Nikita Kering is an award-winning 19-year-old singer and songwriter born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2019 at 17, she won AFRIMA’s ‘Best Female Artiste in Eastern Africa’ and ‘Revelation of the African Continent’. She rose to stardom after her song ’Tragedy’ that addressed violence in romantic relationships hit the airwaves.
The song was an EmPawa project sponsored by African superstar Mr. Eazi. Born on February 26, 2002, to parents, Joseph and Anne Kering, she attended the Riara Springs Academy, Kilimani Junior Academy and Brookhouse International School where she graduated with a diploma in Business and Technology in Music. She started her music career in 2007 and was mentored by gospel artiste, Emmy Kosgei.
Kering has gone on to become one of the most talented artistes in Kenya. Her works include A Side Of Me and EP; her biggest song yet, EX, had up to 800,000 streams in just two weeks after she dropped it. In 2018, she won the Pulse Music Video Award for Best New Artiste. As an artiste, Kering likes making music and chilling with friends. She says music surrounds her and it’s her life. She looks forward to exploring music as she sings across a spectrum of genres including R&B, Afro-Pop, Pop, and a bit of Afrobeat.
In this interview with DANIEL ANAZIA, the Universal Music signee spoke about her music career, what defines her music and winning AFRIMA award in 2019 at age 17.
You have once again been nominated for All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), which you won in 2019 at age 17. How do you feel about this nomination?
It’s something that makes me very happy; it encourages me to keep on working harder; it lets me know that there are people around Africa and around the world listening to my music. This makes me very happy, and encourages me to work even harder than I am.
What is your view of AFRIMA awards?
When I got nominated, I realised that AFRIMA isn’t just about picking the artiste with the most views or the most famous artiste. They were really looking into the art of the artistes, understanding where we are coming from, something you don’t find in many places. I’m just happy that they are able to see real artiste from afar and give them a platform, which I’m rea….continue reading