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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.

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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.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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