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A humble guy who shook the gospel scenes by his different style and approach to music, and has most of his music played almost in all media houses has a lot to say about what it takes to be different. Check out kris’ interview and videos.
Who is Kris?
Chris is a young man serving a big God, turning 24 years from a family of four siblings, two brothers’ one sister and of course parents. –smiling

Chris I do remember you as a dancer, what happened to dancing and how did you get into music career?
Laughing –I started dancing when I started walking, ha-ha. Anyway I was a choreographer in high school and I got into some serious dancing a while back with the saints dance crew, but once I ventured into music I think music kind of overpowered dancing, he-he. Music wise I started it when I was quite young, I used to free style in F2 during the jam sessions. When I got saved I wrote my first song with a secular ‘riddim’ beat and I remember performing it in a local church, but once the MC’s heard the beat they immediately stopped the music ,because it was a secular beat and I had to be literary sent out of the church. It pissed me off but all hope was not lost, I met a guy who by the then was called ‘skele’ but many people know him as mike, he approached me and helped me build my music , gospel without secular bits, ha-ha, so let’s say that, that was the beginning of my music career.

What does it take to venture into music?
Persistence and creativity. You see in this industry there is a lot of competition, you have to bring something new to the table and at the same time you need to be patient so as to create your own fan base.

In all your music you bring out the Maasai swag and people often mistake you for a Maasai, so what triggered you to choose this style?

Ha-ha it’s not about the tribe, it’s a style that I decided to flow with , a style that would set me apart from every other musician. Bringing in this Maasai touch makes me different and gives me a voice, especially the ‘ERROH’ effect!! –laughing. So let’s say am blessed to see the Kenyan community embrace the style because at the end of the day diversity is what matters.

Other than music is there anything else you do, either as a hobby or career wise?
I do a lot of mentoring to upcoming musicians and dancers. I work with Saints of Christ (SOC) which is an upcoming gospel trio, and the Saints dance group.

What is your view on education? Do you think it is a necessity? Many have prospered without acquiring it, but what is your opinion and advice to most young guys out there?
Education hmmm see the 8-4-4 system is a flop, we learn in school but we can never get the opportunity to exercise some of the principles we learnt in the various subjects, for example I learnt chemistry but am not applying it anywhere today. See the American system supports talent; there are many talent schools, and students major with what they would want to venture in career wise, which is the complete opposite with the education system in Kenya. It is very limiting. With all this barriers I still think that people should study on their strong points education wise so as to create an amazing platform for their career. I am going back to school to study performing arts in music and production. I would really want to control everything in my music, and by studying am sure I will achieve that. So yes education plays a part in success, knowledge is power.

The music industry is a field where every tom dick and harry is running to, just because one has beats they think they can sing, and at times our media is packed with a lot of music and some which are pathetic-for lack of a better term- so do you think talent in this field is necessary?

Talent gives you a niche, it sets you apart, it’s just like production, some producers stand out, why? because of talent and it is easy to differentiate the different types of work. In this industry Corrie, you can differentiate between natural and practiced talent.

So these three popular and danceable songs, let’s start with Eeh baba, the inspiration behind it…
  • Eeh baba tells a lot of how I got saved and was set free from sin, it was actually supposed to be wee baba but as production went on the swag changed from wee baba to eeh baba!!
  • Mhh baba speaks about God’s love, how sweet and evident it is in my life. You see when you bite something sweet, you go like ‘mmh’, because of sweetness, and here still the Maasai style comes to play

Chris ‘katikia yesu’ is a big hit now, starting from the video and picture quality to the song itself, what was the idea behind this song?

Ha-ha thank you, am humbled, ‘Katikia Yesu’ is the most diverse song I have done, it has very many concepts in both the audio and video, Carena, my producer, brought out the Arabian touch to the song. So I needed to bring out the Arabian feel which was shooting the video in the desert and we were supposed to have camels but sadly, they were not available of that particular day.(laughing) But basically the song speaks out about the power of praising God.

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