Tuesday, December 28, 2010


We just love to hate them don’t we? I am in actual fact a founding member of the MAWE* coalition. A think-tank dedicated to rid the world of the weave.
(*Men Against Weaves Everywhere)

A “weave”, according to the Merriam Webster dictionary, is defined as :-

Weave : verb \ˈwēv\

  1. to form (cloth) by interlacing strands (as of yarn);specifically : to make (cloth) on a loom by interlacing warp and filling threads
  2.  to interlace (as threads) into cloth : to make (as a basket) by intertwining

Hmm, it isn’t even in the dictionary (10 points to MAWE)

I had to look elsewhere for a more definitive definition, “weave” is defined by the world renowned UrbanDictionary.com as :-

A form of hair extension often used by black women and celebrities.
It's woven, or glued, into the hair from the track. If done right, it comes out cute. It may even look real, if it’s done real good.

Now, women do all sorts of things to look good. A weave is just one of them so why all the hate?

I come from accounting background, so for me, as a professional, as long as you have the receipt, it’s your hair.

I don’t even have a problem with the concept that its “fake”, I’m routinely bewitched by girls wearing contacts all the time, even when I know that there’s no way in hell an African chick has gray eyes.

Weaves have even been proven to save lives!

In fact, millions of women and girls in Kenya routinely add thin strands of black, brown, occasionally red and sometimes luminous green plastic to their hair all the time (they call them braids), but you never hear anyone hate on a chicks braids, that is of course, when they are freshly done, occasionally, some women will keep braids in longer that they should, THEN we have a problem.

Therein lies the root of the problem I have with weaves,


Most weaves are just done badly, from Day 1 it just looks off.

There’s a noticeable bump, or the thing is a different colour from the rest of the chicks hair, or the hair moves independently from the head it’s on, I really could go on for ages.

I choose to look at any enhancement a chick does to look hot as being similar to special effects in a movie.

The movie industry depends on a phenomenon they call “willing suspension of disbelief” to introduce special effects into movies, your mind on some level has to accept the special effects as being real for you to enjoy the movie.

Weaves, when they are done as badly as they are done in Kenya are like bad special effects, they ruin the movie.

So ladies, if you’re not willing or able to spend the thousands of shillings needed to get a weave like Tyra’s…


Monday, December 20, 2010

Sauti Sol

Sauti Sol Rocks.

I was at Blankets & Wine St. Marys Alumni Edition, The generator failed, their performance ended prematurely. So they come down off the stage.

For about 30-45 minutes there are frantic attempts to get it back online, but to no avail, Eric Wainana who was on next, disappears into the crowd, Muthoni, stressed out, was still right there at the generator trying to get it fixed (Pole sana madam, these things happen), The Oyier Brothers, nowhere to be seen, but Sauti Sol...

They come down right to the tents where guys are sitting and do a micro-show, no band, no fancy stage and big sound, just Chimano, Bien and Delvin singing their hearts out with Polycarp on the Guitar, just like when they were a group of guys in the garden at the Alliance Francaise trying to impress the girls.

Chris Bittok sees this, runs to his car, gets his sax and joins in.

That 20 minute “show”, the 6 odd songs they did, right there in the middle of that small crowd, that was worth the Shs. 1,000/= I paid for the ticket.

Their new album, Sol Filosophia is out right now, I suggest you go out and buy it for one reason...

Sauti Sol gets it, the fans are everything.


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