Barbara Guantai


Barbara's unique fusion of 'Afro-Jazz,' Soul and Spoken Word can only be compared to Miriam Makeba, Mary J. Blige and Lauryn Hill respectively. Barbara is in addition a musician of many talents.

Besides being a singer, she is also a songwriter, composer and arranger and, a renowned painter. On the canvas just as through her music, Barbara connects with and inspires her people. Music/ Art is to her the universal language of communication.

Born and raised in Nairobi, Barbara got her Bachelor’s degree in Government and French Language from Saint Lawrence University New York State. She is widely traveled, having just spent a year In France recording her music. Inevitably she learned a profound lesson about the French culture: The role of the artist was well recognized and respected by both the artists and society.
This, after more research, turned out to be a common practice in traditional African societies.


Track artwork
Abbi World
Kumbe (feat. Barbara Guantai)


KENairobi, Kenya


Barbara Guantai
Profile added by Stanley Gazemba on 28 May 2014