June Gachui’s much anticipated album was finally released on Tuesday with a showcase at the Kenya National Theatre, in Nairobi.
With a full house of 350 fans – among them fellow artistes, thespians, media and social personalities from across Nairobi – June opened the stage with an endearing performance of ‘Everything is Fine,’ which has received a lot of radio play over the last year. The evening also featured other amazing acts such as June’s collaboration with Blinky Bill, ‘Holla’; ‘Everybody’, featuring Khaligraph Jones; a moving performance with her sister Angie in memory of their dad, the late James Gachui, ‘My Forever Song’; and Olivia Ambani’s ‘Better than just fine’.
Joining June on stage were two electrifying bands, an all-female band; ‘the Flower Project’, and a male band each comprising a lead guitarist, bass guitarist, pianist, and drummer. Music Director, David Hunter, doubled-up as a vocalist for the male band. The Nairobi Horns Project trio added to the dynamic performances with their signature trumpet, saxophone and trombone set. The dancers from Art in Motion brought the tracks and the performance to life with well-timed choreography that June fluidly and gracefully took on with them, much to everyone’s surprise. June’s energetic performances and comedic jokes left fans wanting more.
The new album ‘Twenty Years’ comprises 12 tracks written over the last 20 years, each a testament of June’s life experiences and journey. Among the Music Producers she worked with on the album were Eddie Grey, David Hunter, Pete Odera and Eric Musyoka.
So what’s next for June? The organizers have promised that more shows will be planned for later this year and that June’s music off the new album will be available for sale online on Mookh in the coming weeks.