Funny, creative and different. Kenji is the singer with a difference as he embraces Kenyan culture together with humor. His hilarious pre-videos to the video Wendy where he showcases his funny acting bone got us interested in the guy. Here is the final video;
We got to meet with him and here is what we learned about our MCM;
Who is Kenji and the 44?
Kenji and the44 is a musician and entertainer based in the 254 and most importantly in 44. Why did you decide on that name?
It’s a name that represents a lot. ‘and the 44’ pays homage to everybody who supports me and my movement.
Where did you study university? I studied at USIU What did you study?
What did you like about the university?
I found a diversity of people from all over Kenya and the world. it was dope and they support the arts heavy which was also dope.
Have you always been interested in music?
Yeah, i come from a musical family and i was recording studios from the time i was in high school
Why did you decide to have the 3 episodes on Finding Wendy before you released the video?
It was a spur of the moment thing; I thought it would be dope. I guess i just like dope stuff
You are quite funny in the videos, are you interested in acting?
Yeah I am, am a director as well so i am always around actors and I picked up a few things.
Who is Wendy?
I don’t really know.
Is she a real lady in your life?
She is not a real lady but she could be. Fingers crossed If not, are you in a relationship? no am not in a relationship sadly.
The video is really good and the setting awesome, where was it shot?
It’s shot in 44. That’s the thing about 44 you can get anything you need there.
Have there been any hard times when making the video?
Yeah, we had problems that seemed major at the time but now i can’t remember them so they must not have been that major.
Many youth do not listen to Kenyan music, what would you tell someone like that to encourage them to support local music?
I think Kenyan youth just feel like what they are being presented with is not of good quality, hopefully with time the good quality music will make it to the lime light.
Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully alive, hopefully doing music full time and hopefully wiser.
What would you tell young upcoming artists to encourage them?
I’d tell them the only person who can really stop you from doing anything is yourself
Which international and local artists do you look up to?
I look up to Madtraxx because he knows what Kenyans want to hear. i haven’t listened to international music in a while…in Africa I would say M.I Abaga.
What sets you apart from other artists?
I feel like am involved in everything. Am involved in the music production, am involved in the video production am just involved 100%.
When you are not making music, what do you do?
As I said am a director. I shoot films, documentaries, music videos and commercials.
There you have it, look out for this guy, he is coming up fast!