AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH CHIWAWA,ONE OF THE ILLEST RAPPERS IN KENYA2 Comments

By Mwangi Jay
Posted on 04 Sep 2012 at 9:01am


Today,we bring you an exclusive interview with Chiwawa.He is one of the greatest rappers who have managed to make it in the Kenyan industry.He tells us more on his musical journey and promises big things to his fans.

KenyaCelebrities.Com: Where did you grow up and how was your childhood?

Chiwawa; I GREW UP UNDER THE SACRED SHRINE OF KIRINYAGA – NDIA DISTRICT. I HAD A NORMAL, FUN FILLED CHILDHOOD GOING TO SCHOOLS IN NAIROBI.

KenyaCelebrities.Com: What’s your stage name?  Have you changed your name before?

Chiwawa: My Stage Name Is Chiwawa Though Some People Especially Those Who Know Me Well, Call Me Baba Jaba (My Sons Name Is Jabali) Others Call Me Wachiwa Especially My Boyz From Home.

KenyaCelebrities.Com:  How old are you?

Chiwawa: I AM 30 YEARS OLD

 KenyaCelebrities.Com: When and how did you discover that you have a gift for Rapping?

Chiwawa: IT WAS BACK IN HIGH SCHOOL DURING A TALENT SHOW. I WON IN THE TRAP BATTLE. FROM THEN, THINGS JUST TOOK COURSE. PLUS I’M A VERY GOOD WRITER. I WRITE A LOT.

KenyaCelebrities.com: Who else in your family is in the industry?

Chiwawa: MY FATHER. HE`S A MUSIC WRITER, COMPOSER, CONDUCTOR AND AN EXCELLENT BASSIST. GUESS IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY

KenyaCelebrities.Com: What made you choose to get into music?

Chiwawa: I DIDN’T CHOOSE MUSIC, MUSIC CHOSE ME. MANY ARE CALLED BUT ONLY FEW ARE CHOSEN.

KenyaCelebrities.Com: What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?

Chiwawa: HIPHOP/ AFRICAN POP.MAJOR INFLUENCES – BOB MARLEY, NaS, LUCKY DUBE AND ALL THE PROPHETS BEFORE ME. I ALSO ADMIRE NANOMA, K-SHAKA, K.SOUTH. THEY PAVED THE WAY FOR US

KenyaCelebrities.com: What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?
Chiwawa
: MY MUSIC COLLECTION IS OFF THE HOOK RIGHT NOW, HUWEZI NIPATA OFF GUARD.

KenyaCelebrities.com: If you could dabble in another genre of music, what would it be?
Chiwawa: MOST DEFINITELY REGGEA MUSIC. MY THEMES REVOLVE AROUND REALISM THAT’S WHY.

KenyaCelebrities.com: What genre of music can’t you stand to listen to?
Chiwawa
: HEAVY METAL ROCK. IS THAT EVEN A GENRE?

KenyaCelebrities.com: Sometimes back,we heard of your beef and Abbas,is it still there ama you sorted things out.?
Chiwawa
: ABBAS IS MY BROTHER. THE BEEF WAS SQUASHED. PEOPLE EVEN BROTHERS HAVE THEIR DIFFERENCES AND DIFFERENT WAYS TO SETTLE THEM. WE RECONCILED AND PUT OUR DIFFERENCES BEHIND US.

KenyaCelebrities: Are you pleased with the progression of your career? Mainly are you glad to be working in the industry as of now or do you ever see yourself wanting to do something totally different?

Chiwawa: MUSIC IS MY FIRST LOVE, AFTER MY SON JABALI AND WIFE WHOSE NAME IS BETTER LEFT AS A MYSTERY. I AM HAPPY TO DO MUSIC AND I`LL CONTINUE DOING MUSIC. EVERYTHING ELSE COMES SECOND.

KenyaCelebrities.Com: Are you a member of any music organizations? Where do you Record?

Chiwawa: I`M A REGISTERED MEMBER WITH MCSK. I`VE RECORDED WITH DJ LOOP, BABZ ON THE TRACK OF UNDERDAWG PRODUCTIONS. CURRENTLY, IM WORKING WITH SNIPER AT G`GANJI RECORDS

KenyaCelebrities.Com: Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?

Chiwawa: I`VE PERFORMED ALL OVER EAST AFRICA. I ENJOY PERFORMING FOR A JOVIAL CROWD WHERE THE AUDIENCE IS PSYCHED UP.

KenyaCelebrities.Com: Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?

Chiwawa: I WRITE MY OWN SONGS. MY THEMES REVOLVE AROUND REALSM AND EMANCIPATION. I DON’T THINK I`LL CHANGE THEM ANYTIME SOON.

Kenya Celebrities.com: who would you like to collabo with in or outside Kenya?

Chiwawa: IN KENYA, I`D LOVE TO WORK WITH KAMANDE WA KIOI, HARRY KIMANI, ERIC WAINAINA, MUTHONI DQ & Bamboo. Outside the 254, Lady Smith Mambazo, Chameleon, & keko.

KenyaCelebrities.Com: What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?

Chiwawa: I PRACTICE DAILY COZ ITS IN ME. HOWEVER WHEN REHERSING FOR A SHOW IM MORE THOROUGH  WITH MY CREW AND FELLOW ARTISTES.

KenyaCelebrities.Com: What has been your biggest challenge as an artist? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?

Chiwawa: FINANCIAL CONSTRAINTS. I HAVE OVERCOME THEM THROUGH MY SIDE HUSTLES, BUSINESSES, FAMILY, FRIENDS AND GOD`S GRACE.

 KenyaCelebrities.Com: What’s your ultimate direction for your music career? Are you seeking fame and fortune?

Chiwawa: IM SEEKING TO FREE MY MIND AND EDUCATE OTHER PEOPLE THROUGH MY MUSIC.

KenyaCelebrities.Com: What advice do you have for guys who want to become artist like you ?

Chiwawa: WORK HARD, PLAY HARD! EVERYONE HAS A RIGHT TO CHOOSE HIS/HER DESTINY AND IF MUSIC IS WHERE YOU THINK YOU CAN GET SATISFACTION FROM, DO IT. KEEP GOD FIRST AND ALWAYS WORK SMART.

KenyaCelebrities.Com: How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?

Chiwawa: WEBSITE IS COMING SOON. www.soundcloud.com/Chiwawaking for easy downloads. Reverbnation.com/Chiwawa. i m also on facebook – king chiwawa and my fan page is chiwawa. They can also ask via my twitter

KenyaCelebrities.com: If you had the opportunity to change something in the music industry,what would it be?

Chiwawa: I’D CHANGE ALL THE WHACKNESS AND CARTELS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. I THINK ITS TIME NEW PEOPLE IN THE RAP GAME ARE GIVEN A CHANCE ON THE RADIO AND TV.

KenyaCelebrities.com: Have you ever had any strange or stalker type fans that you are aware of?how does it affect the closeness you have with your fans,media,e.t.c now?

Chiwawa: FORTUNATELY, I’VE NEVER.

KenyaCelebrities.Com: Beside Music, what else do you do?

Chiwawa: I’M AN ENTREPRENEUR. I HAVE MY OWN BRAND OF WATER CALLED MINERVA. CURRENTLY ITS ALL OVER RONGAI AND KAREN. I HAVE A TEAM NOW – WE ARE PLANNING TO expand it all over Nairobi.

KenyaCelebrities.Com: Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?

Chiwawa: friends and family. My wife for the emotional support. My fans who keep on giving me hope everytime on my facebook wall and my twitter pages,. Nawapenda wote`

KenyaCelebrities.Com: Parting shot?

Chiwawa: I`D LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE WHOSE BEEN SUPPORTING CHIWAWA FROM DAY ONE. MAD S/O TO PITTS OF KLAD HOUSE FOR DRESSING ME FOR ALL MY SHOWS, ALL THE PRODUCERS THAT I`VE WORKED WITH, MY WIFE & SON JABALI. MY P.R. MANAGER, BRASO SMALLZ. YOU CAN GET ME ON @Chiwawa254 on twitter. King Chiwawa & Chiwawa on facebook. Im also on soundcloud www.sounjdcloud.com/ChiwawaKing for free download of my music. Thanks y`all.

 

We At Kenya Celebrities Wishes you all the Best in your Career


Author: Contact me @jaymokusini@kenyacelebrities.com


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2 Comments

  1. hmmmmmm! I can’t say I know him but he is cool. I like his way of thinking.

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  2. kabixaa chiwawa we ni mdope no need to say more kp the fire burning.

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