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ARTIST INFLUX FOR MP EMBAKASI SOUTH

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Augustine Kavindu, influx swagga is a Kenyan artiste also an aspirant in the forth coming 2017 General Election running for Embakasi South Parliamentary Sit. His manifesto focusing on talent development and youth empowerment, he strong believes that as a member of parliament, he will be able to protect the interests of the Arts sector, especially the Music industry which directly employs a big number of the youth in this country.

 

Although he did not grow up in an urban setting, he developed an ear for urban music especially hip hop. He started out by performing covers in 1996, and in 1998 he performed his own original compositions. This was at a time when hip hop was heavily linked with crime and drugs both locally and internationally, but Influx set himself apart creating a passionate following across the world.

In 2005, he changed his brand from BKV to Influx Swagga to introduce himself to the recording market when he wrote, recorded and released his first single Wazim. Later in 2008 he released his debut album Ndani yangu that led to his 2009 nomination in the most promising African artiste .

Influx describes himself as a musical grout. In his own words, “,Mziki nafanyia justice bila hata practice,” a Swahili slag phrase that loosely translates to “This art come naturally to me.” His work has earned him a profile both locally and internationally and is steadily growing. He has also recently begun venturing in to acting, modeling and writing.

Back in 2011 he released his sophomore project, a simultaneous release of two albums titled Swagga Flani  and Last Episode. The Swagga Flani album also featured an originally arranged instrumental of the Kenya National anthem, the song Nayo Nayo, Mr.President and Nikubalie which enjoyed much rotation in many radio stations locally and elsewhere on the continent. Most notably in Tanzania, Nikubalie and Kama Ulinipenda from the other album Last Episode featured on the TBC and Clouds fm charts.

The songs Kwachua and Chokoza taken from the album Last Episode also featured on heavy rotation in several Kenyan radio stations. Chokoza which featured EJAY was his own self styled reply to the Club anthem of the same name produced by Ogopa deejays and performed by East African finest Avril and Marya. He has been featured on several mix tapes by various artists in Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Africa, Angola, Australia and USA.

In 2013 Influx published his 3rd project and his 4th album titled Wazito which was followed up with his 5th in 2015, tiled Short Message under his record label Jamox Premiere.

In the same year, he teamed up with other musicians who wanted to streamline the music industry in Kenya and formed the Kenya National Union of musicians. Their main objective was to ensure that musicians earned from their art. He became the first secretary general before being elected as chairman in 2016.

Influx Swagga was in the team set up by Kenya Young Parliamentary Association ( KYPA) to fast track the process of creating the music  bill for consideration by parliament along side Elani, DNA, Eko Dydda among other celebrated musicians. He was also in the committee sanctioned by parliament that sat in Kisumu in April 2016 to propose solutions to the music industry.  He later worked with Ministry of sports, Culture and the Arts in the  said music bill through the Kenya Gospel and Secular Artists Federation (KEGSAF) that lobbied heavily and pushed for the bill to be actualized.

As a leader in the music industry, he has strongly advocated for equity, transparency and accountability in management of music resources in the country and strongly believes the proposed bill will provide a legal solution.ghops-02

 

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One Comment

  1. emmanuel ngathu

    October 20, 2016 at 12:33 am

    i know him personally, he is very talented guy, and the best suitable for embakasi south.

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