Walk off the Earth
Walk off the Earth is a Canadian indie pop band from Burlington, Ontario. They are known for their music videos of originals; the band is well known for its covers of pop genre music on YouTube, making use of instruments such as the ukulele and the theremin, as well as looping samples. The band's recorded music and videos are produced by member and multi-instrumentalist, Gianni "Luminati" Nicassio. Walk Off the Earth was formed in 2006 in Burlington, Canada; the band began releasing music independently and created a variety of cover versions of songs including The Gregory Brothers. In early 2012, the band's live cover of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" on YouTube gathered over 175 million views in a mere four months, receiving positive reviews from both Gotye and his co-singer on the song, Kimbra; the band released an accompanying video where all five members are shown playing on the same guitar simultaneously. The production was taken from the 26th cut of a 14-hour session. Ellen DeGeneres featured the band on her January 23, 2012, show where they played live, again on one guitar.
In February 2012, the band signed a recording contract with Columbia Records. They appeared in the Season 4 premiere of CTV's The Listener, performing two songs and socializing with the main characters in the bar, they covered "Rude" by Magic!, "Hello" by Adele, "Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO, "Payphone" by Maroon 5, "Roll Up" by Wiz Khalifa. In December 2012, Walk Off the Earth released an original single titled "Gang of Rhythm", they uploaded a cover of Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" to YouTube in January 2013, with four of the five band members and guest beatboxer KRNFX using only vocals. On March 11, 2013, Rolling Stone magazine streamed their unreleased R. E. V. O. Album in its entirety; the full-length R. E. V. O. Album was released on March 19, 2013, after which they commenced in the R. E. V. O. Tour through the US and Europe, they began another US and Europe tour, Gang of Rhythm, in 2014. The most recent tour was the Sing It All Away tour through Europe and North America, which began in 2015.
The band's YouTube video of Lorde's "Royals" was featured in the 2014 Grammy Awards. The band's original single "Gang of Rhythm" was chosen as the theme song for the Catalan TV show El Foraster; the group were featured on the soundtrack of the 2015 animated film La Guerre des tuques 3D, performing the song "You're My Sweater". Walk Off the Earth won a 2016 Juno award for Group of the Year, their latest video on "Issues" was filmed with The Next Step dancers Briar Nolet and Myles Erlick, was featured in Dance Spirit's magazine website and had more than 850,000 views on YouTube. In August 2017, the band's single "Fire in My Soul" was certified gold. Walk Off the Earth performed during the half-time show of the NFL playoff game, January 14, 2018, Minnesota Vikings vs. New Orleans Saints. On December 30, 2018, it was announced that band member Mike "Beard Guy" Taylor had died from natural causes, he was 51 years old. Walk Off the Earth subsequently cancelled their scheduled performance at the Niagara Falls New Year's Eve Canadian Broadcasting Corporation television special, a performance, to open their 2019 World Tour.
On January 7, 2019 they announced a free Tribute Concert for Mike "Beard Guy" Taylor. Presented by The City of Burlington and Sound of Music Festival, family and fans came together to celebrate Taylor’s life and legacy on January 13 at Civic Square in Downtown Burlington, ON. Special guests such as Scott Helman, members of Barenaked Ladies and more performed at the event, live-streamed by the CBC. On January 16, the band announced. In a video posted to their social media pages, the four members thanked their family and fans, stating that their tour would be devoted to honoring Taylor's memory. Current members Gianni "Luminati" Nicassio – vocals, guitar, drums, banjo, cello, keyboards Ryan Marshall – vocals, bass, trumpet, percussion, keyboards Joel Cassady – drums, vocals, keyboards, bass, sampler Sarah Blackwood – vocals, guitar, keyboards, mandolin, bass Touring musicians Lee Williamson – guitar, bass, ukuleleJames "Ervy" Ervin – trumpet, percussionZach Gerber – drums, bass, percussionPast members Pete Kirkwood – drums, percussion Mike "Beard Guy" Taylor – piano, keyboards, accordion, glockenspiel, vocals, Official website WaveCat playlist Walk Off The Earth at allmusic.com
Narok County is a county in Kenya and has a population of 850,920. Its capital and largest town is Narok; the governor of Narok county is Samuel Kuntai Ole Tunai. Kenya was divided into eight provinces, prior to 2013, it is situated in the southern parts of the Rift Valley Province. In 1994, Trans Mara District was split from Narok District; the main cash crop grown in Narok County is wheat. Along with Kisii County, Narok County has been identified as having the highest level of practice of female genital cutting in the country, despite the practice being outlawed in 2001; the County has six constituencies: Narok North Constituency Narok South Constituency Narok East Constituency Narok West Constituency Emurua Dikirr Constituency Kilgoris Constituency There are thirty Members of County Assembly representing the thirty wards at Narok County Assembly. These wards were formed in 2010 by the Boundaries Review Commission. There are six wards in Narok North Constituency, Narok South Constituency and Kilgoris Constituency respectively.
Narok West Constituency, Emurua Dikirr Constituency and Narok East Constituency each have four county wards Narok Town Olpusimoru Olokurto Nkareta Olorropil Melili Majimoto/ Narosura Ololulung’a Melelo Loita Sogoo Sagamian Central Keyian Angata Barikoi Shankoe Kimintet Lolgorian Ilmotiok Mara Siana Naikara Ilkerin Olomasani Mogondo Kapsasian Mosiro Ildamat Keekonyokie Suswa
Kilifi County is a county of Kenya. It was formed in 2010 as a result of a merger of Malindi District, its capital is Kilifi and its largest town is Malindi. The county has a population of 1,109,735, it covers an area of 12,245.90 km2. Kilifi county forms a constituency when electing a senator and a woman representatives of Kenyan Parliament and Senate, it elects its own governor, the county leader. The county is represented in parliament by seven legislators, one woman representative and a Senator in senate; the county has 35 ward representatives. The county is located northeast of Mombasa. Kilifi has fewer tourists than Mombasa County, but there are some tourists beaches in Kikambala, Watamu and Kilifi. Tourism and fishing in Kilifi are major economic activities due to its proximity to the Indian Ocean; the county has some of popular resorts and hotels. Other attractions include historical sites such as the Mnarani ruins that date back to between the fourteenth and seventeenth century; the county has a strong industrial sector with the Mabati Rolling Mill and the Athi River Cement Factory contributing to the region’s economy both in employment provision and income generation.
Opportunities exist in agriculture dairy and crop farming thanks to fertile soils and a good weather pattern. The Kilifi County Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries is Mwalimu Menza; the county had a successful cashew nut milling industry and opportunities exist in its revival. The county has seven constituencies: Bahari Constituency, formed 1988 was disbanded in 2013 by creation of two new constituencies, Kilifi North Constituency and Kilifi South Constituency Districts of Kenya CIA World Fact Book on Kenya http://www.mambolook.com/kilifi
Uasin Gishu County
Uasin Gishu County is one of the 47 counties of Kenya, located in the former Rift Valley Province. The city of Eldoret is the county's largest population center as well as its administrative and commercial center. Uasin Gishu has a cool and temperate climate, it borders Kenya. The county's name comes from the Illwuasin-kishu Maasai clan; the land was the grazing area of the clan. They surrendered the land to the colonial government in the Anglo-Maasai agreement of 1911, were subsequently pushed towards Trans Mara; the plateau that they once occupied was registered in its Anglicised version, Uasin Gishu. In 1903, the area was proposed as the British Uganda Programme; this proposal was rejected by the British Jewish community leaders. In 1908, fifty eight families of Afrikaans-speaking South Africans settled in Uashin Gishu plateau, they were followed by sixty more families in 1911 and more later. The town of Eldoret was established in the midst of the farms they created. Uasin Gishu along with neighboring Trans-Nzoia, are considered Kenya's breadbasket due to their large-scale maize and wheat farms which produce the bulk of the country's total harvest.
The county produces sizable quantities of milk and horticultural produce. A wide variety of crops and animals are produced in smaller quantities; the county has 1,728 operational fish ponds covering 486,000 m2 with annual fish production of 593,000 kg worth KShs 285,900,000. The county has many private and public dams suitable for capture fisheries with an annual production of 33,048 kg worth KShs 9,914,400; the county capital, Eldoret, is home to a vibrant textile industry as well as East Africa's only manufacturer of small arms and ammunition. There is a substantial agribusiness sector that makes use of the produce from the county and surrounding regions. Eldoret is a major commercial center in western Kenya. Service industries like wholesale & retail trade, auto repair, entertainment centers and various IT services abound within and outside the town. All Kenyan banks have a presence in the town and these act to service the region. Tourism, sports tourism in particular, is a growing sub-sector in the county - the result of long term terrific performances by athletes from the region.
Uasin Gishu has 300 kilometers of tarmac roads, 549 kilometers of murram roads and 377 kilometers of earth roads. It has 17 kilometers of railway line with 8 railway stations in addition to an inland container depot; the Eldoret International Airport and two airstrips are located in the county, all combining to make it the regions service hub. The county has several universities including Moi University and the University of Eldoret, which have their main campuses in the county. Several technical and vocational institutes are located in the county, including Eldoret National Polytechnic, Rift Valley Technical Training Institute, Kipkabus Technical Training Institute, Moiben Technical Training Institute, Kosyin Technical Training Institute, Chebororwa Agricultural Training Center and Technical Training Institute, amongst others. Media related to Uasin-Gishu County at Wikimedia Commons bushdrums.com
Nyandarua County is a County in the former Central Province of Kenya. Its capital and largest town is Ol Kalou; the capital was Nyahururu, now part of the Laikipia County. Nyandarua County has population of 596,268 and an area of 3,304 km²; the county is located on the northwestern part of the old Central Province, contains the Aberdare Ranges. The county was split into two in 2007: Nyandarua South District. However, with the promulgation in 2010 of new constitution, these have been re-organised as sub counties of Nyandarua County. Daniel Waithaka was elected the first governor of the County 2013 General Election and Francis Kimemia seconds him in August 2017 elections; the county has five constituencies and 25 wards Nyandarua is serviced by several government hospitals. Ol Kalou district hospital. Mission hospital funded by church and NGO, Dispensary i.e. Milangine Health Centre and numbers of private hospital. County hospitals receive patients from all over the county and in case of referral refer them to Nakuru or Nyeri provincial hospital and to Kenyatta National Hospital The county is represented in by 25 elected ward representatives 5 MPs, a Women representative, a Senator and a Governor.
In 2013 presidential election the county voter voted for Uhuru Kenyatta with 237,975 a 99% of valid votes Current Members of parliament from constituencies in the county are. Schools are situated a walking distance of less than 3 km with a large number of public and private schools. For tertiary education they are a number of colleges and polytechnic but no university. Education levels vary drastically with 61% of the population having reached primary school, 19% secondary school and only 2% have a tertiary education level. One of pioneer school is Nyandarua high School, opened 29 March 1965 with 71 students, they are other major school among others. There has been no University in Nyandarua, until Nyandarua Institute was upgraded to a university college under Dedan Kimathi University of Science & Technology. There are some Technical Institutions like Leshau Polytechnic in Ndaragwa Constituency, at Gordon Centre - Mutanga Parish. More Tertiary institution are needed. Nyandarua County is a productive area for agriculture and processing.
There are a number of challenges including lack of a good road network and adequate distribution of electricity and water. Interested investors both local and in the diaspora can invest in agriculture, manufacturing and housing. Nyandarua is known for athletics being home to Samuel Wanjiru; the main economic activity in Nyandarua is farming. In late 1990s Nyandarua was a leading producer of pyrethrum, however Kenya Pyrethrum Board the parastatal, given the role of purchasing and marketing the crop collapsed because of poor management and corruption undermining the livelihood of many farmers. Nyandarua county is well known as a giant in potato farming. However, there has been a number of challenges that are associated with farming such as fluctuation of the market, poor roads, crop diseases. Aberdare forest which covers a larger area of the country, attract local and international tourist who make a positive income to the local society. Nyandarua County
Nandi County is in the North Rift of Kenya, occupying an area of 2,884.4 square kilometres. Its capital, Kapsabet, is the largest town in the county while other towns include Mosoriot, Kaiboi and Nandi Hills. According to a 2009 census, the county had a population of 752,965, made up of a number of Kenyan communities, the majority of whom belong to the native tribe called Nandi. Geographically, the unique jug-shaped structure of Nandi County is bound by the Equator to the south and extends northwards to latitude 0034’N; the western boundary extends to west. The county's major area is covered by the Nandi Hills. Nandi like other Kalenjin areas was divided into districts known as emotinwek. There were six emotinwek in Nandi which were Wareñg in the north, Mosop in the East, Soiin in the south-east and Chesumei in the west and Em'gwen in the center; the districts were further divided into divisions known as bororiōsiek which were made up of several villages known as koretFollowing the 11-year Nandi Resistance, the traditional system of governance came to an end in 1905 with the killing of Koitalel Arap Samoei at Ketbarak in Nandi Hills.
This was followed by the subsequent absorption of Nandi into the East African Protectorate in 1905 and into the Kenya Colony in 1920. The Emet of Wareng was amalgamated into the Uasin Gishu district during the colonial period, it is today part of Uasin Gishu County and last bore its name as a county of Eldoret South Constituency. The Emet of Soiin would be appropriated for European occupation, as part of what were known as the white highlands, during the colonial period, it was split in two and is today named after the Tinderet and Nandi Hills. The county has six subcounties: Mosop Subcounty Emgwen Subcounty Aldai Subcounty Tinderet Subcounty Nandi Hills Subcounty Chesumei Subcounty The county is further sub-divided into 30 wards namely: The county consists of six constituencies: 151. Tinderet, 152. Aldai, 153. Nandi Hills, 154. Chesumei, 155. Emgwen, 156. Mosop. Nandi County occupies 2,884.4 square kilometres of land characterized by hilly topography that includes an outcrop of basement systems rocks.
The dissected scarp at the southern border of the sub-county is another manifestation of rock exposure. The physiographic outlook of Nandi County is composed of five units with typical topography namely: the rolling hills to the west of the county, the Kapsabet plateau, the wooded highlands and foothills of Tinderet Volcanic mass in the south east, the Kingwal swamp in the centre and the dissected Nyando Escarpment at the southern border; the first unit constitutes. They are chiefly flat-topped ridges with identical summits; the Kimondi and Mokong Rivers flow westwards through the area joining the Yala River. The Kapsabet plateau extends from Kapsabet Eastwards; the eroded remains of the original plain form a conspicuous incised plain near Kapsabet at a height of 2,020 metres above sea level. The unit constitutes of an undulating land surface traversed by rivers that form a sub-parallel consequent drainage system incised on the lava surface; the course of some rivers is north west indicating the general dip of lava flows.
River Kipkaren is one of them. Geologists believe that volcanic lava flowed along the sloping plateau northward, having been diverted by a hill at Kabiyet to flow west towards Sarora Hills and Southward across the Kingwal swamp; the Tinderet Highlands are part of dissected piles of lava which form an extension of Kenya Highlands from the South East corner of the county. In the wooded south-east corner, at the top of Meteitei Valley, rocks jut out to a height of 2,500 metres. Fifteen kilometers to the East of the road from Nandi Hills towards Songhor and Kisumu is a rugged landscape over which volcanic lava flowed. Rivers in Tinderet form a Northwest quadrant of radial drainage pattern; the Kipkurere, Kibos and Ainabngetuny Rivers have incised valleys, flowing southwest. The Kingwal and Kipterges Rivers and their tributaries drain the Northwestern flank of Tinderet highlands. In the centre of the area, these rivers produce substantial waterfalls, dropping from the top of harder bands in volcanic rocks to the level of a swamp which foots the scarp.
The Kingwal swamp lies at a height of over 1,960 metres and is considered to be a site of a hollow in the original landmass. The nearest basement system rock outcrop the swamp near Chepterit. Drainage is prevented to the North and East by volcanic rock and prevented from the South by agglomerates of Tinderet; the rivers flow to the west over a series of rapids composed of hard bends in the basement system gneisses. The fifth unit; the Equator runs alongside the scarp line in the area. There has been extensive intrusion both above and below the scarp; the flowing of the scarp descends in impressive rapids, dropping from 2,000m to 1,300m through Kibos. The North of Nyando scarp, hills occur at about 2,150 meters and a range of identically high hills form a ridge Westward along Nandi fault. These, together with Kabiyet and Sang’alo Hills, are regarded as residuals of the original land surface; the watersheds of rivers descending the scarp run only 10 km. These rivers and valleys have varied effects on the County’s development.
The rivers are the main sources of water supplies for both domestic and commercial use in the County. Some rivers in Tinderet Sub-County, have rap
Kajiado County is a county in the former Rift Valley Province of Kenya. It has a population of 687,312 and an area of 21,292.7 km². The county borders extends to the Tanzania border further south; the county capital is Kajiado but the largest town is Ngong. Its main tourist attraction is wildlife; the county is divided into seven administrative divisions. The newly created Isinya division is not included in the following table based on 1999 census: Kajiado Central Constituency Kajiado North Constituency Kajiado South Constituency Kajiado East Constituency Kajiado West Constituency Source: USAid Kenya Kajiado County is within Greater Nairobi which consists of 4 out of 47 counties in Kenya but the area generates about 60% of the nation's wealth; the counties are: Source: NairobiMetro/ Kenya Census Source: OpenDataKenya Source: OpenDataKenya Worldbank Amboseli Reserve is in the Kajiado County Nyiri Desert, a high proportion of the county lies in the desert Kitengela, a plain and a town of the same name in Kajiado County Taita Taveta County Machakos County Makueni County Kiambu County Nakuru County Narok County Nairobi County https://web.archive.org/web/20060518005113/http://www.kajiado-district-dev-trust.org.uk/ https://web.archive.org/web/20070402092415/http://www.kajiadochildrenshome.com/