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  • Atemi & the Ma3 Band

    CountryKenya
    Genresband fusion pop
    Website

    www.gatwitch.com

    www.myspace.com/atemidiva

    FestivalSauti za Busara 2011
    Recordings

    Hatimaye (2008)

    Atemi & the Ma3 Band
    Atemi & the Ma3 Band

    Carol Atemi Oyungu is one of East Africa’s finest neo-soul vocalists. She began singing aged 10, and made her mark in the music scene with the all-girl group, Intu. In 2003 Atemi joined Kenyan sensation, Eric Wanaina, as vocal harmony provider for his band. Together with Eric and The Mapinduzi Band she performed in Zimbabwe, Ghana, Germany, Festival Mundial and The North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, Big Brother Africa in South Africa, and even at Sauti za Busara 2008. She played a major role in Wainaina's musical production, Luanda, and later in Kenya's biggest theatre production yet, Mo Faya. Atemi has been hosting an all-Africa TV show, Africa Rising, since 2009.

     

    Releasing her first single Happy in 2004, she went on to launch her debut album, Hatimaye meaning ‘finally’ in 2008. She is currently working on her second solo album, to be released later in 2011. A mix of neo-soul and afro-fusion, Atemi’s sound has been described as that of “Miriam Makeba meeting Jill Scott.” This year, Atemi is returning to Sauti za Busara’s stage in her own right, backed by the Ma3 Band.