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A moment with Wendy Kay

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Wendy Kemunto, known by her stage name ‘Wendy Kay’, describes herself as an ever-growing evolving being, a creator and a lover of arts. A dope chick if you ask her. Her music exudes a relaxed mix between Afro soul and Afro pop, a sure way to her fans hearts. Read on to find out how her music career has been, the highs, the lows and what it felt like having her song on Netflix!

What is something people don’t know about you?

Good music makes me cry. I can listen to a song at a random place and if it gets me, I would bawl my eyes out for no reason. I just know how to hide it haha.

At what age did you start singing?

I was 12 years. When I found out I could sing, I couldn’t stop. And here we are

I adore your style. What’s your inspiration?

Thank you! I grew up to a lot of Rnb, Reggae and Lingala, Gospel music so I’d say that had a huge influence in my sound. I also love experimenting with music. I get bored very easily repeating the same thing

 

Taking you back, how did it feel releasing your first song to the world?

I was super nervous, super conscious, but I made sure to bless the song before I released it. I just reminded myself that I was on the right path and as long as I love what I do, that’s all that matters

What/who motivated you to start producing music?

So many reasons, but mostly it becoming a necessity. Relying on some producers got tough as they were not consistently available. Also, the pandemic. Meeting producers became nearly impossible with the curfew restrictions and the virus at large. It made me realize I had to acquire production skills in order to become self-reliant.

What was the inspiration behind your song, Panda Shuka?

I had just lost my job and was so frustrated as the pandemic had also started. It was such a confusing time for me and the world. Still is. During this time, I found myself writing a song about how life makes us go up and down with so much uncertainty. All in all, we still have hope and thus we will keep on pushing. And that’s how Panda Shuka came about.

A memorable event you performed at. Why?

The day I performed at Coke Studio Africa as an artist was such an emotional and unbelievable moment for me. It just reminded me, in a big way, that I am truly meant for this.

Do you have to be in a certain mood to write songs?

Yes. When it’s time to create music, it’s all about music. The music has to speak to me before I even force it out of myself. Making music is powerful and almost spiritual, so I really have to respect the process.

Highlights of your music career?

So many! Whenever a fan tells me they like my music or how my music has helped them, that moment is full circle for me . Such interactions mean so much more than anything in my career.

Speaking of, tell us about having your songs on Netflix…

Yes! My music was featured on one of the first Kenyan films to air on Netflix. ‘Sincerely Daisy’. I was so so honored! Special thanks to Giraffe Films who chose the perfect song for the perfect scene in the movie. It was so so emotional.

Lowest moment in your music career?

Hmm. I would have to say dealing with immature and inappropriate musicians. Like you look forward to meeting some amazing artists you longed to work with, but you end up being disappointed for various reasons. Like lack of professionalism or lack of time keeping for studio sessions.

What is your honest view of the Kenyan music industry?

I really love the new era of Kenyan music-especially the alternative scene. So much talent, so much promise. We have the talent and sound to take us to the next level . We just need proper policies to be implemented in the entertainment industry for all stakeholders to truly benefit from it.

And now that we’re talking about the industry, mziki inalipa (does music pay)?

It does. There are so many ways to make money from music. You don’t have to be popular in music to make money from it. As long as you know your goal in music you can work your way backwards, build knowledge on it and be strategic.

With the decline in live performance due to Covid-19, how are you sustaining your career?

I do a lot of different hustles. One example is that I am a freelance singer/songwriter. I sing and write for other people from all over the world.

Who is your music icon?

So many jeez! Wow one person I admire so much in every way-sounds cliche, but I will say Brenda Fassie. She was such a badass-the first African pop star if you ask me.

Which musicians would you like to collaborate with?

JIVU, Khaligraph Jones, Victoria Kimani, Sanaipei Tande, Sage..I could go on and on.

A typical day in your life?

Up by 4am. Do my morning routine head to the studio or work (I also teach kids music).

Quick fire:

What would you be doing if it wasn’t singing? I’d probably be a hotelier.

What’s your favourite audience to sing to? Sober ones haha.

Are you seeing someone? I wish.

 

Wendy has a new release out! Stream Issa Wave by Wendy Kay featuring Steph Kapela. Good vibes-filled music right there.

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A lot is happening in a short span of time. Therefore we thought to fill you in on happenings that may have skipped your timeline.

Nikita Kering got nominated for AFRIMAWARDS 

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Recently, Nikita Kering, a Kenyan RnB artist was nominated for the All Africa Music Awards in three categories 1. Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa 2. Songwriter of the year 3. Best Artiste, duo, or group in African RnB Soul. Voting is ongoing on afrima.org Vote for her!

Kevin Hart launched a clothing line

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The line which is dubbed ‘the Hart collection’ is produced in collaboration with fabletics, Kevin Hart and his wife Eniko Hart. The collection comprises mostly sporting gear, hats and sweaters.

 

Venessa Mdee welcomed a baby girl

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The Tanzanian artist who is engaged to power actor Rotimi recently welcomed their first child. The superstar who currently resides in Nigeria with her fiancé announced her pregnancy with a picture on her social accounts. She followed that recently with the hand of a newborn and a caption bearing the name Seven Adeoluwa Akinosho. Kenyan celebrities who flooded her timeline with congratulatory messages include Tallia Oyando, Akothee, and Sarah Hassan.

 

Vybz Kartel bought his family property

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After 10 years of incarceration, Vybz Kartel, the famous dancehall artiste is now investing in property for his family. In an Instagram post, he announced that he had procured land for his son who was now a father, and bought a house for his aging mother and father.

Kenyans vote Otile Brown, the biggest artist in Kenya See the source image

Nairobi Gossip Club hosted an opinion poll where they asked Kenya to mention the biggest Kenyan artist. As usual, fans took to commenting where most comments indicated that they considered Otile Brown the biggest artist in Kenya. Otile Brown must have impressed his fans by his work ethic, strategic collaborations and his relentless urge to rise as a star.

Other honourable mentions included Nyashinski, Sauti Sol, Khaligraph Jones and Nikita.

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Akothee speaks on her struggles of being a public figure

According to the mother of five, not every stranger who approaches you has good intentions and went on to say that she has been forced to run away from her fans on several occasions

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Being a public figure comes with its own share of challenges that come as a result of high expectations from people who at time forget you are human being too.

Now, singer Esther Akoth, popularly known as Akothee, in a post on her Instagram account has opened up on the struggles she goes through in her life as a public figure. The hit maker revealed that she is always uneasy when she discovers that she has been noticed when in a public area.

“You all might not understand but allow me to express myself today. I may appear strong but deep down I have been broken so many times. I am a moving damaged goods,” She wrote.

 

Akothee said that being on the limelight might not be as glamorous as majority of the people at times believe and events from her past still give her chills when it comes to meeting her fans.

“I have realized that I have become very sensitive that I don’t even want to leave my house. I don’t like people recognizing me in public and at times I just wished I was just a normal person passing the streets in peace,” she added.

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According to the mother of five, not every stranger who approaches you has good intentions. She went on to say that she has been forced to run away from her fans on several occasions. Akothee admitted that she is always scared to meet her fans to the extent that she gets traumatized before leaving her house or jumping out of her car.

 

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“I am Samuel” film banned

The film was produced in 2020 by Toni Kamau which highlights the experiences of Samuel Asilikwa after coming out as a gay man in the streets of Nairobi

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The Kenya Film classification board(KFCB) has announced the ban of a “gay” themed documentary on Samuel Asilikwa, a Kenyan. The film was called “I am Samuel” and was directed by Peter Murimi.

In a statement on Thursday, acting KFCB Chief Executive Officer Chris Wambua said that the ban will be in effect because the film is promoting a “gay theme”

“In the course of examining a film titled: I am Samuel, which was submitted to the Board for classification, the Board noted a clear and deliberate attempt by the producer, to promote same-sex marriages as an acceptable way of life,” Wambua said.

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He went on to say that the same-sex relationship is evident in the film through repeated confessions by the gay couple(in the film) that what they feel for each other is normal and should be embraced as a way of life.

Mr. Wambua also announced that any attempts to air the film with the Kenyan territory in now deemed illegal and any to distribute it within the country shall be met with the full force of the law.

“While the Board welcomes local and foreign support to our budding local film industry, such funding should focus on production of content that is aligned with the laws of our country. Films that advocate for same-sex marriages, homosexuality or any outlawed practices shall not be allowed for exhibition, or distribution within the country,” KFCB said.

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The film was produced in 2020 by Toni Kamau which highlights the experiences of Samuel Asilikwa after coming out as a gay man in the streets of Nairobi. It also shows his experience of rejection from from friends and some family members.

 

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