Maryanne Akinyi Orwa

Nationality: Kenyan
Age: 23
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!

Additional Information

Country: Kenya



148 responses to “Maryanne Akinyi Orwa”

  1. ingriddrums says:

    Hi Maryanne, awesome to see another entry from the African continent. I’ve spent some time in Tanzania and recognise the beautiful Chakacha groove. Well done to you and your band!

  2. Good luck in the contest !! Great job Maryanne πŸ‘ŠπŸ₯

  3. Chacha says:

    You got this buddy
    Play your heart out πŸ₯

  4. miriamsagini says:

    Go girl!!! Show the world how cool you are at this! ❀️

  5. AWere says:

    Awesome. All the best Maryanne. βŠ™_

  6. Sam Harts says:

    Go for it gal
    You will make it

  7. jkabaka says:


  8. Evans says:

    All the best dearest…Just voted for you.God bless

  9. Godfrey says:

    keep going girl.. make 254 proud

    • Erick cantona says:

      Im big fan of your talent and rank you my best female drummer,i believe you can sow higher i celebrate you and wish the best in your drumming destiny

  10. Testa says:

    Great… All the best

  11. Alex says:

    Great job

  12. Mbaga says:

    Great job Akinyi, the music has a haunting quality to it.

  13. Robert Orwa says:

    Great job sis!! All the best!

  14. Hayat Shariff says:

    Well done Akinyi!! This is beautiful!
    All the best!

  15. Daniel sanns says:

    Nice job..@team akinyi..

  16. Dann says:

    Nice job..πŸ‘πŸ‘

  17. Amani Baya says:

    Am. So proud of you Akinyi, go get it girl, got hit hard… The world is waiting for you.. All the Best in the contest..

  18. PrincePeace says:

    Am so proud of you Akinyi.. Go hit hard, go get it.. The world is waiting for you.. All the Best in the contest..

  19. isaacngeno2 says:

    Go Girl. Great job.You will always at the top.Deuteronomy 28:13

  20. Laura Winnie says:

    All the best, you deserve it 😘😘😘

  21. Laura Winnie says:

    God is with you, you deserve this, all the best😊😊😘😘

  22. Congratulations Maryann with God all thing are possible .Luke 1:45 only believe

  23. TheNyatti says:

    This is Yours for the taking! Twanga hizo ngoma!! All the best!

  24. Yay am proud of you dear one….YOU ARE IN IT TO WIN IT

  25. Titooo says:

    You will make it.go go go go All the best

  26. Davie king says:

    The best I’ve know ,u can do it n u will make it..

  27. Tebo says:

    Closer, tuko pamoja hadi 29th

  28. vinski says:

    Go Maryanne go! All the very best!

  29. Maureen Josephine Agwena says:

    You do inspire me and I believe in you..You got this.
    All the best..With God anything is possible..All the best baby girl.

  30. Davyogara says:

    Supporting you Akinyi. I hope y’all are voting and inviting others to also vote.

  31. Maureen Josephine Agwena says:

    You inspire me and I believe in you.. You got this baby girl. With God anything is possible…All the best dear.

  32. You do inspire me and I believe in you…You got this..All the best baby girl. With God anything is possible..All the best dear one…

  33. Nancy says:

    Go gal….

    I loved what you did, I grew up hearing chakacha but this version is tops…

  34. Memba says:

    Woooooow!!!! go for it. You have our support

  35. Janade Noni says:

    You are amazing girl! Voted and will vote again and again <3

  36. Roba Wani Anisio says:

    All the best Akinyi.
    I remember when we were in PJs and we were in the
    Music club. Drum was the best. I wish you success.

  37. Omoko says:

    Go Maryanne!πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯
    All the best!

  38. zebedee says:

    Voting daily…I believe in youπŸ’ͺ

  39. KURIYAMA-Japan says:

    Beautiful I`m proud of yau

  40. chriskib says:


  41. Alex Alpha says:

    All the best
    You got this

  42. Edah kalya says:

    Nice one dear…all the very best
    Great job may God give you more strength

  43. eldad says:

    Nice one! All the best.Break a leg!

  44. Darren Birir says:

    Always admired her drumming techniques I remember one solo night KU Damn the girl did the best way all the best Akinyi

  45. Eugene says:

    Go girl,you got this!

  46. Brayo says:

    I love this Mary I wish you all the best in the competition

  47. juliet aura says:

    All the best Akinyi!

  48. CHARLES ARNOLD says:

    My very first music director. Surely one of the best. What you’ve played here is beyondependent the charts.Praying for you. All the best. Baraka

  49. Harun says:

    Hey Maryann orwa .keep it up and
    work hard

  50. I too am a drummer and all I can say is thank you for inspiring me, I wish you all the best, you got this ! πŸ™‚

  51. Doug says:

    Dope! I love it

  52. Ritz Orwa says:

    Keep up good the work !
    Ganbare γ€œγ€œγ€œβ™ͺ

  53. Aluoch says:

    I know you can do it. And as you’ve mentioned, let passion and God be the driving force. Go girl πŸ’ͺ🏼

  54. Jefflevin says:

    All the best group mate

  55. Boaz says:

    All the best Maryanne!!!!!!!! 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊

  56. Valentine says:

    All the best girl

  57. Sam Destiny says:

    Congratulations may God do it for you favour is your potion

  58. Atieno says:

    Lovely my daughter, it’s so inspiring. Do it!

  59. Joy chemu says:

    Hey Maryanne…
    You got this πŸ’ƒπŸ’ͺ
    Go girl…

  60. Joeyl says:

    Hey Girl, I might not know you but your sister Faith speaks a lot about and if your passion is as she says then I believe you’re gonna make the greatest drummist in this world. Go girl. You got this and all the best. God already made a way for you so follow it and make us proud

  61. This is great Maryanne Keep up.

  62. Perez meliyio says:

    Am proud of you keep it up… .

  63. Celia N says:

    Go Akinyi!!! Gooo Girrl !!!!

  64. Boaz says:

    πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ Music to my ears!!!!!! πŸ•ΊπŸ•ΊπŸ•ΊπŸ•ΊπŸ•ΊπŸ•ΊπŸ•ΊπŸ•ΊπŸ•ΊπŸ•ΊπŸ•ΊπŸ•Ί

  65. Jay says:

    You’ve got a drummers heart.. Keep it real and you’re heading far.. Seed of greatness in you..

  66. Joy Patricia says:

    Nice hits Akinyi you are a good drummer

  67. Steve says:

    All the bestπŸ‘ŒπŸ½

  68. Orwaisking says:

    We’re bringing it home!! #byfirebyforce πŸ˜‚πŸ’›πŸ’›

  69. Tunu says:

    All the best! Hope you win!

  70. I am super proud of you precious daughter. God is with you and you are always a winner

  71. Duncan Maina says:

    Keep it up Akinyi, you got what it takes! Very proud of you!

  72. ronnie001 says:

    I believe in that potential…πŸ€”

  73. Laban Chege says:

    Congratulations Maryann. This is the doing of the Lord. It’s marvelous in our eyes. This is your victory for sure.

  74. Tessylulia says:

    Such an inspiring quote. Go girl!

  75. Judyoluoch says:

    Shine you way siz.. lots of love❀

  76. clones says:

    I believe in you dear… Play your heart β™₯ out.. You have my vote…

  77. Yve kititi says:

    Go a Head my sister You are our proud this time as the Best ladie drummer well done chakacha independent

  78. Wao!

    Love you gal.
    This is just the beginning.
    You are above always.

  79. Masinga says:

    You are so gifted. Rooting for your greatness

  80. TimKip says:

    Good job Maryanne! Good luck 100% behind you.

  81. Eric says:

    Great job

  82. Tsushi says:

    So proud of you Akinyi. May the Lord Open doors for you.
    Routing for you all the way

  83. KSTICKS says:

    Let’s bring this home!! We getting there Fav Drummer Girl!! 😎😎πŸ₯πŸ’―πŸ’― GOD GOT YOU!!

  84. shalom says:

    goodwork Akinyi… you are always an amazing minister… go yee,
    see you there.

  85. Wish u all the best…got my vote

  86. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay…. We are winning this. God is on our side yoh! Favour is your portion. No bahatishing…wait, what? Okay bye. πŸ˜€

  87. All the best our own…you’ll surely get this.

  88. Naitwa Sheldon says:

    We are glad to have you at the Purpose Centre Church Akinyi. All the best.

  89. Akinyi Valerie says:

    This is amazing πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎall the best

  90. Denno KC says:

    Akinyi you can do this!

  91. Lizbisieri says:

    U deserve to win this bring it have my vote

  92. David Livingstone says:

    You are the BEST i know this is your chance and i know you will take it.

  93. imran says:

    Nice work

  94. Ouma says:

    Congtats thats awesome….

  95. imran says:

    You have my vote

  96. Samuel says:

    I am a member of PCC and am always blessed to see you on the drums. You have my vote sister

  97. Njoki Munyi says:

    You go girlll..πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  98. Teddy k says:

    Go and shine my sister the Lord is with you and you

  99. Lilan says:

    She’s incredible. I always enjoy her drumming in Church.

  100. Daniel Mugo says:

    I really hope you win. I enjoy African grooves a lot. And yours is fayaaaπŸ”₯. Just win❀

  101. Stephy says:

    Awesome!!! Go Akinyi! All the best.. vooooting!

  102. scotangundu says:

    Keep it up girl you’re going far

  103. Ivy Mulyanga says:

    All the best little star !!!!

  104. Freshkedu says:

    You got it Akinyi. Bring this thing home. All the best.

  105. James3361 says:

    This is awesome. I wish you all the best Akinyi in this competition.

  106. Kedy Ed says:

    Spectacularly awesome….
    Go hit it, get it and bring it home..
    Wishing you grace. Yaaaaaaaay!!

  107. Pookie says:

    It is indeed time for a new sound to be released into the world! Bring it Home Akinyi! All the best..

  108. Maryanne, you’ll win this you’re great😘😘❀

  109. Charity Ndinda says:

    Proud of you..kudos

  110. noelcynthia says:

    This is amazing.You got this!

  111. Hubu Gichimu says:

    Your skill shows the amount of hard work you put, really proud!

  112. Mathewmatix says:

    The world is lucky to finally meet you

  113. Lucas Mwesh says:

    You are born for greatness, masterpiece in the making!!
    Believe in you! 🀝🏽

  114. Lucasmwesh says:

    All the best! I’mma keep voting.

  115. bekibet says:

    Keep it up.. You have all that it takes

  116. Sheshi Nesh says:

    Well done dear,.
    I and the Rhema voices are so proud of you. Go gal πŸ€›πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ very unique piece right there

  117. isaacngeno2 says:

    Go go go.. you gona win. God is great.

  118. Bruno Msemuchi says:

    Maryanne I do believe in you and you got the skills to bring it home. I am confident the title is yours go for it boss.

  119. Grace Njoki says:

    Go Go! GO! GIRL! You gat this!❀

  120. Bill Matthews says:

    This is amazing maryann …I’m from ugenya, siaya and I really appreciate it that u’r so talented. Sky is the limitπŸ™Œ

  121. Bernie says:

    All the best!!

  122. bennad says:

    You have the potential ,, go for it !!!

  123. You gat it dear,❀

  124. Anton snare says:

    You are blessed amongst many stand out and show them what you have. Through passion and hard work God in heaven will repay you…. Mob love Akinyi….

  125. Jane Opar- Okello says:

    My namesake and friend. Go for it. You win always!

  126. jeffl says:

    Simply talented. Great work.
    All the best in your career

  127. Waithiegeni says:

    All the best

  128. Edwin Kiarie says:

    You’re a really awesome drummer! keep up the talent πŸ™‚

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