Kenthe 390 http://kenthe390.com/ Thu, 26 May 2022 07:22:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://kenthe390.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/cropped-icon-32x32.png Kenthe 390 http://kenthe390.com/ 32 32 Hear Wednesday Campanella’s Vibrant Record ‘Neon’, Their Debut With New Singer Utaha https://kenthe390.com/hear-wednesday-campanellas-vibrant-record-neon-their-debut-with-new-singer-utaha/ Thu, 26 May 2022 07:22:16 +0000 https://kenthe390.com/hear-wednesday-campanellas-vibrant-record-neon-their-debut-with-new-singer-utaha/

Japanese pop group Wednesday Campanella has released a new EP, “Neon”, which marks the recording debut of singer Utaha.

Released Wednesday, May 25, the eight-track project marks the first full-length recording with new lead singer, Utaha, since founding vocalist KOM_I left last year.

Wednesday Campanella also released a lavish visual for the album’s second track, “Himiko”, directed by YUKIKAZE collective’s Koshun Mamiya.

Over a colorful future bass beat, Utaha sings about the weather on “Himiko”: “The Shrine Maiden Meteorologist / Highly Commented!” she sings in Japanese. In keeping with the themes of the track, the video features Utaha delivering the song to a room full of succulents and plants, and presenting a weather report on a fictional TV channel.

The video for ‘Himiko’ follows visuals from previous singles ‘Edison’ and ‘Maneki Neko’, which were released in February. In addition to those two tracks, the “Neon” tracklist also includes 2021 singles “Alice” and “Buckingham,” which marked Utaha’s first official releases since joining Campanella on Wednesday.

Listen to “Neon” here:

To mark the disc’s release, Campanella will embark on a nine-date Japanese tour called “Neopoem” on Wednesday. The tour begins on June 22 in Yokohama, before culminating on August 3 at the famous club Ebisu Liquid Room. More details about the tour can be found here.

Wednesday Campanella currently consists of vocalist Utaha, producer Hidefumi Kenmochi, and music video director, Dir. F. Founding singer KOM_I left the J-pop unit in September 2021 to pursue solo activities. The unit had released eight albums so far, including 2016’s “Zipang”, 2017’s “Superman” and 2019’s “Yakushima Treasure”, a collaboration with experimental musician Oorutaichi.

Mercredi Campanella notably collaborated with CHVRCHES in 2018 for the single ‘Out of My Head’, as well as with Porter Robinson on the track ‘Halfmoon Lullaby’, which was released as a Japanese exclusive for the producer’s 2021 record, ‘Nurture’.

In 2017, Wednesday Campanella performed at numerous Asian and international festivals, including the Singapore edition of St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Hong Kong’s Clockenflap, and Tyler, The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw.

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EXCLUSIVE: KINGDOM is about the “Ascension” in K-pop and the “History of the Kingdom: PartⅣ”. Dann’ https://kenthe390.com/exclusive-kingdom-is-about-the-ascension-in-k-pop-and-the-history-of-the-kingdom-part%e2%85%b3-dann/ Wed, 25 May 2022 06:54:53 +0000 https://kenthe390.com/exclusive-kingdom-is-about-the-ascension-in-k-pop-and-the-history-of-the-kingdom-part%e2%85%b3-dann/

The dominance of this K-pop masterpiece is spread across seasons, time, countries, cultures, and virtually every touchpoint in a grand, all-encompassing theme. Flamboyant in nature and even better with each return, KINGDOM presents an enriched vision of highlighting the world’s many differences, its strange similarity and its solidarity.

In an exclusive chat with Pinkvilla, K-pop group KINGDOM dives deep into ‘History Of Kingdom: PartⅣ. Dann’ on the occasion of the release of the fourth mini-album. A group that heavily bases its content on the different cultures of the world, DANN, ARTHUR, MUJIN, LOUIS, IVAN, JAHAN and CHIWOO talk about their magnificent concept and their upcoming projects.

Leader DANN further maintains his flag-bearing influence this time around, directing his story to the glorious influence of Korean culture by portraying the titular king for the return, in keeping with the theme of ‘History of the KINGDOM‘. Throughout the interview, he leads the conversation, giving due credit to his colleagues and being the perfect leader. The band’s genuine interest in cultures around the world goes beyond the realm of their music as they animatedly express their interest in learning about India, languages ​​and the many facets of ocean separation. They repeatedly assure us that they are in great shape even after a day full of filming and their tendency to keep talking even though it is almost 9 p.m. on their side.

United by their goal of reaching their welcoming fans, the KINGMAKERs, who have continually let their presence be heard around the world, KINGDOM is taking the straight road with us.

Join the biggest community of K-Pop fans live on Pinkvilla Rooms to get closer to your favorite K-Celebs! Click here to join.

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Three Things with Kumi Taguchi: “It really hurts my heart that I don’t take care of Piglet well enough” | SBS https://kenthe390.com/three-things-with-kumi-taguchi-it-really-hurts-my-heart-that-i-dont-take-care-of-piglet-well-enough-sbs/ Tue, 24 May 2022 21:20:00 +0000 https://kenthe390.com/three-things-with-kumi-taguchi-it-really-hurts-my-heart-that-i-dont-take-care-of-piglet-well-enough-sbs/

SSince 2021, Kumi Taguchi has been the host of Insight, the mainstay of SBS taking a closer look at current affairs. This year, the program has delved into everything from catfishing to conspiracy theories and the ramifications of unexpected deathbed confessions. Next Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., the show will look at what it’s like to meet your birth family later in life. Guests include Australians who have found half-siblings as adults as well as those connecting with their birth parents for the first time.

For Taguchi, this episode is particularly resonant. “I didn’t go through the experience of not knowing my parents, but it did affect me in the sense that I didn’t really grow up with my dad,” she says. “I didn’t reconnect with him until I was 20.

“We have a guest in our studio who has always felt a bit different from his siblings and didn’t really feel like he belonged. And I kind of felt like that in my family – my mom and my sister were a lot alike and I always felt different in terms of interests in journalism and sports.

“Then when I reconnected with my Japanese dad, we started talking about football, politics, the game and the ethics of X, Y, Z in his broken English. And for the first time in my life , I remember feeling this amazing feeling of, oh, I can see where I’m coming from and where these parts of me are coming from. It made me realize how strong this genetic coding is.

Decades later, Taguchi considers a family heirloom his most prized possession. Here, the longtime journalist tells us why she rushed to save a very sentimental little rock from a fire, as well as the story of two other important personal effects.

What I would save from my house in a fire

I would save a little stone. It’s short, smooth, and has two small googly eyes glued to it. It’s one of the few things I have from my father. I remember that I was little and that I looked at the rock placed on the shelves among the magazines and the dictionaries. Later, it migrated to a spot under the handbrake of dad’s car, carefully taped with Blu-Tack. He stayed there until his father died, at age 84.

Kumi Taguchi holds the pet rock she inherited from her Japanese father

I was in Kyoto when I discovered it. My sister called me and told me that because of the way dad had died, most of his belongings had to be destroyed. The first thing I thought of was rock. Through tears, I asked him if he had survived. I still find it strange that at that point I became a little girl again, longing for something from my childhood.

My most useful item

My God, it’s hard. From a purely pragmatic point of view, my phone is my most useful object. My rice cooker is useful because I can’t cook rice any other way – but I don’t use it much. So I’m going to choose my coffee grinder.

It looks like a pepper mill and I bought it during the 2021 lockdown. I felt the need to go analog as much as possible. I think it was an instinctive thing – knowing that I needed to be still, create rituals, and feel a sense of connection to tangible things.

Kumi Taguchi's coffee grinder
Taguchi manual coffee grinder

Using it is a joy. It’s heavy and feels great in my hands. I love filling it with beans, clicking the gears to adjust the grind setting, and winding the lever. The sound is meditative, the smell and taste wonderful – but it’s the process that’s the real gift. I even like to clean it. I undo all the parts and use a small brush to dust off the spring and washer and conical grinder and gears.

The object I most regret having lost

Piglet. It was my first stuffed animal. I was born three months early and Piglet sat on my humidity bed. He was in navy blue corduroy and had two flowers embroidered in wool on his belly, one yellow and one red. He had red silk inside his ears.

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It came with me through several moves in my 20s and 30s. To be honest, it was more just to keep him, not because I really liked him. Or so I thought. During a move, who knows where and when, he disappeared. My other (favorite) toy did, but Piglet didn’t. I don’t know what happened to him and every once in a while I still have a deep twinge in my chest remembering that he is out there somewhere, wondering where I am. It really hurts my heart that I didn’t take care of him well enough.

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The J-pop star who let her fans choose her songs https://kenthe390.com/the-j-pop-star-who-let-her-fans-choose-her-songs/ Tue, 24 May 2022 04:19:33 +0000 https://kenthe390.com/the-j-pop-star-who-let-her-fans-choose-her-songs/

From Nishikasugai, Aichi, Japan, Vicke Blanka burst onto the scene and pulled out a Album of 35 songs, all chosen by the fans.

Already on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of his first album, slave of love, Vicke Blanka returns with a move that is certainly unique.

Celebrating this milestone but also involving new and loyal fans, his new record SUPERVILLAIN, sees the artist compiling his greatest moments to date.

Simply calling him a J-Pop artist seems redundant. SUPERVILLAIN is not just a new album with fan-loved songs, but a range of genre music that is crucial to today’s scene. Also playing the guitar, his explosive and energetic solos breathe new life into current music.

What I love is that it’s more than the sum of its parts. While Vicke has a unique and individual sound, you can hear the varied influences. To call pop, funk, rock n roll or electronic, nothing is forbidden. One song has beats and the other is a live song with a band. Everyone will find something to their liking.

Another quirk is its use of different languages. True to her Japanese roots, you’ll hear her mother tongue on many tracks. But suddenly a song is in English, and a few include French, listen It’s okay.

Listening to a few songs myself, I immediately thought of the Japanese artist Tatsuro Yamashita. Mainly because of the colorful music but also because of its energy. There’s always something going on and you never get bored on this album. The music is clear but also raw and vulnerable. Maybe it’s something in Japan that leads its artists to mix the music of pop, funk, disco and electronic and make it something uniquely individual.

From the artist himself, he listed The Carpenters, Bay City Rollers, Queen and Michael Jackson as influences. Suddenly, Vicke’s friendly, thick sound takes on even more meaning. There’s clearly an ingrained vision and style to traditional songwriting, but it doesn’t feel dated or rehearsed.

Like Vickeblanka’s influences, including Queen and Michael Jackson, the gender shift is necessary and obvious. SUPERVILLAIN, if anything, is not just a compilation of fan-picked works, but a collection of works that, when compiled together, are considered unique, inviting, and full of energy.

Listen below to see what I mean.

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Japanese Breakfast, Jason Isbell on stage – Billboard https://kenthe390.com/japanese-breakfast-jason-isbell-on-stage-billboard/ Mon, 23 May 2022 13:01:55 +0000 https://kenthe390.com/japanese-breakfast-jason-isbell-on-stage-billboard/

Japanese Breakfast, Jason Isbell and Brittany Howard are among the artists performing at the 2022 A2IM Libera Awards, which will be held on June 16 in a hybrid streaming/in-person format.

The virtual ceremony will air at 6:30 p.m. ET exclusively on A2IM’s YouTube channel. The online broadcast will feature performances by Japanese Breakfast, which is the main nominee for this year’s Libera Awards with seven nominations; Howard, who is nominated in two categories at this year’s event; Isbell, up for three awards, including Best American Record and Record of the Year; ambient pop artist Helado Negro, who is coming off an international tour in support of his seventh studio album, far in; and R&B artist Cautious Clay, who released his first full-length studio album, Impassive loveLast year.

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Japanese Breakfast, the solo musical project of musician Michelle Zauner, was the musical guest on NBC’s season finale Saturday Night Live during the weekend. She was nominated in two categories at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards: Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album for Jubilee. Zauner is currently working on the film adaptation of his 2021 memoir, Crying in H Mart.

The biggest independent music awards show, this year’s event has two components: an in-person, ticketed gala focusing on industry and advocacy awards, held at Webster Hall of New York, and a separate, free stream of consumer-facing awards and performances from top artists in the independent space.

The live event will honor DJ, producer and rapper Madlib with the Independent Icon Award. Madlib started his career in the early 90s when he joined Lootpack alongside DJ Romes and Wildchild. The trio eventually parted ways to work on solo projects, which resulted in collaborations such as Madlib’s 2003 album. sound champ, created with J Dilla; the 2004 album Madvillainy, recorded alongside MC MF Doom; and several singles and LPs with rapper Freddie Gibbs. Madlib has also released projects under alter egos such as Quasimoto, Beat Konducta and Yesterdays New Quintet. Earlier this year, it was announced that he would produce No fear of timehip-hop duo Black Star’s reunion album.

Among the artists performing live at the gala: Sammy Rae & The Friends, a funk-infused rock ‘n’ roll band fronted by singer-songwriter Samantha Bowers; folk artist Tré Burt, who toured in support of his latest album, You, yeah, you; and Brooklyn-based pop R&B singer-songwriter Adrian Daniel, who received critical acclaim from Vibe and NPR, and recently released his latest EP crimson.

Madlib will also host the Libera Awards afterparty at the Ritz Lounge. The event takes place at Webster Hall in New York City from 6-11 p.m. ET.

The in-person gala will feature live and industry-initiated awards presentations, including Label of the Year (Small, Medium, Large), A2IM Humanitarian, and more. Two new honors focused on A2IM’s advocacy on Capitol Hill will be awarded: the Congressional Independent Music Guardian Award will honor Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (D-CA) and the Excellence in Advocacy Award will honor legendary singer and activist Dionne Warwick.

IMPALA’s Sustainability Working Group will receive the top Sustainability Innovation Award. In line with A2IM’s sustainability initiatives, the Libera Awards encourage the selection of a plant-based meal, and all winners will receive custom-designed trophies that have been locally produced and made with 100% recycled materials.

The American Association for Independent Music (A2IM) sponsors the Libera Awards. This year’s Libera Awards are presented by Merlin and produced by Marauder.

A2IM is a New York-based nonprofit business organization working to support the independent recorded music industry. Membership includes nearly 700 independent US music labels.

Each year, the Libera Awards are the culmination of A2IM’s Indie Week, an international conference that brings together leaders from the independent music world for four days of keynotes, workshops and panels. This year’s Indie Week will take place from June 13-16. To learn more, visit https://a2im.org/indieweek.

To respond to the live stream, go to liberaawards.com/live.

Follow @liberaawards on Twitter and Instagram or visit https://liberaawards.com/2022-info.

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NCT Dream, SHINee’s Key, And More K-Pop Idol Groups Mark The Return Of International Shows At The Big Dome https://kenthe390.com/nct-dream-shinees-key-and-more-k-pop-idol-groups-mark-the-return-of-international-shows-at-the-big-dome/ Mon, 23 May 2022 03:46:00 +0000 https://kenthe390.com/nct-dream-shinees-key-and-more-k-pop-idol-groups-mark-the-return-of-international-shows-at-the-big-dome/

MANILA, Philippines – The Big Dome is once again opening its doors to foreign artists as it hosts the country’s first live international show in two years with Start Over: KPOP Edition.

Taking place on May 29 at 5 p.m., the concert will feature South Korean artists NCT Dream, SHINee’s Key, WEi, and ALICE in a night that marks the return of live K-Pop entertainment to the Philippines.

Headlining the show, the group NCT Dream has just released its latest album Glitch Mode, which has sold 2 million copies. The concert marks the group’s return to Manila after their February 2020 concert at the New Frontier Theater, making them the last K-Pop act to hold a show in the country before the pandemic.

Five members of the group – Renjun, Jeno, Jaemin, Chenle and Jisung – will return to Araneta City to once again perform in front of their enthusiastic Filipino fans.

Also joining the concert are Key, the lead dancer and rapper of K-Pop group SHINee; six-boy group WEi, who recently released their fourth mini-album Love Pt.1: First Love; and the seven-member group ALICE, which was named Best Rookie Group at the 2018 Korean Entertainment Arts Awards.

Fans are in for a treat as they get the chance to interact and see their beloved K-Pop idols face to face at this spectacular event.

Witness these four talented K-Pop artists at this highly anticipated entertainment event and be part of the historic return of international live entertainment at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Begin Again: KPOP Edition 2022 is brought to us by CDM Entertainment in partnership with BRODYWORKS.

Tickets are available online at https://ticketnet.com.ph and at all Ticketnet outlets nationwide.

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Albanese voted Australia’s leader in complex poll https://kenthe390.com/albanese-voted-australias-leader-in-complex-poll/ Sun, 22 May 2022 22:13:02 +0000 https://kenthe390.com/albanese-voted-australias-leader-in-complex-poll/

Australian Prime Minister-elect Anthony Albanese, right, and his partner Jodie Haydon walk with their dog, Toto, in Sydney, Sunday, May 22, 2022. Albanese has vowed to rehabilitate Australia's international reputation as a latecomer to change climate with reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.  (Dean Lewins/AAP Image via AP)

Australian Prime Minister-elect Anthony Albanese, right, and his partner Jodie Haydon walk with their dog, Toto, in Sydney, Sunday, May 22, 2022. Albanese has vowed to rehabilitate Australia’s international reputation as a latecomer to change climate with reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. (Dean Lewins/AAP Image via AP)

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Australians woke up on Sunday to a new prime minister in Anthony Albanese, the leader of the centre-left Labor Party whose rise to the country’s top job after being raised in social housing by a mother single person receiving a disability pension would reflect the changing fabric of the country.

The 59-year-old career politician, who described himself as the only candidate with a ‘non-Anglo Celtic name’ to run for prime minister in the office’s 121-year existence, referred to his humble education in central Sydney. suburb of Camperdown while thanking voters for making him the country’s 31st leader.

“It says a lot about our great country that a son of a single mother who was a disabled pensioner, who grew up in public accommodation on the road in Camperdown, can stand before you tonight as Prime Minister of Australia “Albanese told jubilant supporters after firing Scott Morrison from office to end nine years of Tory rule.

“Every parent wants more for the next generation than they had. My mother dreamed of a better life for me. And I hope my journey in life inspires Australians to aim for the stars,” he said. -he declares.

It’s unclear whether Albanese’s party could form a majority government or will have to rely on an increased number of independents and lawmakers from minor parties who won seats in Saturday’s election, in results that analysts described as extremely complicated and which also reflected the face of modern Australia.

With the count set to continue for several days as mail-in votes are counted, one prospect that emerged was that Albanese may have to be sworn in as caretaker prime minister to attend Tuesday’s Quad summit in Tokyo. with US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Biden congratulated Albanese on his election victory in a phone call on Sunday, the White House said, and reaffirmed Washington’s “unwavering commitment to the US-Australia alliance and its intention to work closely with the new government to make it even stronger”.

Australian National University constitutional law expert professor Donald Rothwell said Australia’s Governor-General, the representative of the country’s ultimate head of state, Queen Elizabeth II, would not be “willing to swear in Albanian as ‘interim prime minister’ until the results are much clearer. »

Albanese, speaking to reporters on Sunday morning, simply said he would be among “five people to be sworn in tomorrow (Monday)” before attending the Quad meeting and then returning to Australia on Wednesday when “we let’s get to work.” .” The four colleagues he mentioned included lawmakers set to step into key financial portfolios and his deputy chief.

The election was a clear rebuke to Australia’s traditional two-party system, both for Labor and the heavily defeated Conservative coalition led by outgoing Liberal Prime Minister Morrison. Major parties bled votes from fringe parties and independents, including in many seats considered Labor or coalition strongholds.

Needing 76 seats in the lower house, the House of Representatives, to govern in its own right, Labor was voted the winner in 72 on Sunday night, with 71% of the votes counted, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

The Liberal-National coalition led by just 52, a drastic drop from its mere majority of 76 in the 2019 poll. Analysts described the result as a fierce rejection of Morrison and his team’s management of numerous issues during her three-year tenure, including climate, COVID-19, women’s rights, political integrity, and natural disasters such as bushfires and floods.

A total of 15 seats had been declared for independent candidates or minor parties. Of these, three were from the environment-focused Green Party and 12 were non-aligned politicians, with up to nine of these so-called teal independents. Labor may need the backing of some of those winners, depending on who gets the still undecided seven seats.

In a new wave of Australian politics, teal independents are being marketed as a shade greener than the Liberal Party’s traditional blue color and want stronger government action to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions than it does that the government or the Labor Party are proposing.

Most of their successful candidates are women, their rise seen in part as a repudiation of Morrison for his handling of gender issues, including the sexual harassment scandals that rocked Parliament during his last three-year term. .

While Labor will form a majority or minority government, the two main parties have lost ground, with support for the coalition dropping more than 6% from the 2019 election and Labor’s vote dropping by around 1.2 % Sunday morning.

Albanese promised to bring Australians together, increase investment in social services and “end the climate wars”.

Speaking to reporters as he walked his dog through his electorate on Sunday morning, he spoke of a more cooperative approach to parliamentary business – perhaps inevitable if Labor cannot form a majority government – ​​and described his victory as “a great moment”.

“It’s something that is a big moment in my life, but what I want is a big moment for the country,” he said. “I want to change the country. I want to change the way politics works in this country.

Greens leader Adam Bandt echoed that view, saying his party wanted to work with the next government to “tackle the climate crisis” and that an “inequality crisis” he said threatened Australia.

“The Liberal vote went down, the Labor vote went down,” he told reporters. “More people have turned to the Greens than ever before…because we said politics should be done differently.”

Albanese, who revealed in a 2016 interview that he had been reunited with his biological father in Italy in 2009, four years before he died, said his last name and that of new Senate Government Leader Penny Wong, which is of Chinese descent, reflected a modern style and multi-cultural Australia.

“I think that’s fine… someone with a non-Anglo-Celtic surname is the leader of the House of Representatives and someone with a surname like Wong is the leader of the government in the Senate,” did he declare.

Labor has promised more financial aid and a strong social safety net as Australia grapples with the highest inflation since 2001 and soaring property prices.

The party also plans to raise the minimum wage and, on the foreign policy front, it has proposed establishing a Pacific Defense School to train neighboring armies in response to China’s potential military presence in the Solomon Islands. at the gates of Australia.

He wants to tackle climate change with a more ambitious 43% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050.

Morrison, who became prime minister after an internal party coup in 2018, said he would step down as Liberal leader.

]]> K-pop social media: BTS RM, J-Hope, Jin look adorable in casual clothes, Blackpink Lisa stuns in white https://kenthe390.com/k-pop-social-media-bts-rm-j-hope-jin-look-adorable-in-casual-clothes-blackpink-lisa-stuns-in-white/ Sun, 22 May 2022 00:00:02 +0000 https://kenthe390.com/k-pop-social-media-bts-rm-j-hope-jin-look-adorable-in-casual-clothes-blackpink-lisa-stuns-in-white/ BTS and Blackpink are two of the most popular K-pop groups in the world. With a legion of fans around the world, the stars have also managed to gain a …]]> ” class=”lazy img-responsive” data-src=”https://www.iwmbuzz.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/k-pop-social-media-bts-rm-j-hope- jin-look-adorable-in-casuals-blackpink-lisa-stuns-in-white-920×518.jpeg” width=”920″ height=”518″ alt=”K-pop Social Media: BTS RM, J-Hope, Jin is adorable in casual clothes, Blackpink Lisa stuns in white” />

BTS and Blackpink are two of the most popular K-pop groups in the world. With a legion of fans around the world, the stars have also managed to gain a huge following on social media.

That being said, we have shared their latest social media posts here.

BTS J-Hope and Jin dropped an adorable selfie on their social media story, giving off pure friendship goals, alongside some can’t-miss casual fashion goals with their looks.

RM, on the other hand, also shared a candid selfie, looking stunning in her casual beige pantsuit.

Blackpink Lisa also shared a stunning candid look on her social media, looking almost like a queen in her printed white t-shirt and pants. She paired it with minimal makeup and relaxed hair.

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Kibera rapper defies critics https://kenthe390.com/kibera-rapper-defies-critics/ Sat, 21 May 2022 06:00:01 +0000 https://kenthe390.com/kibera-rapper-defies-critics/

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Kibera rapper defies critics


Phinoshey (Elber Meso), a rapper and producer rummaging through vinyl records at the Melodicas Music Store in Nairobi. PICTURES | BOWL

Summary

  • Phinoshey Elber Meso, the 22-year-old rapper and producer from Kibera in Nairobi whose music is influenced by classic hip hop, soul, funk and jazz, has released a new six-track EP titled “Ikigai”.
  • For the past two years, Phinoshey has spent hours in archives listening to vinyl records and is particularly inspired by discovering records from iconic Kenyan artists.
  • His first album “Son of Kiberawas released in 2020 and caught the attention of many fans who were struck by his new take on hip hop with influences from sounds from different eras.

This week sees the release of a new EP from a young artist who has emerged to chart his musical career inspired by his life experiences, a deep conviction for his music and his hunger for success.

Phinoshey Elber Meso, the 22-year-old rapper and producer from Kibera in Nairobi whose music is influenced by classic hip hop, soul, funk and jazz, has released a new six-track EP titled “Ikigai”.

Over the past two years, Phinoshey has spent hours in the archives listening to vinyl records and was particularly inspired by discovering records from iconic Kenyan artists like Sal Davis, John Nzenze and Kelly Brown.

His first album “Son of Kiberawas released in 2020 and caught the attention of many fans who were struck by his new take on hip hop with influences from sounds from different eras.

The title “Ikigaicomes from the Japanese word meaning “purposewhich, he explains, is a challenge to focus on the purpose of life, beyond vanity.

He divides it into six themes represented by each of the EP’s songs; inspiration, ambition and learning from mistakes; to love and be loved in return; creativity and faith in prayer; have fun and share lessons learned in life.

The first track”I amhails the bravery and sacrifice of freedom fighter Dedan Kimathi as a reminder of the lasting legacy of the liberation hero who was executed by British colonialists.

While studying for her degree in International Relations, Phinoshey developed an interest in studying the history of Kenya from pre-colonial times and this sparked an awakening in her consciousness.

The artist along with rapper, singer and drummer Tom Payne whom he first met in the church choir in 2015, uses Kimathi’s story in the context of current events in Kenya, particularly their experiences personal.

“In modern Kenya there is no leadership, most people in positions of responsibility pursue their agenda and that is why many young people are reluctant to vote in elections,” says Phinoshey.

Graveis a simple rap song expressing Phinoshey’s determination to succeed in his personal life and career through thick and thin. with a scathing rebuke to enemies who “just want to see you fall”.

He says his dreams don’t sit well with his critics who try to dissuade him from pursuing his ambition, but the negative comments are what keep him going.

“I let the haters know that I’ve upped my game and they too should find their purpose,” says Phinoshey. “I’m not afraid to chase my dreams. If I fall, I take that as a lesson.”

Phinoshey shows her softer, romantic side in “Love storyas he serenades a girl he’s fallen in love with and asks her for a chance to prove he can be a “better man.”

“I’m saying I want to be able to love and be loved back, which is a feeling most people can relate to,” Phinoshey says.

The song has an R&B arrangement flavored by a saxophone riff played by Edwin Mbogo, who also plays the same instrument on “Pistols and Roses.”

The song “gun and rosespaints a picture of how Phinoshey gives back by sharing knowledge and lessons learned with everyone he meets through his music.

He shares African history, political realities, current affairs and family relationships and offers his perspective on happiness and success in life.

Phinoshey wrote the hook for the song and asked Selina Aketch Angar, known as sage An! Les to sing guest voices that she delivers with aplomb.

Phinoshey lays out his muse to the funky beat of “Mojoas he explains how integral God is to his life, blessing him with talent, resources, connections and tools for music.

“God gave me musical talent and if it wasn’t for music, I wouldn’t have finished college. Music saved me,” he says.

“From digging up cases of records, to sampling vinyl, and the whole process of getting to a finished product and impacting someone’s life, it was all inspired by the Almighty.”

The catchy sound of “Good feelings” is a reminder that you can still enjoy the good times in life with your family and friends, just like previous generations, even with all the pressures of modern life.

Both “Mojo” and “Good feelingswere inspired by listening to the records of 1970s and 80s funk icons like Slim Ali and Kelly Brown.

Phinoshey will give his fans the first chance to see him perform songs from his new EP during a live show at The Alchemist, Nairobi on June 2, 2022.

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K-Pop fans can now merge with some of their favorite bands on Spotify — Spotify https://kenthe390.com/k-pop-fans-can-now-merge-with-some-of-their-favorite-bands-on-spotify-spotify/ Fri, 20 May 2022 15:03:04 +0000 https://kenthe390.com/k-pop-fans-can-now-merge-with-some-of-their-favorite-bands-on-spotify-spotify/

K-Pop fans, Spotify has a listening experience that will let you connect with your favorite bands in a new way. Through Spotify To mix together feature, you can sing and dance to a whole new set of playlists that fuse your personal musical tastes with those of some of the biggest names in K-Pop.

Blend was introduced last year as a new way for two Spotify users to combine their music preferences into a shared playlist designed just for them. Earlier this year we announcement updates that included the ability to mix and match with some of your favorite artists.

Now Spotify is expanding the Blend artist collection to include K-Pop superstars BTS, stray kids, ENHYPEN, TOMORROW X TOGETHER, NMIXXand AB6IX. When you mix with these artists, you get a curated playlist that combines your favorite tracks with theirs. You’ll also receive a card to share showing your taste scores and the songs you’re closest to. Cards can be shared directly to Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat or Twitter so you can show off your matches with other members of the ARMY, Stay, ENGENE, MOA, NSWER and ABNEW fanbases.

Ready to see what these bands have been listening to lately? Grab your headphones and mix it up by following your favorite K-Pop artist‘s link below.

Mix with BTS

Mix with NMIXX

group NMIXX stand in front of the camera posing.  Some members are kneeling and others are standing.

Mix with the stray kids

The stray kids in the group stand in front of the camera posing.  their shadows appear behind them.

Mix with TOMORROW X TOGETHER

the group Tomorrow x together is on a white background posing in front of the camera.

Mix with ENHYPEN

the group enhyphen pose for the camera in this black and white photo.  they are holding a sign that says

Mix with AB6IX

the group ab6ix stand outside in front of a concrete structure and pose for the camera.

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