music

The story of Daddy Evans

Daddy Evans acknowledges having a great talent and he is proud to talk about it. He has never recorded a song, he has never been on the radio and he has barely participated in small concerts in Kibera. However, listening to his lyrics, style and strength, it is hardly understandable.

Not only is his style, pausing and deep, defining of him, his message also talks by itself. He wants his music to be an inspiration for younger people whom he shares concerns with. Evans invites the young to find their talent to thrive and especially to be happy. “Pay yourself by being happy” he says.

Daddy Evans emphasizes the importance of showing the positive side of the slum: its people, businesses, initiatives, struggles… However, he thinks that, if we have to include the negative, it has to be always be viewed to find a different angle.  Moreover, as he concludes, the media will take over focusing in the negative.

Silence, recording!

The artists gathered in the office that usually functions as a rehearsal room. With chai and bread talking excitedly about the day they had ahead. Music sounded through a small speaker. It is always a good moment to create something new.

Hours later, the group came out the office heading to the studio. The sticky, wet, floor after a heavy raining night led them to the matatu station. The trip passed by speaking quickly, laughing and taking pictures. After coming they held hands in a circle and dedicated a pray to the effort done and to the task they had ahead.

One by one the artists entered the cabin and the producer, Dillie, guided them, correcting mistakes and made suggestions. The artists listened concentrated while smiling to themselves. After four intense hours Dillie connected the big speakers and announced what very soon will be Made in Kibera, the song. We’re happy because they felt that a small but important stage was finally completed.