The Vault 2.0: The Roof Top Party

the vault december edition copy

The Vault, as the name suggests, is a medium through which Christian hip hop artists get to share the treasures that God wants to reveal to each and every person through His Word. With lyricism, rhymes, poetry and a journey of their experience in ministry and in salvation, these Kingdom ministers are set, not only to entertain but to point this generation to Christ.

The bi-monthly event was an idea of five close friends who shared a common love for Hip Hop music. The concept behind the vault was to create a platform where hip hop and poetic artists in Kenya and around the world can get an opportunity to showcase their talents without any limitations.

Dan Gee, one of the people behind the event says, “We found out that compared to artists from other genres, hip hop artists in Kenya barely get the opportunity to perform in this other events and most of them end up discouraged and eventually giving up on their dreams, it is for this reason that the Vault concept was born.”

The bi-monthly event aims at getting the artists this opportunities, exposure, mentorship and also training them on how to become artists of international standards. The idea behind having the event once in 2 months was to kill the monotony of having a monthly event, and also have people looking forward to the event.

The 2nd Edition will be held on Sunday the 16th of December 2012 at the Abondoz Restaurant Roof top that is situated at the Luther Plaza, along Uhuru highway opposite the central park as from 2PM to 8PM; this edition dubbed ‘the roof top party’ is set to be a Christmas party that all Hip hop fans will remember for a long time.

The 1st Edition, read about it here, was held in October 2012 at the Kenya National Theatre and was an instant hit, with performances by some of the best hip hop artists in Kenya, including Maluda, S.P.A.T, Kelele Takatifu, H3, Dan-gee, Nasara the poet among others.

The 2nd Edition will have one of Kenya’s pioneer hip hop artist and multiple award winner Holy Dave perform as the Focus artist of the day, Holy Dave is widely known for hits such as not a joke, Niko na reason, press on and his recent runaway hit Ni Msoh. He will also be sharing about his life, journey and music ministry.

Other performing artists include: veteran poet Number 8, Signature, Treble, B4C, G-Cho Pevu, Alex Newnique and TIO. On the wheels of steel will be the Vault’s official deejay Ken Tha DJ backed by one of the leading Gospel Hip hop deejays in Kenya, the one and only Deejay Gee Gee of the Tri Crew.

This Edition of the Vault is proudly sponsored by Butterfly Republic, CPR Radio, Kelele Republic, Epic Concepts and X-hoodz Entertainment.

If you are a hip hop enthusiastic, come bang your head to your favorite tunes mixed by your favorite Deejays. If you are not a hip hop fan, come hear what the best in hip hop have to offer as you enjoy the energetic performances, the beautiful view of Nairobi from a roof top, great food, great company and some Barbeque.

Lets go over the details again (which are on the poster):

Event: The Vault 2.0 – The Roof Top Party.

Venue: Abondoz Restaurant Roof Top

Time: 2PM to 8PM

Main Artist: Holy Dave

Other Performing Artists: Number 8, Signature, Treble, B4C, G-Cho Pevu, Alex Newnique and TIO

Damage: USD 2.34 (with the current prevailing rates) or Kshs. 200.

Also read about the event here by Ascofu. Like the Vault’s facebook page here follow the them on twitter here and RSVP the event on facebook here.


ZIADA Nairobi Worship Experience: How it went down

Have you ever been speechless? Speaking for myself, yes I have and still am. And this feeling of speechlessness has infected my pen such that I lack words to describe the experience. I blame all this predicament on the ZIADA team of Zidi the Band, Adawnage and Number 8 for the wonderful peace concert, ZIADA Nairobi Worship Experience, held as Kenya celebrated it’s 49th Birthday on 12.12.12. The event featured other wonderful artists such as Nasara the poet, Carlisto, Mercy Wairegi, Beat Marvel, Gerriey Wainaina, Makena and Mwanga Band.

Everything about the event was awesome: From the praise and worship led by ZIADA to the live performances – which were backed by ZIADA – of Nasara, Carlisto, Mercy Wairegi and Makena to the performance by Mwanga Band (as the MCs and ZIADA went to change to different attire) to beat boxing by Nasara, Beat Marvel and Carlisto to the final performance by ZIADA and the cake commemorating 49 years since independence.

As I have stated, I find myself without words to express what went down. As they say a picture is worth more than 1,000 words, I got permission from Kweli Magazine to post some of their pictures on the event so that this post can be at least 10,000 words..More pictures can be found here 

Wahinyaj winning an album

Wahinyaj winning an album

Pastor Peter cutting cake

Pastor Peter cutting cake

One Nation Under God

One Nation Under God

Number 8 doing his thing

Number 8 doing his thing

Band Mwanga bringing the house down when the ZIADA team had gone to change

Band Mwanga bringing the house down when the ZIADA team had gone to change

Nasara beat boxing

Nasara beat boxing

Mercy Wairegi

Mercy Wairegi

The next big thing Makena

The next big thing Makena

Look at the kid

Look at the kid

Gerriey Wainaina

Gerriey Wainaina

David Ogara, the pianist.

David Ogara, the pianist.



They came back in colourful attire

They came back in colourful attire

Happy 49th birthday. Cake by Valentines Cake House

Happy 49th birthday. Cake by Valentines Cake House

Band Mwanga

Band Mwanga

And here is what was said on twitter….

Safaricom live and Kenya music week should take notes from #ZiadaNairobi on how to manage gigs – Lellimandela

#ZiadaNairobi best way to finish my leave……now kesho jobo asubuhi – sushiwara

Totally blest at #ZiadaNairobi. – pinkyshizga

I’m out of words to explain the joy that I’m having … #ZiadaNairobi was just the bomb – VinMacharia

You guys are looking great,,, suggestion…just merge and remain ZIADA forever – busharoh

#ZiadaNairobi was awesome awesome – MudenganiT

I couldn’t make it to #ZiadaNairobi but whatever happened there must have been God’s doing!! The praise reports tell it all. ZiAda, keep on! – MissRipplez

#ZiAdaNairobi was pure bliss, on a level of its own. Whaatttt?? – vikmunala

Mad talent represented at #ZiadaNairobi equals to an epic day …#OneNationUnderGOD – Didi_romi

My 12.12.12 spent well at #ZiadaNairobi it was epic I tell u Epic:) – ms_makena


The #Kenyan flag decor at the #ZiadaNairobi concert, which was epic!! God bless Kenya. #Kenya365 #Kenya – Kenya_365

true definition of #beatboxin nasara the poet n carlisto at#ziadanairobi – antwanruiyot

So the lady had to M.C with an ipad. and the guy some piece of paper. yawa #ZiAdaNairobi – Owagah

Well done @EmeraldEventsKe on #ZiadaNairobi – well planned, organized, managed & executed event! Much respect! – justalffie

The event was sponsored by Orange Kenya, NTV, Cocacola, Valentines Cake House, Swizz Entertainment and RiqRiq. Mad respect to the MCs Faith Muturi and Larry Agufa for a job well done.

The  event was managed by Emerald Events Kenya. Follow them on twitter here and like their facebook page here.


ZIADA Nairobi Worship Experience

Dec 12, 2012 (12.12.12) is an important date. For one, it is the last of the repeating dates until Jan. 1, 2101 (01.01.01) meaning for most people alive, it will be the last repeating date they get to see. Moreover, at 12:12:12 p.m., the day will offer fans of the number 12 a whopping six repeats! 12/12/12 12:12:12. Nice, ey. As if that is not enough, at 1:21:02 a.m., palindrome lovers everywhere can rejoice in the single second that marks when the date-time combination is the same read both forwards and backwards: 2012-12-12 1:21:02 = 201212-1-212102. Most importantly, 12.12.12 will mark 49 years since Kenya got it’s independence and 84 days to the general elections. 84 is not an important number unless you take 12 and multiply it by the number of days we have in a week and voila! Okay, enough of the OCD.

All these numbers will be useless but one thing will remain; and that is our country Kenya. The state with which it remains depends on us as a people. We all know what happened after the 2007 general elections and as a country, we cannot afford to go through the same again. It is this in mind that ZIADA -which comprises of award winning bands (Zidi the Band and Adawnage Band); and reknown poet Number 8 – has come up with a peace concert dubbed ‘ZIADA Nairobi Worship Experience’ on the day Kenya got it’s independence, that is 12.12.12. The event’s main purpose is to unite the country ahead of next year’s polls under the theme One Nation Under God.


Brilliant works of photography on the beauty of our country captured by talented, professisional and widely celebrated photographers has been lined up. This work of photography will preceed a musical event in which ZIADA will perform featuring strong leads and additional home-grown artists auch as Mercy Wairegi, Nasara the poet, Carlisto, Makena and Mwanga Band. The photography and worship experience is set to be one whose impact will linger on long after 12.12.12.

Details about the event are on the poster but here they are again:

Event: ZIADA Nairobi Worship Experience.

Date: 12.12.12.

Time: 3 – 6 PM.

Venue: Parklands Baptist Church.

Artists: ZIADA (Zidi the Band, Adawnage and Number 8) featuring Mercy Wairegi, Nasara the Poet, Carlisto, Makena and Mwanga Band.

Theme: One Nation Under God.

Entrance: FREE!!!!!! (Just bring yourself).

Also, read about the event here by Kenyanmom, here by Kawiria and here by Kifalme.

Follow (and RSVP) the event on facebook here and follow Adawnage, Zidi the Band and Number 8 on twitter for more details about the event.

This is one event you will not want to miss!!!!

Let Me Live Concert

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does – William James


Most of us had dreams when we were young. To become lawyers, doctors, businessmen, engineers or even Presidents. Some of us live our dreams while some of us had to re-adjust ours. Still, most of us have new dreams. To own that Range Rover sport or that company or that land in Turkana. Caleb Ngugi Kipkan is a 16 year old Form Two student at Cardinal Maurice Otunga School in Kiambu. His dream is to get an A (plain) in KCSE come 2014 and later become a pilot. While most Form Two students are sure of sitting their exams in 2014, Caleb is not 100% sure. There is a small obstacle to his dream which goes by the name of Acute Leukemia. In-case you missed his story on Citizen TV, take six minutes of your time and watch this video.



Caleb needs to travel to South Africa for a bone marrow transplant which will cost Kshs. 5.5 million if he has his own donor or Kshs. 8.5 million if he has to use an international donor. The family only has about Kshs. 2.5 million, but they are optimistic of using a sibling as a donor. This amount does not include upkeep and air tickets to and from South Africa.


It is with this in mind that Leah Midamba and a few people have organised a concert dubbed “LET ME LIVE.” All proceeds from the concert will go towards helping Caleb get his bone marrow transplant and live his dream. Performers at the concert will include:



The best part of it is that you get to see all these performers for only Kshs. 200 knowing you are helping someone’s dream become a reality. Moreover, the artists will carry their CDs which will be sold at subsidised rates. If I were you, I would mark 15th April and make sure I head to NPC Woodley as from 1 PM so as not to miss out on the opportunity to make a difference in Caleb’s life.


If for whatever reason you cannot attend the concert – and even if you will attend – there are many other ways you can still help. I will outline a few:


  • Caleb is currently hospitalized at Gertrude’s Hospital (Muthaiga) and he needs blood. Willing donors of any blood group can contact Jack on 0723 156 621. You can also pay Caleb a visit from 12:30-1 PM and from 5-9 PM;

  • You can kindly send your contributions of whatever value via M-PESA to Grace Kipkan on 0727 647 085 or to Caleb Ngugi Kipkan’s medical fund Co-op Bank University Way account number 01109172153500;

  • Buy merchandise such as branded T-shirts whose proceeds will go to the kitty;

  • Follow @teamcaleb16 and @leahmidamba on twitter and the event Let Me Live on Facebook for updates;

  • Share this post and/or information on any social network or to anyone whom you think can help. If you are a blogger, re-blog this post on your blog;

  • Tweet @teamcaleb16 or write on the Let Me Live Facebook Event Page if you have any queries or your words of encouragement or any other ways of helping Caleb; and/or

  • Pray for Caleb.


Let us help Caleb live!


Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little – Edmund Burke.

Sunrise is God’s greeting and sunset His signature – Caleb Ngugi Kipkan.