DJ “Blinky” Bill Sellanga

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DJ “Blinky” Bill Sellanga is a Kenyan musician/producer and DJ based in Nairobi. He is also a founder of the Kenyan art and music collective Just A Band.

Sellanga chose his stage name "Blinky Bill" after seeing his name in a newspaper and thinking that it looked too boring.[1] The name was inspired by the Australian cartoon of the same name, which was also his nickname in high school.

Music career[edit]

When Sellanga studied at Kenyatta University, he met Daniel Muli and Jim Chuchu and formed the alternative art and music collective Just A Band. Their debut album, Scratch to Reveal, was released in 2008. In 2010, the music video for their hit single Ha-He became widely described as Kenya's first viral video.[2][3][4]

In 2018, Sellanga released his first solo studio album, Everyone’s Just Winging It And Other Fly Tales.[5][6] One of the album tracks, Feeling It, appeared on the original motion picture soundtrack of the 2018 film Rafiki. The album followed the EP We Cut Keys While You Wait from 2016.[7]

Emirates partnered with Sellanga in 2019 to create a "pan-African anthem" celebrating the talent and achievements of young Africans. It was part of Emirates' "New Africa" campaign.[8] The campaign described Sellanga as the "embodiment of a renaissance in African music".[9]

Sellanga is a TED fellow[10] and was named to the Yerba Buena Centre of the Arts’ 2018 YBCA 100 list of people shifting culture and creating change.[11]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Solo[edit]

  • Everyone’s Just Winging It And Other Fly Tales (2018)

Just A Band[edit]

  • Scratch To Reveal (2008)
  • 82 (2009)
  • Sorry for the Delay (2012)

EPs[edit]

Solo[edit]

  • We Cut Keys While You Wait (2016)

Just A Band[edit]

  • The Light Fantastic EP (2006)
  • BLNRB (2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blinky Bill, trailblazer of the Kenyan urban scene". PAM - Pan African Music. 2018-10-22. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  2. ^ Vinograd, Cassandra (2010-03-24). "Kenya Launches Country's First Viral Music Video". WSJ. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  3. ^ "The makers of Africa's first viral video: Just a Band at TEDGlobal 2013". TED Blog. 2013-06-13. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  4. ^ Meet Just a Band, the Art Collective Behind Kenya's First Viral Video | The New York Times, retrieved 2020-06-16
  5. ^ "Winging It With Blinky". Brainstorm. Retrieved 2021-01-11.
  6. ^ "Blinky Bill's New Album Shows That There Are No Limits to His Creativity". OkayAfrica. 2018-10-22. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  7. ^ "We Cut Keys While You Wait, by Blinky Bill". Blinky Bill. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  8. ^ Correspondent, B. T. (2019-03-28). "Kenyan musician Blinky Bill creates a pan-African anthem for Emirates". Business Today Kenya. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  9. ^ "https://twitter.com/emirates/status/1119254472381825024". Twitter. Retrieved 2020-06-16. External link in |title= (help)
  10. ^ "TED Fellows in the Field: Exploring Nairobi with "Blinky" Bill Sellanga". TED Blog. 2016-10-19. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  11. ^ "Past Honorees". YBCA. Retrieved 2020-06-16.