Africa Beats: Kenyan singer Eric Wainaina

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In the last episode in a series showcasing Africa’s musical talent, Eric Wainaina performs his song Other People’s Lives, taken from his third album, Love and Protest, which was released in December 2011.

A household name in his native Kenya, Eric Wainaina has a reputation for speaking the truth to those in power.

His song Nchi Ya Kitu Kidogo is a powerful indictment of corruption and the kick-back culture that has blighted Kenyan politics. It became an unofficial national anthem when it was released in 2001.

Eric Wainaina also wrote and starred in the musical theatre production “Mo Faya!” which has played to sell-out audiences in Nairobi and in New York. The piece depicts a Kenyan slum community plagued by corruption and self-interested “big men”.

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