So how did become a professional musician?

I started singing as a child – in church and in the choir – I guess it always starts there for a lot of people! But then as I grew up, I realised that just because you know you can sing does not mean you can perform in public. So it’s only about five years ago that I went professional.

And professional here means...?

I started taking my music seriously. I recorded my first album NiNairobi and launched it in June last year. It has been extremely exciting and taught me that if you fear something, then go for it in order to conquer your fear, for in it is hidden your greatness and success. More often than not we fear our own greatness.

You call your music afro-acoustic. What’s that?

Well it’s simple; Afro is for the African rhythm and acoustic is for the string sound.

How is your album doing?

My greatest challenge so far is distribution. I do not know who trust - the distributors that is. I do the distribution myself and it is quite a challenge. But I am only now starting to liaise with music stores to sell it for me.

For how long have you played the guitar?

Professionally, five years. My first instrument was actually the piano but we also had a guitar at home and I thought why not! But with practice, I have become agile with the guitar as well.

Is this what you always dreamt of becoming?

I always wanted to be in media and in music. And both wishes have come true for me. I also produce and present a weekly cultural radio show on Radio France International. It is a show to promote culture and cultural activities in Nairobi and Mombasa.

What’s the secret to having your dreams come true?

Spirituality I would say. It is in connecting with your inner self; being in touch with your emotions and being true to yourself.

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