Ms. Samba is a Kenyan recording and performing artist, songwriter, fitness enthusiast and a youth activist. The singer is now riding high with her new single ‘She better’ featuring rapper Steph Kapela
Let’s start with your stage name, it sounds like it’s your official name?
Yes it is.
Why did you opt to use your official name as your stage name?
I felt more authentic using my official name.
What genre of music do you do?
My music comes from different genres because I’m yet to figure out my sound. I am trying different sounds hoping to find the one I’m more comfortable with.
How many songs have you released so far?
I have released four songs so far. Two songs on my own and two others with the Posse.
Many people might not have heard of the posse before including myself. Tell us about that?
The Posse is basically a support structure made up of people who have the same mindset and also pursuing the same goals.
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How long have you been in the music industry?
I have been around since the year 2014, but I have been on and off. I travelled for a long period of time before I came back but then I immediately got a job which lead to me putting music on hold for a while. The good news is I’m now focused on music strictly.
How did the people around you react when you told them you wanted to join the music industry?
Some supported me while others especially my mum did not. She doesn’t see music as an actual career and therefore she doesn’t support me fully.
How do the negative reactions make you feel?
I just don’t pay attention to the negative reactions. People will always have their opinions and they are entitled to them.
Lowest moment in your music career?
I have one incident I have never really spoken about before. Sometime back the posse was chosen to open for Sauti Sol during the Live and die in Africa tour. So I travelled all the way from Nairobi to Kisumu but ended up not performing because of a certain lady. I won’t mention names, I would say she did not like me so she was out to make sure I don’t perform. That was one of my lowest moments in my music career but I’m over it now.
That sounds more of a challenge actually, any other challenges you have had to face in your career?
Yes but I think I would say my main challenge has been capital. You know music is like a business at the end of the day so one needs to invest in it in large sums over a long period of time before they are able to get any returns so yes, that has been a major challenge.
How do you handle the challenge in order for you to stay in ‘business?
I saved up some money before I quit the job and invested the money so the money I get from my investments I take a share of it and put it into my music. For example I have a shoe business that sells very nice and classy shoes which by the way are imported from London. Be sure to check us out on Instagram @Sleekchiqofficial and on Facebook @Sleek Chiq.
Have you worked with any mainstream artists so far?
Yes, I have worked with Steph Kapela so far, a very talented artist. Check out our Song ‘She better’ on YouTube;
Which other artists would you love to work with in the future?
I would say Vanessa Mdee, Victoria Kimani, Suzziah, Phyasco and the list is endless.
Any artists that inspire you?
Of course, all the artists I have mentioned above inspire me actually.
What can you tell other upcoming artists?
Do not listen to the noise outside and by this I mean the naysayers. If you have a dream chase it because you only live once. I would also tell them to be themselves when they join the industry, don’t try to be someone else. Most importantly, pray. God is real.
Where can people find you on social media?
@MS. Samba on every social media platform.
Where can people get your music?
People can get my music on YouTube and Sound cloud.
Any final remarks?
Be on the look out!!!