Kibera artists have a really powerful talent. Make the most of it.
Get to know our artists through their talent. Made in Kibera Productions counts with a variety of collaborating artists that range in genres from traditional music to gospel passing through rap and reggae.
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Carrey Awojo was born to do stupidity. But it wasn’t until primary school that he realized that he could make his classmates laugh, and he decided to become a comedian. In the future, he wants to be a world-class comedian to make Kibera known by everyone, “because as we say in Kiswahili – art is the reflection of society.”
Emmanuelle, a.k.a. Hut Head, defines music as a process. And, as any other process, is not convenient to rush it, you have to be patient. You have to work hard to finally achieve your objective. In his lyrics, he centers his message in education and empowerment of the community, highlighting its problems
but also emphasizing the positive side.
Nancy Namwenya is a married woman, mum of four kids and a gospel singer. Florence Wakesho and Esther Juma, also married and mums, are the background singers. Nancy’s husband is jobless and the money they earn is to take care of the basic needs of the family. “So I can’t spend money recording an album”, she says, “that’s my dream”. “Life in Kibera is not easy, most of musicians are getting challenges to produce and market their songs”, she remarks.
His artistic name is Virusi. He defines himself as a writer, performer and recording artist who does hip-hop and spoken word from the ghetto of Kibera. He likes singing about dreams that come true. That is why in his songs he encourages people to do what they feel, whatever it is, before dying. “Everyone should be able to reach the desire that comes from the deep inside our heart”, he remarks.
Real Katiaz has been performing ever since he was 5 years old. Coming from Kakamega, his music reflects his upbringing and struggle inside the
ghetto. Heavily influenced by dancehall, he discusses social issues in his lyrics with the aim to spark conversation within his community and
drive change. He hopes to inspire other artists & musicians to do the same, help them reach their goals while empowering their community.
Mono begin to submerge him self in the world of hip hop, rap battles and freestyle since the very beginning. He finds inspiration for his music and lyrics principally in Kibera’a environment. Across his lyric you kind find topics such as social justice, drugs and poverty. His favourite composition up to today is Undress Issues, which talks about politicians and poverty. Together with his band, Black Albinoz, they have managed to become the best rap group in Kibera. He seeks to change the world through his music, change his life and the life of people in Kibera.
Natty Chwani, also known as Simon, is a reggae singer with a very clear message in his lyrics. “Reggae music is ghetto music”, he says, “the music of the slum, the healing of the nation”. He thinks music brings the community love to listen, learn and live in harmony despite the culture or tribe you come from.
People call him Phlexible but his real name is Philip Oyoo. With a permanent smile on his face, this twenty-seven year old dancehall and reggae musician, realized that he wanted to sing as a kid while playing with his brothers and mum. “Music is a powerful tool to express emotions, a tool of change that can transform entire communities”, he remarks. Fortunately, Phlexi had the opportunity to study music production a few years ago and his dream now is to make a living with his talent.
Gerard Maundu and David Mutunga usually play traditional Kamba music in nightclubs and events around Nairobi. The specific genre is an African one called Benga. This song is about educating young people to live their life in a positive way. Kamba is among the 42 tribes in Kenya coexisting with others such as Luo, Luya or Kikuyu.
Daddy Evans emphasizes the importance of showing the positive side of the slum. He thinks that even the negative part has to be shown from a different angle; not as media do, only focusing in the negative issues. He loves music and wants to be an inspiration for young people from the slum whom he shares concerns with.
Wycliffe Miheso, a.k.a Wikedest, is a dancehall and reggae artist, a performer and a writer who sings about poverty and violence that sometimes hit our societies. However he always manage to send a message of peace, patience and hard work; “those are the keys”, he says. “What it is shown about Kibera is not always right. Despite these issues, we have this One Love thing that make us be nice and help each other”.
Dennis Kelwa, a.k.a Poet Mwafrika, is a young poet and scriptwriter who talks about life in the slum. Critical with politics, religion and education, he dreams of a feminist society and believes that there is nothing more beautiful than realizing that you have a talent. “But having a talent is not enough”, he says, “you have to work on it to make it big, because art can change the world”.
DELLA DANCE CREW
“Dance is all about passion. If you have an artistic talent you must try to earn a living with it; if it’s your challenge, you will be able to make it”, they say. This is their motto and what they teach to the children who join their rehearsals because they think that giving them a passion and the will to improve is the best way to keep them out of the streets.
Geoffrey Oyoo, is a comedian, an actor and father of a small girl called Alma. He realized he wanted to be a comedian in 1995 and in 2009 he won the Kenyan Top Comic, a contest broadcast in national TV. His style is a caricature of the habits and culture of Kenya. He states that humour is a universal language with no borders, and that he feels really happy when he makes someone laugh.
Born and raised in Laini Saba, Kibera, Fossi started to develop hercraft 2 years ago. Mainly attracted to gospel she has been experimenting with different genres like rap and spoken word. Her favourite song, 'Life', talks about the daily challenges faced in the slum, inspired by her own trajectory. She hopes to create a platformfor the youth and motivate her fellow artists to create their own opportunities.
It all begin in 2014 in the world of poetry and spoken word. Since then he has been evolving in the arts of spoken word and graphic design. His lyrics talk about the circumstances in the hood, as well as its social, economic and political environment of the country. His biggest achievement is having made people understand not only spoken word but also addressing issues of the hood and expressing what needs to be achieved through it. He aims at becoming a household name and changing the perspective of the people about Kibera.
STIVO SIMPLE BOY
Hip hop artist Simple Boy has been singing since 2006. He tackles heavy subjects like drug addiction, HIV and aims to spread a positive message beyond taboos. He speaks up for those that have no voice, the orphans of Kibera, the socially neglected and hopes to spread the message beyond the barriers of the slum.