By Prudence Minayo
Nadia Mukami is a popular Kenyan songstress and songwriter who made her debut in the music industry with the song ‘Barua Ya Siri.’ Before her entry in the music world, Nadia was a great lover of poetry. This is probably what inspires her rich lyrics fused with afro pop beats.
Here is her story as told by WoK.
The singer was born on 9th November 1996 in Pumwani Hospital, Nairobi.
Nadia attended Kari Primary school and sat for Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in 2009. She joined Mount Laverna School in Kasarani and attained a mean grade of B plus in KCSE. This got her a chance to join Maseno University to pursue a degree in BBA Finance.
The singer comes from a family of five siblings who have a musical background. When she first ventured in the music indudtry, her parents were skeptical. However, seeing how her career took off made them warm towards the idea.
“ When I began singing, my parents, particularly my dad, were disinclined to allow me to seek a career in music. It was till they witnessed me on TV that they resolved to give it a chance and now they are one of my great supporters,” said Nadia in an interview with a local daily.
The popular musician began her career in 2015 while still at the university. She wrote and recorded her first song. Her inspiration for music was fanned by her father who was a Taarab music enthusiast.
She went on to release “Kesi” which was a massive success. It opened many doors for her, including an opportunity to perform alongside prominent stars in Kenya at countrywide platforms, such as Blaze by Safaricom, The Nile Festival and The Luo Festival.
The beauty also got a chance to be in KTN’s Kipawa show where she became the winner. Two years after her career had taken off, she was signed with Hailemind Entertainment record label and has gone on to release many other songs.
In 2019, she made her debut feature on coke studio Africa alongside Juma Jux from Tanzania and Shellsy Baronet from Mozambique.
Some amazing songs by Nadia Include:
- Barua ya Siri
- Ikamate hiyo
- African lover
- Yule yule
- Si rahisi
Being on social media, especially if you’re a known personality attracts cyber bullying. Sometimes celebrities wake up and find very weird stories about them making rounds. The Barua Ya Siri singer has not ben spared either. April this year, the singer expressed her sadness over being bullied.
“ Am writing this with tears in my eyes and they are already swollen coz of crying! I know they say I am a public figure, I need not to show emotions; I will show emotions!!! There isn’t an insult I haven’t received!! All levels of explicit insult,”
This has been a month and of one heartache after another, I swear I have broken down! I am always the strongest among my friends; they say God doesn’t give you something you can’t handle, I wish he didn’t trust me this much every time!! Am (sic) taking a break, I will be back,” wrote Mukami (source: Nairobi Wire).
The bullying started after a woman claimed that the singer failed to honor a debt agreement between them.
After taking a break from social media, she came back with some good news. Nadia Mukami had earned the recognition of Black Entertainment Television (BET). The songstress has been selected among the Best African International Acts for this year BET awards. She took to social media to express her joy.
“ Meanwhile I have been selected for round 1 BET nominations alongside Sauti Sol. I am really humbled by the fact that they thought of me Nadia wa Mwihoko. That means the brand is growing. I really thank God and am grateful for his favor,” wrote the singer.
The award winning songbird has not been spared the pain that comes with a heartbreak. The singer narrated how her boyfriend dumped her for a ‘lightskin’ while she was in her third year. The artist had the illusion that the relationship would end up in marriage but Eric Munene had other ideas. Nadia said she was not able to eat or sleep and cried nonstop. In her own words: I thought that that he was guy who was going to marry me but he didn’t marry me.
“Here I am, I made it.”
In a separate interview, the artist revealed that she’s living a pious life. At the time, she claimed she was a virgin.
Nadia Mukami got involved with fellow artist Arrow Bwoy and they have a child together. The relationship is apparently over after what the artist shared on her IG.