normal day language and make something out of it. Fyeka is more of a club banger. The content is one that will send you laughing.
Honestly speaking, the lyrics are always calling for ones attention.
‘Aaah, hapa bana ni ma knock-out ka fainali Na huwanga huwa sibongi ka niko ndani Mi huwa bubu sana sana ka niko kazi Tayari wanadai ati me ni mfunny.’ This kind of work mmh! It says that it is knock-out like in the finals and when at work no talking. They always say that he is funny.
Also there is a line that has captured fans attention; ‘Chuma, chuma, chuma ilale ndani.’ I know in your mind you are like which chuma? This is a group to watch, they are so real. The song gets a rating of 5/10.
When you think of Kenyan music, the first people who come to your mind are the likes of Sauti Sol, Kidum, Nyashinki, MDQ, Sage, H_art The Band, Blinky Bill, Mayonde, Khaligraph, Fena, Phy, Dela, Le Band, Wangeci, Otile Brown, Naiboi etc.
These are all super-talented musicians who have treated us to great hits and continue to do so. In one way or the other, they have helped shape the Kenyan sound. They are a good representation of what our music is.
However this is changing fast. Kenyan music is no longer beautiful. It’s vulgar and provocative simply because new age musicians are drawing inspiration from Ethic, Ochunglo Family, G-Rock, just to name a few.
Let me explain, don’t throw stones just yet. You see, Ethic used some nasty words in Lamba Lolo and got away with it. Their song was one of the three biggest hits in 2018 alongside King Kaka’s Dundaing, Naiboi’s 2 in 1 and Sauti Sol’s Short and Sweet.
Ochunglo Family and G-Rock, the group behind the Matako hit, followed suit and used some tasteless words in their songs and no one seemed to give a hoot. What’s even more is that all these singers shot risqué videos. Surprisingly, these songs are even played on TV.
Believe it or not, these vulgar artists an inspiration to many new age musicians. They have made their peers bolder. The logic is that “If Ethic did this and got away with it. We can also do the same.”
These days, young boys and girls are picking up their cameras and recording whatever vulgar words that come to their head and releasing a song. Because this has now become the norm, nobody bothers to interrogate the words that were used so long as the song is catchy.
I’ve always wondered what goes through their minds as they are recording these songs, what do they intend to achieve? The answer is nothing. These young boys and girls just want to be famous and make some coins.
While at it, they are ruining the Kenyan sound. I honestly feel that this needs to trend needs to come to an end. Instead of moving forward, we are going back to the early 2000s when vulgar music defined the Kenyan sound and this is wrong.
Listen to Ethic’s new single Pandana below. What are your thoughts on this?
I was recently having a chat with an event organizer. As we were talking, it crossed my mind that I should ask him some of the difficult Kenyan musicians that he’s ever worked with while putting an event together.
He mentioned all the usual suspects. Yes, the very same people you are thinking of right now. However, one name really shocked me and it was Ethic. Naturally, I asked him why it is difficult to work with the Lamba Lolo hitmakers and he told me that they are too proud and arrogant.
“From getting them to agree that they will show up for the event, to the monetary demands they make before getting on stage. I’ve worked with them twice and both experiences weren’t good,” he said.
I didn’t ask more questions because Ethic’s demeanor is even visible to the public. And no, I am not disputing the fact that these young men are talented. I’ve always held the opinion that Kenya had never seen a hit like Jimw@t’s Under 18 until Lamba Lolo was released.
It seems fame has gotten to the heads of Seska, Zilla, Rekles, Swat. You see, these young men were nobodies around this time last year. Lamba Lolo was released around May. However, the song started gaining traction after six weeks. Soon enough, it was playing on radio, matatus and in major clubs.
Ethic members had not forseen the kind of success and fame that would come their way. This explains why they shot Lamba Lolo’s video using their mobile phones. They didn’t put too much thought into it, afterall they were just having fun.
The song became a hit. Some deejays even dared to play it on TV, albeit cheekily. People started stopping Ethic members along the streets to say hi, asking for photos with them, their numbers on social media quadrupled within a short time, they started getting gigs at local clubs in Eastlands.
Soon enough, they were getting bigger performance gigs. A chap called Mwakiltele Kitawi, alias Teleh Mani, approached them around this time and asked them if he could manage them. He discovered that they were not even a group, so he asked them to become a group (sic) for a year and if it didn’t work, everyone would go their own way.
Things were good at first. This made Teleh to invest more of his money towards pushing these talented singers. He was running their diary, paying their cab fares, dressing them up, even bailing them out when they got arrested for fighting at clubs. He even then got them a gig with Mr. Eazi and organized a collabo between them and The Kansoul.
A few weeks down the line, Ethic members allegedly confronted Teleh for ‘taxing’ their money. It seems they did not understand how an arist is managed and how the person who’s managing them puts bread on his table. They had been used to a system where they get money during a gig and split it backstage after the performance. Each person then does whatever he wants with his money.
What followed was a nasty fallout between the two parties. Teleh revealed that he was planning to sue them for breaching their agreement, further accusing them of being difficult. He even took over thier YouTube channel and pulled down Lamba Lolo and Position for some days.
While ethic inisists that they had no formal agreement, from the chronology of events you can see that they are difficult to work with.
A few days ago, Ethic was dropped from the line up of a big gig that will go down on April 27 and 28. They would have shared the stage with the likes of Naiboi, Khaligraph Jones and The Kansoul but I guess their pride got in the way again.
When they learnt that were no longer part of the gig, the commented on the post saying “Fikeni bei.” Coincidentally, Hype Ent, the company behind the event, is partly owned by their former manager Teleh.
It’s hard to go far with this kind of pride and arrogance. People like Jua Cali and Nameless are only relevant today because they have been humble throughout their careers. They didn’t let the fame into their heads. Maybe, just maybe, Ethic should borrow a leaf from these two music legends and get their act right.
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