NURU or also known as Nuru Mnjama is a young budding vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter from Nairobi, Kenya. Having gone through the Brookhouse Music B-Tech program as well as the renown Sauti Academy in Kenya, Nuru has worked with and received support from some of the country’s biggest artists and producers. It is said that a voice, “Is an amazing voice when it not only brings a room to a halt but also when it rivals its very own existence”. That is Nuru, an artist that shows much promise with the effortless manner in which she lyrically and vocally delivers each time she graces a track.
Being a young artist, Nuru oozes with much potential and novelty as embodied in her expressive delivery of music in her vernacular dialect (Taita). In the Taita tongue, Nuru usurps the listener from his/her dreary hypnagogic state and thrusts him/her into a dazzling psychedelic rabbit-hole of harmonic energies. Nuru is akin to a musical shaman, a lyrical mystic possessing the capacity to purr melodies that have the ability to make the listener leave the body and communicate with the spirit world. Her grown-up brand of hypnotic music – understated, spiritualism, with that sultry voice and her astonishing African splendour – give her a sophisticated appeal.
For JERU The Album, the musical shaman that is Nuru employs a spellbinding sound to catalyze an imaginary inner environment which is experienced as a sacred space-time in which the listener travels and communes with his/her internal spirit. “Kala Na Kala” is the product of a budding collaboration between Nuru and Saint Evo that has cemented their working relationship, especially after the initial workings of Equatorial remixes of her featured musical pieces that were M³’s “Aba Na Mao” and Karama’s “Time” . “Kala Na Kala” is the “Lord’s Prayer” sang in KiTaita. This is a track that prods the inner levels of spiritual consciousness and sensory awareness, heightening them into varying degrees of transcendent trance trips.
released December 1, 2016
Produced by Saint Evo
Vocals & Lyrics by Nuru
Mastered by Njenga Giggz of Xtrim Records