Kenyan actress based in the US Christine Wawira revealed that Kenyan music has serious fan appeal abroad.
In an exclusive interview with Mpasho, Wawira talked about the many hats she wears.
Mostly famed for being a Kenyan actress based in Hollywood and even working behind the scenes in production for various shows including the critically acclaimed Issa Rae’s Insecure HBO.
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She had a cameo in Modern Family is what she is widely known for on screen.
“We love Kenyan music out here,” the actress retorted when posed with the question; do Americans listen to Kenyan music in the US.
Apparently the country’s music scene has transcended the barriers of culture and language and into the United States which seemingly is the hallmark of success due to the eclectic styles and music released in the country. To most if not all, this is an achievement creators covet.
The most recent memory of her hearing a Kenyan song in public was in a club, better yet, a strip club.
The aforementioned actress was astounded by hearing Kenyan music spilling in the strip club and people jamming to it. The song; Masauti’s Kiboko remix featuring Khaligraph Jones.
Khaligraph Jones, the self proclaimed King of Hip Hop, with his song filling clubs in the USA might just have asserted his title as the true Hip Hop king.
The Kenyan Hollywood actress based in Los Angeles also broached the American Dream in the interview with Mpasho.
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The actress who has now lived in the States for 21 years give or take stated that she hasn’t conquered the American Dream, yet, in contrast to Kenyans believing she has long achieved nothing but total success.
Wawira revealed that she is on course to achieve the American dream for herself and cited wide misinformation over the subject.
To her, the American Dream denotes finding some stability in a job or something you love and earning sole substantial income from it which she is yet to achieve but will.
She adjured people freshly moving to the US not to have high expectations of the Land of Opportunity and risk being disillusioned when they get there.
She admitted that being involved in a lot of things like humanitarianism and activism has slightly derailed her pursuit for the dream but it wasn’t lost on her that the journey continues and she will get there someday.
Wawira also added that networking and making connections with people would be a good initiative to achieve the dream suggesting that what most people need is that one break.
One chance to get them out there. Someone to hold out a hand, get a foot o the door and they’d advance towards the dream.
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Check out the full interview here.