By Iminza Keboge
Published December 17, 2016
A Kenyan artist who says she honed her music skills through writingÂ music lyrics for singers in Britain and United States of America has launched her debut album in Nairobi.
Victoria Kimani, whose album is aptly titled ‘Safari’ that meansÂ journey or voyage in Kiswahili, said during the music listening party at which the album was unveiled on December 4, 2016 that she wanted to â€œmake more of an attempt to explain myself and my music and let you know what Victoria Kimani is all about.”
Kimani, who was born in Los Angeles, California, USA, of clergy Kenyan parents in 1984, took the audience during the exclusive music listening party at Nairobi’s Tribe Hotel through what she referred to as the journey or evolution of her music.
Referring to her pop and RnB music recording as “a totally new side of me,” Victoria Kimani said, “My background is in song writing. I used to write pop and RnB songs for for artists in the States and the UK. I grew tired of giving my songs away.”
Introducing ‘Giving You’, her steamy hot single with Ghanaian super star Sarkodie, Kimani said, “I don’t want just to be behind the scenes. I want to be the person singing my own songs.”
She said the ‘Safari’ album is available worldwide on iTunes, Mziiki, Apple Music, MTN Music Plus, Deezer, Boom Player and several other international music distribution platforms.
Kimani, the last of three siblings, is said to have begun singing at the age of nine but that it was not till seven years later, at 16, when she began backing-up church choir members while writing songs for others.
Safari is released on Chocolate City, a Nigerian music label. She is said to be the first female on the label.