Joel Ngito is a 24 year old Bachelor of Commerce student at Kenyatta University who hopes to one day pursue a full-time music career.
What are you studying specifically?
BCom, Finance. I’m in my last semester.
When did you know you wanted to do music?
I was 14. In the morning before KCPE maths paper, I wrote a song. Before then, I didn’t know how to write songs.
What inspired you to start making music?
Love. My music is about love, it’s my biggest inspiration. I look at relationships, drama, scandals, joy then I try to bring it out through music.
You’ve been in love?
What influences your music style?
So many things. The rich cultural diversity of Africa. I can do Afrobeat and R&B. I’ve even thought of doing vernacular songs.
What genres would you say your songs are?
Right now I’m doing pop. I’ve done R&B, Afrobeat, local, EDM or something like that and rock music.
Who are your local and international role models or idols in the music industry?
Local: Eric Wainaina, Gilad and Nameless.
International: Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown and Usher.
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Where can your songs be found?
Youtube, SoundCloud, Mdundo, Waabeh.
Do you have any upcoming projects we can look forward to?
I have one called Safari. It’s a single.
And what’s your relationship status currently? The ladies might want to know.
Ready to mingle?
What are your goals career and life wise?
To bring out the beat of Africa, love music so people can celebrate it. To bring out the rich diversity of African music. To inspire/mentor upcoming artists.
What challenges have you faced so far with your music?
Trying to put out high quality music because I’m working in underground studios. Getting live performances because I’m a recording artist. Competition.
Do you usually perform?
Not frequently because I’m a recording artist. I definitely do want to.
Do you want to do music full-time?
At some point in my life. It’s gonna take a while because I have to establish myself ‘til then I’ll be doing side hustle.
Any final words of inspiration for other aspiring musicians?
I know they say Kenyan music is whack but they haven’t seen the best of it yet.