By Evelyne Wareh
Jameson Connects Kenya is a new experience that will bring together international acts Tinie Tempah and Tim Westwood along with a line-up of local Kenyan artists and DJ’s to Nairobi on December 3rd 2016 at Nairobi’s Carnivore Grounds.
Tinie Tempah rose to fame in 2010 when his debut single ‘Pass Out’ hit number1. More huge crossover hits followed in the shape of his second #1 and Stateside breakthrough track ‘Written in the Stars’, as well as ‘Frisky’, ‘Miami 2 Ibiza’, ‘Invincible’ and ‘Wonderman’ – all of which featured on his debut album ‘Disc-Overy’ which went straight to number 1.
Numerous awards followed, including Best Breakthrough Act and Best Single at the BRITs; Best Newcomer at the MOBOs and an IvorNovello for Best Contemporary Song- all of which underlined his status as one of the most important artists of his generation.
For his second album, 2013’s ‘Demonstration’, Tinie decided to return to his roots, recording the entire album in the same Greenwich studio he’d made street hits like ‘Wifey’ and ‘Tears’.
He also refused to settle for anything less than perfection; he had songs re-produced, re-mixed and re-vocaled numerous times until he was 100% certain they were perfect. He also enlisted Manny Marroquin, engineer for everyone from Tupac to Kanye and Usher, as well as collaborations including Dizzee Rascal, Tom Rowland of The Chemical Brothers, Naughty Boy, Emeli Sandé, Paloma Faith, Laura Mvula, 2 Chainz and John Martin.
After the release of ‘Demonstration’, Tinie once again hitting the upper reaches of the charts with crossover singles such as ‘Trampoline’ and ‘Children of the Sun’, Tinie’s guest features extended with two more number 1 smashes with Cheryl Cole’s ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ and DVBBS&Borgeous’s ‘Tsunami (Jump)’.