TED is running a series of videos featuring its fellows talking about what they do, why they do it and how they do it. Blinky Bill’s is as artistic as the subject. He seamlessly weaves the story of how his environment;the city of Nairobi, influences his work.
It is an illuminating, albeit short, look into the artistic process of one of our most dynamic and innovative artists. It also explains elements like the title of his latest EP, We Cut Keys While You Wait. If you are well versed with the nuances of Nairobi, that title needs no explanation. (You can download the EP here)
The artist self produced the EP with the exception of Rise where he worked with Dillie on the track that features Sage. He also lists Nairobi dhobi, band mate at Just Band, and South African artist Aero Manyelo as collaborators on I should Have Learnt Kung Fu. Musyoka of Decimal Records mastered the project.
His upcoming show, the first as a solo artist since Just A Band took a break to work on solo projects, shares a title with the EP. The show, which will take place on the 25th at The Alchemist in Westlands, features the artists who collaborated with Blinky on the EP, with the exception of Maia Van Lekow.
Shappaman and Sage, who feature in Wacha Maneno and Rise respectively, shall be joined by MDQ, Taio, Marushka and Octopizzo as the performers alongside Blinky Bill.
The decks will be manned by Taio, the East African Wave and MixMaster Lenny.
Blinky, whom we have listed as one of the ten contemporary Nairobi cultural experiences worth checking out, is always pushing artistic boundaries as a multiple genre artist. He released the EP as an offering to his fans as he works on his album which he says he doesn’t want to rush.
It’s aim is to “mainly spread good vibes”, according to the artist.
We Cut Keys has received a very enthusiastic reception since its release in August, and the artist hopes to work on those good vibes and deliver what will potentially go down as one of the greatest shows of 2016.
Tickets cost Ksh.1500 for advance and Ksh. 2500 at the gate. Advance tickets are availbale at www.blinkybillmusic.com