Atemi Oyungu


Atemi Oyungu is regarded as one of the finest soul artists from East Africa. Atemi began singing at the age of 10.At the end of her secondary education, she and a group of friends formed an accapella gospel group called Thrown Together by Christ (TTBC) and were sponsored by Youth for Christ to go on a musical tour of Zimbabwe.

Atemi continued with the group until she joined USIU in 1996 and formed the singing and dance group Karisma. The group stayed together until late 1998 when Atemi and Natasha Gatabaki, also a member of Karisma, formed the group INTU and began recording with producer Tedd Josiah at Sync Sound studios. In 2003 Atemi joined Eric Wanaina as a backup vocalist.

With Eric's Mapinduzi Band they performed in Zimbabwe, Ghana, Sauti Za Busara Festival in Zanzibar, Festival Mundial in Holland, The North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, Big Brother Africa in South Africa and at the Annual German Ambassadors Conference in Germany. She played a major role in Wainaina’s musical productions, 'Luanda', and 'Mo Faya'which was staged off Broadway in New York , then in Nairobi. She was also involved the ‘Simama’ anti-corruption program, Umoja, Pamoja – a project promotion peace during the 2007 elections- and involved in various projects aimed at raising money for those displaced by post election violence.

She released her first single 'Happy' in 2004; and in 2008 launched her debut album, 'Hatimaye' a mix of neo soul and afro fusion. She collaborated with Nyatichi Nyasani and Ugandan musician Kawesa on 'I need to Know,' a song for a UNFPA project supporting sex education for children in schools. She also featured with Nikki on 'Earth Song,' made for a UNDP project to clean up the Nairobi River.

As an unsigned artiste, Atemi’s sophomore album, ‘Manzili –State of Life’, was launched in March 2013 in Nairobi. The album is definitely her best work yet and was well worth the wait. The success of this album led her to be selected to perform alongside Grammy Award winner Anthony Hamilton in 2013.

Her work experience include Events Manager for Kahama Group Hotels, Events Director for PHAT Music & Entertainment, client service executive at Face to Face Experiential Marketing Platforms and studio manager for Kijiji Records. She is currently the General Manager for Pine Creek Records and is also an independent events manager.

Her singles ‘Moyo’ featuring Tanzanian songstress Lady Jaydee and ‘Bebi Bebi’ was released in March and July 2015 respectively and have created great anticipation for her third album, which will be released later in 2016.


KENairobi, Kenya


Taurus Music
Profile added by Stanley Gazemba on 29 May 2014