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Introducing 'Hand-Forged In Kenya,' A New Live Music Series In Nairobi

Get to know the incredible artists performing at the first edition of our Hand-Forged in Kenya series.

OkayAfrica, The Alchemist Bar, and Bateleur Brewery are excited to present Hand-Forged in Kenya, a new music series focused on showcasing rising talent in Kenya to fans both locally and globally.

The first edition of this series will be on Saturday April 6 at the Alchemist Bar in Nairobi from 6 pm till late.

RSVP to the event on Facebook here

The event will feature performances from Mankind, RU.BY and Fox Elijah, supported by Mix Master Lenny on the decks. It's curated by Nairobi-based contributor Camille Storm.

This is a FREE event, so come one, come all!


Check out more info on the artists below.

Mankind

MANKIND - TAKE AND GO (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO) www.youtube.com

Mankind is a Kenyan alternative pop duo comprised of singer/songwriter MANE and vocalist/producer the Cloak who are known for their experimental sound. The group recently signed a deal with Pine Creek Records and Sony Music and they do not seem to be slowing down at all. "Take and Go," their newest single, is a funky and sonically-rich step forward for the Kenyan music scene.

RU.BY

RU.BY - Hey There EP - Short Film youtu.be

RU.BY is the self-proclaimed "sweet and spicy hummingbird" of Nairobi. She writes, sings, and raps her own music with a Jazz and R&B flair. Her inspirations range from Amy Winehouse, Erykah Badu, Lauren Hill, Ravyn Lanae and more. Let her enchant you with her soft and sultry vocals in her latest Hey There EP and its immersive short film that explores themes of love, vulnerability and divinity.

Fox Elijah

Fox Elijah X Kahvinya - Kenyafornication Official Music Video www.youtube.com

Fox Elijah is a Nairobi-based recording artist and music producer. Born to a Ghanaian missionary family, Fox Elijah has travelled across the world ranging from Los Angeles, Canada, and Georgia. His nomadic lifestyle translates directly into his music as he fuses multiple genres with ease.

Interview

Interview: Bizzle Osikoya Is the A&R Shaping the Voice of a New Generation

We caught up with the A&R expert and co-founder of The Plug Management to talk about the fast-rising demand for Nigerian music and what it takes to break out as an artist.

The meteoric rise of Nigeria's burgeoning music industry over the last few years is definitely one for the books. From high profile collaborations that have graced international charts to appearances on American late night TV and a Grammy nomination, the Nigerian sound is sitting at the epicenter of a global conversation that the world—including Queen Bey herself —seem to scrabbling to get a piece of the action.

However, way before this global infiltration and westernized conflation of Africa's assortment of genres into one Afrobeats, Bizzle Osikoya was studying Music Business in England and plotting for a way to be a part of what he knew was inevitable. "I remember going to clubs in school and they would always play Jamaican music but rarely Nigerian songs. I knew we made good music here but I knew I couldn't sing. So I was motivated to come back, go behind the scenes, and see how we can make that crossover possible," he tells OkayAfrica.

More than a decade after making the intrepid decision to venture into A&R, helping artists find and develop their sound, Bizzle's creative genius has cascaded across different musical generations, from the piracy rife CD mix era with artists like Naeto C, Wande Coal and Dr. Sid to a streaming era populated with hits from Reekado Banks, Tiwa Savage and Davido.

Following the success of his latest project, Oxlade's Oxygene, we caught up with the A&R expert and co-founder of the Plug Management—a talent management company that has managed Davido, Peruzzi and DJ Obi—to talk about what it takes to break out as an artist, the fast-rising demand for Nigerian music, and how "alté" is not the same thing as alternative music.

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