.THE ALBUM WAS ORIGINALLY SET TO BE LAUNCHED IN LONDON BUT IT IS NOW TO BE LAUNCHED AT WIKIENDI LIVE ON AUGUST
When Chika-ya first performed at the Karibu Music Festival in Bagamoyo two years ago many in atten-dance unanimously agreed that she had what it takes to make the big break.Her vocal range, stage man-agement and above all how she strummed the guitar kept the audience wanting for more, and that was before she could even release her first album.
And since then the multi talented artiste has not looked back as her talent has grown in leaps and bounds. Finally she seems to be where her fans wanted to see her.Several months down the road Chikaya aka Daughter of Africa is ready to take on the big stage with the release of her debut album which she has aptly titled ‘Sing For You’.“The album is ready, it has been a result of some hard work with the team and a couple of other people working behind the scenes,” she says.Originally scheduled to be released in London the bud-ding singer says she opted to launch at home before taking it overseas.
“After a closer look we decid-ed that we start here before we go anywhere else and I think it makes a whole lot of sense to have made that decision,” she says.The five-track album is an eclectic fusion of African folk beats and western rhythm which marry beautifully with Chikaya’s earthy, distinguish-able, charismatic vocals carry-ing songs such as Sing For You, Back Park, Novelty, Steady and Back Park Remix.
Though there could be many forces of distraction out there she is convinced that the best way to kick start her career was by putting out an album.“We are aware that most artistes today do not release albums due to piracy but after a careful deliberation we decided that this was the way to go.”In an industry where most join for unrelated issues such as quick fame Chikaya has decided to keep herself ground-ed by taking a different musical route.“I know that Bongo Flava is hot around here but my deci-sion to take this route was because it is something that appeals to me.
My music is a reflection of the things I believe in and who I am as a young woman,” she says.She is quite aware of the expectations that a brand like hers come with but she insists that she want to stay true to her upbringing.“There are times when I think about it but sometimes it is we the artistes who put these expectations on us. At the end of the day we are just normal human beings.”And she seems to be mak-ing inroads already after she was signed to an internation-al record label Sustainable Records based in the UK.“I started working closely with Sustainable Records which is owned by Don Charles in 2015 and together we have created some dynamic tunes that transcend our heritage,” she says.They have since formed a successful writing partnership, collaborating heavily on Chi-kaya’s upcoming debut album.
Chikaya’s involvement with Sustainable Records has result-ed in her rising popularity and a growing fan base both locally and beyond. Chikaya is an energetic solo artist and self-taught guitarist became aware of her resound-ing musical ability in her late teens and she decided to pur-sue her dreams.While attending school, Chi-kaya joined a band called Tong-wa Assembly by Gody Kaoza and it was here that she not only grew in confidence but also discovered a natural apti-tude for performing live shows and entertaining the crowds.In 2017 Chickaya collaborat-ed with Dat Letzte Kleonod of Germany, the fantastic Afrik-abisa band plus a performance at Karibu Festival in Bagam-oyo.These shows have gone on to boost her credentials as one of Tanzania’s rising stars at a time when very few female per-formers stick in the game long enough to be crowned