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Fena Gitu named Spotify’s EQUAL ambassador opens up on passion, hobbies

Fena Gitu, Spotify’s EQUAL Africa ambassador, shared insights into her music career, revealing her diverse aspirations beyond music.

She expressed a desire to explore various roles in multiple lifetimes, including being a gospel choir director, a race car driver, an international diplomat, a fashion director, a comedy/drama writer, and a film producer, among others.

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Reflecting on her musical journey, Fena recalled that her passion for music was evident from birth, with the doctor noting that she sang instead of crying.

Influenced and supported by her musically talented mother and sister, Fena began writing, producing, recording, and performing music in primary school.

Her commitment to music deepened in high school, where she won competitions and organized impromptu “concerts” in the dorms, fueling her desire to become a global star.

Which African songs or artists did she grow up listening to?

“I grew up listening to a lot of Kenyan pop and gospel music. Artists such as the late E-Sir, Kleptomaniax, Nazizi, Ogopa Deejays, Gospel Fathers, and many more, were my first impression of what being a Kenyan superstar looked and sounded like. I was also listening to international artists such as Missy Elliot, India Arie, Destiny’s Child, a lot of Jamaican dancehall (Beenie Man, T.O.K., South African Kwaito (Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Brenda Fassie,…) and many more. All these cool urban sounds influenced my writing skills and perspective from a young age. I listen to a lot of Kenyan and African pop/fusion, keeping up with the best of the best on the continent.

To someone who has never heard your music, how would you describe the sound, tone, and style?

“I describe my style in music and fashion as Fenamenal; soulful Afro-urban fusion. The tone is aspirational, seasoned, nostalgic, refreshing, witty, and calm. Keen on lyrical wordplay and melodies, wrapped in an irresistible Eastlando bounce.”

Any advice for someone dreading following their dreams?

“Do it afraid. Just, keep doing it.”

Fena has been in the music industry for over 13 years, boasting an extensive music catalogue consisting of 60+ released songs.

On learning about the ambassadorship, Fena Gitu said:

“It’s an immense honor to be recognised on Spotify EQUAL as a leading female voice to listen out for on the continent. I do hope that my music continues to inspire hope and love to heal generations, spreading – round good vibes for the mind, body, and soul – all over the world.”