Unveiling Venna – an incredibly gifted Kenyan songstress who awesomely aced the Weekend Love cover!

The real definition of a natural star?

This is someone who’s perfected a skill that’s not an easy scoop. A natural star follows an innate passion, doesn’t pursue the limelight – it’s the other way round.  A star is modest, usually media-shy.

That’s a subdued description of Venna, the artist.

Venna has beautifully mastered voice art and its techniques to produce top tier songs. She has an enviable cache of releases of her own composition. She then ices the cake with incredible covers to popular global songs. She is earthly, cool and the deceptive girl-next-door vibe.

An alumni of Keveye Girls High in Vihiga County, Venna – real name Venessa Akinyi – was born and raised in metropolitan Kisumu City.

She’s teamed up with Producer Crazy Monkey – quite as faceless – to produce her masterpieces, via Street Breeze Records. On a daily hustle basis, Venna is at the studio with artists writing, singing bridges and fine-tuning her vocals.

Venna may have a limited playground at the moment, but her singing easily puts her on a world grand stage with Ariana Grande, Skylar Grey, Sia and the perennial Alicia Keys. It’s not hyperbole, she’s gifted.

Venna has written and released amazing lyrical pieces – Magic, Abu and Melanin, alongside Jamie, Biggy Styles & Emcee Kella – all collectible works of art. It’s the world of covers, though, that really sets her a mile ahead of her peers.

Take one of her signature covers, Right Away, by Seyi Shay.

If you didn’t know, in 2018, Right Away was listed among the most difficult songs to re-do by the reality show America Got Talent. Only a handful of people across the world have been known to successfully pass an audition stage with it.

Trust Venna to deliver a flawless Right Away cover.

Amongst her impressive tally of amazing covers, she’s attempted the Weekend Love cover, originally done by Chris Martin over the Warm Kingston Riddim. Weekend Love is popular on the Kenyan dance hall party scene.

Question: Which Kenyan artist do you look up to, or pair up with for a duet?

Venna: Phy.

(Not a moment’s hesitation).

The thing with soulful covers, is that a review may be biased – say, artist’s appeal and emotional vibe. Supposing that’s possible, sample Venna’s latest cover – a water tight rendition of Man Down, by the perennial hit maker, Rihanna:



Seyi Shay enlists King Promise for ‘All I Ever Wanted’ (Video)

Mellow-voiced Nigerian songbird Deborah Oluwaseyi Joshua, better known as Seyi Shay, has released a new jam and it’s getting a lot of love from her fans.

Also read: Stop asking musicians what else they do!

The track titled All I Ever Wanted is about a lady who has finally met the one. As such, she promises him the she will not let anything or anyone come between them.

King Promise

It’s a love song and I’m sure that many of you, especially the lovey dovey ones, will have it on their playlists for a long time.

If you are a big fan of Seyi Shay then I’m sure you know that she has amazing vocals and she puts really it to good use in this song as she sings out her heart.

As you listen to her, you sort of feel like she is performing right in front of you and it so lovely so much so that it will make your finger get stuck on the replay button.

Seyi Shay

King Promises also came through. He really spiced up the track with his melodic baritone voice and the best part is that it blends really well with that of Seyi Shay.

The beat and instrumentation on this song are also dope though I have a feeling that some people will say that they are so subtle but remember that this is a love ballad so they are just okay.

I like the video too because it tells you a story on it’s own. You’ll know that it’s a love song simply from watching the video. The lighting, locations, props and scene transitioning were also impeccable.

Watch All I Ever Wanted below and tell us what you think.

H_art The Band has teamed up with Seyi Shay on ‘Number Wan and it’s too dope (Audio)

H_art The Band, a music group that became a household name after releasing Uliza Kiatu circa 2014, has dropped a new jam with Nigerian songstress Seyi Shay.

Also read: H_art The Band makes good music but no one cares

The song dubbed Number Wan, which is off their recently released album Made In The Streets, is too lit as you would expect.

Seyi Shay
Seyi Shay

As the title suggests, this song is about taking the first place in the life of your lover or better half. Put simply, it’s about being given or giving her/him priority.

In my opinion, Seyi Shay totally killed it on this jam, especially the parts where she’s singing in Swahili. She really spiced up this jam.

To add to that, she really has a beautiful voice. The kind that you would listen to all day and not get tired of. We’ll talk about her beauty some other day.

Of course, H_art The Band also came through on this lit jam. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting anything less from them.

H_art The Band
H_art The Band

However, I must admit that of the trio, I think Mordecai totally killed it. There’s just something unique about his tenor that makes it awesome to listen to.

The beat for this jam, which was done by Ulopa Ngoma, is also a vibe. As you listen to it, you won’t resist the urge to nod your hear or bust a move. No kidding.

I know people who are fans of both H_art The Band and Seyi Shay had a blast. This jam is definitely one for the books.

I honestly can’t wait to listen to and review more songs from Hart The Band’s debut album because from the look of things, it’s totally out of this world. Enough said.

Listen to Number Wan below and tell us what you think.

“Murda” singer Seyi Shay to collaborate with “Sema Ng’we” hit maker Fena Gitu?

The sexy Seyi Shay, an international recording artiste, song writer and performer has created a huge buzz in town as she is around for her first Kenyan media tour. During an interview, on the AfroCentral Show with Patricia Kihoro on Homeboyz Radio, she jammed to one of the biggest songs in the country, “SEMA NG’WE” by the amazing singer and songwriter Fena Gitu.

Word in the city is that Seyi Shay is very much interested in working with Fena Gitu, as we rarely see artistes from the West jamming to our local music. West African music has taken over the airwaves especially here in Kenya, and it is quite an achievement for our local stars to grace the airwaves of the West. Among other top East African artistes she would like to work with are Sauti Sol, Khaligraph Jones, Muthoni DQ and Diamond. She has already spoken to most of these artistes for a possible collabo.

“She has been one of my dream collabos for the longest time. I’ve followed her career keenly since ‘Murda’. You know a collabo with her would be off the charts!” this is what Fena Gitu had to say after the video of Seyi Shay grooving to Sema Ng’we went viral.

This year has been indeed a great one for Fena Gitu and we continue to see her effort in changing the face of Kenyan music to the world. She is currently one of the top artiste in the country, and we hope that she will continue elevating our country’s music.