I developed passion for playing drums in 2014, and started playing deliberately in 2017 after giving it much thought. My father was a percussionist and he taught my siblings and I how to play the djembe in my earlier years. This is what inspired my drumming.
I like to explore African grooves and translate them on the kit. I learned to play by observation, YouTube and getting a few tips from my brother and other top Kenyan drummers.
Most, if not all, of my drumming experience (is)was gained in church.
These are the drummers I look up to:
Locally: Amani Baya, Christian Kibamba, Mathew Rabala and many others.
Internationally: Larnell Lewis, Anika Nilles, Tosin Aribisala, Sabu Satsha e.t.c.
I aspire to make my drumming more than just a hobby and to make it a bigger part of my life. I'd like to learn drum theory which will help me in creation of music. I'd also like to inspire more Kenyan females to take up drumming, because it is not popular here.
The music in the video is an original composition done with the help of my brother and friend. It is a variation of Chakacha (traditional music of the Swahili people of coastal Kenya). I did it to share a piece of Kenya with you. It is probably something you're not used to listening to but I hope you enjoy!