They will go anywhere the Kenya-Stockholm Football team is playing and at any time to cheer them. They will take a week-end vacation from job just to make sure that they will be at the benches to watch that crucial match the Kenyans need to win to lift this coveted Cup called Africa Challenge Cup hosted by the Sports Association of Afro-Scandinavians (SAAS).
They will be at the field early enough to ensure that they occupy the strategic seats at the back benches where they can watch everything from a vantage point. They will cheer until they lose their voices in the name of encouraging the Kenyan boys to win the match to strengthen the “Najivunia kuwa Mkenya” slogan. They will display the national flag in turns throughout the game if that is what the players need to see to win. Sometimes, the flag is displayed upside down but for the fans, it doesn’t matter as long as the flag is there.
If possible, they will mobilize Kenyan preachers to the field to offer prayers if that is what it takes to win. In fact, they will even try Kenya-Stockholm ndumbas kuroga opponents ahead of the game and make them useless even before the match begins.
They have their music composers right at the field who weave slogans to be shouted at the enemy team. They will bring along Nyama Choma to the field and other consumables to keep the crowd alive and shouting. It doesn’t matter whether your favourite is Coca Cola or black coffee. It will be there and once you are served, you will be advised kujienjoy which means shout until the team scores a goal!
They will conspire to line up some of the cutest Kenyan chicks to encourage the youthful players to thwack the enemy. Whether you are a Kijana or a Mzee waKazi, you will be mobilized to come and show solidarity. If you refuse, you will face the mchongoano team which will tell you that your refusal to come and support the national team is as a result of your stupidity that even leads you to fail a blood test! “That’s why you are so stupid that you even steal free bread”, you will be told.
They know when a Kenyan player arrives in town and they will tip the Coach to fix the player as soon as possible to strengthen the team. In short, they know every Kenyan who can kick a ball and will send information to the Kenyan Coach to act. They form the mass of the passionate Kenya-Stockholm support crowd without which the Kenyan team will not be able to perform. If you have never been at the benches, try it this Saturday when Kenya meets Cameroon, a match the Nation must win against all odds.
After almost five years in the musical backwaters, Sweden-based Genge artiste Michael Mwangi aka Flexx, famed for the songs Namba Yako, Kama Wanitaka, Nyundo and Amejibeba is finally back. He shared his experiences with CAROLINE NYANGA.
Pulse: Why the name Flexx?
Flexx: Well it was a name given to me by producer Clemo due to my ability to venture in to all styles of music. From Reggae, Ragga, Benga and Genge, among others.
Sweden-based Genge artiste Michael Mwangi aka Flexx
P: Tell us why you had to leave for Sweden, especially when your music was doing well locally?
F: I felt it was time to be closer to my fiancÈe Salma who studies in Sweden. Like they say behind every successful man there is a woman. I still recall the day we met in 2003. It was during my first show at Carnivore alongside Jua Cali, Nonini, Mahatma, Nameless, Rat-a-tat and K-Shaka.
There was instant chemistry between us as we chatted and remained behind that night after the show. In 2006, I proposed to her in Nairobi at California Estate in front of Jua Cali and his girlfriend Liz among others. We are blessed with a baby boy.
P: You have been on the low musically, did you think of quitting?
F: I have not quit music. For me, music is a long journey that requires time to come up with the right product that will appeal the fans.
P: We hear you have a new project?
F: I’m in the process of completing my new album that I intend to launch in September in Nairobi.
The album is recorded with Maich Black of Herbal Records and my producer in Sweden. Clemo only produced the song Trophy Gal.
P: How do you relate to Clemo?
F: Clemo and I are still good friends. The only problem is that Clemo is ever busy despite my short notice visits hence forcing me to look for another producer. Maich Black offered me a good deal that I’m contemplating taking.
P: Your style of music seems to now sound mature, have you dropped sexual overtones?
F: Music being an art it is important for us to set a good example to those who look up to us by relaying positive messages that will help educate, and inform the society besides entertaining them.
P: How is your music doing abroad?
F: It is a misguided notion that Kenyan musicians abroad perform in small shady clubs in front of a handful of people. So far my music has been well received. The fact that I have managed to stage several shows in Sweden’s Vastaras, Germany’s Stuttgart and Finland’s Turku in front of a large number of people mainly whites in attendance is a clear indication that music has no barrier. Besides it is no secret that the African beat has quickly gained popularity the world over.
P: Has it been easy juggling your studies and music at the same time?
F: Well, although it has not been easy but the fact that I have my own studio Hut Records where I record some of my songs using my producer Robert (the Tanzanian) has made it a bit easier for me. Robert has also recorded Nazizi and TID.
I’m studying music production at SAE International School Sweden.
P: Was it easy adjusting to life abroad?
F: Initially it proved a bit tough but I have since adjusted. I had to study the Swedish Language for a one year and be able to speak it well before I could be allowed to settle there.
P: Tell us about your childhood?
F: I was brought up in Gatundu before moving to Jericho, Nairobi. I attended Kaibere in Gatundu and Dr Livingstone Primary Schools before deciding to run away from home after my parents secured me a chance to join SSD Secondary School.
It was not long before I recorded a Reggae/Ragga album at Hills Media studio South B with my cousin Saji under the name Yardman Crew. I joined Calif in 2000. Clemo was pleased with my work agreed to record my first song , Kama wanitaka for the sum of Sh1,000, which he later gave me back. Later I recorded a 12-track album, Mwana wa Mtaa that was not released.
P: Best Kenyan musician alive?
F: Juliani he is one person who understands what serious and good music entails besides stage performances. On the other hand, my role models are R Kelly and the late Nate Dogg. Locally it would be Hardstone.
SOURCE: EAST AFRICAN STANDARD
The African Challenge Cup tournament continues. Yesterday, the Kenya-Stockholm team was thwacked 7-0 by the Tanzanians in a match that started well but ended disastrously for the Kenyans. The Tanzanian team, which is the current champions in the tournament, is an extremely strong team and the Kenyans never underrated them from the time go. They are a well-knit team with a fast game and a tactical defence that spoilt scoring opportunities for the Kenyans.
Just about ten minutes into the game, the Tanzanians scored their first goal but this did not dampen the spirits of the Kenyans. Moments later, they increased their lead to 2-0 before the Kenyans equalized minutes before half time.
It was during the second half that the situation began to grow from bad to worse for the Kenyans. The Tanzanians began to score into the Kenyan goal almost at equal time intervals and by the time the final whistle was blown, it was clear that the Kenyans had been beated.
Backed by a huge crowd of supporters, the Kenyans tried their best although they seemed to appreciate the fact that the Tanzanians were more organized.
Today, the Kenyans are meeting Benin, a match that they need to win if they have to retain hopes of moving forward in the tournament. The match will be held at the same venue – Skarpnäck Sports ground from 14.00hrs. If the Kenyans cannot beat the rest of their opponents, they will have to say goodbye to the tournament and wait for next year.
Speaking to KSB, Coach Makan Macharia sounded upbeat that despite the set-back, they still have a good chance of advancing because the Tanzanians are the toughest in group A. “We still have a very good chance and much will depend on the number of goals we can collect and the matches we can win”, Makan told KSB.
In terms of support, the Kenyans had a massive crowd compared to the Tanzanians and although the fans were disappointed, most of those interviewed were satisfied that the Kenyans did their best. Supporters could only hope that the team will be able to move forward by collecting every victory possible in the remaining matches.