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The Return of Kalamashaka | October 23, 2014

My favorite Kenyan Hip Hop group is regrouping for an album. For the first time since Constantly, they have a new video for a song titled Moi Avenue. To say that I am excited is an understatement. For the first time in slightly over 5 years, I have been spurred to find the keys to this blog, dust the cobwebs a little and take a seat. I am a Kalamashaka fan like that (allow me some bragging right, I made the first ever Kalamashaka entry on Wikipedia. Which I just noted that it has been deleted at the time of publishing this post)

The song ‘Moi Avenue’ is not entirely new. It has been on Ken Ring’s (Swedish/Kenyan Producer) YouTube account for some months and titled ‘Huntaz.’ I have not yet established when it was recorded but I am certain a few tweets can mine such info.

I am not going to write a review of the video or the song itself. Any attempt to do so would be equivalent to fumes from a car that hasn’t been started in 5 years. There have been numerous attempts to have K-Shaka back but somehow the push startled the car failed to have the engine running. For some reason I have no words to explain, I feel this time it will work. True to their name, I am sure they’ve ‘eaten’ enough troubles and want to get past the rough phase and focus on releasing new music. I have at times felt like they should have maintained the name 3D Crew. May be we’d be watching their 3D videos instead of reading newspaper reports about their difficulties. But I’m certain they’ll overcome their challenges.

Die hard K-Shaka fans could be a little disappointed that Vigeti also known as Johnny (whom many consider to Kenya’s best emcee) does not have a verse on Moi Avenue. He however makes an appearance in the video. Kamaa who sings the chorus is not in the video. He has been away in the US for a while touring and giving talks on Ukoo Flani Mau Mau and Kenya’s hip hop. Rawbar (Robaa) is on the first verse and laments the over-play of Bongo Flava on Kenya’s radio. Here is the beautifully choreographed video.

Lastly, contrary to what many believe, K-Shaka hasn’t been all that silent. For those not informed, over the years since Dandora Burning album, there have been individual projects and collective ones too. Below YouTube playlist compiled by Ken Ring, you’ll find some other songs unheard on radio and other platforms. The playlist is not fully refined but I hope you’ll appreciate.

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3 Comments »

  1. Yooooow.. KShaka got you blogging again. Big up. The excitement of having them back is just too much. From those tracks on Ken Ring’s youtube account, you can tell they are as good as they’ve ever been. Johnny drops vicious lines especially on ‘Guess Who’ which more than makes up for his absence from Moi Avenue. Might be wrong but I think they recorded the tracks in 2009 as per info Ken Ring’s group on Facebook ‘Swahili Music Group’.

    Good that they’ve let Jangwacity manage their music as they focus on creativity. Hope the comeback is sustained and they get to eat from their music.

    Comment by panoramicdon — October 23, 2014 @ 6:09 pm

  2. karibu tena. i look fwd to the renaissance.

    Comment by FelixMind — October 24, 2014 @ 9:08 am

  3. […] was appearing for the first time in a Hip Hop event following their come back in to scene and enjoying the good reviews that their single Moi Avenue is […]

    Pingback by Talib Kweli’s Africa Tour and the rekindle of The Native Tongues spirit through Indie 500 — November 3, 2014 @ 12:16 pm


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