Meet the only Kikuyu hard rock band in Kenya the band behind the tracks ‘Murata’, “Ndingihota Gutatariria” and ‘Karamu na ibuku’. Since I am 480km away from them I decided to interview them via whatsapp.
So, who are the Kanyeki band members?
Franco James Chege aka Kanyeki- lead vocalist
Alkasios Lusangale aka Habo/Hueskillz – bassist/2nd guitarist
Cyrus Kamau aka Sireraw- Drummer
Paul Muriuki aka wanderer- guitarist
Where did the name Kanyeki come from?
Hueskillz : we imported it from mexico like ungaJ
Sireraw: the name was coined from the song kanyumba ka nyeki, K anyeki should shed some light
Kanyeki: I was nicknamed by my producer / my former lead guitarist William Kamore aka Kymo Thitima after recording my first single ‘Kanyumba ka nyeki
Are you all rockers or were you rockers before the band?
Sireraw: we were rock fans even before we met and music being a unifying culture it brought us together and we still listen to rock and metal
Hueskillz: I was Habo Seismic drummer then Parking lot Grass(PLG) bassist/ drummer, now Seismic pianist and with Kanyeki band and I am more of a metal fan
Kanyeki : I was a rock fan I am a rock fan and will forever be a rock fan
Wanderer: Ditto (same)
There was a ndingihota gutararia video before why another one
I spent a lot on that video almost 100,000 but the final result wasn’t worth it the director didn’t deliver.
So is the new one what you what wanted
I love the new one.
Any embarrassing moments on stage?
Hueskillz: Citizen tv breakfast show
Sireraw: At blues during out of the blues concert the guy who told us to get off tbe stage
Kanyeki: Ooh yes at blues Ronjey akidai tutoke stage yake hahahaha and during the citizen tv breakfast show the then drummer and guitarist walicheza off
I understand in the last 2 years your line up has changed
Yeah guys weren’t serious they are the reason why Kymo and a drummer from Russia left the band.
I have to say I like the new line up I watched you guys perform at blues tell me what is the secret
Sireraw: The spice to this is practice, ooh and I believe we like no we love what we do kanyeki band loves playing( we are in this for love and not for the race)
And now lets talk about that baby called AFRIMA
Sireraw: our aim is to bring it home this year Mvula from Angola watch out
Kanyeki: that was a surprise and a challenge at the same time I thank the Almighty God for the gifts
What are some of the challenges you are facing as a band
Kanyeki: we are yet to get a good video producer
Sireraw: The distance that separated us, I wish I was working around Nairobi then we would have more studio sessions
What if Kanyeki band was a drink
Sireraw: Water because this is life milk because it is nourishing and nurturing
Wanderer: krest ama stoney
Hueskillz: jaggerbomb a cocktail of redbull and jaggermeister
Kanyeki band is a hardrock band loved by non-rockers how does that feel?
Hueskillz: that is a mission accomplished .. my dream was to see rock music cut across and reach persons of all walks and kanyeki is the only one doing that.
Sireraw: It is a resounding promise of a faithful and ever growing fan base
Should your fans expect an album soon
Sireraw: Yes yes yaaas most definitely, we are working towards that
Kanyeki: Yes an album is on the way 12 0r 14tracks
Who are your inspirations
Kanyeki: my late mom
Sireraw: I get my inspiration from Kanyeki’s zeal to ensure this project works out. I also get my inspiration from Sal Arnita, Cobus and Travis Barker
Hueskillz: Korn, Slipknot, Disturbed,System of A down, P.O.D, Kutless and UMC
Hueskillz: They told me kanyeki is a joke, my idea was a sham.. they know themselves , who’s laughing now nab ado watch this space we aint taking over we’ve already taken over
Sireraw: From the drums Kanyeki band is in this for love not for the race
Kanyeki: Rock music should be gross, that’s the fun part it gets up and drops its trousers
Interview by Yvonne Ndubi
Images courtesy of Nairobi Underground