Tusker Project Fame 1 winner Valerie Kimani is set to co-write a song with famous South African act Mafikizolo, known for the song ‘khona’ who were recently in Kenya for blankets and wines. Theo Kgosinkwe, the leading man in Mafikizolo in an interview said the two met in South Africa at Gallo records studio, where Valerie was signed after she won the famous singing competition. Theo was one of the producers there. The afro-soul track ‘lyeph uthando’ which means ‘i love you’ was originally written in English but Theo felt that it had to have a verse in Zulu to make it easier for it to penetrate the south African market. Asked what he thought about the song he said ‘its a beautiful song’. On working with Kenyan artists he said;
“We have some albums of Kenyan musicians with us we will listen and check out their material. Our goal is to work with everyone in Africa.”
Valerie joins other artists who have collaborated with artists outside Kenya such us Wyre who set the pace by collaborating with Caribbean islands based singer Alaine, and Redsan who followed suit collaborating with Demarco. The song is expected to be a massive hit if Theo’s opinion is anything to go by.