Biggest fan single release

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Kagwe Mungai...Adorable right?

Okay so last friday I heard fununu’z (grapevine gossip) that the adorable (I know this is sad word to call a man but i’ve been having a very unimaginative vocab. lately ) Kagwe Mungai was releasing a jam at the Vineyard which is a super chill place in  Westlands, Nairobi.
Since I had heard awesome reviews of the place before I figured I had nothing to lose so I composed a long ass email and sent it out to invite a few people to accompany me.
We reached, bought a fleet of cocktails to last us for a bit and start doing the head bob we all do to our favorite songs before the alcohol checks in and the ridiculous dance moves start popping up, oh and occasionally throwing in a couple of words in between head bobs probably from a rap verse to show how cool you are…I mean a girl who listens to hip-hop is super ideal right?
No. Its not but thats for another day.
So by now am sure you can notice how the night was going right? Amazing!
We had sat immediately under the Dj area so the music was stupid loud. When any of my friends tried to talk to me I would just sign I couldnt hear so they could stop trying to force conversation and leave me to listen to the awesome old-school jams being mixed.

Fast-forward to two hours later, we are outside being feasted on by mosquitoes on a deck that was practically falling apart, seated on seats with buttholes in them. Yes buttholes. Holes that your butt sinks into…*Sigh* The struggle. Wondering how my dumb-ass got in this situation? Well Its a long story involving man-boys, bitter drinks and stale conversations.

Anyway, My adorable Kagwe Mungai walked in, performed, and walked out and I wasnt anywhere in the vicinity. I was busy, outside, figuring out which would be the fastest ways to kill myself.

Probably by now your wondering why you read through all this and didnt get to read a review?
Well clearly I dont have adequate information since i wasnt there, and….wait you know, I won’t explain myself, thats what i do! Jot down a topic, tell myself that i will stick to it but end up straying and writing something totally different.
So yeah am sorry…its a condition or something.
*walks away feeling defeated*

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Nah am too cool to feel defeated so I decided I’d rather pull a Fela Kuti and walk away looking like I have freshly waxed pits.
Kwaheri Peoples!

On the playlist – My current top 5 songs

Today, we begin a new series: “On the playlist”. Woohoo! It will basically contain the songs that are currently on my playlist.  Below are my current top 5. ( Plus a bonus, because I can’t be brief.

6. Bruises by Chairlift

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This song…Such sunshine. Which is probably why it’s  so fit to listen to it on sunny days. I stumbled upon this cute band when i was on a rampage looking for more odd named bands to fill up my playlist and immediately loved them when I heard this song. I’m  in a phase where I have an affinity for 80’s pop/dance music which I think is the reason why I loved this track. It has a light playful constant beat that keeps you tapping your feet and jingle melody in the background that sounds like chimes on a calm day. Their voices just add on to the magic. This song is perfect  when you’re  not taking yourself too seriously. Best line: Don’t have any

5.Trophies by Drake

This  song has such awesome horns at the beginning. It sounds like a kings ushering. Drake does not disappoint too he comes on very aggressive in this track, for those who complain about Drake being too sappy well try this . Listening to this track in the morning leaves you feeling like such a bad-ass champion, king beast…Its horns! Total mood changer. One listen and its bound to keep you on top of your game if not for  the whole day at least for a few minutes.

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Best line:   ‘If I was doing this for you Then I have nothing left to prove, nah This for me, though I’m just tryna stay alive and take care of my people’

4.Tough Love by Jessie Ware

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Jessie Ware! Love her. I found out about her from one of my favorite shows: New  Girl. �She’s best known for her song wildest moments and She’s great! Anyway back to tough love. This song is pretty stellar. The first time I heard it my eyes widened at the clarity of her voice. Her voice in this song is high pitched making it sound eerie and chilling. Whenever I hear this song I always imagine her singing this song in a dark cave with ice sculptures and cold fog floating around. Its a fairly slow song so feel free to put it on when you need to set a relaxed mood of things. Visit her Soundcloud profile for more of her  songs and their respective remixes.

3. Settle down by The 1975

Sunrays on your skin, Car stereo blared, windows rolled down, quirky sunshades on, perfect music in the background and a cool group of friends. Well for the perfect music part, This song would have to be one of them. It has such groovy beats in the beginning you can’t  help but move at 0:26 when the beat starts. The chorus doesn’t do much for me. I usually just wish them by as I wait for the verse and the head bopping beat to come back on. Best Line:  Whenever the beat starts at the beginning of every verse. Groovy  🙂

2. Two weeks by FKA twigs

I am currently in love with two of her songs , Papi Pacify and Two Weeks. It will be the one I will cover here.   This song has pretty suggestive lyrics so put on some headphones first before you go all ‘turn down for what ‘ on people and end up looking like a pervert. front This song has beautiful  synths that blend so well with her ethereal voice . The song takes you through so many different feels , like the thrill you get when you’re  on roller-coaster, the way you would hold your breath at the top before it makes its way down, is practically the same feeling I get when she plays with short bursts  of words before the chorus comes in with the awaited bass drop. Whenever I listen to it I have to close my eyes since that’s the only way I get to appreciate different aspects of this song. The video  is weird. It had me staring at the screen trying to find out what I’m  watching. I will do a full review of this artist so stay reading  =)

1. If I Lose Myself by Alesso vs. One republic

This song…AMAZEBALLS! I can’t get enough of it! It’s a staple in all of my playlists. I hope it will be the same in yours. I can’t describe this song well enough to give it the justice it deserves. Head over to Sound Cloud and give it a listen. You will know what I’m talking about . Best Line: If I lose myself tonight, it will be by your side. Oh and ..The whole friggin’ song 🙂

Bonus Track: Sweet life (la vie est belle) by Fally Ipupa We love African music so we couldn’t end this list without at least talking about one song that is still stuck on our playlist centuries after its release. The guitar solo at the beginning is sooo good. It’s bound to keep you listening on for a few more seconds. It’s also a great ringtone for those people who don’t think they are too cool to have a song as a ringtone *stares at Andy* I have to warn you though. The English parts of this song are not so good actually there are parts that don’t sound like they are from the English language. Advise: Next time stick to French it sounds much better� and that way you get to give that 9 year old boy who wrote those parts a break to grow up and go up a few more grades so he can write sensible English sentences that are structured well enough to be incorporated in such an awesome beat. Best line: All the French parts 🙂

Don’t Scratch the Lambo.

Hey! Am Andy (a.k.a B.T, Modern Superman,The I.T guy). After continuous pleading and wailing (…Which did quite a number on my ego) I was finally accepted as one of the guest writers here at Urbaneyezd. Due to my over-excitement i wont say much but start getting used to seeing me around quite a bit.

Anyway….Welcome to my first post!

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Lusaka is a lot like Nairobi. By that, I mean the car ahead is always a Toyota.

So you can imagine my surprise on seeing a Lamborghini Gallardo in a Lusaka petrol station. 

Now, first off let me address two people. That chap in London thinking “Pssh! Gallardo? I saw a couple of Veneno’s this morning….”
And that arm-chair motoring guru (self proclaimed or otherwise) thinking “Ga… What?? That’s so last century but one!”

Well, you’re right. In the world of super cars, the Gallardo isn’t particularly the avant garde. Not by a long shot.
But! This isn’t super car world. This is sub Saharan Africa. Where having a daily meal is a privilege. What more a car?

So… Given this privileged opportunity, I naturally ogled for a while.  It’s funny. We see these cars all the time on the Internet and TV, but there’s still a certain je ne sais quoi about meeting them in person. ( I’m that guy who personifies cars )

After peeking inside, I gave a rather exaggerated nod of approval to the driver.
I should mention that his reaction wasn’t as enthusiastic. It was immediately clear to me that a Lamborghini  owner doesn’t quite require the opinion of a pedestrian.
Well, once that sunk, I watched him speed off and got back to my lane.

In retrospect, sub Saharan africa super car sightings are getting more and more common. With GTRs, SLS AMGs in Nairobi,  Ferrari’s in Lagos and more Lambos in Dar, I feel more motivated to go to work. So I pay my taxes. So that sons and daughters of important people in government buy super cars to grace our bad roads. That could have been built for less than the price of the car.
But, I digress.
So that we have more posts like this.

In fact, I’m off to work….
Andy!

The Morning Bus

PS: The comments in italics and the strike-throughs are by my super cool buddy – who proof reads my blog posts. ( Thanks B.T. ).

I thought it’s a great idea to post with his comments, rather than edit the post.  Enjoy…..

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I have a love-hate relationship with mornings. I hate the act of having to get out of bed to do anything…iI really mean ANYTHING.

There is something about morning bus rides that I find so fascinating though. There is an energy that I get in the morning whenever I get closer to our dusty bus terminal that makes me pumped. If there was a theme song to this part of the day it would have to be Midnight City by M83…This song just does things to you in the morning that wouldn’t happen at any other time of the day, it. It never gets old.

There’s a sense of togetherness each time I get into the bus…I give out the ‘oh you had to get up at five too’ stares to a couple of people before i get a seat preferably next to a person than ( I don’t know why you say that. Also, I don’t know whether it’s wrong or not 🙂 )a window. If I don’t find anyone at the double seat I purposely seat sit at the edge waiting for a chubby looking person to get in, who I hurriedly poke before anyone seizes the opportunity before me and sign that s/he should take the window seat ( you’re that weird person who nobody wants to sit with ). When they take a seat, I lay back, close my eyes with a slight grin knowing that I just got my companion for the next two hours. I will let you in on why you need a chubby bus mate not only because I’m a good Christian but since I believe sharing is caring. ( LOL )

I strongly believe your seat mate can either make or break your morning bus ride. Chubby seatmates ( OK, you just invented a word ) block the annoying window breeze, you get to steal their body heat ( eeh.. What?? ) , and when you eventually doze off and your body loses all restraint they are quite cosy to ‘accidentally’ fall asleep on. If you’re already chubby don’t take this advice hence else you find yourself fanning your body the whole bus ride, plus am I’m sure one of you will spill out of the seat and nobody likes paying for one thigh. So for you, just get into the bus with your head held high and wait for the poke. I repeat DO NOT do the poking!

Everyone seems to work together in order to get you to work on time. The energy of people in the morning is at its best. Kenyans are quite the hard working and focused lot…In the mornings. *grins* Starting from the bus guys who tell you which buses will get you to the city on time. (P.S They are never to be trusted), The drivers who drive as though they personally know w your awful boss ( ssshh… Don’t talk bad about your boss. )  and know the urgency you’re in to get to work on time, The police who, if the above have issues find a solution to get the people to the city then come back and deal with issues and so on.

I personally love old buses, not the ‘chipped paint, still struggling to look cool’ ones, No I like the ‘about to stop in the middle of the road, roll back and stop in a ditch’ kinda old buses. Old buses let you do anything, they give you an endless opportunities to do things, listen to music, sing out loud ( eeh.. You do that????? ), talk on the phone for ages, start up a random conversation with a stranger, listen to the random preacher who hops on and makes the old rickety bus into a moving church (ensure you don’t seat sit directly under the preacher though.  Lol that’s when ‘champagne showers’ easily turns to ‘saliva showers’), I mean practically anything. I meant it when I said ENDLESS list of opportunities! Those buses push my good buttons; make me leave the bus smiling like I’m from meditation session (add that to things you can still do in an old bus).

The sad thing though about my old buses is they really suck if you’re in a hurry, they move as though the tires are made of bricks so unless you are in the mood of being driven around like your sightseeing I recommended you jump on the newer versions. So for this reason and this reason only, I prefer keeping those little gems for the evening ride back home.

I find bus rides an adventure I get to experience each morning and till my measly little salary gets bumped up a few notches, an experience I will keep on having.

Free pass to the VEVE Movie Premier!

I recently went for a movie launch at the Junction for a local movie on Thursday 28th 2014 called Veve which is slang for Miraa or Khat.
Firstly i would like to say that i was having a pretty horrid day before this event so when time to leave for the event reached i made a sprint exit out the door papers flying, hands waving & the works…okay it might have not been this dramatic but believe me it felt like it.
Okay back to the premier. When we reached we were met by a large pool of people standing in the middle of the mall looking all polished and structured. Women had whipped their red lipstick on, Men their favourite cologne. I immediately knew that my day was making a turn for the better. Being among creatives and friends of after a day spent with my fellow zombie bankers is all i could ask for to recharge my already dead and chewed batteries. We had a few issues since we had no tickets but the heavens noticed that they could not put me through anymore torture and we got free tickets in! *YAY US*
This movie was written by Natasha Likimani & Directed Simon Mukali. I will be very vague since the movie is showing in cinemas in September so given how i hate spoilers, i will in the same spirit withhold from being one.
The ups:
The actors were really good and took up thier roles very well. I was pretty impressed by the role of Kenzo and the actor who played the role just brought his character to  life.
Emorugene is his name. His character is very intense. In normal life he would be the quiet dude who sits alone and stares at people, has few or no friends, always withdrawn and a little creepy, the guy who you’re probably scared to be alone with because you will either have painfully ‘cricket moment’ filled conversations or he will just outright get up and stab you. That’s the Kenzo character or at least what i took up. But in usual life the guy described above is usually a weird guy who girls most of the time have no affinity to. Well not Kenzo, His character is sexually charged and his mysterious character
worked to increase this particular factor. Emorugene is certainly not a Brad Pitt look alike, his looks are far from polished, but he had a Khal Dhrogo (game of thrones) vibe to him that made girls fan themselves anytime his scene came on. He looks like the guy who can rip a man’s heart, eat half of it and to show his sensitive side he would wrap the other side in a bow and give it to you in a bid to show you that you’re his other half. No? Well at least you now know how my fantasies look like *grin*
Lizz Njagah(Esther) was also great! She played the good wife character very well. Her chemistry with Emorugene was very evident and made the movie even more captivating. There’s nothing as annoying as no chemistry between two people who are meant to act like they got it. It becomes a burden to the actors themselves and to us since we have to watch you painfully try to act like you actually like/love each other…and trust me it’s a sad sad thing.
The last scene when she beats down walls to rescue her man was pretty good and believeable plus a great balance to the timid and obedient character she was playing all along. Hats off to her!
Lowry Adhiambo (Amos) I am not sure if it’s the fact that the character was not meant to be a likeable one but i felt that he might have not fit totally into the role. Some parts were a bit to robot like for me, like plain words. I didn’t feel his presence in some of the scenes as much as much as some of the other characters.
Conrad Makeni (Sammy) He was also quite good. His father role especially was very gripping and emotionally involving. You could actually feel his hurt as he was watching his son slip into the evils that he could not just shake off. I must admit i got a little teary-eyed…Not because I have daddy issues which I DON’T HAVE but due to the fact that *Violin strings start* i have volunteered quite a bit and i have seen how bad decisions young people make really tear down their family emotionally and this was such a situation. *violin strings stop*
Kago without needs to say much was a brilliant druggie and thief.
Overall i think this movie was great. The only negative sides were the fact it might have ended a bit too abruptly and left me asking questions about different characters stories.
There were a lot of subtitles in it …like a Bollywood movie which made me not focus on looking at the people saying those lines but more of staring at the bottom of the screen.  This was a bummer for me in particular since am a huge fan of facial expression and body language so i ended up having to choose either one between scenes or wishing i was cock-eyed. Okay that was a bad joke and I’m sorry if I have any cock-eyed readers. Occasionally my eye tends to wander too so i can partially relate.  *grins*
Anyway this is a definitely a movie to watch and to watch out for!
I give it a seven and a half outta ten since i think it’s a hella cool movie!
Lovely Production from One day films & GingerInk!

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My first post!

Hey!

Am Angela. As long as you’re not referring to grave issues that include life and death situations i usually just go by Angie. I am a serious observer of nothing and everything in the urban hemisphere hence the name UrbanEyezD (Eyes being the point of focus)!

I don’t like first blog posts. I think they put unnecessary pressure on the blogger given the fact that they are a free token for your readers to judge whether your blog is worth reading or not…oh and don’t forget the ‘this is the best time your given to leave a lasting impression’ advice. Its like the dreadful feeling you get when you walk into an interview room full of senior experts with a list of long accomplishments judging your every move. No, and the worst part isn’t done yet! The worst thing about first blog posts is that they are so nerve wrecking and sadly the only people who read it are you and probably a family member who you force to sit and read it (while giving them the stink eye in case of bad comments) so you can at least have a few numbers on your stats bars in order to convince yourself you’re not a total loser.

Well I wont put myself through that! I, on the other hand will congratulate myself for finally starting this blog which I honestly kept pushing due to widely known and accepted reasons (I will let your mind run free on that). I think this will be a journey and for now I would rather live in the moment and toast to the beginning.

Yep! i did *pat on back*

Yep! I did *pat on back*

As much as I want to…I can’t leave without slightly touching on what the blog will be about. The reason I choose the word slightly is because everyone who knows me has had an encounter with volatile mind and  I find different things amusing at different times so the following are certainly NOT set on stone. My (plus my lovely UrbanEyezD guest writers) posts will encompass observations of people, urban trends and blog-worthy situations…Oh and a whole lot of reviews and things that seem interesting! There you have it! Yes I have no point of focus but I think that’s just what makes this even greater! So kick of your shoes and grab a mug of hot chocolate/Cold soda (depending on the weather) and well come to URBANEYEZD!

*clicks publish*