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He has been one of the most prolific stars of R&B over the last two decades and fans of the genre will certainly relish the opportunity to watch Kenny Lattimore’s performance in Nairobi this weekend.

Such is the quality of his music that some of his classic hits notably “Never Too Busy” and the romantic ballad “For You” are still played frequently on many radio stations to this day, almost two decades since their release.

The singer, songwriter from Washington DC is not just a washed out star who harks back to an era gone by; his music still hits the contemporary R & B charts and he continues touring around the world. His ninth solo album “Vulnerable” released in 2017 continues in his trademark silky smooth R & B grooves delivered in emotive vocal fashion.

The album has produced chart hits including his version of the Phil Collins 1980s ballad “One More Night” and “More Than Life” which was written for his teenage son.

Lattimore’s mission statement is to sing to ‘the hearts of women and to the minds of men encouraging them in love’ His influences range from gospel music that he grew up on, to R & B greats, Chaka Khan and Marvin Gaye to Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder.

The concert repertoire of this classically trained singer typically combines songs from different generations of music; his current hits, classic R & B from 1970s and 80s all the way to songs from the 1940s and 50s.

“I love the idea of being completely diverse and having no boundaries as a singer, “ he said in an interview published by the African American magazine Ebony in October 2017.

The 52-year-old attended Howard University’s Fine Arts programme but dropped out as a freshman after getting a deal to join the group Maniquin as a lead vocalist. The group recorded just one album in 1989 before Lattimore relocated to New York City to pursue his solo career.

His self-titled debut album was released in 1996 yielding the hits “Never Too Busy” and “For You” which was nominated for a Grammy Award the next year.

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Lattimore arrival on the scene coincided with a period of rich renewal for R & B with the emergence of such talents like Maxwell and D’Angelo during the same era. Their appeal was down to a musical style that borrowed the finest elements of classic soul served on a contemporary edge.

Lattimore’s second album “From The Soul of A Man” was released in 1998 with the hit songs “Days Like This”. His fans in Nairobi will be looking forward to a unique experience when this crooner takes to the stage at the Carnivore Grounds tomorrow evening.

“It is going to be romantic!” he says in a video post on Twitter promoting the concert. “Bring your Mums, your sisters, boyfriends and friends.”

His third album “Weekend” was released in 2001 and the following year he married the female R & B star Chante Moore in a ceremony in Jamaica. The couple formed a musical duo with their first joint album “Things That Lovers Do” released in 2003. The album featured classic soul songs of the 1970s and 80s including a funky version of “You Don’t Have To Cry” originally by Rene and Angela.

That success of that project was followed by another joint album, “Uncovered/Covered” in 2006. After a nine-year marriage and two albums together, Lattimore and Moore announced their divorce in 2011

His own career continued with the release of another album of cover songs “Timeless” in 2008 led by the first single “You Are My Starship” originally by Norman Connors.

Lattimore took a break from the music business to focus on raising his son and refocusing his passion for the singing, songwriting and performing. He returned to recording with the 2015 album “Anatomy Of A Love Song”, and the following year a holiday album “A Kenny Lattimore Christmas”.

His latest album “Vulnerable” contains 10 beautifully written songs that continue in the Lattimore reputation of powerful melodic and lyrical quality. According to him, the thing that separates traditional R & B from the contemporary styling is the element of being able to sing it live in concert.

His fans in Nairobi will be looking forward to a unique experience when this crooner takes to the stage at the Carnivore Grounds tomorrow evening.

“It is going to be romantic!” he says in a video post on Twitter promoting the concert. “Bring your Mums, your sisters, boyfriends and friends.”

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World Bank pushes G-20 to extend debt relief to 2021

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World Bank Group President David Malpass has urged the Group of 20 rich countries to extend the time frame of the Debt Service Suspension Initiative(DSSI) through the end of 2021, calling it one of the key factors in strengthening global recovery.

“I urge you to extend the time frame of the DSSI through the end of 2021 and commit to giving the initiative as broad a scope as possible,” said Malpass.

He made these remarks at last week’s virtual G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting.

The World Bank Chief said the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered the deepest global recession in decades and what may turn out to be one of the most unequal in terms of impact.

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People in developing countries are particularly hard hit by capital outflows, declines in remittances, the collapse of informal labor markets, and social safety nets that are much less robust than in the advanced economies.

For the poorest countries, poverty is rising rapidly, median incomes are falling and growth is deeply negative.

Debt burdens, already unsustainable for many countries, are rising to crisis levels.

“The situation in developing countries is increasingly desperate. Time is short. We need to take action quickly on debt suspension, debt reduction, debt resolution mechanisms and debt transparency,” said Malpass.

ALSO READ:Global Economy Plunges into Worst Recession – World Bank

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Kenya’s Central Bank Drafts New Laws to Regulate Non-Bank Digital Loans

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The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) will regulate interest rates charged on mobile loans by digital lending platforms if amendments on the Central bank of Kenya Act pass to law. The amendments will require digital lenders to seek approval from CBK before launching new products or changing interest rates on loans among other charges, just like commercial banks.

“The principal objective of this bill is to amend the Central bank of Kenya Act to regulate the conduct of providers of digital financial products and services,” reads a notice on the bill. “CBK will have an obligation of ensuring that there is fair and non-discriminatory marketplace access to credit.”

According to Business Daily, the legislation will also enable the Central Bank to monitor non-performing loans, capping the limit at not twice the amount of the defaulted loan while protecting consumers from predatory lending by digital loan platforms.

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Tighter Reins on Platforms for Mobile Loans

The legislation will boost efforts to protect customers, building upon a previous gazette notice that blocked lenders from blacklisting non-performing loans below Ksh 1000. The CBK also withdrew submissions of unregulated mobile loan platforms into Credit Reference Bureau. The withdrawal came after complaints of misuse over data in the Credit Information Sharing (CIS) System available for lenders.

Last year, Kenya had over 49 platforms providing mobile loans, taking advantage of regulation gaps to charge obscene rates as high as 150% a year. While most platforms allow borrowers to prepay within a month, creditors still pay the full amount plus interest.

Amendments in the CBK Act will help shield consumers from high-interest rates as well as offer transparency on terms of digital loans.

SEE ALSO: Central Bank Unveils Measures to Tame Unregulated Digital Lenders

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Scope Markets Kenya customers to have instant access to global financial markets

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 20 – Clients trading through the Scope Markets Kenya trading platform will get instant access to global financial markets and wider investment options. 

This follows the launch of a new Scope Markets app, available on both the Google PlayStore and IOS Apple Store.

The Scope Markets app offers clients over 500 investment opportunities across global financial markets.

The Scope Markets app has a brand new user interface that is very user friendly, following feedback from customers.

The application offers real-time quotes; newsfeeds; research facilities, and a chat feature which enables a customer to make direct contact with the Customer Service Team during trading days (Monday to Friday).

The platform also offers an enhanced client interface including catering for those who trade at night.

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The client will get instant access to several asset classes in the global financial markets including; Single Stocks CFDs (US, UK, EU) such as Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google, BP, Carrefour;  Indices (Nasdaq, FTSE UK), Metals (Gold, Silver); Currencies (60+ Pairs), Commodities (Oil, Natural Gas).

The launch is part of Scope Markets Kenya strategy of enriching the customer experience while offering clients access to global trading opportunities.

Scope Markets Kenya CEO, Kevin Ng’ang’a observed, “the Sope Markets app is very easy to use especially when executing trades. Customers are at the heart of everything we do. We designed the Scope Markets app with the customer experience in mind as we seek to respond to feedback from our customers.”

He added that enhancing the client experience builds upon the robust trading platform, Meta Trader 5, unveiled in 2019, enabling Scope Markets Kenya to broaden the asset classes available on the trading platform.

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