Kanyeki is a Kenyan solo rock gospel artiste. He sings in his native language Kikuyu. Kanyeki has been in the Kenyan rock scene for long and he has been nominated for Best Artiste in African group along with 7 powerful nominees from Africa. Kanyeki has also made the rock scene in Kenya proud as his songs are mature, wiser, cleaner and relaxing. I don’t think any rock band/Artiste has ever been nominated for the group of Best Artiste/Duo/Group in African Rock. This makes Kanyeki to be first ever Solo Rock Act to be nominated for Best Artiste/Duo/Group in African Rock. Kanyeki was also nominated for the Best Male Inspirational category.
Audioinferno: How do you feel about your AFRIMA nomination?
Awesome,excited as well as inspired, it also come as a challenge to me,facing the fact that am representing my country and east Africa and central Africa.
Audioinferno: How do you feel about your fellow nominees and who do you think will win?
They are heavy weights In the music industry whom I respect so much unlike me,they are very experienced,seasoned and exposed compared to myself who has been in the scene for a roughly 2 years.
Audioinferno: What is your influence and have you guys ever listened to any of the nominees music?
My influence is Seether from South Africa, Clay from Nigeria, Parking lot grass from Kenya and Mvula from Angola.
Audioinferno: How is your music received in Kenya?
Currently it’s big, topping airplay and am getting lots of interviews and gigs especially from the first two songs and the new single released last week.
Watch Murata by Kanyeki
Audioinferno: Categorize and describe your own music
My music is a combination of hard rock with metal fused with traditional instrumentation, vocals being melodic and definite like with Kikuyu lyrics.
Audioinferno: Are your supporters in Kenya familiar with AFRIMA?
Initially they really were not, but now as a nominee the familiarity has exploded and it’s currently growing.
Audioinferno: Say something to your fans from around Africa
I am greatly humbled and very grateful by and for your love for me and my music, looking forward to meet most of you in concert as I plan to tour Africa.
You can get to know more about Kanyeki by checking his facebook page HERE
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