Groovy Jo (born Joan Nyabaro) is a rapper, singer, and songwriter whose sound combines trap, hip-hop, drill, Afrobeats, Ragga, and Afropop.
The 24-year-old was on the Homeboyz Jumpman Freshman List and nominated for Best Female Artist in the 2019 Unkut Awards.
What’s your background? What got you into rap music?
I started rapping back in high school after I joined the choir when I was in form one. Later, I connected with two other girls who were my friends at that time and we just started writing raps and entertaining our classmates – that’s back in 2012. I started it professionally in 2018. Rap was my escape from everything. I grew up very quiet, didn’t talk that much and rap was a way I could express myself in a way just speaking couldn’t.
How long has music been part of your life?
My whole life, honestly. I grew up listening to Madonna, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Michael Jackson was my dads’ favourite artiste. My older sister got me into rap. She would rap Tupac, Jay-Z, Eve and all the artistes who were popping at that time and I was just always in awe because I didn’t understand what she was saying but it’s just how she delivered it that made me want to do this.
How would you describe your musical style?
I think I pick up a little bit of everything from what you hear from me. You could easily tell my musical influences: Kanye, Nicki, STL and Tyler, the Creator. I call my type of rap edgy hip hop and trap. I also try to push the boundaries lyrically.
What is the first album you ever owned? How did you acquire it?
The first album I ever owned was downloaded. Does that count? (Laughs). Anyway, it was 808s and Heartbreak. I think it was the first ever tape that I ever downloaded and listened to because I never really listened to tapes and albums that started way earlier.
How did the name Groovy Jo come about?
I used to call myself Groove. But it really came from one of the first songs I recorded. I just mentioned it and it stuck. I was so hesitant on changing it but it just fit my brand and it had a piece of my real name in it so I went for it.
What are three things you look for when you see an artist play live?
Band, stage presence and the way the artist interacts with the fans. I love Chris Brown, Tyler, the Creator and Tory Lanez as performers. I feel like they are the most creative. They tick everything for me.
What’s a song you have stuck in your head these days?
Kendrick Lamar’s N95 and Rich Spirit are in deep. There’s just something about Kendrick that has his music stuck in your head can’t really explain it. I also love Pradadabang by IDK featuring Young Thug.
Where do you find your artistic inspiration?
From everything around me – my parents, friends and my favourite artistes who are Kanye West, Tyler, the Creator, Kendrick, IDK, Nicki Minaj, Doja Cat, just to name a few. They inspire my craft, my articulation and my delivery.
Who’s your fashion icon and why?
They change a lot, but my favourite at the moment is Teyana Taylor. She sure can dress. She’s always looking good and I feel like I lean more towards her type of fashion.
Give us an insider tip on what bands or artistes are about to break.
Now, I don’t know about that honestly but speaking of – when are Just A Band dropping? I heard they are reuniting, so that’s exciting.
What should we expect from your upcoming album Groovy Way Deluxe?
New sound, a fresh outlook on everything, heavy bars and a different side to Groovy you never thought you needed.
What does your daily routine look like?
Recently it’s been working out, going to the studio, meeting up with a few people, getting work done then back home, and repeat. My life is super boring. (Laughs). The studio is the most exciting thing for me.
In what way do you aim to make a difference?
I want anyone who ever felt inadequate in themselves and who felt like they never got to be heard can take back their lives and change it for the better like I did. I grew up feeling so small and not really knowing where I fit in when all I had to do was stand out. Once I discovered this, I became unstoppable. That’s why I aspire to inspire those who don’t know where they fit.
Jalang’o Still Open For a Radio Job Despite Lang’ata MP Win, “Why Not?”
Lang’ata MP-elect Phelix Odiwour alias Jalang’o has announced some changes in his career following his win in the just concluded General Elections.
The media personality has already relinquished his popular YouTube channel, Jalango TV.
“Jalango Tv is now in the hands of my team but once or twice ill be doing high-profile and political interviews. I will also use it to showcase the different projects we are doing in Langata,” said the former Kiss FM radio presenter.
Jalas, who also doubles up as an emcee and club promoter, has also had to give up his clubbing gigs.
He announced the changes in a detailed post on social media, answering questions from his fans. One of the questions read: “Will you still be hosting club events and club appearances?”
To which Jalang’o responded: “NO! My new job comes with a lot of responsibilities and time for clubs might not be there anymore.”
The comedian is however still open for a radio job but on the condition that it ends by 9 am. Jalang’o said that while Lang’ata is his priority, radio remains his love.
“For now Langata is my No. 1 priority! Delivery of our manifesto and the promises we made to the electorate. Radio is my love and if I get a morning show that ends by 9 so that I can make it for bunge(parliament) on time then why not? I know many MPs who still do their jobs and deliver for their constituency,” Jalas said.
The first-time lawmaker will also keep doing advertisements and commercials.
“[I will still be doing a lot of advertisements] We will actually be now working with the young people of Langata in concept development and filming! I want to train as many young people as possible in our resource centers,” Jalas said.
He also outlined a demand to corporates seeking his services that they must support a community project in Lang’ata.
“For me to be a brand ambassador of your product you must commit to take up and support a community project in Langata!” he wrote.
Jalango further noted:
“We have already started talking to our different partners on how we can work together in different projects like Mwananchi credit where I am the brand ambassador are already committing to sink 20 boreholes in Langata.
“There is more value when you lift a community than an individual, I want to use my talent and connections to help uplift Langata!” He concluded.
Ruto’s Message To Public Servants Who Were Forced to Take Political Sides
President-elect William Ruto addressed public servants who backed Raila’s presidential bid telling them to keep off politics.
Speaking during the inaugural meeting of Kenya Kwanza elected leaders on Wednesday afternoon at Karen, Ruto termed public servants’ involvement in politics as an abuse of office.
“I am asking all public servants who have been forced to take public positions in the just-concluded General Elections to step back and be professional public servants and serve all Kenyans equally,” said Ruto.
Ruto said under his administration, all public servants will be required to leave politics to political players.
“Public servants from the top town to the chiefs and their assistants; we will be expecting them to serve people equally without favouring people on the basis of their political affiliations,” he said.
“Political business will be carried out by political actors. Political parties must organise themselves and their structures. Members of the public service will not be available to carry out political work for any political party. It is the only way we can have a government that delivers.”
Ruto at the same time assured that; “We will be running a democratic, transparent but accountable government.”
CS Magoha Apologises For Offensive Jokes: “Nobody is Perfect”
Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has appeared to say his goodbyes to Kenyans as his tenure in the Jubilee Cabinet administration comes to a close.
The outgoing minister spoke on Wednesday, August 17, when he commissioned phase two of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) classroom at Mwangaza Secondary School in Kayole, Nairobi county.
CS Magoha apologised for any of his jokes that may have offended the public, saying nobody is perfect.
“I want to thank you for having walked with me and having taken the good, the bad and the ugly side of me because that is a human being.
“There is nobody who is perfect, I believe that in order for me to be given the opportunity to serve in this capacity it was purely by the grace of God,” Magoha said.
The CS noted that his job required him to be firm, and in the process, he may offended some people.
“It has not been easy to be the CS for education and in order to move things forward. I have been very firm and sometimes extremely firm and in between the firmness, I have cracked certain jokes. I want to say without any fear of contradiction that that if any of those jokes went the wrong direction, that was not the intention and my apologies to the public. There is nobody who is perfect,” he said.
CS Magoha mentioned he had fulfilled his mandate.
“I respect everybody from the lowest to the highest. I get my courage first from God and second from Starehe Boys Training Centre. We are eagles and we fly high, and are not afraid, and we deliver as eagles even if you don’t like us.
“If during that process we looked as if we were arrogant, then we seek your forgiveness, but not that we are about to change. Eagles keep on flying and when the eagles are flying, they just disappear in the air, is what is going to happen to us.”
CS Magoha said he is keen to finish the last phase of the construction of Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) classrooms across the nation by the end of his term to ensure a smooth transition for his successor.
“We are now at 75 percent which leaves us with a tough nut to crack of about 1,200 classrooms. I strongly believe that we shall be able to complete the classrooms so that whenever the new CS takes over he finds that he has a smooth place to start from.”
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