The Kwetu Band
It is a popular belief that it is easier to produce great music as a solo artist simply because there is less complication than trying to mesh together as a band. Complex and intricate ego’s, personalities and ideas make gelling as a band difficult and discourage talented musicians from choosing to work together as a band.
If this were true, we’d be at a loss for much of the greatest music to come out of the many bands that prove that a love of music overcomes all odds. The dynamic and powerful mix of lyrics an iconic tunes that have become legendary throughout history tell the tale of dedication and hard work by a multitude of bands who have stood the test of time and stayed together as a band clearly demonstrating that it can be just as good to be in a band as being a solo artist.
This is certainly the case for a group of talented young musicians attending The Brook House school of Music in Kenya. In 2011 seven young artists banged their heads together and what was born from the potential of each individual musician was a fusion of artistic genius.
The Kwetu band brings together a robust mix of Afro-pop, hip hop and R&B to form a cocktail of trendy and mouth watering music. On their début album ‘I Am Kenyan’ release on the 26th November 2011, these talented young musicians prove that bands can make great music.
Centred around a common theme of Kenyan Identity the band has worked together to produce a range of tunes that promote the Kenyan people and take pride in the things that make Kenya such a beautiful nation. The lyrical intricacies intertwine with a weave of cleaver and memorable rhythms and tunes.
Made up of seven Kenyan artists we find the likes of Anita Muthoni a mum who adores her daughter as Kwetu’s Lead Vocalist, Steve Urban who is a vocalist and Kwetu’s main arranger and a passionate believer in Empowering Women in Kenya. Patoh Njuguna who brings his composition to the band and is also vocalist for the band while being a passionate musician and independent solo artist in addition to his work with Kwetu. The band’s pianist Nemo is really an all rounded musician with a knack for producing and see’s her music as a calling from God more than a career choice. As a writer and rapper for Kwetu Sanjei brings an urban style to the band through his experiences growing up in Nairobi and is joined in rapping for the band by Nicholas who is the quiet, fun loving joker of the band. Robbie is described as a sanguine melancholy yet interesting character within the band. As a vocalist and song writer Robbie loves to pray, play and party bringing the ‘three P’s’ to the band.
But it is not just these seven that entertain us with their songs. No Ceezy, Coolie Bop, Cruz and Wambui are also accredited by the band for their support and membership of Kwetu through various roles within the team. To be honest it is this huge pool of creative talent that points to the root of Kwetu’s ability to create such intense musical enjoyment when listening to their album.
Released under the Zenith Productions record label, ‘I Am Kenyan’ is widely available throughout Kenya, and can be found on a range of online music locations. We’d strongly suggest that if you are a fan of Afro-pop Fusion, then this is one album that you cannot afford to miss.
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