No one can grow alone.
Discovering new artists is always the main goal for any audiophile. However, discovering an awesome artist who’ll get you stuck on replay is total bliss. I stumbled upon Kahvinya’s music during one of my random SoundCloud excursions and it was love at first listen. Incubator (the acapella version) was the song and trust me it’s an epic journey. After listening to more of her work I decided I had to share her story with you guys at least give you an introduction to the marvel that is Kahvinya.
To start us off please give us a brief insight into your background?
My names are Elizabeth Kahvinya Mwendwa. I come from a family of 6. I was born and raised in Nairobi and I am an alumni of Brookhouse School.
Please could you tell us 5 random facts about you that your fans might not know?
- I am an Aquarius.
- I am into cosmology and aetiology*.
- I love cooking.
- However I am a vegeterian.
- I always strive to incorporate compassion and spiritualism in my activitioes.
*Etiology (/iːtiˈɒlədʒi/; alternatively aetiology or ætiology) is the study of causation, or origination.
Interesting so what exactly is your version or rather understanding of spiritualism?
I have been involved with spiritualism for around 10 years now and in my case I don’t consider myself religious, I choose to believe that God is within us and around us.
I practise yoga and meditation. Apart from that I do extensive research on the same via the internet.
How has your musical journey been so far?
It has been good. I started by playing instruments which include the piano and the guitar. Then I began singing seriously in Brookhouse School, that is recording, collaborating and the whole lot.
So incubator, what was the process involved in the making of this masterpiece?
It was highly influenced by Avatar the movie by James Cameron and some of the lyrics contain the language of the N’avi(The blue humanoids in the planet). After watching, the movie for the 10th time, I just went to my room and started writing. It took me around 20 minutes to draft most of it. A short while later I went to the Brookhouse school’s studio and recorded it.
Who are some of your inspirations?
I love Erykah Badu. Solange Knowles is awesome too; her new album is just stunning. There are also: Nina Symone, Pharell, Maya, Willow Smith, MAyonde, Tetu Shani and Runka.
Where can people find your work or attend your shows?
You can find some of my work on SoundCloud. For my performances, I have an event at the Treehouse club in Westlands which happens every holiday month called Afrowave.
Tell us a bit about Afrowave?
Afrowave is an event organised by Faces of Nairobi and an NGO I work with. It aims to promote diversity and it tends to focus on underground artistes. There is music, painting and fashion showcases. I intend to make it into a series that happens several times a year specifically the holiday months as I stated above.
So apart from your various collaborations what should we expect from Kahvinya?
I have an album coming soon the date and details are still being processed and definitely more collaborations.
To close off the interview what do you think of the Kenyan music industry and what advice can you give other artistes?
I’d love to start by saying that I love collaborations. I believe that no one can grow alone. We need to collaborate more and that’s part of the reason I started the afrowave concert. It was to act as a platform that will encourage collaboration. That will also bring about support which is very crucial in our growth as an industry and as individual artists.
For other artistes I’d tell them to do be authentic and do it for the the passion. By authenticity I mean that they should stay true to themselves and be proud of their own unique sounds.
To connect with Kahvinya and/or listen to her music just cick on the links below: