Kenya’s newest singing sensation Viola Karuri was once stopped by a traffic cop who proceeded to hit on her.
The sultry songbird recalled the incident as she opened up about what inspires her music. Viola, who is famed for her Swahili rendition of Despacito by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, says her songs are all inspired by happenings in day-to-day life.
“I sing about lives and that is where I get my inspiration,” she is quoted.
Recalling the incident with the police officer, Karuri said she was pulled over while driving on Mombasa Road.
“The cop told me to walk out of the car, and instead of checking my car, he started vibing me. I don’t know if he knew that I sing but what I remember is him asking me if he could wait for me,” Viola said.
From that experience, Viola Karuri came up with the song ‘Nitakungojea.’
The songbird is currently promoting her new song Leo featuring Tanzanian artiste Barnabas.
“The song talks about guys who promise things but never fulfill. I have seen guys promising to visit a girl’s parents but fail to fulfill their promises.”
On how she came together with Barnabas, Viola said: “I have known Barnabas for a while now. I heard a couple of songs and when we met, he said he would not mind a collabo with me,” she said, adding that music is not for the fainthearted and that it is challenging especially for female artistes.
Check out the video for ‘Nitakungojea’ below.