“My stomach seriously cannot handle Nigerian food!”
Sultry, saucy and sensational songstress Victoria Kimani recently launched her album titled ‘Safari’ in the country. After giving the record a spin, the ‘GOTA’ hitmaker sat down with XACCESS to break down the details of the personal and professional safari she has been through in curating the album.
What was your vision for ‘Safari’?
To tell a story and my journey and I wanted to do it musically. I wanted the music to sound like the different places I had travelled to. It’s not just a typical African story, it’s an African nomad story. Somebody who’s moving around, somebody who has been influenced by different sounds and different cultures and so I wanted to fuse all that together in my music and I think it’s the most appropriate way to describe myself right now at this point in my life.
Are there any Kenyan artistes that you would love to collaborate with?
King Kaka was one of them and I was able to finally work with him so it’s was a super-cool experience but there are definitely more. There’s Redsan and a bunch of other people on my list.
When is your next show in Kenya going to be?
By the Grace of god, I’m trying to perform here on New Year’s. I’m trying, I’m really trying to get organizers to book me because sometimes it is a little hard getting shows here but hopefully I’ll have something for the fans really soon. And if it doesn’t play out that way I’ll still perform here soon enough.
How would you describe your fashion style?
[Whoops] I think it’s funky, it’s eccentric, sometimes it can be dramatic but it’s ultimately free. It’s not so rigid that I have something set for everyday that I put something on, like ‘this is what I’m going to wear today’ I’m a free spirit I just dress depending on how I feel and I’m also influenced a lot by our culture as Africans.
How many wigs do you have?
I have right now, I think 8 wigs. I’ve changed them three times already in the span of one day. The morning wig was red and the evening one is black.
Kenyan food or Nigerian food?
Kenyan food! Are you kidding me! My stomach seriously cannot handle Nigerian food [laughs]! I can’t even begin to talk about the indigestion that I’ve been through! Even the side dishes I cannot handle! Kenyan food all the way in fact right now I’m craving some ugali, Sukuma wiki and some kachumbari, that’s my favourite actually.
My plan right now is to take ‘Safari’ to the world. This is the main project that I had as an ode to Chocolate City and after the label then it has to be bigger and better. It has to go into the world. Nigeria was just a platform, it’s not a place I had planned to live in permanently and it’s time for ‘Safari’ to reach further.
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