We had an interview with Naiga, a Kenyan music artiste who lives in Norway. She tells us about herself, what inspired her to become an artiste and her future projects.
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T.M: Who is Naiga?
Naiga: Am Rehema Mollan aka [Naiga] born on 01/01/1987 in Siaya, grew up in Nairobi but now living in Norway. And a mother of 2 boys.
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T.M: Are you single? Married?
Naiga: Am married.
T.M: What inspired you to join music?
Naiga: Actually, it all started 2 years ago, I was in Nairobi and Point Five International had this programme visiting children’s homes, so this one visit changed everything. The kids are amazing very talented most of them like singing and dancing, they touched my heart they were so energetic singing and dancing everywhere. So, I called a friend and asked if I can get an artist to come perform a little show for them but it was not possible coz there was along system to follow. So, I did a little show for them and I wouldn’t believe the smile on their faces. I promised them next time I visit I will visit them as an artist. They inspired me when I saw the big smile on their little faces when they sang and danced. I’ve always loved singing but I’ve never thought of taking it seriously until that day. Because of those little angles, I wanted to put more smiles on people’s face.
T.M: When did you join the industry?
Naiga: I officially joined the music industry last year 2017.
T.M: How would you describe your music to people who are just getting familiar with you?
Naiga: My music is all about Peace, Love, Life and Reality. E.g. Often, I find myself escaping from reality while listening to some of my music. I just shift my entire focus to the instruments and the vocals of the song. It’s a type of meditation in itself. when you listen to the right music it’s another world.
T.M: How do you separate yourself from other artistes, what makes your music unique?
Naiga: It’s a tuff competition out there I know, but I’m gonna do my own things, attract my own fun’s and just be me coz there will always be only one me.
T.M: Any challenges so far?
Naiga: As any other business when you start it, there is always a lot of challenges but I believe it will get better I can do this.
T.M: Do you face challenges being an artist in a foreign country?
Naiga: Actually no, my music is playing in Norway too and my fans here are really into my music they love it.
T.M: What do you find to be the most challenging part of being a musician in Kenya?
Naiga: There are many good artists out there it’s hard when you’re a beginner but I guess it gets better when fans know you and like your music.
T.M: What are your thoughts on the current trend of music in your genre?
Naiga: Well it’s so different when I listen to music in the 90s and now it is way 2 different things but the best part is everyone is doing their own thing I love the challenge and that the competition is high. That makes all artists work harder I love that.
T.M: Has there been one particular moment in your musical career that you’re most proud of?
Naiga: Well I just started and I know I still have a long way to go but am so proud of me already.
T.M: Which other Kenyan artistes would you like to work/do a collabo with?
Naiga: Victoria Kimani, Redsan, Sanaipei Tande and many others
T.M: Do you see yourself as an entrepreneur?
Naiga: Oh. yes I do
T.M: What do you advise women who want to become entrepreneurs?
Naiga: Follow your heart. And never let anybody put you down when you start something or want to start something many will tell you, you not good enough, you can’t do, it’s a high risk. Prove them wrong by doing it. You may not be at your best when starting but don’t give up coz the more you put in your passion and strength the better it gets. So, don’t give up.
T.M: Do you have another career apart from being a music artist? If yes, how do you manage both?
Naiga: Apart from music, am The Founder and Executive Director of Point Five International. And a Nurse. Am the type of a woman who can do anything that I put my mind on. The hard that is Executive Director of Point Five International but I have a strong good team on the group in Nairobi am so thankful for that. And I work as a nurse in Norway and aiming my nursing career higher education.
T.M: What messages did you want to convey when you released “sweet love” and “close to you”?
Naiga: Love. Love is the most beautiful thing, to be surrounded by those who love you is the most beautiful, best feeling ever.
Watch her music video “Close to you”:
Watch “Naiga – Sweet Love Ft. Boss MOG”
T.M: Are you planning to release an album soon?
Naiga: Yes, my first album is coming out soon before the end of this year.
T.M: Thank you Naiga, we are glad to have you, we wish you success in your career.
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