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“As a “a stark and heartfelt reflection on the contemporary world and the human experience therein”, Wachira’s new album is a sorrowful experience, but – as you could expect if you know this talented artist – it’s also inspiring." ”
This collection of songs is a testament to Wachira’s full embrace of her creative power and its ability to spread goodness to a world churning with chaos and self-inflicted woes born out of fear and mistrust of the “other.” It is a stark and heartfelt reflection on the contemporary world and the human experience therein. Throughout the eleven-track collection, Wachira poignantly articulates the pain and chaos of modern times, while also lifting up her enduring and hopeful belief in the fundamental goodness of humanity. (2017)
There’s no doubt that there’s a better future in store for Naomi, especially after her great breakout year in 2013. Named the Best Folk Singer in Seattle by alt publication Seattle Weekly and featured on their cover, Naomi became the toast of the town, which in turn led to a friendship with the much-loved indie songwriter Damien Jurado, who came onboard to produce this album. The result is Naomi Wachira’s debut full-length, a portrait of a Kenyan artist at home in the Pacific Northwestern United States. (2014)
Naomi grew up in a musical family in a small town called Kijabe, which is located on the Great Rift Valley in Kenya. She started singing with her parents at age 5 and hasn’t stopped since. Discovering that she could write music at the age of 15, was both a terrifying and freeing experience as it gave her a platform to express her otherwise introverted self. Through age and a myriad of life experiences, she has developed a style of writing that is simple and to the point. Offering her take on issues affecting society, she blends her African native rhythm with American folk and soul. Hoping to follow in the footsteps of great African legends such as Miriam Makeba and Angelique Kidjo, Naomi has set her goals to change the world view on Africa one song at a time. Whether writing about her trouble laden continent, domestic violence or love, she believes her mission is to write music that provokes humanity to being mindful of each other. On her desire as an artist she says, “my greatest fulfillment will be that what I write and sing about can translate to anyone no matter where they’re from, what they believe, education or socio-economic status”. Naomi currently resides in Seattle and is working on an EP that is scheduled for a September 2012 release.