Maisha Magic East recently caught up with the Kilifi-born artist and this is what he shared with us.
Please tell us your background, where you went to school and how your interest in gospel music started.
I was born in Kilifi and I am the second born in a family of four children. We later moved to Thika where I went to several schools but finished off my primary education at Goodwish Primary School. I later joined Nyeri Baptist for my high school education.
My music journey
I started singing at home, where I mostly came up with my own compositions to explain situations. This later extended to the church where I joined music ministry as a drummer. I recorded my first song in 2012 and that was the beginning of my professional music journey. My songs are majorly influenced by God, the Word, His promises to us and what He says about different situations we go through in life.
My vision is to preach and share hope and the love of Jesus to this generation through my music. My mission is based on Mark 16:15 which says, ‘Go ye to the world and preach the gospel to all creation.’
Which of your songs do you like the most and why?
I have released 11 singles so far. These include ‘Joy’, ‘Ooh My’ and ‘Nitakuinua’, just to name a few. I love all my songs since they speak to me in different ways but if I were to choose one, I would say ‘Neno’ because this was an honest prayer to God. I wrote this song during one of my lowest seasons when my dad was sick.
What other forms of ministry are you involved in apart from music?
I am heavily involved in youth ministry at my home church River of Life Centre in Thika, under Bishop Chrispus Mwashumbe where I am also a praise and worship leader. Rare Camp is a product of my ministry in church. Through my spiritual growth and being actively involved with the young people there, I felt the need to do more than just music. So, my sister and I decided to organise Rare Camp which is an annual youth camp that aims to grow knowledge of self, deepen friendships and most importantly deepen our youth’s individual relationships with God.
Any musical achievements you can share with us?
I have been honoured, by the grace of God, to be nominated for many different awards. These include New Artist of The Year at the 2014 Xtreem Awards, Male Artist of The Year at the Mwafaka and Groove Awards in 2015 and East Africa Male Artist of The Year at the Sauti Awards in 2016, to mention a few.
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