USA-based Kenyan songstress, Mumbi, is back to Kenya and launched her debut EP “For The Culture” – 30th of April 2018 from East Africa, in a worldwide release. Known for her diverse sound that blends afro-house, soul, R&B and hip hop, Mumbi is set for her biggest career move that has now birthed the 5– track EP featuring the singles: “Yours”, “Intro”, “Soweto”, “Good Enough” and “Too Much”.
Speaking to her Kenyan fans, Mumbi says: “At this point my fans and I are technically dating. My music is my diary. So if you love my music we’re pretty much together. Can’t wait to see you all!” Speaking on “For The Culture” EP and her return to Kenya, Mumbi says: “I chose to launch the EP in Kenya because everything begins at home. Kenya is my home and what better way to launch something than at home first. I wrote most of the songs on the EP at a time in my life where I had taken some time off to regroup,” hinting on her future plans: “I plan on moving back to home and definitely working on a new album from Kenya.”
Watch Senses on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyTe65L8smc
Even before the EP was ready for release, Mumbi was concurrently working on her debut album, which is expected to be ready by September 2018. While in Kenya, she intends to collaborate with top Kenyan acts including Khaligraph Jones, Steph Kapela, Xtatic and Camp Mulla. Her passion is to continue raising her profile and that of Kenya. She says, “As a brand, I will continue to represent Kenya on a bigger platform. I would like to introduce the world to all the amazing talent we have in Kenya because we are really underrated. I am happy to strongly represent of our beautiful country, musically speaking.”
- People in your field that you admire? Lauryn hill Miriam makeba
- How do you incorporate creativity in your free time?
I usually just listen to a lot of different types of music to keep my mind fresh when it comes to creativity
- What is your perspective on the music industry?
Right now is the best time in the music industry in Kenya because we are on the peak of change
- Do you think there are enough youth opportunities?
No but all it does is make us grind harder
- What is your creative process like when you are working?
I usually write a song beforehand create a bass line then go to the producer with it and we build around that
- Tell me about something you’ve created.
My whole ep 😊
- How do you keep up with industry trends?
I don’t. I just choose to be me that way there’s no pressure. It can be challenging for a young Kenyan to balance local identity with international influence. How do you think we can best keep and promote the Kenyan brand?
- How did your family react to your career choice?
At first it was hard but now it’s gotten a lot better
- Tell us about your new Music?
Each song on my FOR THE CULTURE Ep is my favorite song. Expect the unexpected and lots of amazing vibes.
- Which track best represents you?
Definitely Good Enough
- What’s next for you?
- Any advice for the youth?
Be you. That is your power. Also, don’t be afraid of the struggle
it’s only for a season. Put In work and you WILL succeed