“Have you ever felt down down in your soul, you don’t know what to do, you don’t know where to go“
That is the first verse of the song ‘Down’ by Fena Gitu or Fena_Menal as her twitter handle suggests! Fena is fairly new to the music scene with this particular song having been uploaded on SoundCloud only 15 days ago.
Her voice is fresh, crisp with ‘matter of fact’ lyrics on life- a relief from the love, women, relationships and partying that most Kenyan songs by the younger generation are known for.
A few months ago I wrote an article exploring this new sound coming from Nairobi. In the article titled ‘Afrosoul – Emerging soul from Africa or a fad?’, I did mention that only time would answer the question.
From the look of things, I hope I am not jumping the gun when I say that we are witnessing something phenominal in the making. But don’t take my word for it, catch Fena at the Kinanda Festival this Sunday, 17th April at Kifaru Gardens from 1.30- 6.30pm, Gate charges are Ksh.200.
She will be performing alongside Atemi, Kombo, Anto Neo Soul, Elani, Ma3, Adwar, Asiyo & Aceda -other names whose music would also be classified as ‘AfroSoul’.
Follow Fena on Twitter for updates on when her Debut album is expected. In the meantime, enjoy the single ‘Down’