Mumbi Kenyanshilling is a Kenyan spoken word poet, the only poet we had this past weekend at the Varcity piknik event and I can tell you for sure she is amazing at what she does.
What’s your stage name?
I use my official name as my stage name, Mumbi. I also go by ‘Kenyan shilling’ so let’s just say my stage name is Mumbi Kenyan shilling.
Kenyan Shilling sounds unique, how did it come about?
I don’t have a fancy story about how I got the name Kenyan shillings; I wanted to be a rapper during my younger days, so I simply gave it to myself.
Tell us about something about Mumbi?
I am art. Spoken word is how I express God. I am definitely a lot of things but to cut a long story short, let’s just say I am a masterpiece trying to master peace.
Why did you choose to do spoken word poetry and not any other form of art?
I have always loved writing; spoken word chose me and not the other way round.
How long have you been doing this?
I have been in the spoken word poetry scene for about five years now.
How many projects have you released?
I have written a lot of pieces, but I think my first official project will be an album which I’m about to release titled ‘Kenyan Shilling’.
How did the people around you react when you first told them that this is what you wanted to do?
Luckily for me the close people around me who really matter have been very supportive.
What are some of the challenges you have to deal with so far?
The biggest challenge in poetry so far has been finding platforms and getting people to recognize poetry as an art that deserves airtime.
How did you go about this challenge?
I just got to know people who are also doing the same as me and they have really helped me when it comes to getting platforms. I have also been fortunate enough to meet key stake holders in the entertainment industry who recognize spoken word.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get inspiration from everywhere.
Any Kenyan artists you look up to?
I can’t say I have any specific Kenyan artists I actually look up to.
What can you tell other aspiring spoken word poets?
Trust the process, if it’s yours you’ll get it. Do what you do best and leave the rest to the higher power.
Where can people find you on social media?
People can connect with me on Facebook @Mumbi Spoken Word
Where can people get your work?
On YouTube: Mumbi Macharia