After strutting her stuff on the runway for years, former Miss Universe Kenya Wayinke turned her attention to music.
She is not only super talented on the runway but her voice has the magical vibration to make her a force to be reckoned with in the industry.
The BCom graduate from the University of Nairobi is also the CEO of Afriqa Envogue Fashion house.
Musically speaking, the “Ni Yeye” singer has released her self-titled debut album “Wayinke.”
The 10-track romantic Afro-chic album features tracks such as “Never Be My Bae,”Crazy Sexy Cool”, “Desire”.
The soulful singer opened up to Pulse Magazine about music, modeling, fashion, and love:
What would you like to be recognised for most; music, modeling or acting?
Music. Music was my first love. I knew I loved music ever since I was young and always knew I would be a singer.
I was not sure what type of singer I would be; solo or back-up artiste. I just knew I’ll spend my life singing. Acting, on the other hand, is something that just found me along the way.
But you have also made a name in the fashion industry…
Modelling, too, was something that just found me. Well, I’ve always loved fashion but I never thought of myself as a model. As far as I was concerned the whole concept was reserved for a certain type of ‘pretty’ that’s not me (chuckles).
My love for fashion was just about looking good, picking pieces that are unique and work to bring the best in how I look. While in campus as I was going for an audition as an actor, I ended up the wrong room – one that was auditioning for models. Here I met Tony Chirah and he was like: “walk, turn, give me faces…You are in.”
What’s your opinion on the ongoing #PayModels debate?
First of all, it is really commendable that we are having a conversation about it and people are paying attention.
Most models have been suffering in silence, most clients didn’t even understand the proper structures in the modeling industry. Things will change.
You sing a lot about love, what’s your relationship status?
Let’s just say I’m building something with someone.
Any heartbreaks to talk of?
Heartbreak? Oh yes, but I would not prefer to go there. I’m not that kind of girl. I respect my ex and I wouldn’t want to talk about our issues in the media.
Would you date a fellow celebrity?
Well, it depends. If there is a certain level of respect and understanding and the basic principles of every relationship, I would. Sadly most celebrities I’ve met are way too self-absorbed for my taste.
What’s your take on Kenyan men?
W: Well, we have two types of Kenyan men. There are those ones who really know how to treat women; they make good friends, even good boyfriends.
Then there are those who dominate social media, quick to tear women down. If they are not tearing a woman down they are busy objectifying them. These hide behind the keyboard.
How would you describe your style of music?
W: It is majorly R&B and Afro-pop, with influences of the chakacha sound.
Do you write your own songs?
W: Mostly, I do. Other times, I co-write with other experienced musicians. An example is the song Waiting for You, which was co-written with Kenzo.
What’s the worst experience you have encountered in music so far?
Producers who dupe artistes (no pun intended). The worst part is when its little money, yet the producers are big names. Also, the industry has producers who refuse to give back your work or give you unfinished work
You seem to be a bit of a bookworm; have your studies helped you in any way in pushing or creating content?
Yes, it has. I studied Business Information Technology. I am good with computers, programming, as well as designing websites and mobile apps. My studies also intensively covered areas in commerce, business management, financial planning, and accounting.
Is the afro you rock an extension of your character or a representation of your art?
A bit of both, since my art is an extension of my personality.
You ooze a very sexy aura, is it a distraction?
Well, I never really think about it. My daily thoughts frequently revolve around food, sleep, and business. Those are the things I manage (chuckles).
Have you ever been stalked online?
Of course, I do. Some are harmless… they just adore while others are outright bullies. They get all abusive when you don’t show interest… and some are really dangerous. I once got death threats from some white man just because I wasn’t interested in his stuff.
I’ve seen some online post where some man said you are a fake model who does not know how to dress. As a creative, how do you deal with online trash talk?
Usually I ignore (it). If you have to hide behind a keyboard to give me your opinion, then your opinion doesn’t matter. If you really wanted to make a difference you would’ve reached out to me.
Most artistes opt for singles as opposed to albums, what informed your decision to do an album?
Well every artiste has their goals and business strategies. This was just mine. Plus I write a lot of songs, why not put out a lot?
At what point in life would you say: “Mama I’ve made it!”
For now, let that be a secret between God and I. Let’s think BET…
You are hosting a party for five people. Who would sit on that table?
My late grandparents and my late brother.
Watch her leading single “Zama” off the album below.