Naomi Wachira was born and raised in a musical family in a small town called Kijabe, which is located on the Kenyan Great Rift Valley. At age 5 she joined her parents’ choir, which spurred her love affair with music as a way to not only understand the world, but also express her introverted self. (Facebook info )
There’s no doubt that there’s a better future in store for Naomi, especially after her great breakout year in 2013. Named the Best Folk Singer in Seattle by alt publication Seattle Weeklyand featured on their cover, Naomi became the toast of the town ( Bio on her Homepage )……… The result isNaomi Wachira’s debut full-length, a portrait of a Kenyan artist at home in the Pacific Northwestern United States.
Here is her song ” African Girl ” (according to the lyrics she must be around 45 years old :-) )
Wambura Mitaru’s eclectic and fluid music blends funk, soul, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, and sounds from her African background. A young, passionate singer and songwriter from Nairobi, her career began in high school with training in classical music. She attended the Kenya Conservatoire of Music for further studies until 2011. Wambura Mitaru creates a hybrid sound of groovy tunes with catchy lyrics, and wants the audience to sing along from all parts of the world of music.(berkley.edu)
Since 2008, Berklee’s Africa Scholars Programme has held auditions in Nairobi, Accra and Durban to offer talented musicians from across the continent the chance to be awarded scholarships to attend the college.
Wambura Mitaru was one of two African candidates awarded a full scholarship in 2010 for four years of study after what the interview panel described as her “natural talent and musical instincts.”
Here is her song ” Mala Mala ”
The Kenyan Boys Choir is one of the most popular african male voice choirs, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Listen to their version of “O Holy Night”:
Muungano National Choir at Musica Sacra International in Marktoberdorf Germany 1996
The indie band Eric & Magill from Kenya and the US released a new album called “Two Travelers”. Really an interesting and relaxed indie album. Like it!
Listen to “They make it so good” too!
Daddy Owen is a kenyan gospel and Kapungala musician, who was awarded with the MTV Africa Music Award in 2010. Listen to “Saluti”, featuring various artists:
The Kenyan Boy Choir, founded in 1998, is a kenyan boy choir from Nairobi. Listen to “Tuli Tuli”, live in London: