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EXCLUSIVE – Victor Mbuvi: My songs are stories from personal experiences and testimonies

Gospel artiste Victor Mbuvi has disclosed that most of his songs are stories that have been welded into his personal experiences. In an exclusive interview with Nairobi News, Mbuvi said when he released some of his songs he even felt that God had forsaken him.

About 14 years ago when he was composing Nishike Mbuvi recalled that he was at his lowest point in life. With the song springing from past experiences, Mbuvi recalled that while he was on campus, he was referred to as a devil worshipper.

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“Majority of the people leading Christian Union (CU) were not from urban centres like Nairobi. There were certain perceptions of the mannerism of the leaders. Integrating with other people became an issue because we Nairobi students were deemed as having ungodly ways,” he says.

“For instance when the split came between Nairobi CU leaders and the others, we were barred from holding our fellowships in designated places so we chose other rooms that were not lit up. Other believers questioned which God we would pray to in dark rooms and coined the name devil worshippers while referring to us.”

By the time he was writing the song, he gathered in all experiences he went through and composed it into a song.

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Similarly, when he was composing Nisamehe, he was running a cyber cafe business which was later auctioned. Additionally, the artistes that he has featured in the song, RKay and Jonte Kiema, were also going through tough times in life.

“For instance, Jonte, even though a born-again Christian, had gone to a club, and as he was enjoying himself, he spotted two guys fighting. He decided to act as the mediator but they turned on him and beat him up,” he says.

Merging their experiences into the song, Mbuvi said the majority of the musicians whose music does well are from the heart;  their personal experiences.

“Our music is part of us. Our stories.”

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