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Eric Wainaina

Chanteur/euse, Musicien/ne, Auteur-compositeur/trice


Chanteur, Musicien et Auteur-compositeur kenyan.


Eric Wainaina seems to have been born to « speak truth to power ». His middle class up-bringing in Nairobi and thorough music grounding at the Berklee College of Music don’t make him the most likely candidate for leading social revolutions, yet this is precisely what he has done,time and again, through his music, right from his career onset in Nairobi. His earliest songs, Daima and Nchi Ya Kitu Kidogo became anthems sung across the country – both of them powerful indictments of the authoritarian and ethnically divisive governments that have governed Kenya since independence. The soft-spoken and fiercely focused musician has never allowed his attention to be removed from the business of crafting excellent music – from his earliest days of meticulous harmony training in the hit a cappella group, 5 Alive through his first engagements with creating a new contemporary sound for Kenyan music – blending Benga rhythms from the 60s and 70s with western harmony to produce what is now dubbed Afro Fusion. His two award-winning records, Sawa Sawa(2001) and Twende Twende(2006) are still amongst the highest selling records in Kenya.His lyrical and melodic prowess make him a highly sought-after composer in collaborative projects as well as on-screen music. He was recently commissioned to write the music for a United Nations MDG campaign entitled « 8 Goals for Africa » which featured African greats such as Angelique Kidjo, Baaba Maal, Oliver Mtukudzi and Yvonne Chaka Chaka. He also wrote and starred in the musical theatre production, Mo Faya!, which was presented to sold-out houses in at the New York Musical Theatre Festival and at the The Godown Arts Centre in Nairobi.

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