In Pachagazine's interview, Kenyan artist Wanjo Afrika discusses his musical journey, beginning with early influences from parents and participating in school groups, to releasing a testimonial 2024 song "STRONGER" after a difficult recovery. Infused with lovesongs and positivity, his style melds blues, reggae, R&B, with African rhythms, aiming to resonate with realness and timelessness. Facing financial challenges, he perseveres with passion and looks forward to international collaborations, inspiring future talents, and integrating music with film. Wanjo is also a dreadlocks stylist, enjoying another creative pursuit besides music.

Pachagazine’s exclusive interview with Wanjo Afrika, a remarkable recording and performing musical artist whose vibrant sound and captivating performances have been making waves in the industry.

Pachagazine: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your journey into the world of music?

Wanjo: Certainly! My name is Wanjo Afrika, and I was born and raised in Kenya. Music has been a part of my life from a very young age, thanks to my parents who introduced me to it. Growing up, I participated in musical groups in school and church, honing my skills along the way. Eventually, I joined a music band and recorded my first official studio track in 2015. When the pandemic hit in 2020, I decided to pursue a solo career to continue sharing my music.

Pachagazine:. What inspired you to become a recording and performing musical artist?

Wanjo: The passion for music has always been burning inside me. I feel most alive when I’m immersed in music, whether it’s creating it or performing it for others.

Pachagazine: Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and how have they shaped your sound?

Wanjo: I’ve been influenced by artists from various genres who have made a mark in the music industry. Listening to a diverse range of music has helped me develop a versatile style in my own craft.

Pachagazine:. Are there any specific genres or artists that have had a significant impact on your style?

Wanjo: I’m drawn to deep, heartfelt, and soulful music from genres like blues, reggae, R&B, and African music.

Pachagazine:  Where do you draw inspiration from when crafting your songs?

Wanjo: My inspiration comes from everyday life, personal experiences, stories of others, and even films. I find inspiration in the world around me and try to reflect that in my music.

Pachagazine:. How would you describe your unique musical style or sound?

Wanjo: I would describe my style as real and timeless. I strive to create music that resonates with authenticity.

Pachagazine: Are there any particular themes or messages you aim to convey through your music?

Wanjo: Love and lifestyle are central themes in my music. I aim to convey messages of love, positivity, and the beauty of life.

Pachagazine: What have been some of the most memorable moments in your musical career so far?

Wanjo: The most memorable moments for me are when strangers recognize and appreciate my music after performances. It’s incredibly gratifying to know that my music has touched someone else’s life.

Pachagazine: Is there a specific performance or project that you’re particularly proud of?

Wanjo: Yes, my latest project “STRONGER” holds a special place in my heart. It’s a testimonial song that I released in 2024 after overcoming a challenging period of surgeries and recovery. It’s a reflection of my resilience and determination.

Pachagazine: What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced as a recording and performing artist, and how have you overcome them?

Wanjo: Finances have been a significant challenge for me. I’ve had to find alternative sources of income to sustain my music career while continuing to pursue my passion.

Pachagazine:. Are there any artists you dream of collaborating with in the future?

Wanjo: Absolutely! I have dreams of collaborating with both local and international artists who inspire me with their talent and creativity.

Pachagazine:. What can fans expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects or performances?

Wanjo: I have several exciting projects in the pipeline that I can’t wait to share with my fans. Stay tuned for new music and performances coming your way!

Pachagazine:. Where do you envision your musical career taking you in the long term?

Wanjo: In the long term, I see my music reaching international audiences, performing for thousands, and inspiring a new generation of talented individuals. I also hope to venture into film and have my music featured as soundtracks in major movie and series projects.

Pachagazine: Outside of music, what else do you do? What are some of your other passions or hobbies?

Wanjo: Aside from music, I’m also a dreadlocks stylist. It’s another creative outlet for me, and I enjoy bringing out the unique beauty in others through hairstyling.

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