, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 18 – Patricia Wangeci Kihoro just turned 24 this month and is enjoying her metamorphosis from the sidelines to the limelight.
Sky is the limit (forgive the cliché) for this petite lady who cannot imagine life without music and is happy that she can follow her dream – with a wealthy boost from Tusker Project Fame.
“I have been doing a lot of singing here and there because I kinda always knew from the time I was young that music would be what I would do. What TPF did for me was make me do it! No more dilly-dallying. I just had to get up and do it,” she said.
Patricia says TPF gave her the direction she needed.
“I am working on an album that should be ready soon,” she told me in an exclusive interview. “There are 12 tracks with a mix of genres such as jazz, neo-soul, R&B, and reggae.”
Patricia, who says she had chicken wings, chapatti and chocolate fudge cake for her big day, states that her upcoming album is diverse in the fact that she is still trying to find her own sound despite being branded as an ‘afro-fusion’ chic.
“It’s (the album) definitely coming along. I’ve been getting a lot of advice from my friends; Hellon and Aaron Rimbui among others,” she said.
Ms Kihoro is the oldest in a family of three and says her brothers are not moved by her nudge into the limelight. The family is close-knit, she says, and that in her exploits the opinions of her father, mother and younger brothers matter the most.
Patricia describes herself as young, impressionable, constantly evolving, open-minded and sentimental (though she says she’s working to get rid of that). She is also not easily impressed.
“I grew up catholic but I think you can call me a spiritual person now. I believe in a supreme being and that my life is controlled by Him. I think it is important for someone to be in tune with what their spirit seeks,” she revealed.
At the same time, she said that she wouldn’t mind getting many children, blurting out the number 12 before letting out a laugh.
To Patricia, the main message she would like her music to do is inspire the people who are listening.
“The music is a reflection of me; and as such I would like it to inspire people to look outside the box, to see the possibilities life has to offer. I want it to provoke a thought.”
She adds that making music can be hard because it forces you to put yourself out there, outside your circle of friends.
“But I’m still going to do it. I will also keep doing the things that I like; knitting, acting, woodwork, writing, photography…by the way, if I could make shoes, I would.”