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Faiza. Image courtesy of Faiza Hersi.

Meet Faiza Hersi, the Young Concert Producer Bringing R&B to Kenya

We talk to the Nairobi R&B founder about her journey to becoming an event producer and the importance of mental health.

It's safe to say that Faiza Hersi has caught the attention of many people in the past years.

A story of the path less travelled, this law graduate turned artist manager, restaurant owner, concert producer and philanthropist has her eyes set on the East African music landscape and is ready to usher in R&B music as the next sound to come out of the continent.

Her brand Nairobi R&B has hosted the likes of Masego, KAMAUU and Will Gittens in Nairobi just in the last year, with plans to create similar R&B hubs across Africa. Her work has earned her a South African Star QT award nomination for Best Media Personality and three recent Kenya's Top Women in Business award nominations.

We met with Faiza to discuss her vision of music, connectedness and production of these top tier R&B experiences.

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Photo by Reuben Silot (@reubensilot).

This Is What the Second Edition of the 'Hand-Forged in Kenya' Party Looked Like

It was another epic edition of our party in Nairobi featuring performances from Vallerie Muthoni, Bahati Bookings, Chris Kaiga and more.

OkayAfrica, Bateleur Brewery and The Alchemist Bar joined forces to launch a new live music series, Hand-Forged in Kenya, which is focused on showcasing rising Kenyan talent to fans, both locally and globally.

Curated by our Kenyan-based contributor Camille Storm, the long-awaited second edition took place on Saturday, August 10th at The Alchemist Bar in Nairobi.

Taio kicked off the night on the decks delivering a superb DJ set that got bodies moving on the dance floor almost immediately. By the time Bahati Bookings got on stage, the floor was packed with a curious audience. The budding music collective, consisting of artists Ekumbo, Baraka and DJ Supersun, had all eyes on them as they performed a groovy alternative hip-hop set.

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