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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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Eddie Butita comedy show to air on Netflix

The American series first premiered on Netflix in may 2021 for the first season. It was renewed for the second season in June 2021 and now it has a Swahili version.

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Eddie Butita is on Netflix as the writer and director of the first Swahili Comedy Show on the platform. The Churchill Show comedian took to social media on Thursday to share the news that the Swahili version of Upshaws, an American Sitcom he had scripted and directed had started airing on Netflix.

He said that he has always wanted to work with Netflix and when the opportunity came he grabbed it with both hands. He went on to say that the Movie production company contacted him to offer him a job as their first Swahili Comedy Writer and Director.

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“For the past few months I wrote and directed the Swahili Version of Upshaws created by Wanda Sykes, it was a great experience . The early mornings and late nights together with a team of talented professionals from Hiventhy Africa, we successfully brought the script to life and its now streaming on Netflix,” Butita wrote.

He went on to say that if he wrote and directed for Netflix it means that African Comics have a great chance in the global market.

“You can can now watch Upshaws on Netflix in Swahili, it is the first ever Swahili comedy show on Netflix. History has been made,” shared Butita.

The American series first premiered on Netflix in May 2021 for the first season. It was renewed for the second season in June 2021 and it now has a Swahili version.

Fellow comedians and other Kenyans came out in large number with congratulatory messages for Butita on the large milestone he has made on the global scene.

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Vera Sidika decides to give birth in Kenya rather than the United States of America

She feels the same way she felt before the pregnancy and the only thing that has changed is her belly getting bigger and there is a little human kicking non-stop.

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Socialite Vera Sidika on Monday took to her social media to share with her fans that she has chosen to give birth to her baby in Kenya rather than in the United States of America(USA). She said that despite having a valid US Visa, she has chosen to stay in Kenya because this is where her family and loved ones are.

“I almost traveled to give birth in the USA. Since my 5 years Visa is valid. But this Covid-19 pandemic isn’t fun. Then again, we couldn’t handle the idea of being away from family and friends during my pregnancy for 4-6 months,” she wrote.

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She went on to add that while pregnant, one needs all the love, and affection from friends and family on a regular basis. Traveling to a foreign country where everyone is super busy, working two or more jobs can be difficult for them to even have time for you and you will just end up alone.

“I made the right decision and I have enjoyed my entire pregnancy journey. Nothing beats home,” Said Vera.

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Vera Sidika who is 8 months pregnant, went on to say that her pregnancy has been very smooth despite people wishing her otherwise. She added that she feels the same way she felt before the pregnancy and the only thing that has changed is her belly getting bigger and there is a little human kicking non-stop.

 

“I can jump, run, I do everything as a normal non-pregnant person. I’m actually loving it. I can’t believe my bump will go away soon. All in all, God is God,” she wrote.

 

 

 

 

 

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Celebrity styles at the MET Gala 2021 (Photos)

Yes, the MET finally happened, and the guests sure brought their A-game to the exquisite event.

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With the main focus on the theme, ‘In America: A Lexicon of Fashion’, we saw a whole display of fashion. From Kim Kardashian’s mysterious aura, to Lupita Nyongo’s denim gown, everything sure was a spectacle. Let’s check out some of the most memorable outfits at the ball.

 

Singer, Normani came through in a Valentino gown. Credit/ Matt Baron

 

Model, Winnie Harlow wearing an Iris Van Herpen jumpsuit. Credit/ Matt Baron

 

Met Gala 2021 Red Carpet Fashion: What the Stars Wore

Saweetie was giving body in her Christian Cowan dress. Credit/ Matt Baron

 

Natalia Bryant stepped in with a disco dress by Coner Ivers. Credit/ Matt Baron

 

Rihanna giving Balenciaga vibes. Credit/ Matt Baron.

Kendall Jenner in a shear statement dress. Credit/ Matt Baron

 

Lupita wearing Versace. Credit/ Matt Bryant

 

Gabrielle Union wearing Iris Van Herpen. Image/ Matt Baron

 

Lil Nas X Pulled a Lady Gaga With Three Outfit Changes at the Met Gala 2021 — See Photos | Teen Vogue

Lil Nas brought IT with a three outfit transformation. Image/ Teen Vogue

 

Iman attends The 2021 Met Gala

Iman in a beautiful Gucci design! Credit/ Getty Images

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