Mejja is undeniably Kenya’s king of collabos

If you’re a Kenyan musician and you want your song to do extremely well, then you have no other option than to look for Major Nameye Khadija, known to you and I as Mejja. The rules are quite simple.

Also read: We want the old Mejja back and we are not joking

Mejja is proving to be the King of Kenyan collabos with every subsequent release. Interestingly, very little is heard of Kristoff who held that position for a very long time but that is a story for another day, isn’t it?

Mejja with Femi One on Utawezana

Since the year began, every song that he has been featured on has topped East African charts, including the latest one with Jovial dubbed Pakate. It was released barely 48 hours ago yet it has already crossed the 160,000 views.

Of course, we have to mention Utawezana, where Mejja was featured by Femi One. It is literally the biggest song this year. We can argue until the cows come home but we both know that I’m right.

Others are Prakata, that Mejja did with Willy Paul, Kalale – which he did with Willis Raburu, Ssaru, Breeder LW and Rekless, Watoto Na Pombe, where he was featured by Otile Brown.

Mejja poses for a photo with Willy Paul

There’s also Wanani Remix where Mejja outshone every other person and Mpenzi Mtazamaji, which he did with his longtime friend Madtraxx and Ochunglo Family.

Clearly, this lad is on a roll because all the aforementioned songs are big hits. All of them. And to think that there was a time when people, including myself, said that he lost relevance after joining The Kansoul.

What drove most of us to this conclusion was that he was no longer the comical story teller that most of us grew up to love. Somehow, lost this special skill that set him apart after teaming up with Madtraxx and Kid Kora.

The Kansoul
The Kansoul

If you are keen, I am sure you’ve have noticed how has been re inventing himself, trying to get back to the Mejja who treated us to hit like Kuliendaje, Poa, Barua, just to name a few.

That explains why every artist wants Mejja on their song. He has rediscovered himself, if that makes sense, so every jam that he is on just does well. He’s like that one ingredient that if you add to your food, it makes a big difference.

There’s a lot that that artists who are trying to make a comeback on the local music scene can learn from Mejja and that is the power of patience and re-invention. He should probably do a masterclass.

We have not seen the best of Mejja yet. Word is going around that he will soon drop another song dubbed Wamocho with Mbogi Genje and my good friend Richy Haniel. Even before I hear it, I know that it will be a big hit.

Mejja with Richy Haniel and members of Mbogi Genje

The Kansoul is irreplaceable!

As I was listening to The Kansoul’s latest release with Sudi Boy dubbed Mapigo, I realized that I still enjoy their music 5 years down the line. Perhaps, I enjoy their music even more now.

Truth be told, I’ve never come across a song by The Kansoul that I totally didn’t feel. Maybe I didn’t vibe to some songs when I first heard them but they grew in me with time.

I have been a fan of the group since 2014 and it has been a beautiful journey. From the days of Dabo Tap, to Utamu Wa Life to No Woman No Party to Nyongwa to Bablas to their latest release Pikoko Lithim, the party has never stopped.

Also read: We want the old Mejja back and we are not joking

In my opinion, The Kansoul is here to stay because their style can’t be replicated. If you were thinking of copying Mejja, Madtraxx or Kid Kora don’t even try because you’ll fail terribly. Put simply, they are irreplaceable.

You see, all the three members of  this group are creative geniuses. Each of them has a unique approach to music, their voices are also unique and they just merge well in a track that you will find yourself hitting the replay button a couple of times.

The Kansoul
The Kansoul

To add to that, Madtraxx produces most of their songs so I don’t need to tell you that he puts his best foot forward when he’s in studio. The result is a beat that slaps really had and blends well with the lyrics. Like I said before, they are creative geniuses.

I might have some concerns about how Mejja has transformed from a storyteller to having ratchet lyrics like geuka nikubeng but we’ll forget about that for a moment because he’s the main reason why we even listen to The Kansoul.

The Kansoul
The Kansoul

Kid Kora is also a gifted musician. However, I have to admit that sometimes I forget that he’s part of The Kansoul but that’s just me.

Side note: Can someone please tell The Kansoul that we eagerly await their next solo release? We really love the collabos but we’ve honestly had enough!

Watch The Kansoul’s mega hit dubbed Bablas below.

Magix Enga has teamed up with Boondocks Gang, The Kansoul, Dufla & King Kaka and it’s too dope (Video)

Singer-cum-producer Magix Enga has released a new jam with Odi Wa Murang’a and Ex Ray from Boondocks Gang,  The Kansoul – which is made up of Mejja Madtraxx, Kid Kora – Dufla & King Kaka.

Also read: Boondocks Gang is the future of Kenyan music

The song titled Bad Gyal has been receving massive airplay on local TV and radio stations since it was released a few days ago.

The Kansoul
The Kansoul

There are several reasons why I love this song. The first is because the beat is really crisp. It slaps really hard and you just want to keep listening to it.

Magix Enga really did a good job on the beat. You get the feeling that he didn’t come to play from the moment you hit the play button.

The second reason is that the lyricism in this jam is dope. The new-age and and old-age artists who were featured on it really came through.

If I had to pick my favourites from each side, I’ll obviously side with Madtraxx and Odi Wa Murang’a. In my opinion, their verses were really tight.

Ex Ray and Odi Wa Murang'a
Ex Ray and Odi Wa Murang’a

Wa also have to applaud Magix Enga for his dope hook. It’s really infectios, especially because of how he sounds.

However, I must say that I wasn’t really impressed by the video. Maybe you have a different line of thought but I feel it was too plain and boring nevermind the fact that they had some beautiful vixens who were shaking it.

Watch Bad Gyal below and tell us what you think.

The Kansoul has teamed up with Zambia’s Jay Rox on ‘Distance’ and it’s a big tune (Video)

Jay Rox, an award-winning hip hop artist from Zambia  has a new jam with The Kansoul and it slaps really hard!

The song dubbed Distance is all about how far you can go i.e the distance, when you have faith in your mission and are determined to see it through.

Although it’s the first time I’ve listened to a song by Jay Rox I must say that I was really impressed by his dope bars, you just want to keep listening to him.

Interestingly, he was rapping in his native Zambian language for the most part but it didn’t matter because he was flowing with beat.

Ricky Bekko
Ricky Bekko

The trio of Mejja, Madtraxx and Kid Kora did not disappoint either. In my opinion though, the former outshone all the others but that’s just me.

In his verse he says, “Four four instance I’m the reason some of you are in existence I do damage and you hide like a fist pun, Nyongwa that’s a hook full of hiccups number one on the charts for like 3 months so much money like its sponsored by Adidas ooh pampers in the verbal diarrhoea I keep a distance, Nairobi to Zambia.”

The song was produced by Kenz Ville Marley and directed by Ricky Bekko of Big Dreams Entertainment.

Watch Distance below and tell us what you think.

Timmy Tdat Vs Willy Paul Vs Khaligraph: Who is the best live performer?

When you attend a gig, you expect to be entertained and this largely depends on the performers and what they do on stage. Truth is, anyone can get on stage but very few people can own it. (I sound like a motivational speaker at this point).

I have attended a couple of gigs over the last few years and watched some on YouTube and in my honest opinion some of the best live Kenyan performers are; The Kansoul, Jua Cali, Juliani, Nameless, Sauti Sol, Avril, Timmy Tdat, Willy Paul and Khaligraph Jones.

Today, we’ll focus on the last three names because they are individuals who are current i.e. they don’t belong to any groups and they have been in the game for almost the same period of time and they are still relevant to date.

We would like to find out who among the three you consider the best live performer and why. What makes each of them stand out and why? We want to know how they manage to pull large crowds to their events.

Willy Paul

Willy Paul
Willy Paul

Apart from having mad energy while performing, the Tam Tam hitmaker is known to pull stunts on stage. He always does something unexpected perhaps this is why his fans can’t get enough of him.

Timmy Tdat

Timmy Tdat

The Kipopo hitmaker is not only energetic, he also knows how to interact with the crowd. To add to that, he’s likely to dance seductively with a girl on stage during a gig.

Khaligraph Jones

Khaligraph Jones
Khaligraph Jones

The O.G as he is popularly known is good at crowd control. He’s not jumpy like the other two but if you attend his gig, you’ll definitely get value for your money. He has a unique style of entertaining his fans and in my opinion, it works for him.

According to you, who among the three is the be best live performer? Tell us!

King Kaka’s collabo with The Kansoul dubbed ‘Kula Vako’ is a big tune (Video)

I’m sure most local music fans, just like yours truly, have been looking forward to the day they will see King Kaka and The Kansoul on one jam and after many years of exercising patience I’m pleased to announce that the wait is over!

Also read: King Kaka is releasing so many songs but nobody cares

The two music powerhouses released a jam dubbed Kula Vako a few hours ago and by the look of things, it’s going to be a massive hit. Well, I could also be wrong but let’s just be optimistic for once.

Kula Vako is a Sheng word that means ‘to ignore’ or ‘to believe a lie’. Basically, you should take information as it is being provided to you. In the context of this songs it means the same thing i.e. if someone snatches your girlfriend, kula vako.

King Kaka
King Kaka

This jam is very decent, don’t get me wrong. I, however, feel like the tempo is too slow. It’s even hard to believe that people can actually dance to this song. Chances are you might fall asleep in the club while listening to it.

The wordplay by King Kaka, Madtraxx, Mejja and Kid Kora was on point. You could literally listen to them the whole day and no one would even blame you. It’s just what it is.

The Kansoul
The Kansoul

Of course and as usual I was particularly impressed by Mejja’s lines. There’s a part he says, “cheza chini buda, kula vako buda, kale kadem kajana leo nataka kukakuta, leo usiku nataka kumfunza kamasutra…”

The song was produced by Jack Jack on The Beat and directed by Rikky Bekko of Big Dreams Entertainment.

Watch Kula Vako below and tell us what you think.

The Kansoul and Vivian have teamed up on a new club banger dubbed ‘Accelerator’ and we love it (Video)

About a fortnight ago, I wrote an article urging The Kansoul to treat is to another hit. I had noticed that despite featuring The Kansoul is irreplaceable! in various collabos, the group had not released a song of their own since September last year.

Also read: The Kansoul is irreplaceable!

I was not aware that they had something in the works seeing as they released a new banger a few days later. To top it all, The Kansoul decided to feature Vivian in the song  titled Accelerator or Serereka if you like.

Just as the name suggests, this is a party song. There is no message here ladies and gentlemen, sorry to disappoint you. It’s just a feel good song, the kind will lift your spirits in a snap.

The Kansoul
The Kansoul

All the three singers i.e. Mejja, Madtraxx and Kid Kora had great punchlines in this song. I, however, feel that none of them came close to the latter. There’s a part where he says, “kama kuku ni ndege basi samaki ni meli” and it will leave you with so many questions.

Vivian also did a great job on this track, if you listen keenly it almost seems like she’s rapping as the song begins. Her wordplay and lyrics was also on point. She brought a different vibe that was just awesome.

The video concept was simple. It’s probably the same as all other videos by The Kansoul. People just dancing in an outdoor setting while Mejja, Madtraxx and Kid Kora go about their thing. The only difference is that this time  around it has a girlish vibe (read as umbrellas) because of Vivian.


Just like most songs by The Kansoul, Accelerator was produced by Madtraxx himself and to be honest, he outdid himself on this one. You might argue that the beats in their songs are pretty much the same but I feel this one has a twist. Does it though?

Watch Accelerator (Serereka) below and tell us what you think.


Has Octopizzo lost relevance?

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?

Watch Octopizzo’s latest release dubbed Zikishika below.


Sudiboy teams up with The Kansoul and Tomani in Mapigo

Sudiboy teams up with The Kansoul and Tomani in ‘Mapigo’. This is a new jam that comes just after Sudiboy latest collabo Niko Nawe.

The collabo with The Kansoul is a big deal. the award winner musician from Mombasa is destined for even bigger greatness.

You know that Sudiboy has a Swahili vibe in his work and this collabo with The Kansoul adds taste to Mapigo.


We are all aware of what The Kansoul kind of art.

Production of ‘Mapigo’

This video is very creative. The visuals are on point and am sure when you watch it you’ll like it. Also, the choice of background is so unique. It is characterized by some great art work. In addition to that, I must not fail to say that the directed did a perfect job. Mapigo has been produced by Sadafah. He has given this audio a good feel.

We cannot forget the super director who is behind this video, it is the work of, Trey Juelz. The video meets international standards. The beats are in sync and it is just dope.


In as much as we focus on the general production, there is the part where we need to look at the delivery of the song. Mapigo lyrics are well developed. This just confirms that Sudiboy is a great artist.

In addition, Mapigo has both a swahili and English vibe. They are simply talking about a simple life. In short it is all about a comeback. There is a line where The Kansoul says that wanauliza ni lini wataanguka. The chorus is a repetitive line that says, mapigo, mapigo na mwendo. The words just bring out the sings title clearly.

Sudiboy does not forget his lines. In fact he has delivered them well in Swahili as he always does. Looking at collabos this year team did it well.

Below is the link to the video.

Kenyan musicians have done so many collabos this year and we’re really impressed

Maybe you’ve noticed, maybe you haven’t but Kenyan musicians have dropped so many collabos since the year began. If you are a huge fan of local music, like yours truly, I’m you are also impressed.

For the first time in a long while, there’s something good to say about the local entertainment industry. We’re barely five months into the year and we’ve seen the most unexpected collabos. It’s such an exciting time to be alive.

Artist have not only realized the importance of doing collabos, they have also decided to step out of the comfort zones. On a light note, I’m pretty sure Kenyan musicians agreed that 2019 is the year of working together.

What I love most about this is that our artists are not only working with their fellow Kenyan musicians, they are also crossing borders and working with acts from Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana and Jamaica.

The likes of rapper Khaligraph Jones have featured on four great collabos since we crossed over into 2019. The songs are; Japo Kidogo, Kiboko (Remix), Megarider (Remix), and Chukua Selfie which was a campaign but still counts.

Papa Jones aslo featured Nigerian rapper Ycee on Gwala which was released in January this year.

If you’ve noticed, Naiboi is also doing a lot of collabos this year. He has two songs with Kristoff, a song with Brown Mauzo. He was featured on Chukua Selfie. His new song with Vivian and Savara dubbed came out a few hours ago.

Arrow Bwoy has also been breaking his back when it comes to music collabos. He has a song with Demarco, another one with Cecile. He has also worked with Gabu and Jovial

Other artists who’ve dropped good collabos this year are; Willy Paul, Timmy Tdat, Nyashinki, Jua Cali, Avril, King Kaka, Mr Seed, The Kansoul, Rankaddah, Rankaddah, Mayonde, Ochunglo Family, just to name a few.

To say the least, I am impressed. I can’t help but imagine how many more great collabos we’ll see before the year ends. I hope this also serves as a wake up call to artists who have been shying away from collabos.

What are some of your favourite local collabos this year? Leave a comment below.

We want the old Mejja back and we are not joking

There was an interesting debate on social media this past weekend. Music fans want the old Mejja back and they are not mincing their words. The general feeling is that he has moved from being a great story teller to a trashy musician.


I thought I should weigh into this debate because I share the same sentiments. A huge part of me also feels that Mejia has failed his fans with his latest releases. He keeps getting worse with every subsequent song.

You see, I used to be a huge fan of Mejja. The first time I listened to him was circa 2007. I was still a student. I was watching The Beat during a school holiday then Jana Kuliendaje was cued up. I really loved it as I’m sure most of you did.

In the song, Mejja narrates how he got drunk the previous night and the series of events that followed after that. His description is so vivid that you can literally feel like you were there with him.

He went on to release other great songs like Landlord, Niko Poa, Furahia Maisha where he tells great stories about different events. It wasn’t about what he was saying, it’s how he was narrating the events. I loved his music. Many referred to him as the greatest storyteller ever and I had no qualms with that.

Somewhere along the way I heard that he was teaming up with Kid Kora and Madtraxx to form The Kansoul. I thought it wasn’t such a bad idea since the other two members were also super-talented.

The Kansoul

The group went on release big hits such as Dabo Tapo, Kanayudu, Drum, No Woman No Party, just to name a few. Simply put, they were doing well.

I don’t know what happened, but somewhere along the way the group lost it. They moved from doing feel good or party songs to provocative music. Unfortunately, Mejja was also caught up in this. He moved from being a great storyteller to singing things like ‘geuka nikubeng’. 

Many fans, including yours truly, have been left wondering whether he made a mistake by joining The Kansoul. Truth is, Mejja was probably one of Kenya’s biggest musicians 10 or so years ago. This was when Calif Records was still the biggest record label in Kenya.

If Calif Records had stood the test of time, would Mejja have joined The Kansoul and would he still be the great storyteller that we all knew? Truth is, we’ll never know.

Whatever the case, we want the old Mejja back and we are not joking. This should serve as a wake up call to him to shape up or shape out.

Meanwhile, skip to Mejja’s part in the song below dubbed Inama and give us your thoughts.

Inama brings together Lofe, Raj and the Kansoul


Inama has brought together Lofe, Raj and The Kansoul. The track has been produced by Addi of Moneymall Empire. The jam is set to rock the club this year. Inama is not the kind of song that would make you crave to listen to music.

The Kansoul has become particularly drowned in the new age of Kenyan music style and seems to be following Ethic’s trend in all their songs. Inama is their latest collaboration which features upcoming artists Lofe and Raj.

The production of this song is low, looking at the audio the beats are so high that the words are not clear. Who on earth would struggle to listen to the words? Although the sound is poor, the video is lit. It looks nice and well thought off. The song has no content that is attractive.

The trio, Lofe, Raj and The Kansoul could have done better than this. Looking at the lyrics I would term the song as trash. Inama is only brought out through the dance where the vixens are shaking their booties. “Mtoto wa hadija ati geuka nikubeng”.Looking at this line it is fine. Kubeng’ means banging and the whole line simply is all about the lady who in this case is reffered to as mtoto wa Hadija.

“Geuka nikubeng venye unakaa inaonekana unataka mjulubeng”. Smh! With these type of lyrics, new age upcoming artists lack taste in music.

I would give the song a rating of 2/10. This is not something I expected from the kansoul. There is so much work to be done with the song. I would term it as noise because I need to struggle to get the words.

Ochunglo Family is the best thing that ever happened to Kenyans

I’m a huge fan of Ochunglo Family, a group that is made up of Dimore, Benzema and Nelly The Goon. Like most people, I first came to know of them when they released Krimino in October 2018.

The song, which was inspired by an incident between Nairobi nominated MCA Mary Njambi and Speaker Beatrice Elachi, was an instant hit prompting the group to release its video.

The video propelled the song further since it could now be played on TV and included in video mixes.

Soon enough, everyone wanted to know who Ochunglo Family is and whether they had an other song. They had ignited a fire within us.

It later dawned on us that that the group had been around for some time before they broke out with Krimino.

Truth is, there a time for everything. Ochunglo Family’s time had finally come and they took it with both hands.

Perhaps this would explain why they went back to studio almost immediately and released yet another club banger dubbed Na Iwake.

As were beginning the year, the group released another single titled Thutha, another song that has been receiving massive airplay on local radio stations.

About a week ago, they dropped the remix for Na Iwake featuring The Kansoul. The song had garnered 170,000 views when this article was publish. This is enough to show you how good it is.

While there’s no denying the fact that their music style is unique and they have witty lyrics, it’s their consistency that has made them a cut above the rest.

Believe it or not, the group has released 6 new songs in the last 6 months. What’s even more is that all the songs have videos. Beat that!

Clearly, there’s no stopping for these young men. Watch out for Ochunglo family!

Ethic’s downfall will be caused by their pride and arrogance

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.

Ethic performing alongside The Kansoul

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.

Ethic at Kiss FM for an interview

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.