Just the other day, I was thinking about Redsan, the Dancehall star that made Kenya fall in love with the genre, many many moons ago.
He crossed my mind following the recent successes of Nyashinski who is no doubt Kenya’s top artiste at the moment, if the stream of hits he’s been releasing since landing in the country last year after relocating to the US a decade (could be more) ago, is anything to go by.
You see, Nyash was part of Kleptomaniax (now defunct), a trio that also included Collo (who has also made a great comeback) and Roba (no idea where this one went to but I hear he is in Malindi), a legendary group credited for revolutionising local music back in the days.
Also in the list of the legends, the guys responsible for Kenya’s new age music which happened in the late 90s and early 00s, thanks to their evergreen Kapuka and Genge tunes when Calif Records and Ogopa lived to outshine each other, was Redsan whose expertise was reggae-ish tunes together with Uganda’s Bebe Cool and Chameleone who resided in Kenya at the time.
So I was wondering where Redsan has been considering his peers are still doing great things. Nameless, no doubt the most consistent in the group, also recently chucked three tunes back to back. I felt I missed him.. Redsan that is.
Back to today’s story..
‘Live it up’ is a brand new collaboration by Dancehall king Redsan and sassy singer Victoria Kimani and no doubt a tune worth jamming to. it’s produced by Mombasa-based beatmaker Teknixx and is a co-production of Sappy and Crème de la Crème under the latter’s Epic Nation Music label.
Crème is the force behind the project and responsible for bringing the two artists together. He is quoted by SDE as saying it was about time Kenya upped its musical game and reclaim its lost glory as the region’s finest.
“Clearly all artists are coming to Kenya, how then can we continue producing dubious music that makes us a laughing stock?” The controversial spinmaster posed.
Watch the video above.