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Listen to Wanja Wohoro's New Female Empowerment Album 'Matriarch'

The Kenyan indie- soul songwriter finally releases her highly-anticipated debut album

Wanja Wohoro is a Kenyan singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who captivates audiences with her "Afro Indie Soul" style, soulful vocals and emotionally-rich lyricism.

The rising talent just dropped Matriarch, a 9-track album that explores the journey of contemporary womanhood through a personal lens.

"MATRIARCH takes the listener through Kenyan folklore, the turmoil of youth and lust, the anxiety of discovering one's place as a young woman, and the dream of one day becoming a leader," she mentions.

The album is well-crafted by some of East Africa's top instrumentalists and also features other exciting local acts like Tetu Shani, Kato Change and the Nairobi Horns Project.


Its first single "Mumbi" recalls the creation of the Kikuyu tribe and how it was established by a group of Matriarchs. She incorporates Kikuyu melodies as she tells this story, reclaiming her cultural past and paying homage to the histories and belief systems that were robbed from many African tribes during the colonial era.

This album translates easily from the living room to the stage with its soothing and sophisticated sound. It's definitely worth the listen.

Listen to Wanja Wohoro's debut album, Matriarch, below.


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Kayode Kasum, like most filmmakers, has been stagnated by the coronavirus pandemic. The director behind the blockbuster Sugar Rush and the critically acclaimed Oga Bolaji was working on the post-production of his upcoming movies, The Fate of Alakada: Party Planner and Kambili—a collaboration between FilmOne Entertainment and Chinese Huahua Media— when the Nigerian government announced the lockdown order.

While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

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Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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