There’s a famous saying you know. As happy as a lark – which is a small brown bird that sings beautifully. On that same note, could we also say as successful as Sauti Sol?
Let’s do a little recap, shall we? In part 1 of Waithaka’s story, the former athlete reconnected to his first passion in the States. He started by playing piano in a Pan-African band and later evolved into the music producer we know him as today. In 2010, he came back to Kenya for the first … More How Diaspora Artist Waithaka became part of Kenyan Music Legacy II
The year is 1999. You’ve just landed in the USA. You’re here because you earned a scholarship to college as a star athlete. Your whole family is excited that their kid ‘ameenda majuu’. But life is not as rosy as they think it is.
We meet at a middle-class restaurant in Nairobi. It’s on the top floor with one of the most gorgeous views of the city, from the black and white Nation Centre to an unidentified forest in the distance.
My favourite kind people are those who can make you laugh effortlessly. Like straight from a laugh factory, they are naturally infused with an immense sense of humour. Tetu Shani is one of those people.
I probably would have never talked to him if a friend hadn’t pushed me to make the first move (Thanks Mufasa). Even after attending his Kaya album launch in May at the exquisite Michael Joseph Center, I still wanted to know more. What’s the real story behind this guy called Mr. Jemedari?
I still remember the first time I met him. It was in 2016 at a cool school event dubbed The Frequency. He was battling it out in front of an excited crowd with another poet, who I hadn’t met before either.
Allow me to ask one simple question: Does that title give away too much? No? Good, I was hoping for that answer. I wouldn’t want anyone to know that I interviewed Biko.