Eric Wainaina

Bio

Eric Wainaina is a singer and songwriter from Nairobi, Kenya.

Wainaina attended Berklee College of Music in Boston where he graduated with an honours in music, majoring in songwriting and engineering.

He joined the music industry in the mid-1990s as a member of a male a capella band Five Alive. His song ‘Daima Kenya’ is widely considered Kenya’s second national anthem and was recorded while he was a student at Berklee.

He released his debut album ‘Sawa Sawa’ in 2001, which is still to tis day one of the highest selling solo albums in Kenya. The song 'Nchi ya Kitu Kidogo', meaning 'the land of petty corruption' in Swahili, made Wainaina even more popular with the Kenyan public. "People don't call me Eric any more, they call me Kitu Kidogo when I'm walking through the streets," he told the BBC in 2001.

The success of 'Sawa Sawa' was followed with the release of ‘Twende Twende’ (2006) and ‘Love and Protest’ (2011).

Wainaina also wrote and starred in 'Mo Faya', a musical that was staged for eight weeks at the GoDown Arts Centre in Nairobi. The show went national with 52 shows in 2007 and 2008. In 2009, Wainaina was selected for perform at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. In 2010, Wainaina wrote and produced music for 'Tinga Tinga Tales' – a British-Kenyan children’s TV series comprising 52 episodes based on African folk tales. Commissioned by the BBC and Disney Channel, the series were later adapted into a musical that was presented at the New Victory Theatre on Broadway in October 2018.

Wainaina has worked as a music director for M-Net East Africa’s 'Maisha Superstar', a reality TV series designed to discover new musical talent from East Africa. He has participated in numerous projects including 8 Goals for Africa – a 2010 MDG campaign for the UN featuring Hugh Masekela, HHP, Angelique Kidjo, Baaba Maal, Oliver Mtukudzi and the Soweto Gospel Choir. He has been brand ambassador for Transparency International, MS Kenya, Nederburg and the Kenya Human Rights Commission.

He has won a number of accolades including Favourite Male Vocalist at the M-Net Awards , a KORA Award for Best East African Artist (2002), and Kisima awards for Best Afro-Fusion Artist, Best Song and Best video (2007). In 2018 Wainaina was honoured with the Music In Africa Honorary Award during the opening of the Music In Africa Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases (ACCES). The award is presented by the Music In Africa Foundation to recognise the achievements made by African musicians in their home countries and the continent as a whole.

Wainaina has performed at Festival Mundial (Netherlands), the North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), the Harare International Festival of the Arts (Zimbabwe), Arts Alive International Festival (Swaziland), Umoja Flying Carpet Festival (South Africa), Sauti Za Busara (Zanzibar) and ACCES (Kenya).

He has collaborated with artists such as Emmanuel Jal and P-Unit’s Frasha. In 2010, Wainaina co-wrote and recorded one of the official 2010...

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Hallelujah People
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Fly Away Together
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Don't Bury Me feat. Blinky Bill, John Nzenze and Kendi Nkonge
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1.Okay
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Revolution Time
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Sing Mercy
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Mariana
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Other People's Lives
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The Road (Featuring Baaba Maal)
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Orutu Special
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Selina
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Baby Don't Go
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Rain On You
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Isn't It Funny
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(Set The World) On Fire
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Fancy Car
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Hii Ngoma
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Tabasamu
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Adhiambo
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Dek! Dek! Dek!
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Dunia Ina Mambo
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Fungeni Macho
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Jana Ni Jana
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Mabawa
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Miili Yetu
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Nani Nani
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Ni Kii Kiega
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Subhaa
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Too Far From Home
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01 Sawa Sawa
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02 Bolingo
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03 Kitu Gani Hii
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04 Nchi Ya Kitu Kidogo
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05 T.A.V
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06 Who Is To Blame
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07 Ritwa Riaku
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08 Unataka Gani
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09 Usiku Wa Manane
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10 Daima (Kenya Only)
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Disco
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Other people.... Eric Wainaina featuring Nneka
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Videos

Eric Wainaina - Daima (English)
Eric Wainaina - Adhiambo
Okay - Eric Wainaina (Piano Cover)
Eric Wainaina on Friday Live on Kiss
Eric Wainaina performs on Friday Live on Kiss
O Come All Ye Faithful by Tis The Season Company.
'Tis the Season 2017-Don't Miss Out!
Daima Mkenya
Eric Wainaina - Can We Fly Away Together
Daima Mkenya
Patoh Njuguna - Disco ft Eric Wainaina and Frasha
Patoh Njuguna - Disco ft. Eric Wainaina and Frasha
Sing Mercy (Remix) Official Video
ERIC WAINAINA -- SELINA
Eric Wainaina_Rain on you
The Road Eric Wainaina ft Baaba Maal
Eric Wainaina Feat. Nneka Other People's Lives [OFFICIAL VIDEO]
8 Goals For Africa (Official Video)
Eric Wainaina on The Patricia Show
African Voices Pt 3
African Voices Pt 2
African Voices Pt 1
Eric Speaks on Performance
Live Performance North Sea Jazz Festival
Kenya Only
Eric Speaks on Dunia Ina Mambo
Eric Speaks About Five Alive
ImenibambaLive with Atemi Oyungu
Ukweli
Eric Speaks on Sawa Sawa
Sawa Sawa
Eric Speaks on Bwana Mkubwa
Bwana Mkubwa ft Lwanda Cast
Daima
Eric Wainaina Speaks on Twende Twende
Twende Twende(Official Video)
Eric Speaks on Adhiambo
Dunia Ina Mambo
Adhiambo
Nchi Ya Kitu Kidogo

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KENairobi, Kenya
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Profile added by Stanley Gazemba on 28 Jul 2018
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