H_ART THE BAND
“In hope, dreams are dreamt and the dreamers go out there to chase that dream till it’s in their reach” – H_ART the BAND.
Clinging on to a vision of changing the world with their art, these three versatile artists Mordecai Mwini Kimeu, Wachira Gatama and Kenneth Muya Mukhwana have defied all odds against them to be labelled as one of the best bands in Kenya and East Africa. With time, they have artistically flourished into a revolutionary force not only in their musical poetic presentation but also in their conspicuously fashionable sense of futuristic style.
Meeting in the corridors of their acting careers at the Kenya national theatre in late 2012, the three discovered that they share a similar passion for music, spoken word/poetry, fashion and arts in general. Not long after H_ART the BAND was formed. They later joined Penya Africa’s prestigious artist development program Sauti Academy from which they graduated from in April
2014; after a year of hard work, determination and performing at almost every venue and street corner in Nairobi, Kenya, building an ever-growing steady reputation with various audiences.
Picture soulful, African inspired acoustics, smooth, harmonized vocals fused with a touch of well-knit spoken word poetry all blended into one thick pastry of art then served with a witty sense of humor. H_ART the BAND is heavily inspired by day-to-day experiences. Their music speaks to generations: from the young to the aged. With Mordecai and Wachira both being “Slam Africa poetry Kings,” self-taught guitarist Kenchez compliments their rhymes with smooth African tunes, while Mordecai adorns their jams with his heavenly vocals, thus creating a fresh genre they like to call Afro Poetry.
By aligning their unwavering dedication to the do-it-yourself work ethic with their undeniable musical versatility, energy and witty nature they make every performance a pulsating 'fan-magnet'. Their self-organized Shoe_Kran #1 show at the Alchemist in Nairobi was a stunning success among their fans, fellow artists, media personalities and bloggers which made Shoe_Kran trend on Twitter for two days straight.
With only two years in the Kenyan music industry, they have already been listed among the top 5 artists in terms of radio airplay by the Music Copyright Society of Kenya. Recently they won the Bingwa Award for ‘Stage performer of the year
2015’ as well as the Mdundo platinum award for having more than 100,000
online downloads. Their second single ‘Nikikutazama’ has landed them two nominations in the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA 2015) ‘Revelation of the African continent’ and ‘Most promising artiste in Africa’.
Tagging from their eclectic to die for performances, They are currently working on an album to be released later in 2016. With four singles so far released under their label Penya Africa: “Uliza Kiatu”, “Nikikutazama”, “Lovephobic” and their latest “Baby Love” being on heavy rotation in various stations there is no limit to the amount of greatness they harbor. H_art the band have become icons of hope for individuals with concurrent ambitions.