By Bridget Mutua
On Friday July 23rd , DStv Kenya launched a great initiative to support our very own Kenyan athletes at the London 2012 Olympics and our last remaining contestant left in the big brother house dubbed support team Kenya (#SupportteamKenya on twitter). The idea was record a flash mob dancing to namelessâ€™ song coming home, it is a beautiful song that really does embody the Kenyan spirit, and upload it on youtube [Watch it below]. The idea was and is to get the video to go viral, which it has as it’s now at 72,000+ views, and to show the world our united front and support for our very own.
I had a chance to sit and talk to the man behind the song that the guys in the flash mob were dancing to i.e. Nameless.
How does it feel to be a part of DStvâ€™s team Kenya initiative and have your song be used?
Nameless: I am very proud to be a part of this. When I was approached by super sport, theyâ€™d seen my song some time back showing support for the local Kenyan teams out there. For me when I was writing the song, I was writing it imagining how our sportsmen out there feel a lot of pressure. Coz even I, when I go out on tour and represent Kenya, I feel a lot of pressure, like the country is on my shoulders and I donâ€™t want to let them down. For me, when I was doing this song, I was trying to let them know that weâ€™re behind them and we understand their pressure but you do your best. When they approached me, I was very happy and the flash mob idea was a great idea, let guys on thestreet just come and dance to it and show Kenyans out there that weâ€™re behind them. I think it was brilliant and weâ€™re gonna see alotof guys into it and into the story of supporting our guys whatever the case, good or bad, we just support because we must realise they go through a lot of pressure when they are out there.
Will you open a twitter account to support team Kenya?
Nameless: the most I could do is facebook. Iâ€™m not really good at sharing whatâ€™s going on in. Iâ€™m really bad actually with that but many people have been telling me that I need to get on twitter and stuff like that and I guess I will but Iâ€™mnot good in saying whatâ€™s happening every minute of my day, because on twitter you have to be really committed. Iâ€™m an introvert, as much as I perform and all that, sharing what Iâ€™m going through is not that easy. Thereâ€™s also the issue of being known. Thereâ€™s a mixture of things. A couple of things have happened that have discouraged me also. Like saying too much of whatâ€™s happening in my life because people get to know too much and there are those who maybe donâ€™t have good intentions.
How about paying someone to run your account for you?
Nameless: I thought about that but only worry about that is that they might say things that are not really me. I want to be the one sharing whatever it is.
Is photography your hobby? (There was a professional looking camera on the table next to him)
Nameless: No, photography isnâ€™t. I like directing but this time I couldnâ€™t really direct. There were guys who were doing it and this was a bit harder. Itâ€™s a bit hard to direct a flash mob because you get one take. You canâ€™t stop it and say, ok, you didnâ€™t do this right. You have to do it in rehearsal and then you tell them now its do or die. You know when youâ€™re supposed to come. Someone may be far away, just tell to them come at this time. So, itâ€™s a challenge but they did it well, they came in at the right time *laughs*
Will you have another flash mob for the opening ceremony?
Nameless: I think most people will want to do it bigger. Much bigger and in a better space.
Will you be traveling to London to support our team or will you do it from home?
Nameless: No, unfortunately not. But I will be with them in spirit, supporting them courtesy of super sport
When will your next album be coming out?
Nameless: album, not yet but I just released a single, itâ€™s called usiniache and avideo will be coming out in mid-August. I am working on a compilation album though so be on the lookout.
Whatâ€™s your next project that Kenyans should be on the lookout for?
Nameless: Actually itâ€™s two. The first is called Kenya1. Itâ€™s a peace initiative with entertainers coming together to bring out a message of peace, this being an election year, we donâ€™t want a recurrence of â€˜07/â€™08. I am also working with Miss Koch, Miss Korogocho. Itâ€™s an education initiative in the Korogocho slums. Itâ€™s aimed at offering scholarships to the kids who do well in their KCPE exams but cannot afford to go to high school. We hope it will serve as a motivation to other young people to work hard as well. There will be a dinner at the carnivore put together by Miss Koch on the 2nd of August. Charges are 5000 per person and 50,000 for a co-operate table of 10.
That concluded my interview with Nameless.
I also got a chance to sit down with this yearâ€™s representatives and recent evictees from big brother Africa, Alex and Malonza and ask them a few questions.
Tell me about yourselves.
Malonza: I am a fun loving guy, adventurous. I like to try new things and Iâ€™m that cool chilled out guy. I love excitement.
Alex: for me, you guys saw it in the house. I get along with everyone, Iâ€™m a chilled out guy. I have no beef with people and I like meting other people.
Why did you decide to try for big brother?
Malonza: for me, I wanted to push myself. I wanted to see what my limits are and just to have that once in a lifetime experience you cannot get anywhere else and that excited me.
Alex: the truth is that itâ€™s because my brother convinced me. First of all I didnâ€™t want this, I was like this is big brother, itâ€™s a lot of exposure, privacy is over and done with so my brother is the one who made me feel like I can do the big brother show.
Did you get what you were looking for?
Malonza: yeah. Yeah. The moneyâ€¦ I did.
Did you get along with Prezzo (Jackson Makini)?
Malonza: yes, I did get along with Prezzo. We did talk we used to catch up on the 254. The first week it was crazy. I remember him telling me, â€œI was waiting for you guysâ€.
Are you rooting for him?
Malonza: For the celebs, yes, Iâ€™m rooting for Prezzo
Alex: Iâ€™ll be happy when Kenya wins, thatâ€™s ok. No hard feelings. Itâ€™s just a game and people have to understand and that people make connections in the house.
Speaking of which, do you still keep in touch with any of the housemates?
Alex: the funny thing that, by the way even though itâ€™s a game, you guys have to be friends. I keep in touch with Talia, Tamara, everyoneâ€¦ connected.
Malonza: definitely, I have people Iâ€™m keeping in touch with. From down Ville, we became more than just the drama and we created bonds. So yeah, like for example, Junia, Tamara.
Whatâ€™s next for you?
Malonza: I might try radio and at the same time do business. I believe in self-employment, so entrepreneurship.
Alex: Start a business. I hope Iâ€™ll make it.
Whatâ€™s the one thing youâ€™ve not been asked that you wish people would ask you?
Alex: what Iâ€™d like people to ask me is why they didnâ€™t find it funny when I complemented Goldieâ€™s eye lashes.
Malonza: Can I cook, thatâ€™s what I want to be asked. Yes, I can cook. I never really did cook in the house. I just take my time.
How did you get involved with the flash mob? Were you guys in there dancing?
Alex: it was actually crazy, itâ€™s a good cause but they have their own team.
Will you guys be supporting team Kenya in the Olympics? Big brother?
Alex: of course, we have to support Kenya.