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02 April 2015 » Maisha

"Poh! Poh! Poh! Poh! come again man selector!!" exclaims MC Sugar D requesting Papa Charlie to repeat the song. Promptly as if on cue, Papa Charlie instantly repeats the song and introducing it like: "YES!!! Introducing man like Peter Broggs; a musical team called Doggy In The Window". Elated revellers, yours truly included shout back: "Yeah man! Jah Rastafari" then we quickly proceeded to "ngota" (greet by gently knocking each others fists) each other and raise our fists in the air like they...

23 February 2015 » Maisha

"I originate so you must appreciate, while others got to imitate"... Brags the legendary Jamaican DJ, Daddy U-Roy in the introduction of one of his famous songs. Famous in this context is relative because I know 99% of folk just read of Daddy U-Roy for the first time in this blog post. I encourage you to take sometime off your "extremely busy schedule" and sample U-Roy's unique style; thank me later. In the meantime, as one petrol-head repeatedly mocks people on some Facebook group: Endeleeni...

26 November 2014 » Maisha

It's been long since I blogged; not for lack of material, just been caught up in the paper chase to fuel my "metabolism" while helping pay my Landlord's mortgage that ensures I have a roof over my head. The Njoki Cheges' of this world will rank me middle class and swiftly bypass me in pursuit of the affluent. I have less time to spare for such warped thinkers; in the meantime, I'll stick to the comments' section of their pieces. I have been trying to ignore politics too.. It's the state of...

30 July 2014 » Maisha

I always look forward to Ramadhan. Not because of my Islam affiliations and liasions - and they are few, but for the promise of Eid-ul-fitr holiday. Yes, I know no one loves holidays better than working Kenyans including yours truly. A week earlier, as I was "accidentally" perusing the Kenya gazette for "gossip and EPL transfer news", I stumbled on the gazettement of the 29th August 2014 as public holiday and I whispered fervently Al-hamdu lillahi rabbil 'alamin!! and conveniently scheduled a...

11 November 2013 » Maisha

Wikipedia defines social media as the means of interaction among people in which they create, share, and/or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks. I got introduced to social media almost ten years back and it's been quite a journey. That was after ignoring the likes of tagged and Hi 5 networks largely owing to some comical blind dates that my then friends arranged in town - shock on them!! That's a story for another day. The social media bug didn't spare me though,...

31 October 2013 » Maisha

"Can someone remove himself and wipe the black board?" ..long pause.. "if you don't want to rub the blackboard we are not continuing with our maths lesson; after all, mtu akianguka hataanguka kwa compound yangu". Said my no-nonsense mathematics teacher back in secondary school. His brand of English was crudely unique. Typical of people who think in Swahili or their mother tongue and express themselves in English. Some people call it direct translation. In this regard, PLO Lumumba is guilty; how...

29 October 2013 » Maisha

Having hit a quarter a century above the ground; a couple of years back, I decided in Matsanga's term to "prochure" a 1968 Volkswagen Beetle as a birthday present, later on christened Betty. The other day I saw a clip of Emmy Kosgei speechless at the surprise wedding gift of a brand new BMW X6 (*sigh!!* na hawa wachunganji wataonyesha sisi wanakondoo mambo). Well, come to think of it, I can identify with Emmy Kosgei in two ways:  I too was speechless plus my "new car", just like her's, was a...

25 October 2013 » Maisha

Kitambi is the Sheng word for a pot belly. It must be one of the most dreaded features in our masculine world. In my book, unless for paged mamas, a protruding gut, is an eye sore. Not all are of the same opinion though; back in the village it's a clear-cut sign of affluence. That probably explains why vernacular comedians, the likes of Machang'i and company accentuate their vitambi by stuffing shirts and jackets to characterize udosi. This theory could be true though, how else do you explain...

24 October 2013 » Maisha

I am as opinionated as they come, so much that one Robert Alai must be envious. Everyone has one. How to distinguish opinions, ideas and decisions is a topic for another day - wheat and chaff kind of an analysis. An opinion is the best excuse for mediocre, outright silly but sometime brainy and well-thought-out statements. In case you've been wondering why the acronym IMO is too rampant on social media and micro blogging platforms such as twitter, now you know; it's the the best haven for...

22 October 2013 » Maisha

Enough folk have probably heard of "masufferer" the other day thanks to Mbusi and Bonoko of Ghetto radio. Unfortunately/fortunately, I was exposed to the terminology in my teenage years. Reggae music worsened it - disclaimer: I love reggae, but y'all know that reggae music tackles "a whole heap" of social issues but poverty and suffering stands out. From Ska, Rock steady, Reggae, riddims (not necessarily in that order), fifty percent of the message is "sufferation". However, the artists are...

22 October 2013 » Maisha

What is Life? Simple yet complex. Unless the subject is whether or not corals have life in them, I will easily agree with you on all the other aspects and manifestations of life that exist in the realms; terrestrial and extraterrestrial. I am an example of life, I am living it.. simple! There's a universal acceptance on the hierarchy of life that starts with human life. It is universal in the sense that it does not respect religious, scientific and any other personal or societal inclinations....

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