He did play music all the time. So I ended up buying shoes… (laugh). , Sellanga is a TED fellow and was named to the Yerba Buena Centre of the Arts’ 2018 YBCA 100 list of people shifting culture and creating change. I met Sampa The Great for the first time last week in London. The annual festival was first held in Brooklyn. Blinky also got a flurry of congratulatory messages on his social media platforms from fans and friends (count Spreadzone in as well). She’s amazing. It was part of Emirates' "New Africa" campaign. It’s just exciting. Your email address will not be published. Listen to Blinky Bill in our Afrobeats playlist on Spotify and Deezer. That’s how she’s featured on the project. Welcome to my world. Is KECOBO right in Licensing DJs for Virtual Concerts? Click here. DJ “Blinky” Bill Sellanga is a Kenyan musician/producer and DJ based in Nairobi. What is this event all about and why do we care? TIA! Spreadzone is a Kenyan online magazine focusing on celebrities and personalities who are making great moves, enlightening entertainment news and fresh lifestyle pieces. For press releases, events and content collaborations send an email to Anthony@spreadzone.co.ke or email@example.com. And I love jazz too, old school jazz singers as well. , Nneka). We have crazy presidents who say whatever it is they want to say, and I know there’s been presidents like those in the past, but i feel like as an artist in his generation and in his time. , Emirates partnered with Sellanga in 2019 to create a "pan-African anthem" celebrating the talent and achievements of young Africans. Here’s Where to Watch Them. I’m just a big fan of her, her voice and her stuff. You can buy tickets for this event or, you can get a free ticket. He’s the only Kenyan (and East African) artist who’ll be performing at Afropunk Festival in Joburg, South Africa this year (December 30/31 2019). You just finished a tour in France but you played also in the UK, how was it to play your new album in Europe? I listen to hip-hop mostly, african and american hip-hop. She is very talented and we like working together. He was also supposed to be featured on the song « I’ll Care More Next Time » but time is moving too fast…. But it’s not out yet. It’s the first trip i didn’t buy any things.. maybe because I finished my album and I’m just feeling lazy. From my understanding of where the world is right now, we are living in a very strange time. I know someone who is a good friend of him. “Man, how did a band from Kenya get to play in a They gave me the chance to remix his last project, as an executive director. Nneka as well… I went to Lagos, I met her, we went to studio together. I thought that name was boring, Bill Sellanga, It sounds like an accountant ! Because of the Talkbox! Burna Boy has also been confirmed as well as other African artists. They are so many different artists who are coming up. Afropunk was borne from a short film in 2003 with the same name. I hope that people will want to discover more because there is so much talent waiting for a chance to show to the world what we do it.  One of the album tracks, Feeling It, appeared on the original motion picture soundtrack of the 2018 film Rafiki. When I was talking about congolese musicians… They had Franco, then they had Werrason and then Fally Ipupa : those different generations build up on what older musicians left. Exploring Sauti Sol’s relationship with Nigerian music, Legendary band África Negra comes back with new album on Mar & Sol, Blinky Bill releases music video for “Mungu Halali”. Some of them act on my new album. But also we’d sneak in TV shows that had Michael Jackson… So we were very exposed to pop music. , "Blinky Bill, trailblazer of the Kenyan urban scene", "Kenya Launches Country's First Viral Music Video", "The makers of Africa's first viral video: Just a Band at TEDGlobal 2013", "Blinky Bill's New Album Shows That There Are No Limits to His Creativity", "We Cut Keys While You Wait, by Blinky Bill", "Kenyan musician Blinky Bill creates a pan-African anthem for Emirates", "https://twitter.com/emirates/status/1119254472381825024", "TED Fellows in the Field: Exploring Nairobi with "Blinky" Bill Sellanga", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=DJ_“Blinky”_Bill_Sellanga&oldid=981470133, Short description with empty Wikidata description, Articles needing additional categories from July 2020, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 2 October 2020, at 14:19. , In 2018, Sellanga released his first solo studio album, Everyone’s Just Winging It And Other Fly Tales. I also like sharing the success of other millennials. Afropunk gives voice to minorities (black, female and LGBTQ+ artists) and champions for their rights. Blinky Bill does it again. I played in Europe as a dj but this is the first time I’m playing with my band. As a result, some of my music is very heavily rooted in African music but with a global outlook. Blinky, Bill Sellanga, is a recoding artist, Music Producer and DJ from Nairobi, Kenya, born on August 24, 1982. It is largely in his studio of Nairobi that leading figure of underground Kenyan and backbone of the collective Just A Band, recorded his first album: 12 groovy tracks between rap, funk, nu soul and electro which favour the vibrant Kenyan urban scene (Muthoni Drummer Queen, Sage..) and more widely African (Petite Noir, Sampa the Great, Nneka). Blogger, writer and a millennial trying to figure it all out. I play with it on my new album. But with kenyan music, there’s not someone you can be like : «oh that’s our Hugh Masekela » in that sense.  The campaign described Sellanga as the "embodiment of a renaissance in African music". My album was mostly made in Nairobi. Blinky Bill, Everyone’s Just Winging It And Other Fly Tales (Lusafrica/The garden) – listen to it here. I played him a bunch of tracks and when I played “Oh Wah” he just went crazy for it. She was always in the studio when I recorded the album. ❤️, A post shared by Blinky Bill (@heyheyblinkybill) on Aug 20, 2019 at 8:48am PDT.  The name was inspired by the Australian cartoon of the same name, which was also his nickname in high school. What is this event all about and why do we care? Is it what you are about : sending good vibes out there? I love the Talkbox. I’m always studying different producers from around the world because there’s always something to learn from other people’s methods. Are you interested? In 2010, the music video for their hit single Ha-He became widely described as Kenya's first viral video. Because one day I saw my name while reading a newspaper. I thought that name was boring, Bill Sellanga, It sounds like an accountant ! Please help out by adding categories to it so that it can be listed with similar articles. Their debut album, Scratch to Reveal, was released in 2008. DJ “Blinky” Bill Sellanga is a Kenyan musician/producer and DJ based in Nairobi. A feel good album that owes its coherence to the haunting flow of this prolific experimenter and to its impeccable production. We all knew Blinky Bill from his days of Just A Band. I reached out to her on twitter and sent her the song. Solange had pulled out last year due to illness but promised to make it up to fans and this year seems to be it. (2pac feat Dr. Dre) was a revelation for you. Listen to Blinky Bill in our Afrobeats playlist on Spotify and Deezer. Missed Trace Live Concerts? So I was surrounded by those kind influences a lot at home. View Blinky Bill’s profile on LinkedIn, the world's largest professional community. I also featured a lot of kenyan musicians in the scene who i really admire. “God doesn’t sleep”. He is also a founder of the Kenyan art and music collective Just A Band. Because one day I saw my name while reading a newspaper. It’s something i practiced a lot so i could figure out where to put it in my music. I spend most of my money on buying musical gears and equipment. s studio of Nairobi that leading figure of underground Kenyan and backbone of the collective, , recorded his first album: 12 groovy tracks between rap, funk, nu soul and electro which favour the vibrant Kenyan urban scene (. Trevor Noah is Africa’s Highest Paid Comedian, Selina’s Most Hated TV Villain is Warm & Friendly in Real Life, Showmax Brings Brand New Content this June, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JONyR3f4z60, Melissa Kiplagat on Finding Stability and Crafting a Solid Acting Career, H_Art the Band Doing the Most on ‘Made in the Streets’ Album and Tour. My mum used to listen to gospel music. I played in Europe as a dj but this is the first time I’m playing with my band. Petite Noir came to Nairobi last year in February to perform at a venue. See the complete profile on LinkedIn and discover Blinky’s connections and jobs at similar companies. Blinky Bill does it again. In the Australian cartoon, “Blinky Bill”, is a small courageous and eco-friendly koala. Sage is a really good friend of mine. When Sellanga studied at Kenyatta University, he met Daniel Muli and Jim Chuchu and formed the alternative art and music collective Just A Band.
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