Interview with Tetu Shani
You might know Tetu Shani for his guitar performances. You might also know him from his popular songs ‘Round and Round’ and ‘Jacaranda Tree’. But there’s so much more underneath that big genuine smile and the soulful music.
Q Tell us something that you’d like people to know about you.
I see myself as an African troubadour. Troubadours were musicians and poets of the knight class that would wander through Europe singing about life and love. I also turned down Berklee.
Q Wait, what! Berklee is the Mecca of modern music. Why?
I opted to stay and make music in Nairobi because of the renaissance that is happening here. The music scene is on the brink of a serious revolution, similar to what happened in the ‘60s and ‘70s.
Q What’s ‘Tetu music’ like?
My music is mood music. The genre of my music is Chakuti which is a combination of the coastal Chakacha rhythms and Isikuti sounds from western Kenya, which I tie together with American folk influences.
Q Any album coming soon?
My first album will be titled ‘Troubadour’ but before that I have an EP called ‘As We Drift’. I have a fantastic producer for that called Jinku. He was named by Fader magazine as one of the top 25 producers to watch worldwide.
One to watch – Queen of Katwe
Oscar-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o stars in this feature by Walt Disney Pictures, which will be hitting cinemas on 23 September. The biographical film directed by Mira Nair is about the life of Phiona Mutesi, an unlikely Ugandan chess grandmaster. The main character Phiona is portrayed by newcomer Madina Nalwanga. Queen of Katwe also stars English-Nigerian actor David Oyelowo who played Martin Luther King Jr in 2014’s acclaimed movie, Selma.
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What’s on in September and October
3-4 Sep Utam Festival 2 – Event Haven
An annual multicultural music festival.
9 Sep Fashion, Arts & Culture Take
Nairobi for a Day – Michael Joseph Centre, Nairobi
In aid of the Alzheimers and Dementia Organisation, Kenya.
16-18 Sep The Grand Wedding Expo –
Thika Road Mall, Nairobi
Meet specialist wedding suppliers.
20-23 Oct Watamu Sports Festival
A festival of sport, health and fitness.