King Vusi Mavuthela of UbuntuFM Radio conducted an interview with KEENIATTA aka EMPRESSK. KEENIATTA, born in South Africa but a global citizen for most of her life, talks about her music, her new album "UNIVERSAL LOVE" and her special project #NeverGiveUp
KEENIATTA shows her talent as a singer and performer since she was a child. She grew up listening to Aretha Franklin, Patti La Belle, Tina Turner and Diana Ross as well as a lot of other music. Her music career begins as she wins the 1st ediiton of the “Shell Road To Fame”, a famous talent show in South Africa, by signing with top labels to record a few albums released in South Africa. Polygram released her album “Round and Round”, as KEENIA, whose title track was nominated at the South African Music Awards (SAMA) for “Best Contemporary Dance Music Performance”, earning the nomination for “Best Artist”.
KEENIATTA performs in many countries around the world. Whether performing at Gala Events and Festivals, in Luxury Hotels, on Cruise Ships or at VIP Parties, her performances always turn out to be a huge success. She also performed for and together with many VIP's. Stevie Wonder, Patty Labelle, Andrea Bocelli, Bob Johnson, Hillary Clinton, Michael Jordan, Queen of Thailand, Barbara Sinatra, Lionel Richie, just to mention a few whom she became acquainted with. Last but not least she performed for former 1st lady and 1st female democratic candidate to USA Presidential Election, Mrs. Hillary CLINTON, in occasion of the Half Time elections and she also performed at the Official Party opening the celebration for the Inauguration of USA President Barack OBAMA 1st mandate.
She is always involved in composing music, writing lyrics and producing any of her projects. Thanks to her versatile voice, KEENIATTA’s journey of the music world has no boundaries about music genres. “Rewind”, her Neo- Psychedelic-Rock album, received a very good good feedback on the web, where it is available for listening, and took her voice to win the hearts of many new fans around the world.
Since a few years KEENIATTA has been living in Ischia, an isle in the South of Italy, where she bases herself when not touring. In one of her latest trips back to South Africa she has been directly involved in a few artistic projects including the production of her gospel project “Trinity”, distributed by EMI S.A. and whose songs she wrote and directed in collaboration with many South African artists.
On her latest album "UNIVERSAL LOVE", KEENIATTA ventures out into Reggae with a touch of R&B. Her voice is very well suited to the genre, as our KEENIATTA SPECIAL broadcast will reveal. KEENIATTA's blend of Reggae and R&B is quite rare, yet KEENIATTA manages to encompass and combine the different style elements together into a smooth and entertaining mix. Music with a message!
One Love KEENIATTA!
Forward ever, backward never!