Two Kenyan brothers Edwin and Dennis Wambi are on a path to popularize spoken word in the city.
The duo through their monthly podcasts have hosted and nurtured a number of up and coming spoken artists in the city including Mufassa Poet. The podcasts, titled Adventures of African Kid are aimed at “developing the artists skills and confidence.
Speaking to Nairobi News, one of the brothers Edwin described working with his brother Dennis on the project as an amazing experience. “Dennis is the producer while I’m a songwriter and a rapper. We’ve complemented each other well in trying to position spoken word in the mainstream,” he said.
The two have been working together since 2012 at their Wambi Bros Studios. “The good thing is he understands my musical preferences and I his beat making prowess. That makes for an extremely destructive combo musically,” he added.
The recording label has organized a spoken word festival to be held in July. The event has been dubbed Dreams of an African kid will take place on the 1stof July at All Saints cathedral from 6pm to 8pm. “The event focuses on the emancipation of the abused African mind and it features some of the best poets and rappers in Kenya presently,” Edwin has revealed.
Apart from spoken word, the duo have been working on music with Edwin about to drop his debut album. “I have not put out an album yet but I’ve got a mixtape out titled Cool Kid Mixtape available free download on SoundCloud and YouTube. My album’s already half way done and will be released pretty soon. Hopefully, late this year or early next year depending on the agreement with my record label,” he added.
- Who is Wambi?
Wambi is a starry-eyed kid that never stops dreaming. The last born in a family of six kids bred entirely in Nairobi. As a creative I consider myself the reincarnation of my fore-fathers’ aspirations. I’m most creative when I morph from the rigidity of grown up life into being a kid again.
- When did you start singing?
Way back in preparatory school, I used to recite nursery rhymes and songs. Moved on to Primary school reciting pop songs by the likes of Klepto, E-sir, Jogg C, presently Zaidi ya mziki, up until my passion for rap became nudging enough to pursue.
- How old is Edwin Wambi?
I’ve been alive for 25 years now, a quarter of a century. Tell Century I’m coming for him in about 75 years (laughs)!
- Why did you choose music?
I never did, music chose me! Growing up I really was exceptional at writing essays and that made me gravitate towards poetry, music and writing. Furthermore, music gives me a sense of invincibility. I can be an innocent kid, a superhero, a villain. Who wouldn’t wish for such powers?
- How can you describe your music?
My music is best described as hip-hop with a heartbeat which makes it chill or mellow hip-hop. I love performing live and that has a great bearing on how my music is composed and produced. I prefer emotion to turning up.
- Any album out yet? If not, when should we expect an album?
I have not put out an album yet but I’ve got a mixtape out titled Cool Kid Mixtape available free download on SoundCloud and YouTube. My album’s already half way done and will be released pretty soon. Hopefully, late this year or early next year depending on the agreement with my record label.
- Who produces your music? When did you start working with your current producer?
My producer’s name is Dennis Wambi of Wambi Bros. (brothers) records but I call him Dex. We started working together professionally in 2012 but we’ve been kicking it ever since we were little kids. He’s my big brother.
- Tell us about your monthly podcasts…
I anchor a monthly podcast titled the adventures of an African kid on SoundCloud dedicated to hip-hop, poetry and live music for wordsmiths to recite and perform their works as they develop both in skill and confidence.
- How is it working with your brother?
I consider it an answered prayer (laughs), Its such an amazing experience. We can be locked in the studio creating for days and at other times chill for days on end. The good thing is he understands my musical preferences and I his beat making prowess. That makes for an extremely destructive combo musically.
- Which studio do you work with?
I’m a signed artiste at Wambi Bros. records which I co-own. They handle all my musical dealings.
- Tell us about your upcoming shows
Wambi Bros. was gracious enough
to organize a gig for my friends and I titled dreams of an African kid on the 1st of July at all Saints cathedral from 6pm to 8pm. The event focuses on the emancipation of the abused African mind and it features some of the best poets and rappers in Kenya presently.
- What should your fans expect?
Expect an all-out musical assault on mainstream media. Your ears ain’t ready for this! If you’ve been yearning for deep meaningful music then you’ll find such in mine.
- What are you working on now?
First, dreams of an African kid event, an acoustic mixtape from cool kid mixtape. Lastly, I’m making touches on my début album.