Entertainment / Music
Sunday, 07 May 2017 18:47 EATjmwangangi@kenyafreepress.com
Kenyan gospel music has expanded in leaps and bounds in recent years, with new artistes emerging that have stressed the boundaries of the genre. But Alfred Musee Kakungi, an unmistakably humble artiste, has decided to stick to the Biblical norms about what is acceptable and making the best out of it.
Born in Kangondi village of Mutonguni (Tulia) Division in Kitui County, Alfred has captured a fan base mostly from the Kamba community as he sings in the local language. But he has increasingly taken on more Kiswahili creations, expanding his reach beyond the community and receiving airplay in nationally-oriented radio stations.
Venturing into music in 2010 at the age of 20, Alfred released his first album Dance ya Yesu that July in the famous Gamba studios of producer Abednego Goso at Victory House, Nairobi. This album was a big hit, making him popular among the gospel lovers and creating a good platform for him to win a group award of Nairobi East in 2012.
He did not stop there but went ahead to compose a second album Kiko Kya Ngai which means God’s deed. This album made him popular among the Kamba speakers. He later did a remix of his album Dance Ya Yesu featuring Alan Damtonge.
The second last born in his family of eight (five sisters and two brothers), Alfred attended Mutulu Primary School in his home area from 1997 till 2006 when he did his KCPE. Having completed primary education he joined Muthamo Mixed Day and Boarding Secondary School in Kitui in 2007 before transferring to Kea Secondary School, also in Kitui, where he did his KCSE certificate in 2010.
After his secondary education, he moved to Nairobi to look for employment and was lucky to get a job in Sadolin, the paints company, as a sales and marketing agent. The job came as a blessing to him, his mother having passed away while he was in Form Four. Unbeknown to him, it was while on the job that he would get the opportunities for studies that helped him nurture his talents in music.
While in the job, he joined the Kenya Institute of Professional Studies (KIPS) where he pursued a Diploma in Sales and Marketing. The college offered him the chance to explore his talents and career options among the student population. It was over for him with sales and marketing career.
Alfred Musee Kakungi
In addition to composing songs, Alfred can also play Guitar and Piano. He sings alone but has a group of dancers whom he pays after performing during events. He revealed that he got support from the Church harambees in the Church he attends (Alive In Ministry in Huruma) which is led by his spiritual father Pastor Stephen Mutunga to record his first album.
To the Kamba speakers, he promises to release a new album, Saulo, derived from the book of 1 Samuel which is all about how God used David to defeat Goliath although he was mocked. Using his music to evangelise to the world, Alfred says he aims to be international singer in order to spread the gospel to foreign nations.
Like other musicians, he decries the high levels of piracy in the local music market. His original music is found in Kasanga Music Shop along Moi Avenue, Nairobi, and also on YouTube. He has faced problems associated with limited funding to steer up his musical ambitions.
The artiste revealed that apart from music he is also a producer and owns a recording studio (SB Records) together with his friend Simon Sila in Huruma Ngei 1 next to Redeemed Gospel Church. His hobbies include playing football, swimming.
He detests a brand of contemporary gospel artistes whom he accused of "misleading Christians in the manner they compose their songs”.
Alfred Musee Kakungi in a live performance.
Currently single, he has a sweetheart whom he plans to wed this December 2. Lovers of his music can contact him on Facebook as @Alfred Kakungi, on email, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or on his mobile phone 0702269793.