If there’s a Kenyan E.P that needs your attention this year, it is definitely the ‘Project Purple‘ EP by Mayonde.
The sultry ‘Isikuti Love’ singer has just dropped the visuals of her second single off the EP; Chini Kwa Chini.
The sizzling banger about living fully in the present moment because all we really ever have is today.
“We have the choice to embrace it fully, let loose and have a little fun,” says Mayonde.
She further dedicates ‘Chini kwa Chini’ to the late E-Sir.
“I’d like to dedicate this specific track to E-Sir, an artist who inspired so many of us. We celebrate what you did and we miss you. Your music lives on and you’re forever in our hearts. Leo ni leo, asemaye kesho ni mwongo…… E-Sir’s life and legacy remind me that I don’t know how much time I really have here and I have to give my all.”
The dedication is inline with Mayonde’s mission with the Project Purple EP – an ode to the most beloved era of Kenyan pop music.
Released on most digital music streaming platforms last year, the 6-track Project plays around with the sounds of Kapuka, Genge and Hip Hop.
It’s inspired by artists such as Amani, Nameless, Wahu, Wyre, Kalamashaka, Swahili Nation, K-South, Ukoo Fulani Mau Mau, Necessary Noise, Ogopa DJays and Calif Records to name but a few.
“I wanted to celebrate them with this EP and make music inspired by that era in Kenyan Pop Music. They were the Kenyan acts I was looking up to as I was coming up, day dreaming and scheming in High School. The Project Purple Ep is my interpretation of their sounds,” says Mayonde.
Watch and enjoy ‘Chini Kwa Chini’ below. Rating 9/10.