She sent me an Instagram post of a newspaper story featuring Kwame. It was about the healing power of birdsong. In the caption, Kwame had offered a call to action to visit Tûrî A Mûmbi Arts Centre in Tigoni. We should go! She said. And so we did, two weeks later. To nourish our souls … More Tûrî A Mûmbi: A perfect escape to reconnect with Kikuyu Culture
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.
I wish I grew up speaking my mother tongue. I really do. If I could go back to the past, that’s one thing I would change. I would ask my mother to speak to me consistently until I spoke back.
It’s embarrassing to not know your own language. Especially at a family gathering and you’re the only one who can’t join in the lively conversation. Or even get to know your grandmother. I almost did though.