DJ Pinye back on the decks after six-year ‘retirement’

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By Stevens Muendo | 3 months ago
DJ Pinye [Courtesy]

DJ Pinye has made a comeback on the music scene about six years after he announced his retirement.

Pinye, real name Peter Chuani, announced his exit from the scene in 2016 during his birthday party attended by his father Joseph Chuani.  

He came back to the club scene a month ago and now another mega show awaits him tomorrow, August 28, in Nairobi’s The Clique Lounge and Restaurant.

He is set for yet another showdown dubbed Triple Jam – a 1990s nostalgic affair that will feature best friends Nijo and DJ Adrian.

“The last gig we had at the same venue attracted a mature crowd, the kind that we like playing for. Pinye, just like Adrian and I, received much love from the crowd, fans who had missed this kind of jam. I think Kenyans are calling for more of such gigs. Controlled limited-edition kind of gigs are the way to go during these Covid-19 days. It is a great concept,” DJ Nijo told Standard Entertainment.

Even though it is not clear if DJ Pinye's two back-to-back gigs a year after he celebrated his 50th birthday mean he is fully back, there are indications that more ‘special’ gigs could be lined up for him as his demand increases.

According to sources, the veteran star - known for pioneering The Beat, Kenya’s biggest showbiz TV show of its – made the hard choice to return to the decks after signing a lucrative contract with the Clique Lounge management.

Word also has it that a beer company is interested in signing a long-term deal with him.  

“This is the only gig I am spinning. This is special to me as I am joined by Adrian and Nijo with whom we make a good team. Am excited,” Pinye says.

During a media interview after his retirement, DJ Pinye said he was unapologetic for failing to play some Kenyan artistes.

In the 14 years The Beat aired, DJ Pinye received both praises and criticism as he kept his stand not to play music by some musicians.

Together with Nijo, Pinye has been hosting an online show christened Sunday Cruise that reminds his 1990s and early 2000s fans of the great New Jack Swing throwback days.

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