torsdag den 20. januar 2011

Scoop: Record of the year ?

It's very early to start making any sort of predictions whatsoever as to which tracks will be causing mayhem on the airwaves this year but it's fair to say that if things continue as they have for the past few years, the prolific London duo Chase & Status may well be topping the upper echelons of the popular tracks on demand. It certainly sounds like they have stumbled on something rather phenomenal with their new single "Blind Faith" featuring Liam Bailey on the vocals. The track samples what sounds like a Lolleatta Holloway vocal for its riveting chorus and juxtaposes this with some fantastically crafted dubstep-esque beats that'll get any dancefloor pumping. This is one of those tunes with a very potent feel good factor, represented in its official video which attempts to re-incarnate the bygone days of massive underground illegal raves and mayhem. Don't say you haven't been warned, this number will scorch 2k11 !

Release date : 24th January 2011

Preview, Official uncensored video :

More from Chase & Status (Check out the videos section for some of their latest work, such as the less upbeat, more downbeat "End Credits" track.

The benediction of the morning sun

A tribute to the early morning dawn. To the misty colours and plumes that dance with the impending sun. Acta est fabula.

The wintry morning mist

Out from the depths of the still night

Damp, wispy, a haze in a maze of sight

The minute is ablaze with a hushed sincerity

Lurking, wittily-so, in subtle notoriety

The equation lies delicately posed

Implicitly poised, a tribute to the night before in an ode

Wispy, damp A maze in a haze of light

Lies the night, profound and spellbinding to the sight

Out from the crispy plumes of the bygone plight

Uncertain, senescent. Pearl shaded in a sea of damp grey

The stillness is uneasy, disturbed and perturbed by the amber ray

The juncture in ascendancy, A staccato chatter through the melting ice

Cling is all the plumes can, unfurled, unbuttoned. Purloined by the warmth

And so wanders the wintry morning mist, riveted from her roots by the wings of fate

A stranger departed, bequeathed.Vanquished and vindicated from the shadow of the night

søndag den 16. januar 2011

Destination Ngorika

One of the most liberating sensations when one is in Africa is the freedom to be one with nature that is afforded to those who wish to do a little bit more than ride along in some tourist bus on a national reserve. Trekking through wild, untamed Africa on foot is about the closest one can come to indulging in the stimulating ecstasy of enaging with the unblemished wilderness that, despite substancial urbanisation, continues to be a central feature of the continent.

My upbringing was characterised by many such-like excursions into the wilderness beyond the safe confines of the houses I grew up in and upon my return to Kenya, the urge to run off into the savannah plains and distant hills beyond my parents house was one that I did not waste any effort i trying to quell.

Here are some of the shots I took from my trips into the foothills of the Aberdare mountains, around the Mbaruk / Ngorika area, some on horseback, some on foot all magical and memorable.

The view of Lake Elementaita from atop Ngorika, with Masai country in the distance yonder.

Ngorika as seen from the grassy plains by the Mbaruk river

Ted atop Ngorika

Trekking across the Mbaruk valley, along the Uganda Railway I

Trekking across the Mbaruk valley, along the Uganda Railway II

Fisher's lovebirds at Hillsview Estate

Ngorika, seen from the burnt plains at the foot of the hill.

Trekking across the Mbaruk valley, along the Uganda Railway III

Mounted on Venus ahead of a foray into the Mbaruk valley

The Mbaruk river

Old Cactus on the slopes of Ngorika

Ngorika, seen from the farmland at the foot of the hill.

The tip of Lake Nakuru, with honeymoon hill on the right-hand side of the picture, seen from atop Ngorika.

The Ngorika highlands I

Parched pasture at the foot of Ngorika

Heading off into the Mbaruk valley with David.

Up on Ngorika, Lake Elementaita on the horizon

At the foot of Ngorika

Ngorika Highlands : Subsistence farming

Lake Elementaita, seen from Ngorika

One of the many dams in the Mbaruk valley

IDP (Internally Displaced People) camps on the foothills of Ngorika. These camps were created to house internal refugees displaced by the ethnic violence of the 2007 general elections that brought Kenya onto the brink of civil war. The government has repeatedly promised to relocate and resttle anyone displaced by the election violence but has fallen short on its guarantees, channeling funds destined for the aforementioned relocation into the back pockets of the very members of parliament and government officials who were responsible for sparking the horrific scenes of 2007.

Heron on the Uganda railway

Ngorika, seen from the Mbaruk swamplands.

A venomous spider on the slopes of Ngorika

Trekking across the Mbaruk valley, along the Uganda Railway IV

Atop Ngorika, enjoying a splendid view of the Mbaruk valley and in the distance, the town of Nakuru.

My Kenya in Pictures

An exposé of some of my photos from my recently concluded trip to Kenya, centered mainly around the area in which I grew up before I moved to Denmark and around the people and smiling faces that characterised my vivid dreamworld back then as they do now.

My sister June and my niece, Jessica

With Bakari (Right) and Saba (Left)

Lizard warming itself on a window sill.

My aunt Inger and my niece Jessica

"Mbwa Kali" Swahili for "fierce dog / dogs" : A common sight outside many plots and houses in Kenya whose intent is to ward off potential thieves.

My grandmother, now in her 90's and still going strong.
The multiethnic Hillsview Estate Children: Germany, Finland, England, Norway, Denmark and Kenya are all represented in this picture.

The Hillsview kids I

The Hillsview kids II

Saba (left) and Bakari (right) I

Saba (left) and Bakari (right) II

Holding my little Saba.

Grandma and my nephew Hawi, four generations apart.

My Masai shuka

Simba Mdogo

Blue skies over Lanet

Morning glory beaming beautifully in the early morning sun

Artwork at Greensteds International School

Greensteds International School: The lane by the Pad

Artwork by the junior boy's dorm, Greensteds International School

The enigmatic "Cornflake" grazing under the savannah sun

The staff bar, Greensteds International School

Mud housing with corrugated iron sheet roofing near Mbaruk.

The view out towards the Mbaruk valley from the cliffs by Greensteds.

My mum Karen and aunt Inger

Grandma and my nephew Hawi sharing a moment of bliss.

My brother Ted and nephew Hawi.

Myself, My niece Jessica and sister Pat

Dad, Mum, Aunt Inger, Myself, Patricia & Jessica

Myself, Hawi, Ted & Dad

Cacti on the Mau slopes, Njoro

Herdsboy tending his flock, The Mbaruk valley