“African-pop, urban-colored vintage, uniquely comical’’ just to name a few of the words used to describe this versatile blend of artists Mordecai Kimeu, Kenneth Muya and Wachira Gatama.
The three met in the corridors of their acting careers, in late 2012, where Mordecai auditioned Kenchez and Wachira for a play on cancer-awareness at the Kenya National Theatre. During the rehearsal process the three discovered that they shared a similar passion for music, spoken word/poetry, comedy, dance, fashion and generally, life. They later performed together for the first time at a few months after this encounter at Dass Ethiopian Restaurant and, H_ART the BAND was formed. Not long after, they joined Penya Africa’s prestigious artist development program Sauti Academy from which they graduated from in April 2014.
Imagine acoustics, smooth vocals with a touch of poetry, spoken word, freestyle rap, drama, dance and fashion all blended into one thick pastry of art. That is what H_ART the BAND is all about.
H_ART the BAND‘s music speaks to generations it being heavily inspired by day-to-day experiences, With Mordecai and Wachira both being “Slam Africa poetry Kings,” self-taught guitarist Kenchez compliments their rhymes with smooth, danceable tunes. Mordecai adorns their jams with his heavenly vocals and lyrics, while Wachira livens it up with his witty spoken word/poetry. By aligning their unwavering dedication to the do-it-yourself work ethic with a signature sound, this fusion thus, creates a fresh musical style they like to call the Afro-Poetry-Experience.
Having performed at every venue and on every street corner in the past year, H_ART the BAND has built a steady reputation with various audiences. Their undeniable musical versatility, energy and witty nature makes every performance they do a ‘fan-magnet’, H_ART the BANDgives their fans a memorable experience coupled with a feel-good vibe.
Their first single “Uliza Kiatu” is a timeless classic that credits shoes as the best witness to a person’s day to day struggle for love, bread and life. Released under Penya Africa and definitely a fan favorite that is now on rotation at all local stations, the music video for “Uliza Kiatu” has also been a fan favorite with requests for it going on and on months after its release.