COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE: USA
ASSOCIATED ACTS: Ziggy Marley, Damien Jurado, Valerie June, Yuna, Nneka, Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), Shemekia Copeland, Clinton Fearon
YEARS ACTIVE: 2012 - Present
Seattle singer-songwriter Naomi Wachira was born in Kenya and grew up singing gospel music in a choir of family and friends. Inspired by the music of Tracy Chapman and Miriam Makeba, Wachira saw the potential to make the world a better place by writing music that is poignant and life-giving.” Since her arrival on the Northwest music scene, she has received numerous accolades, including being named “Best Folk Artist” by Seattle Weekly, and has cultivated a growing base of enthusiastic fans. To date, she has released –“African Girl” (2012), “Naomi Wachira” (2014) and “I am Because You Are” (2015)–and her latest offering, “Song of Lament” was released in 2017.
“...this Kenyan-born, Seattle-based singer/songwriter grounds her optimism in a sense of struggle and defiance that gives a sense of the distance she’s come in life.”