Wendy Kimani is one of Kenya’s most sought after female singers. The Afropop and Soul star makes a comeback into the music scene with “Pagawisha”- new single and video. The Afrosoul banger in which Wendy sings of a lover who completely confuses [pagawisha] her is produced by So Fresh.
Wendy says, “I am really excited to be releasing my new single after years of being away. I had so much fun working on this song. With it, I just wanted to bring musical joy to my audience,” adding on Pagawisha, “ It means, ‘you confuse me in the best way possible’. It’s a feel-good song talking about reigniting love in a relationship. It’s about finding that fire and feeling those butterflies again and getting romantic. It’s also about the fire I feel inside of me right now, I have fallen in love with music again.”
The music video, shot and directed by Alexander Ludwick and Kenneth Van Bochove, is a smooth dosage of Wendy and her love interest. In spirit “Pagawisha” that celebrates reigniting passion and falling in love is reflective of Wendy’s personal story of falling in love with music once again. With its positive vibes and African influences, this is the perfect song to bring some light into 2020.
This comeback means a journey to Wendy’s upcoming EP and single releases. She teases her next single, “You will love my Afro House song coming up next, it’s called “Same Ol Love” and has got that South African house and dance vibes. At the same time, Wendy launched a new YouTube channel, ‘Wendy’s New Normal’ that follows her life living in The Netherlands, since her relocation from Kenya. She reveals, “It’s all about rediscovering myself, marriage, mental health, my hair journey and also health conditions like PCOS conditions.”
Wendy Kimani is one of Kenya’s top Afrosoul singers. Over her career, she has released a number of successful hit songs, including “Haiwi Haiwi” featuring Bien Aime-Baraza of Sauti Sol, “Unajua” and “Usiende” – both collaborations with Gilad. Since its release, the “Unajua” music video has garnered over 6 million views on YouTube and received massive airplay across numerous radio and TV stations.
Wendy started her music career by auditioning for East Africa’s TV singing competition Tusker Project Fame. The Neo-soul influenced vocalist was one of the top fifteen contestants on the show and eventually emerged first runner’s up. After the show, she went on to record with artists such as Tim Rimbui, Kanyeria and performed with the likes of Eric Wainaina, The Villagers Band, Gilad and many others. She launched her debut album titled – ‘My Essence’ in 2013.
Wendy also started her acting career in 2013 starring in the drama series Rush as an aspiring singer working in a women’s rights firm in Nairobi. She has also starred in films including AMOF (Africa Magic Original Films), Die Husband Die, First Issue, Perfect Imperfections and The Checklist. Wendy relocated and now lives in the Netherlands after marrying her longtime Dutch boyfriend.