Thursday, October 16, 2014

Elani For Sunday's Eviction Show

Three-member Urban Afro band Elani hail from Kenya, and take their name from the Giriama word for "light". The band is made up of Bryan Chweya, Maureen Kunga and Wambui Ngugi, and was formed shortly after they met in 2008. Sharing a passion for music, they wrote a few songs for the fun of it and decided to take it further, eventually performing in venues all over Nairobi.

They have shared the stage with numerous local artists, including Eric Wainaina, Sauti Sol and Suzzana Owiyo, as well as South Africa's Jonathan Butler and Anthony David from the USA. Their mission has always been to bring quality music to the industry and put East Africa on the musical map.

Jana Usiku was the first release from Elani. Premiering in September 2013, it is a track that calls for the world to put their troubles aside in order to sing and dance. It was produced by Mudigi Savara, and the music video was directed by Steve Muriungi.

Their second single, Milele, is about true love. It highlights the importance of turning a deaf ear to what people may say about their love, and was also produced by Mudigi Savara, with a music video by Enos Olik.

Produced by Kevin Macharia and Eric Musyoka, with a music video directed by Lucas Bikedo, KooKoo is a song about that one person you love and can't stop thinking about. They dealt with love again in the song Zuzu which featured DJ Joe Mfalme; while Hapo Zamani is a sweet song about nostalgia.

Barua Ya Dunia is a song about perseverance and was produced by Eric Musyoka. The music video was directed by Lucas Bikedo, and the track is also the title of their debut album. It was recorded in October 2012 and released just over a year later.

Elani now bring their special brand of Afro rock-pop to the Big Brother Africa stage, representing Kenya and getting the crowd moving for another nail-biting eviction show.

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