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The night was set for a series of short films shot by non other than african creatives. the audience punctual and the organizers as ready for the Occassion as possible . especially with the fancy passion cake that was… and wasn’t there after a few bites.\

I have to say, you cant have a celebration without a cake and the office was lit after that.

Sorry we have to cancel for technical difficulties on the equipment side

the artists among them celebrities like Muthoni Drummer Queen and members of Nairobi half Life crew. The British Council was leading a series of short films shot by friends of the council and it was going great until the damn.. equipment went berserk.

All in all we… the most important of all, the people of the Republic had a great night out with the greatest of them all.







Dandora music, young talent from Dandora, will be launching this new music video on Kiss TV today at 9.00pm on the afterburn show. The dandora music group shot the video in the streets of dandora slum. the same streets that kalamashaka started their career from.

dandora music group

Dandora music group

They will also be launching their fashion brand in the process. Wishing all the best in their en-devours. “so young and claiming that wanatamba“. Looking forward to the seeing how they will way down on the pressure of being in the ‘digital’ screen way past their bed time.

By Neville Mugambi. Lead editor

Welcome To Barney’s World (iFUOR)- Part 2

Models wearing IFUOR brand product during a photo shoot exhibition

Models wearing IFUOR brand product during a photo shoot exhibition

For more than 15 years he has hold the dream of one day becoming the best designer the world has ever know, he still hold his dream anywhere he goes, what he breaths, friends he meet and even at his working place, one would eventfully realize how Barney Ogolla has desire and passion for art, craft and culture .
From way back even when he was still a junior person in primary school he was already scaling height with awards in JIK and KIWI TEES, an art and craft competition which were held across the country among primary and lower primary schools. Fashion design therefore can be said to be a deep routed routine for the early30 year old male fashion designer from Nairobi who is also the co founder of IFUOR TSHIRTS brand.
Barney tells me that for his case, fashion is like a form of visual communication that is much loud to be ignored in retrospect; it makes part of our environment, colours that we see around with each person different perception, it also enlightens those who experience it.

Models wearing IFUOR brand product during a photo shoot exhibition

Models wearing IFUOR brand product during a photo shoot exhibition

“I started art way back in my primary school precisely Nairobi schools” he narrates, “I have to say that I was inspired by other units group and specific individuals who were also doing the same, my drawings are however unique since I only used stencils he explains, I also paint”.
But his passion further escalated to high school where he got the main psyched up to venture more into fashion and design.
“I designed our school basketball kit, which was received by my other students and teachers positively, since then I have never looked back and that’s how the journey began and now am currently venturing in IFUOR brand piece “, he further explains.
“I can best explain IFUOR as a redefined one piece of design. Its stands for Live, Life, and Love for once own Roots. It’s a trendy clothing line that incorporates Kenyan culture and creative design fused together to create a fun art piece for all, my design products has also been received positively on the market”, he continues, when I ask him on the market value assessments.

Models wearing IFUOR brand product during a photo shoot exhibition.

Models wearing IFUOR brand product during a photo shoot exhibition.

“People like this design product both genders, the young, old and even the kids since the design cuts and captures both across all on board. It is a simple African piece that any person can easily relate with. The children specifically have a taste for special liking for the pattern used in the clothing line”.
This has continuously enhanced him immensely since his target has extended from the time he started the venture. He tells me that he used to focus a lot on the on the young age of between 18 – 24 years bracket when he started.
“But the growth change has increased since everybody design has been captured on a board in one single unit. I also have plans to extend this reach to much further younger generation tees fit for 3 – 10 years of age bracket. I will therefore have tees for children thus when place together; one is able to get a full family pack with units for kids, brother, sister, mother and father”.
“Am always working to doing more on the brand to reach out to more various age sets of various social background and thus creates an inclusive products that transcends all social – economic classes that makes up our society”.
Barney also has a Bachelors degree in design as a way of understanding it more and developing more efficient skills. He therefore has design skills that vary from fashion, photography; he also has a deep understanding of colour chromo and hue. He further studied vastly in sociology and basics in psychology. This makes him a different and unique designer, who will tend to be subliminal.
“One will just like it out without actually knowing why”, he jokes. Am also lucky to have studied with some of the best designers in the country whom I look up to. They helped me when I`m stuck and with that I`m able to change minds in a more conducive way
He tells me that his main raw material is fabric which he can get in many retail shops around, but however one needs to be very careful since a good design duty is to get variety in texture and colour and match it out with the print to result in an alluring mix of art.
“A good fabric will make bring out a quality product and a good satisfaction to the client”, luckily for me I have a source that has a variety I need to keep creating and satisfying my clients.

Models wearing IFUOR brand product during a photo shoot exhibition.

Models wearing IFUOR brand product during a photo shoot exhibition.

However I could not finish up the interview without asking him which designer he looks upon to, he tells me Chilli Mango products are amazing.
“He has very creative’s old cultural designers that has a great value on the society around, have noticed this since have also rubbed shoulders with him on a number of many occasions. Internationally my credit goes to Dxepectant and Ozwald Boateng both from Britain, they not only have an international recognized platform, their products are also simple, creative and always leave alot to be told”.

By Booker Otieno Chek.

Photoshoot Venue: PAWA254

Welcome To Barney’s World (iFUOR)- Part 1


Model rocking an iFUOR

Barney Ogolla, an interior designer for FORESIGHT INTERIOR and a former University of Nairobi student recently started a line of different T-shirt designs under a brand called iFUOR. Booker Chek caught up with him during his first photo shoot and compiled a list of questions for him.

The Kenyan Fashion industry is still struggling but business men and women are registering a lot of sales in the existing open-air markets all over the country. Kenya’s textile industry is currently being hit by operating costs like electricity and delayed export/import process at the Mombasa port. The availability of cheap apparel imports and Mtumba(second-hand cloths imports) in the market isn’t helping either.

Barney noted that there are a few other key players in the T-shirt business in Kenya and he looks upto Ozwald Boateng a Fashion designer from Britain and Dxpechef from Britain.


Model rocking an iFUOR

  1. Why Fashion design?

Fashion design is a form of visual communication that is too loud to be ignored. It makes part of our environment, colours our lives and enlightens those who experience it.

I also thought to do tee shirts as they act as a great piece of canvas where I can do my arts and expressions for people to experience.

  1. How it began?

I was inspired by other units who were doing the same. I had started off by doing drawings on tees as far back as primary school. I used to do “jik” and “kiwi” tees using stencils that I used to come up with. I then went on to using fevycryl paints on tees. In high school I redesigned our school’s (Nairobi School) basketball kit, and that’s how I got psyched to go into fashion.

Models rocking iFUOR

Models rocking iFUOR

  1. Response from the market so far?

The market perception has been awesome. People like the product, both genders, the young, the old; even kids have a special liking for the patterns used in the clothing line.

  1. Is the design a special piece?

Yes, the design is very special as I actually drew it out on paper carefully using mathematical tools for precision. The design is also very dear to me as it took like 6moths for me to finally decide to use it.

Models rocking iFUOR

Models rocking iFUOR

  1. How am I different from the others?

I guess I’m different from the others because;

I am that kind of designer that has a degree in design from one of the biggest universities in the Kenyan region. I have design skills that vary from fashion, graphic, photography and also have an understanding of color Chroma and hue.

I also have studied vastly sociology and basics in psychology and hence my design will tend to be subliminal; you will like it without actually knowing why.

I’m also lucky to have studied with some of the best designers in day today Kenya and learnt from them. They help me when I’m stuck and with that I’m able to transcend minds in a more conclusive way.

By Booker Otieno Chek.

Photos courtesy of iFuor and Chillimango.


Mc Nuru Bahati From Mombasa

Mc Nuru Bahati From Mombasa

Welcome to Nairobi’s urban neighborhood, Statehouse cresent road. This is where all the poetry happens every weekend dubbed Fatumas Voice. ‘Fatumas Voice’ is a collaborative effort between Pawa254 and the Kenyan Poets Lounge to promote performance art and poetry in the country. A platform whereby young people meet to talk about the evils happening in the society and how they could solve them, their hopes for the future, their life experiences as well as networking hence expanding their social circles. We do this through poetry, live music, motivational talks, and open forum discussions where people air their views on a certain chosen topic of the day.


The Fatumas Voice recently celebrated their one year anniversary. Considering the turnout that they normally receive at this event, this has prompted them to start working on an upcoming television show that will be coming soon. The show has moved from being a free event when it started and it now costs KES 100/= as entry. They have a cocktail of artists and poets who will keep you at the edge of your seat till the performance ends.

Mufasa the poet

Mufasa the poet

‘So far, the bigger bunch of our audience are budding artists. As we grow, we are already having people from the working class trickling in,’ concludes Rix Poet co-founder of Fatumas Voice.

The two co-founders

The two co-founders


I was there last weekend, arriving late. Trying to find somewhere to stand in the fully packed hall. Memories of H_ART THE BAND performing in this same platform and are now riding high with their hit single “Uliza Kiatu”… I was expecting more creativity this past Saturday. The theme for the weekend was Addiction. The poets and musicians had to perform pieces that were in line with the addiction theme. There were wonderful pieces from the professional and upcoming poets.

A section of the audience

A section of the audience

I had a great time at the event this Saturday, too bad i did not take too much notes on the names of all the upcoming artists and poets trying to earn a living through the art. On the other hand I had a really good time and I am hoping to make it to the next Fatumas. For more on their works find them on facebook here and check out their website here

By Neville Mugambi.

Photos courtesy Edu, PAWA254 photographer.

Youth Unemployement and Opportunities

Meet Enos Olik who is currently in his mid 20’s and One of Kenya’s most talented music video directors.

With a passion for music-videos and photography, he started out editing Youtube slides for artists while still in campus. He currently has over 50 music videos under his belt and most having been played in National television. Demand for directors is on the rise especially since there are very few professionals in the market who charge “affordable rates”.

As the music industry in Kenya is still struggling to catch up with the success of its next door neighbors(Uganda and Tanzania). That fact is debatable, especially with bodies like MCSK(Music Copyright Society of Kenya) and Sanaa Sacco Sanaa SACCO are in place to try help artists.

The video directing industry is still young and as an upcoming you have to double it up with other video skills. Like Enos, on his portfolio, he doubles up as:

  • Filmmaker,
  • Photographer,
  • Animator,
  • Visual Effects & CGI Artist,
  • Creative Director,
  • DP,
  • Designer Musician and
  • Songwriter,

The Government is trying to empower artists with several programs though the industry is still young. There are still countable video directors including Andrew Macharia and J. Blessing. It might some time with the low investment this art is getting.

By Neville Mugambi





Lethalsmallz(A Kenyan Artsit) is going solo after launching his album Common Mwanainch. He has featured artists like Benadi, Wakesho, Kimya(Bamboos brother), Kev mamba, Kimathi, Charles Ouda, Ananda(an upcoming raga sensation), Wira, Buju Razor, Phonez, Judge and Dez 32. The album was compiled from various recording studios. These include G-ganji records, Kusini records and A-world.

The album is a contemporary Hip-hop album with a Kenyan feel to it. The lead track in the album which is also called common mwanainch is a collaboration with Kimya and the music video is also out. You can get to watch the video on YouTube.

Here is the full list of the album:

We Here Now

Rome Ft MnM

Usijaribu ft Benady

Call On You Ft Wakesho

Life  Ft Buju Razor

Common Mwananchi Ft Kimya

Celebrate  Ft Ananda

Lethal Love

Fungua Macho Ft Judge


Praise God


Nataka Kudoz

Hold it Down ft Benady & Charli

On Toes Ft Ananda  DEZ 32 Kev Mamba & Flamez

Abdouba Dida (Star)

Life Of An Artiste (L.O.A)

Vile Inafaa ft Benady

Many Mcs Ft Judge

By Trevor Makamu
The album has 19 tracks. Most of the music enthusiasts I have interacted with are of the opinion that in Kenya, to make it as an artist one still has no option but to compile an album first. The success of the Washamba Wenza crew is visible in Nairobi. The crew currently organize an event called Hip-hop hookup at the famous Sarakasi Dome every month.