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Sunday October 20, 2002




Redsan celebrates release of debut album 

Swabri Mohammed, better known as Redsan, whose singles have turned out to be popular with young fans, finally launched his debut album last month.

The "2003 Seasons of the Sun" boasts an eclectic mix of the older singles Wanipa Raha, Jully, Malaika and new ones Hate You So Much and Maybe.

Its launch at the Carnivore Restaurant, Nairobi, heralded a new chapter in the career of Redsan, who has released song after song without a break while many of his peers have staged on-and-off acts.

"I am very happy that my efforts have finally come to fruition," said Redsan after launching the album. He said it involved scrupulous recording efforts and support from his producers, Ogopa Djs.

In the 13-track album, which will retail at Sh1,200, Redsan has featured other popular artistes like Chameleone, Bebe Cool, Wyre, Caz and Naomi. 

Redsan has come a long way as a musician ever since he started by trying ragamuffin, imitating the legendary US-based artiste Shaggy while he was in Form Two at St Edward High School, Nairobi. 

He remembers getting a spanking from his father who was initially against his dabbling in music. For Redsan, the break came when he was nudged by friends to participate in the "Beats of the Season" music extravaganza of 1998.

At the fete, he shared the stage with maestros Maxi Priest, Papa Wemba, Them Mushrooms and Zanaziki. Since then, he has never looked back.

Many fans know Redsan for his collaboration with Ugandan artiste Chameleone (Jesse Mayanja) in recording unbeatable tracks, notably Bageya, which was sang in Kiluganda (Chameleone's native language), and Mikono Juu, a Swahili dancehall track.

The duo became immensely popular across the country as they were invited to perform in all major entertainment events. They also performed in Uganda, Burundi, Benin and Rwanda.

With the support of Redsan, Chameleone was the first one to release his debut album, which received an overwhelming response.

Now Redsan has followed suit and hopes to make an impression similar to the one made by his colleague.

Meanwhile, "Jaguan" (Charles Jaguan Kanyi), another up-and-coming artiste, has made a remarkable sortie into ragga music. 

The budding artiste, who once featured in various songs by the ragga duo, Jawabu, has released a single dubbed Utaweza Kweli, which is slowly making its way into the local charts.

The number, recorded by Mandugu Digital, features Hotie, a promising female singer.

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