Abel Mutua: I made Shitti and Njugush

Sunday February 03 2019

Actor Abel Mutua. PHOTO| COURTESY


Youthful production mogul and actor Abel Mutua has credited himself with the successful careers of two comedians, DJ Shitti and Njugush.

The content producer and script writer claimed he is the guy who discovered the two comedians and nurtured them to become who they are now.

Njugush and DJ Shitti over the years have grown to be darlings of corporates due to their creativity. Mutua believes his role in the rise of their careers was huge, having cast them in the shows he scripted.

“I got Njugush from nowhere when I cast him in the "The Real Househelps of Kawangware" (TRHHK). No one had ever heard of him. Same with DJ Shitti. But look at them now. I get satisfaction wherever I see them rise,” Mutua bragged.

Njugush also appeared on "Hapa Kule News", another comical TV programme scripted by Mutua. Njugush then ditched TV to start his YouTube channel that has grown popular, and helped him attract dozens of endorsement deals.

He also turned himself into a corporate Mcee. DJ Shitti continues appearing on the TRHHK and does stand-up comedy.




Sauti Sol release Afrikan Sauce

Celebrated boy band Sauti Sol have finally released their collaboration LP dubbed Afrikan Sauce that comprises of 12 tracks and a bonus.

The album consists of three new tracks, with the rest having been released in the last two to three years. All the tracks are a collaboration with different artistes from the continent.

The tacks include “Melanin” featuring Nigerian star Patoranking, “Girl Next Door” (Tiwa Savage), “African Star” (Bruna Boy), "Rewind" (Khaligraph Jones), "Short & Sweet", "Tujiangalie" (Nyashinski), "Special Somebody" (Jah Prayzah), "Love Again" (C4 Pedro), "Mbozi za Malwa" (Bebe Cool), "Tulale Fo Fo Fo" (Mi Casa), "Kamasutra" (Vanessa Mdee), "Love on the dance floor" (Toofan) and bonus track "Africa" featuring Yemi Alade.

LP is short for Long Playing Record which is usually about 25 minutes.



Akothee claims cartel killing Mombasa talent

Coast musician Akothee has alleged that a showbiz cartel surrounding Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho is to blame for the downfall of the county’s entertainment industry.

According to the singer, these cartels have been using their close ties to the governor to exploit showbiz opportunities created by the county, enriching themselves at the expense of Mombasa’s artistes.

Akothee claimed that it’s very hard for a Mombasa artiste to reach Joho, whose enthusiasm for supporting showbiz and entertainment is well known.

This is because Joho has trust in the cartels, who have taken advantage of that, feeding him with wrong and fabricated information. They claim to mean well for the industry but in reality that’s not the case, she claims.

"Joho loves entertainment and I know he really wants to assist the Coastal artistes, but those hungry guys surrounding him won’t let us reach him. Mombasa's talent is dying because of them,” Akothee lamented.


Musician Gabu. PHOTO| COURTESY

Gabu is feeling Bongo love

Member of P-Unit band Gabu has lauded Tanzanian artistes Diamond Platinumz and Mbosso for pushing his latest jam “Mastory”, which feature's Mbosso.

In the recent past, there have been complaints from Kenyan artistes that a number of Tanzanian artistes rarely do anything to push a collaboration they feature them on.

Last year, gospel singer Kevin Bahati blasted Dogo Aslay for not doing anything to support their collaboration ‘Bora Nife’ and also wanting to deny him money generated from the song.

Months later, Willy Paul hit out at Harmonize for trying to ‘kill’ a song he featured him in, ‘Pilipili’, by releasing a new song days later. However, for Gabu, his collaboration with Mbosso seems to be turning out well.

“Sometimes when you do a collabo with people from different countries they will never push it back home. They release another one to kill yours. But I see he’s posting it, and I also saw Diamond posted, saying support Kenyan music,” Gabu was quoted.

The song’s video has turned out to be another of his successful hits.



STL on Norwegian TV show

Norwegian based Kenyan rapper Stella Mwangi, popularly known as STL, is still on the rise after landing yet another huge deal.

After having some of her songs used as soundtracks in several Hollwood movies released last year, the "Biashara" hit maker seems to have started 2019 on the same high note by being in a TV Show.

STL made her debut on Monday at one of Norwegian’s hottest TV shows, Camp Kulinaris, a culinary show that brings together various Norwegian celebrities.

STL will be joining stylist Erlend Elias Bragstad, the pioneer of the show, public personality Wanda Mashadi, comedian Adam Scholberg among other celebrities.

The 32-year-old rapper was born in Kenya before her family relocated to Norway, while she was aged five. She has, however, strived to remain relevant in the Kenyan music industry by releasing singles time to time.