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REAL ESTATE BUSINESS

By Caren Rotich

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In the 21st century there has been a shift from home ownership to renting of homes which has given a boost to the apartment -rental niche in the market.

Apartments attract tenants year in, year out. Therefore, buying and renting apartments can provide a very good opportunity for the real estate investment companies.

To enter this lucrative business, you need to know how to locate and buy apartments and rent them. But the most important thing is for you   to register your business. Registering your business helps you gain financial protection from business debts.

The other important thing is for you to ensure that you have obtained a residential real estate license. A license ensures that you are recognized by the law and that you know your legal duties and responsibilities   as a licensed individual or a company.

In this kind of business, ensure that you establish business credit for your company. Most or we can say, many mortgage lenders are hesitant to lend to new companies who dont have a credit history. Your personal credit, even if it’s a brief credit history, can easily give you a boost in this area.

Also ensure that you work with local mortgage lenders , proficient real estate agents and qualified property managers, to help you locate properties for sale. Here, you need to establish as many contacts as possible in order to receive quick notifications, when little-know properties are going up for sale.

And once you have identified an apartment in good condition, purchase it, refurbish it and then rent your apartment properties. Make sure they always have fresh paint, new appliances and the full range of amenities offered by competing companies in your area.

When all is said and done, you can now place your property listings online or as advertisements or you can also place them in the local real estate listings available in your area.

With this kind of information on buying and renting apartments, you can now venture into this lucrative  kind of business. And with time you will be all smiles into the bank.

 

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The Beautiful Congolese World of Music 

When you look at Congolese music the question that comes into mind is whether it ever reached its full potential and whether it is a reflection of what Congo as a country has become.
For a country that has undergone decades of social and political unrest, the Democratic Republic of Congo, or Zaire, as the country was known until 1997, has produced some of the finest music in Africa.
Rumba has survived for generations through sheer innovation, experimentation and fusion with diverse styles from different parts of the world.
In turn, rumba has influenced other popular music styles on the continent, notably Benga in Kenya, highlife in Ghana and Cameroon’s Makossa.
Today young Congolese musicians, much like their predecessors, are blending and experimenting rumba with dancehall, hip-hop, house, and R&B.
In the 1940s it was the influence of Latin-American styles like son, cha-cha-cha, and merengue which, some have argued, were transported across the Atlantic by the slaves from the Congo Basin.
In the 1950s, rumba bands known either as orchestras or jazz bands introduced instrumental sections with guitar, saxophone, and percussion (drums and shakers).
By the mid-1950s the electric guitar gave the music the sound that distinguished it from jazz and Latin bands

Joseph “The Grand Kalle” Kabaseleh, the father of modern Congolese music, dominated the scene in both Kinshasa and Brazzaville with his band, African Jazz, which also featured the legendary guitarist Dr. Nico.
It was Kabaseleh who composed the iconic “Independence Cha-Cha” to celebrate the birth of the independent nation in 1960.
The music was modern yet rooted in tradition, cosmopolitan but authentically African. This was the first pan-African sound and the precursor of what was to come over the next two decades, with the unrivaled popularity of Congolese music.
“Franco” Luambo Makiadi and his TP OK Jazz developed a style called rumba odemba, complete with a full horn section, three saxophones, four trumpets, up to six electric guitars, drums, congas and a large selection of vocalists accompanied by dancers.
Franco and his nemesis, Tabu Ley, who started the band Afrisa after his time with Kabaseleh and later with Dr. Nico in the early 1960s, were the most influential figures in helping spread the music to different parts of the continent and beyond, to Europe and America.
Rumba continued to evolve in interesting ways in the 1970s with the emergence of soukous, a style defined by a mid-song rhythmic change called sebene, an improvised solo guitar section.
This sound was influenced by the global popularity of rock ‘n’ roll and funk, following the famous performance by King of Soul James Brown at the “Rumble in the Jungle” in Kinshasa – the celebrated world heavyweight boxing fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in 1974.
The most revolutionary Soukous band was Zaiko Langa Langa, formed in 1969 by a group of high school students from Kinshasa and led by Papa Wemba.
The iconic star built a reputation for energetic music structured around a snare drum, rhythm section, sebene and an unparalleled sense of fashion that won the band a significant youthful fan base.
The political and economic upheaval in Kinshasa did not spare the music industry, with recording studios forced to shut down and record pressing plants unable to leave their doors open due to the lack of vinyl.
This led to the exodus of Congolese musicians to Europe via the Ivory Coast. Abidjan marked not only a launching pad to Paris and Brussels, but also the beginning of a whole new sound that was to stamp Congolese dominance on African music for another two decades. The Congolese musicians in France developed a working relationship with Ibrahim Sylla, an Ivorian whose record label Syllart Productions became the home of the Soukous greats; Bopol Mansiamina, Wuta Mayi, Syran Mbenza, Nyboma Mwandido, Pepe Kalle and Tshala Muana.
Sylla developed the ‘Paris Soukous’ which became popular throughout the 1990s with repeated guitar riffs combining rumba with salsa and zouk and giving rise to new variants of Congolese music identified by dance routines like kwassa kwassa and ndombolo.
No artist perfected this style more successfully than Kanda Bongo Man, a singer and flamboyant showman whose up-tempo songs and choreographed stage shows turned him into a sensation in many parts of the world.
There was a fierce rivalry and defection between the two giants of rumba in the old rumba era, Franco and Tabu Ley, and high profile feuds remain a fixture of modern Congolese music.
Wenge Musica was the most popular band in Kinshasa for most of the 1990s until a clash of egos between the two stars in the group, Werrason and JB Mpiana, led to the group’s break up. Currently, Ferre Gola, who is a former protégé of both Werrason and Koffi Olomide, and Fally Ipupa, also a former member of Koffi’s Quarter Latin, are constantly sniping at each other.
Survivors of the older generation of rumba like Sam Mangwana have been critical of the modern sound, describing the current state of Congolese music as a crisis point.
The response from Koffi Olomide, who popularised slower-tempo soukous known as tcha tacho, has been that this is all part of the evolution of music and that Congolese sounds are still the most influential across Africa.
Perhaps the future of Congolese music lies in a new generation of performers like Baloji, a rapper born in DRC but raised in Belgium, who returned home in 2012 to record an album, Kinshasa Succursale, with veterans like Konono No.1 and Zaiko Langa Langa.
The album won much praise for its bold mix of hip-hop and rumba, including a stunning reworking of Kabaseleh’s liberation anthem “Independence cha-cha” recorded with rumba legend Wendo “Papa Wendo” Kolosoy’s band.

POULTRY KEEPING

Poultry  keeping is one of the most popular enterprises among farmers in Kenya, especially to the small scale farmers.  This is because, poultry farming is one of the cheapest farming enterprises. With as little as 5,000 shillings, you can start poultry farming.

This type if enterprise is one of the most important aspects of agriculture in Kenya because it provides employment to the jobless an the youth. Poultry farming also creates business opportunities for entrepreneurs. With the type of chicken you rear, one can always make good money from selling chicken. Having in mind that a day old chick goes for as little as 150 shillings.

KUKU

There are three types of chicken which are known to poultry farmers. We have the layers which are reared for egg production. You can sell the eggs to your nearby market. A create of eggs

HOW TO START A BUSINESS BUYING APARTMENTS AND RENTING THEM

IN THE 21ST CENTURY THERE HAS BEEN A SHIFT FROM HOME OWNERSHIP TO RENTING OF HOMES WHICH HAS GIVEN A BOOST TO THE  APARTMENT -RENTAL NICHE IN THE MARKET.

APARTMENTS ATTRACT TENANTS YEAR IN, YEAR OUT. THEREFORE, BUYING AND RENTING APARTMENTS CAN PROVIDE A VERY GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR THE REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT COMPANIES.

TO ENTER THIS LUCRATIVE BUSINESS, YOU NEED TO KNOW HOW TO LOCATE AND BUY APARTMENTS AND RENT THEM. BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS FOR YOU  TO REGISTER YOUR BUSINESS. REGISTERING YOUR BUSINESS HELPS YOU GAIN FINANCIAL PROTECTION FROM BUSINESS DEBTS.

THE OTHER IMPORTANT THING IS FOR YOU TO ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE OBTAINED A RESIDENTIAL REAL EASTATE LICENCE. A LICENCE ENSURES THAT YOU ARE RECOGNIZED BY THE LAW AND THAT YOU KNOW YOUR LEGAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  AS A LICENCED INDIVIDUAL OR A COMPANY.

IN THIS KIND OF BUSINESS, ENSURE THAT YOU ESTABLISH BUSINESS CREDIT FOR YOUR COMPANY. MOST OR WE CAN SAY, MANY MORGAGE LENDERS ARE HISITANT TO LEND TO NEW COMPANIES WHO DONT HAVE A CREDIT HISTORY. YOUR PERSONAL CREDIT, EVEN IF ITS A BRIEF CREDIT HISTORY, CAN EASILY GIVE YOU A BOOST IN THIS AREA.

ALSO ENSURE THAT YOU WORK WITH LOCAL MORGAGE LENDERS , PROFICIENT REAL ESTATE AGENTS AND QUALIFIED PROPERTY MANAGERS, TO HELP YOU LOCATE PROPERITES FOR SALE. HERE, YOU NEED TO ESTABLISH AS MANY CONTACTS AS POSSIBLE IN ORDER TO RECEIVE QUICK NOTIFICATIONS, WHEN LITTLE-KNOW PROPERTIES ARE GOING UP FOR SALE.

AND ONCE YOU HAVE IDENTIFIED AN APARTMNET IN GOOD CONDITION, PURCHASE IT, REFURBISH IT AND THEN RENT YOUR APARTMENT PROPERTIES. MAKE SURE THEY ALWAYS HAVE FRESH PAINT, NEW APPLIANCES  AND THE FULL RANGE OF AMMENITIES OFFERED BY COMPETING COMPANIES IN YOUR AREA.

WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, YOU CAN NOW PLACE YOUR PROPERTY LISTINGS ONLINE OR AS ADVERTISMENTS OR YOU CAN ALSO PLACE THEM IN THE LOCAL REAL ESTATE LISTINGS AVAILABLE IN YOUR AREA.

WITH THIS KIND OF INFORMATION ON BUYING AND RENTING  APARTMNETS, YOU CAN NOW VENTURE INTO THIS LUCRATIVE  KIND OF BUSINESS. AND WITH TIME YOU WILL BE ALL SMILES INTO THE BANK.

 

IN THEIR DAYS MAROON COMMANDOS

 BY CAREN ROTICHCOMMANDO

Maroon commandos is a musical group from Kenya. The military band belonging to the 7th riffle of the Kenya army, was formed in 1970 by the late Habel Kifoto, who was also their bandleader. Kifoto died in July 2011, in Nairobi, after he collapsed due to a suspectesd heart failure. The Maroon Commandos band perform rhumba, benga and other styles of music and often play their music at state functions.

Ater it was formed in 1970, the band  signed with Polydor Kenya in 1971 and released a song, “Emily”. But in 1972, the band had a tragic road accident, which left some of the members dead. This lead the band to be dorminant for 5 years. They later  released the album, “Raziki Haivatu”, after 1977.

In 1978,  they recorded and released their greatest single  and first major hit, “Charonyi ni wasi”,  (song) – who’s lyrics were written in Taita language, and won a silver disc in 1981, which saw them sell approimately 30,000 copies in 3 months.

The band  which has more than 10 albums, is popularly known for the familiar anthem, uvivu (song)  Christina and Riziki.

Some of the band members were David Kibe,  who after some time left the band  after he rose in the military ranks and had no more time for the band. laban Ochuka who was also a member of the band, left to play for another  band and later died in 2006. Other members were Diwani Nzaro and David Kombo, who joined then band in the late 80’s, and is also the current band leader.

The band, also had female members, like the 2011 nominee for the best female Afro Fusion artiste at the East African Music Awards, Doris Chepchumba Tanui who was known for her Kalenji hit song “Kipla” (Song Kipla), and also singer Barbara Chepkoech Cheptaab Kiprotich,  aka Waridi, who’s known for her kalenjin hit song “Tilyenun”.(Song- Tilyenun).

Their prowress as vocalist and song writers shone through the bands releases like their  2008 peace album, Kenya Unite  (Song) which was written in response to the 2007 – 2008 Kenyan Post – election violence.

For over 30 years now, the Maroon commandos, has remained to be Kenya’s consistent and most celebrated band.