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Coco Em. Photo by @Moharez courtesy of the artist.

Coco Em Is Nairobi's Hardest Hustling DJ

"We're building our own sound now. We just need to look inside of ourselves and see the things that makes us uniquely Kenyan."

Catching up with Coco Em is not an easy task these days. The girl seems to just be everywhere.

She picks me up at a gas station just before a rain storm; the interview a meeting that's wedged after two others for her, before she dashes off to Nairobi's Central Business District at rush hour for another. That seems par for the course for the Nairobi DJ, as she's clamped on to her chances and is currently not letting them go.

Coco Em has been playing on some of East Africa's most prominent stages, recently playing Nyege Nyege in Jinja, Uganda and going as far afield as spinning in Israel, bringing her own take on East African house mixes.

We sat down over chips in a nyama choma joint just up the road from Kenya's State House to talk about the music, the hustle and the journey that it's taken her to get here.

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