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KENYA’S ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY GETS MAJOR RECOGNITION

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Irene Major (right) with her sister Elsa

There appear to be ever increasing signs that the entertainment industry in Kenya is going from strength to strength and is now attracting international artistes.

Hot on the heels of the success of Kenya’s film industry with releases such as Nairobi Half Life, the international success now enjoyed by Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years A Slave, and the award-winning recognition of recording artistes such as Nameless, Wahu, Avril, Wyre and Redsan, an international star has jetted into Nairobi this week to look at what Kenya has to offer.

MAJOR MAJOR STAR JETS IN…

Singing star Irene Major, who together with her sister Elsa forms the Major Major duo (www.majormajor.com) have had international hits with Birds, Poster Girl, Love Me Boy, and most recently Romeo, is in Nairobi this week to meet with local TV and film producers and take a closer look at Nairobi’s home-grown film and music production facilities.

Ms Major, a top model, former Miss Cameroon and ‘Bond girl’ (Die another day with Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry) appeared with Sacha Baron Cohen in Ali G in Da House and has recently returned from Madagascar where she was a judge and guest on the talent show The One. Major Major’s Love Me Boy, written by Ivor-Novello winning songwriter Pete Kirtley, attracted more than 1.3 million views on Youtube.

NAIROBI HAS THE TALENT AND EXPERTISE

Major with top Kenyan TV producer David Sanders

Ms. Major (left) with top Kenyan TV producer David Sanders

“I’m looking at recording and filming our next release in Nairobi and at other projects”, Irene told the Star this week. “Nairobi is fast becoming a centre for the entertainment world. There’s the expertise talent, recording studios, and production facilities here that artistes need”.

Ms Major was spotted on Tuesday evening at the Brew Bistro on Ngong Road in the company of  TV producer David Sanders (The Patricia Show) and Chris Foot, Chairman of the Kenya Film Commission. Since then, our informant tells us, she has been to visit film and recording studios at Jamhuri Park.

Onwards and upwards for Kenya’s as an international centre for entertainment, says the Kenya Forum, and now possibly with a Major, Major boost! We welcome Ms Irene Major and hope she and her equally glamorous sister return to film and record in Nairobi.

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