The cambridge online dictionary defines the word fad as “a tendency to like a style,activity or interest for a very short span of time”. It got me thinking of the kenya situation where we’ve had quite a few fads in the not so distant past. First came “afro-fusion”, the genre of music that got many waxing lyrical of how they were decolonising their minds and getting back to the motherland’s true musical exploits. Before you could even say mississippi,alas, the same persons had switched to another bandwagon…Hail the entry of “neo-soul”.
This seems to be the latest fad to have afflicted the kenyan populace…now from the leafy suburbs of Kileleshwa to the wanna-be lands of Buruburu we have folks declaring their undying interest in neo soul!! I should clarify that i have nothing against neo soul lovers at all, in fact i’m a neo soul fanatic, i only criticise those that do not see this engagement as a “labour of love”-that it takes dedication to come to terms with a new genre of music like this one.
That it is not enough to know that “Floetry” falls in the neo soul categorization, that one further needs to know that it is a group and not a person, not just a group but friends too….
I must give credence to the likes of Debbie Asila at Kiss fm, the poor girln had not much of a clue when she was slotted to host the reggae show on the station, but she now can proudly give anecdotes like how Movado is actually a true gangsta in lyfe and is just not singing about it….all this comes thru research…poor Seanice had no clue about sports but now hosts saturday sport with the likes of james wokabi at capital fm
what am i saying? Well if you want to seem to be in tune with the latest fads, get to know your thing, if not it will just be a fad
On this day we mark MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY, and as fate would have it, his addresses almost 40 odd years ago seemed to have beeen directed to Kenyans just as much as to Americans!
<><>To RAILA ODINGA AND THE ODM MASSES….
The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not
revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of
Martin Luther King, Jr., The Trumpet of Conscience, 1967.
Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and
violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge,
aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Stockholm, Sweden, December 11, 1964.
<><><>TO ALL KENYANS “WA TABAKA MBALI MBALI”…
Man was born into barbarism when killing his fellow man was a normal condition of existence. He became endowed with a
conscience. And he has now reached the day when violence toward another human being must become as abhorrent as eating
Martin Luther King, Jr., Why We Can’t Wait, 1963.
It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that’s pretty
Martin Luther King, Jr., Wall Street Journal, November 13, 1962.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies
hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction….The chain reaction
of evil–hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars–must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of
Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength To Love, 1963.
Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values
and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false
and the false with the true.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength To Love, 1963.
Man is man because he is free to operate within the framework of his destiny. He is free to deliberate, to make decisions, and to
choose between alternatives. He is distinguished from animals by his freedom to do evil or to do good and to walk the high road
of beauty or tread the low road of ugly degeneracy.
Martin Luther King, Jr., The Measures of Man, 1959.
<>TO ALL CLERGY….
The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must
be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an
irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963.
how true is that!!! and we end with this verse from the bible that should save us from the brink of anarchy…..
FINALLY, BRETHREN, WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE TRUE, WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE HONEST, WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE JUST, WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE PURE, WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE LOVELY, WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE OF GOOD REPORT; IF THERE BE ANY VIRTUE, AND IF THERE BE ANY PRAISE, THINK ON THESE THINGS.-PHIL 4:8
I’ve agonised over many things this year,i’ve agonised over the title of this post,agonised over whether to make my way to work knowing that i may not make it back to my humble abode, but what has gnawed away at my soul the most( and one i’m yet to logically comprehend) is how brother can rise against brother.
I was in Eldoret when all hell broke loose, the town that the BBC keeps referring to “the western town of E-L-D-O-R-E-T’. If the hosting of Hell is on a rotational basis then i guess Eldoret won the rights to the post election period. In the movie “the usual suspects” verbal klint(Kevin Spacey) makes mention of one “keyser soze“,the devil, i can assure you that many in Eldoret saw “keyser soze” and not many lived to tell it.
Its said that “dead men tell no tales” and its true, that i’m telling this story is a testament to the fact that some good is still left in the world. I must admit that i was in a relatively calm suburb on the outskirts of town, and its also clear that the name i bear on my ID certainly did me no favours in that part of the country.
<><><><>How bad were things?
Well i think what can be said is that you cannot legislate for some of the events that took place. I mean from where i was to the town centre was a distance of 10km and yet about 15 roadblocks were erected, the scene that comes to mind is that from the movie City of God with lil ‘Ze running the show with his group of hoodlums!
I’d like to think of myself as an enlightened young man, i voted on issues and not tribe, i was with ODM till when i heard the Majimbo issue, that’s when i changed to PNU, I love this country so much that i was willing to back a party that had the support of the former president. We were not ready for Majimbo and the post-election violence has just served to reinforce my suspicions. So to get hounded out of town coz of my perceived political leanings was not so interesting.
The phrase “Internally displaced person” didnt seem to make much sense till it started hitting close home, i mean i had to FLY out of a town in my own country, where we’ve owned property for eons.
I feel better that i got that off my chest. More to come soon.
“Ladies and gentlemen,after a long hiatus…he’s back” , not my words rather those of p diddy on mase’s comeback. That aside, been on some sort of hibernation but now i’m back so y’all can “chillax”.
I’ve got so much to rant about i’m not sure where to start! Now i knw we kenyans are supposed to be trail blazers and all that b******t,but i thot that with every right comes a responsibility,so as much as Uhuru Kenyatta has the ryt to make a fool of himself where the hell is it written that he had to get us embarassed as well. How the hell does the Leader of official oppositon back the incumbent in an upcoming poll!!! What happened to the nascent democracy we were(yes it doesnt exist anymore) nurturing. I read somewhere that one is loyal to or atleast tries to uphold 3 pillars in their decision making:God-Country-Honour,unless Uhuru’s version reads God-Country-KIBAKI!!!!!!!!!!! coz he certainly doesnt have any honour
Now i’m a fan of Uhuru,so this may appear to be skewed but its coming from me,a uhuru admirer. I thought we (read MOI) had unearthed a gem in uhuru,what with all the “i shall not retreat into a tribal cocoon blah blah..”, but boy do we know how to pick them.
How else can we explain the fact that the lyks of J J kAMOTHO continue to occupy the annals of our history! Dont we have people with Stellar contributions to wave to the world!
As Jefferson once said ” i shudder when i think that the Lord is just”, and i truly fear for the fate of one uhuru kenyatta, in fact this is how he should have put his “political epitaph” coz he’s surely dead,politically of course: “NDUNGU ZANGUNI,DADA ZANGUNI,MAMA ZANGUNI NA BABA ZANGUNI,after much consultation with the party officials( read MOI) and expansive consultations with our members(read Gideon and Daniel Moi) i’ve decided that i’ll only run when i can win( read when Moi says so blah blah….yaaaawn
stay tuned for the next episode
<>As Jay Z would say it,”what u need me to do? I’m sorry, i’m back!!”. Been experiencing bloggers block recently, but o hail the return of the don so to say.I’ve just been admitted to the KBW webring, i’ gunning for a kaybee so y’all better watch out.
<>Its been a crazy few months,i’m about to be unemployed but have this uncanny belief that as soon as i’m off work i’ll be poached from my humble abode by a reputable company( isn’t that the way things work these days).
<>I must say the year so far has been a blessing barring a few disappointments. Started off on a flat note i must admit, but the trajectory thereafter has been tremendous( upward of course) . The chief reason being the girl i met earlier in the year,the first combination of brains and beauty that i’ve come across in kenya( not that i haven’t met many, only that in the others the presence of either seemed to diminish the exhibition of the other, seeming to apply a mutual exclusivity type of arrangement or rather the economics “law of diminishing returns”). Ladies aside, Man u has won the league while playing scintillating football, now i’m happier than i’ve ever been for 4 years-the last tym man u won the trophy.
<>This is a watershed moment for me, i had my life well figured till the undergraduate level of education, at the moment life is somehow uncertain. Education vs career, with either option being almost exclusive of the other. This is the point where all the illusions of grandeur that we had fall apart and the seemingly endless rat race starts.i’m trying to think of something funny t write but the juices (creative juices that is …don’t get it twisted) aint flowing right now, i’m sort of an impulsive joker and typing this article isnt exactly impulsive.
<>Weird isn’t it,just when you think u’veseen the best the world can offer,mother nature throws a “curve ball”.what am i talking about, well i ‘ve had the pleasure of having met one of the “flyest ” ladies south of the sahara, north of the limpompo and east of the river congo!!!
now i rarely give standing ovations but for this case i made an exception.
Other than that, currently i’m having one of the best times of my life, its sad that good times don’t last forever, if u know what ‘m getting at.
adios my people for now, coming up next will be my depiction of my first corporate dinner and cocktail, till we meet again “be perfect”.
<><>This is my first post and i feel like wayne rooney making his debut for manchester united.Ladies and gentlemen, as i proceed, to give what you need, kindly relax for this is a special occassion.
<>As Martin Luther King said, “peace is not merely the absence of conflict but the prevalence of justice”, my blog shall address contemporary issues and serve to put across my point of view.
For today kindly ingest this mouthful from ALI, the greatest,”a man who still views life at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life”.
ADIOS FOR TODAY