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PRESS RELEASE: AGENCY5VE – VERSE5VE’S NEW RECORD LABEL

After the most recently concluded Famous5ve event, which hosted Multiple Award Winning American Artist – Sho Baraka on June 4th 2017, Verse5ve is on a roll as it announced operations of their new label – Agency5ve – today. Agency5ve, which is set to release its first product in the next few days, will majorly deal with all its artists’ brand management; marketing; music publishing; touring & merchandising; major partnerships and new business ventures for the brands on its roaster.

Agency5ve will officially be home to newly signed multi-talented rapper/artist Muhanjii in label. Muhanjii is a former member of The T412 Rap group and recently featured on Verse5ve’s recent Famouse5ve’s Open Mic Session(Class of 2017) Powered by Boom Play Music and Ghetto Radio 89.5 begins his solo career on a high with an untitled project already in the works and everyone literally waiting to hear and see him maximize this major career move.

Asked on why Agency 5ve settled on Muhanjii as the first artist under the Label, “Muhanjii has the thrill, Zeal and Energy new artists should have. I believe he can be a game changer in the Kenyan Christian Hip-Hop Industry and if everything works as planned he might actually just cross the East African borders” – Co – Founder Johnson Juma mentioned. Agency 5ve is the first label of its kind in Kenya that targets to grow the local Christian Hip-Hop scene. It might just grow to become a global phenomenon and join the leagues of Reach Records and Humble Beast.

Label Executive Dennis Karenge and Co-Founder Albert Zakayo highlighted the label’s desire to maximise on the advancement of digital media and technology in the music industry. “Our mission is to put Kenyan Christian Hip Hop music on the map as a premium region in African scene.” – Label Executive – Dennis Karenge commented. With their A – List team already executing major moves ahead of Muhanjii’s first single release scheduled for next week, Agency5ve cannot wait to see the success of this relationship and looks forward to the addition of other new and fresh artists to add to its roaster as time goes by.

For more: #AGENCY5VE #MUHANJII

Sho Baraka is coming to Kenya

Humble Beast’s recording artist, Sho Baraka will be live in Kenya on Sunday June 4th 2017 rocking the Nairobi crowd courtesy of Verse 5ve Events!!!!

For those who by chance have no idea who Sho Baraka is, below is some Biography:

Amisho Baraka Lewis (born January 10, 1979), better known by his stage name Sho Baraka, is an American Christian hip-hop artist and writer who has recorded both independently and as a founding member of the 116 Clique.  He was educated at Tuskegee University and the University of North Texas, Sho studied Television/Film, Anthropology, and Public Administration.  He was originally signed to Reach Records until leaving in March 2011. He then co-founded a record label and group known as “High Society” with fellow Christian rappers J.R., Swoope, and Suzy Rock. His debut album Turn My Life Up was released in November 2007. His second album Lions and Liars, was released March 2010. His third album Talented Xth was released in January 2013. His fourth album, The Narrative was released in October 2016. You can download it from humblebeast.com.

Sho Baraka has also done numerous overseas activist work, ranging from race relations in South Africa to establishing musical cohorts in Indonesia and is also the founder of Forth District. He now desires to blend his artistic platform with his academic leanings to contribute a unique perspective in both arenas in hopes of raising the standard, thereby raising the culture. Sho currently lives in Atlanta, GA and co-leads a consulting network that is active in cultural renewal.

Now ‘Verse 5ve’ is all about urban events happening every quarterly, hosted by Djs and artists showcasing the best of urban gospel including EDM, Hip hop, neo-soul, spoken word, beat boxing and more. The first Verse 5ve event was held on May 4th 2014 at Petma restaurant and the second dubbed ‘On My 5ve’ was held at Uptown foods restaurant. Currently the events go down at Memorial Park to accommodate the growing family of hiphop and urban music lovers and so far 12 events that have brought together the young and not so young is the pride of this team that pulls all this together. The last event, #Radical5ve showcased the first international act (Nigerian born and London raised) Seun “S.O” Otukpe whose currently under Lamp Mode recordings.

#Famous5ve is going down on June 4th 2017 at Memorial Park. This time round, there will one…no no! Its way better than that; there will be two international acts!!! That is, Sho Baraka and Dj Eazy from South Africa who has over 19 years of deejaying experience. The Kenyan acts will be So Real, Josh Xtra and P31. The resident deejays: Deejay Sanch and Deejay DoubleO will keep the speakers blazing from the decks and will be joined by a guest dj; Deejay A1, an alumni of Kubamba Deejay Kampus.  Churchboy, Manolo and Pompey as always will keep the crowd turnt! An open mic session that happens once a year in their quarterly events is one of the ways that Verse 5ve helps grow budding gospel artistes. Selected artistes (from submissions done earlier in the year) will have an opportunity to showcase their music live. Such a platform is the best exposure that any artiste can have.

Verse 5ve has already prepared the #Famous5ve playlist featuring jams from the artistes that will be holding it down on June 4th at Memorial Park. Get familiar with music from Shira Soreal, P31, Josh and Sho Baraka. Get your early bird tickets at 300/= exclusively via kenyabuzz.com before May 14th. #Famous5ve is sponsored by: Ghetto Radio 89.5, Little Ride Kenya, Performers Rights Society of Kenya, BLAZE Kenya, Black Forest House and Rough Diamond Projects

TICKETS SALES:
300 Early bird (on sale till May 14th) – exclusively available at kenyabuzz.com
500 Advance (May 15th to June 3rd) – available via 0710964626, kenyabuzz.com  and at the Memorial park gate
700 At the gate (Gate open from 1:30pm, June 4th)
You can also Dial *299*22 from your mobile phone and follow the instructions to get your tickets(powered by Haiya Events & Mtickets)

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Blog post written by Phoenix