Celeb chat: Miss Kemunto’s rising star

Describe your music

My music is not categorized into any genre. I don’t personally have any label for my music, I make music that heals people. That speaks to me and speaks to other people. I just sing.

How did you start out?

I auditioned for Sauti Academy in 2012, I failed, I auditioned again in 2013 and was told I could give at go. From then on I practiced and did a few performances. I was shy at first but the journey has been great so far.

What is the message in your music?

I just want to heal people, I’d love for someone to hear my songs and be like ‘I’m going through that and I’ll be OK.’ Basically it’s messages that heal people, that give people hope and just music that people can have fun while listening to.

Who inspires you?

A lot of people, locally I look up to Sage, in terms of her songwriting and her vocals. I also admire Dela, Sanaipei Tande, Nyashinksi and Gilad. If I start on international artistes, the list will be endless!

What are you working on currently?

I’m working on my upcoming EP, hopefully by the end of the year my fans will have heard one or two tunes from me. And I’m really excited.

Do you ever listen to your own music?

You have to critique yourself. I don’t know about other artistes but when I listen to my music I can’t just sit down and listen like I would anything else. The entire time I would be taking the song apart and trying to find things I could change and improve on.

What do you think of the Kenya music industry?

I think we are growing, not just in Kenya but the whole of Africa. I’m seeing E! Entertainment is now gaining a foothold in Africa, Jay Z has signed an African artiste; I feel like people are slowly looking towards Africa and as much as we are not yet there I feel like we are in the place to be in terms of music. We are actually gaining recognition as African artistes despite all the trials that we might face. We as Kenyans especially have this identity crisis to overcome but we are going to make it and I’m really excited.

What challenges have you faced trying to break into the industry?

As a female musician we can be misunderstood and taken advantage of by some producers and record labels. Another hindrance is finances because artistes have a lot of things they want to achieve but not enough money.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

To be honest I never think about the future. I focus on today and tomorrow. I haven’t thought about what will or might happen in the future. I plan on doing music for as long as I can so for me it’s one step at a time and being open minded. Art is all about expressing yourself so I don’t want to limit myself because who knows what might come up?



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