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Muthoni the Drummer Queen drops “Monsoon” EP

Kenyan female rapper Muthoni the Drummer Queen, renowned for her electrifying beats and fearless approach to music, is making waves once again with her latest EP titled “Monsoon.”

The three-track EP is a vibrant fusion of sounds, showcasing Muthoni’s unique style she affectionately dubs “ustaarabu,” a nod to her East African roots.

In a recent interview, the “Mikono Kwenye Hewa” singer revealed her inspiration behind the EP, citing her love for pop music as the driving force. With a desire to infuse coastal Kiswahili elements into her work, Muthoni expertly blends diverse musical influences, from traditional kapuka rhythms to infectious Afrobeats.

Despite her undeniable talent and passion for music, Muthoni’s journey to success wasn’t without its challenges. Recounting her early struggles, she opened up about the resistance she faced from her family, particularly her mother, who had envisioned a career in diplomacy for her daughter.

In a candid conversation with Barack Bukusi on the “Financially Incorrect” podcast, Muthoni revealed the tension between her aspirations and her family’s expectations. She humorously recalled her mother’s initial disbelief, sharing anecdotes of being referred to as “unemployed” while pursuing her musical dreams.

“I can understand…you spent guap putting somebody through USIU for International Relations, she is like ah my daughter the diplomat, then I’m just like yeah I just wanna sing a song, play drums, some raps,” Muthoni shared.

Despite the skepticism she faced, Muthoni remained steadfast in her pursuit of music. From a young age, she harbored a passion for entertainment, often expressing her desire to perform and captivate audiences. Though met with resistance, Muthoni’s determination only grew stronger, eventually leading her to take the leap into a full-fledged music career at the age of 21.

Now, with the release of “Monsoon,” Muthoni continues to push boundaries and defy expectations. Her EP serves as a testament to her unwavering commitment to East African music, inviting listeners on a journey of sonic exploration and cultural celebration.

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