ARTIST of the WEEK: June Gachui

June Gachui is easily one of the most entertaining females in the country. With a contagious sense of humour and warm character, this bubbly all rounded entertainer is capable as an actress and a singer. She will be one of the curtain raisers for US grammy award winning RnB giant Joe Thomas, who performs at the Bomas of Kenya on March 31 courtesy of Tusker Lite and the Capital Group Limited. Capital Lifestyle caught up with June ahead of the concert and asked her to share a little bit about herself…

1. In a nutshell who is June Gachui…a happy and driven African lady, trying her best to fulfill God’s purpose for her on this earth through being a lawyer, singer, thespian, daughter, sister and friend!

2. I grew up listening to/ watching…listening to: Alpha Blondy, San Fan Thomas, Monique Seka, Madonna, Murielle Mathieu, Whitney Houston, Heavy D, sundowner on KBC! Watching: Smurfs, Tom and Jerry, music videos (80’s 90’s), Afrique Etoiles (a music talent show aired in Cote d’Ivoire) Miami vice

3. I have had a passion for music/acting since…the age of 8 for music, 12 for acting.

4. I get my inspiration from…my Heavenly Father, this beautiful earth we have been blessed with and the desire to be the best I can be and leave a positive, wholesome legacy…just like my dad.

5. Apart from singing/acting I can also…cook extremely well, speak French, teach, dance all night, play angry birds!

6. I can never leave the house without…my cell phone, lip gloss, extra blackcurrant gum, water and an extra pair of shoes…just in case 😉

7. My number one role model is…my late dad – James Mungai Gachui.

8. I am currently working on…my first album…”finally”….like for true, it’s about time:

9. My best time ever growing up was when…my family and I lived in Cote d’Ivoire

10. Family, the arts, chocolate, shoes, travel, jam sessions, a great kiss, and did I mention shoes?? … These are a few of my favourite things.

11. My advice on upcoming artists/actors is…

i) Remember this is a business, work hard to hone your skill, do you, but do you passionately and professionally

ii) Maintain a good reputation; treat every single person you interact with respectfully…

iii) It is possible to earn a living through your art, but you must be great at it!

iv) Surround yourself with trustworthy people who can help you where you need it…there’s no shame in asking for help!

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