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Okayafrica Is Teaming Up With 2manysiblings On Thrift Social 5: A 90s Night Market In Nairobi

Join Okayafrica and 2manysiblings at Nairobi's coolest style event, a special 90s-themed night market edition of the Thrift Social.

Papa Petit and Velma Rossa of 2manysiblings. Courtesy of 2MS.
We’re teaming up with 2manysiblings once again to present Nairobi’s coolest style event. Thrift Social 5 is a special 90s edition featuring performances by Just A Band, Shappaman and East African Wave. And for the first time ever, it’s also a night market.

Kenyan brother and sister Papa Petit and Velma Rossa launched the Thrift Social event series last year as a platform to promote young creative entrepreneurs while encouraging their peers to give back to the local community.


In addition to shopping with some of the flyest vendors in Nairobi, attendees are encouraged to bring clothes and shoes to be donated to the Jacaranda School for the mentally handicapped.

There will also be a 2manysiblings merch kiosk on site where everything will be sold for KSH 500.

Check out the photos from Okayafrica's previous Thrift Social collaboration with 2manysiblings and read our interview with Papa Petit and Velma Rossa here.

Join Okayafrica and 2manysiblings at Thrift Social 5 on Friday, March 25 (2pm til late) at Rosedale Gardens (Dennis Pritt Road) in Nairobi. Advance tickets are available here

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The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Ethic's Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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