Linda Muthama shows up at the Junction Mall in a pair of fantastic-looking, striking, sun glasses. She gives me a warm, hearty hug before we take a seat at the Chinese restaurant on 4th floor.
In what seems like micro-seconds, Linda and I go from light, bubbly pleasantries to heavy yet general discussions about mental health, friendship, religion and bullying.
Linda tells me she just discovered Sarahah and she absolutely loves it. I tell her I’m not quite familiar with how it works, but from the little I hear, it worries me. I tell her such apps could open ugly doors to bullying, hate and maybe even the extreme, suicide.
Linda giggles, “You can’t bully me.”
Linda laughs with ease, exhausts her points of view eloquently, and is unapologetic about the life she has lived. She also speaks softly, just loud enough for her to pass her message across.
I ask her if there’s a question or topic she doesn’t want me to touch on, “None, ask away,” she says.
When it comes to music, Linda is talented, passionate and professional. When I tell her about some of my unfortunate experiences attempting to interview musicians, she breaks into laughter.
“Oh, it’s not you, it’s us. We are often stuck in our own world, believing our own hype too much at times. So interviews, communicating, keeping time and the like, those things pass us by. It’s unfortunate, but it is what it is.”
After talking to me about her childhood, travel opportunities, and life in music, we finally talk about that one thing many Kenyans now mostly remember her for, her marriage as a second wife to Walter Mong’are, more popularly known as Nyambane.
Linda immediately corrects me, telling me she was never a second wife, she was a mistress.
So many thoughts occur to me, my mind races, I now have questions I hadn’t quite planned to ask. Linda answers them all, telling me that it is all her truth; it is the life she has lived.
Although she extremely loves singing, Linda is now increasingly feeling the urge to hold younger people’s hands and to show them the ropes of music, faith and life.
Linda hopes to be a mentor to them, to guide them where she can, and to hopefully prevent them from making the same mistakes she made.
Here’s the rest on Linda Muthama:
Where do you perform these days?
Weekly, on different days, I perform at Slims Restaurant, Tamambo Karen, Black Diamond and in church. I also perform at various major corporate events when called upon.
Are you content with performing in both the secular scene as well as in church?
Yes. There are people who don’t go to church, why should they be left out? I’m very comfortable using my God-given talents to reach out to as many people as possible.