In a world where people seldom sing about unadulterated love, let alone wear their hearts on their sleeves, Kwame has decided to swim against the current and give voice to this enfeebling emotion.
His vibrato is the stuff of legends, and his music a breath of fresh air. He calls his music Urban Folk, a mélange of styles ranging from Rhumba & Afro-soul, to Ethiopian Gurage peppered with Akorino mellismas paying tribute to his heritage.
Kwame croons about a wide array of issues from love to lessons taught to him by his late father, to the humdrum of daily life. His musical muse is his Cleopatra, who he is happily married to. Although his music is laced with Kiswahili, he has a vibrant fondness for his mother tongue Gikuyu, which empowers him to fluently express the matters that tug at his heartstrings. Kwame is currently recording his debut album which should be out soon.
Some of his most popular songs include: Githeremende where he took a stab at free-style rapping, Hali Ya Maisha picked as the theme song for TV series Higher Learning, Mama Wa Taifa which paid homage to the late Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai, Holela which decried the HIV pandemic as well as Wajali commissioned by first Lady Margaret Kenyatta to highlight the plight of orphans. Malkia and Aki Wewe which are fairly recent are an ode to love and cut across musical divides.
According to Kwame, love is a consuming fire that sets souls ablaze, or burns them to smoldering ashes. This love theme is what Kwame brings to JERU The Album with his song Kau that reiterates the need for aversion to violence and gravitation towards amorous discourses of existence and life.
released December 1, 2016
Produced by Saint Evo
Vocals & Lyrics by Kwame
Guitars by Hybrid Actuary
Mastered by Njenga Giggz of Xtrim Records