Kaki Mwihaki is one of the most talented singers in Kenya. You will remember her as one of the lead singers at Adawnage. Her unique voice is easily recognisable from songs such as Uwezo and Let Me Live.
Kaki has embarked on a solo album that was birthed during a difficult season in her life. Her first solo single Nani Kama Yahweh, produced by Filah of Redfourth Chorus, was released in May 2018.
Her latest song, Incredible, features Edu the Rapper (formerly of Recapp). Incredible is a danceable song and the video feature Kaki with dancers as the first act. The audio was produced by YoAlex of Drama House Music while the video was directed by Dambiz of Cloud Montage.
The song talks about how incredible God is. “It speaks about the invariable nature of God,” Kaki told Verse5ve. “Unlike human beings who change their stand and feelings towards you, God assures us of constant love. He loves us so unconditionally that nothing we will ever do or fail to do can ever separate us from His love,” she explains.
Kaki, who came out about her broken marriage last year, says she was inspired by what she went through during that period.
“When I came out about my irretrievably broken marriage last year and my journey on filing for divorce after a 3-year marriage, I had gone through a period of depression where I’d lost all desire to live, I battled suicidal thoughts, I was miserable. I had given up on life, I’d literally hit rock bottom; where do I go from here? Where do I start? with no job, nowhere to go, no hope, the shame was suffocating, the stigma was intolerable. I moved back home with my single mother for a few months then moved in with Terry, (my friend from highschool) where I started life afresh…from the ground up. I couldn’t afford to cost share the living expenses, I couldn’t even afford to buy bread…I felt useless, hopeless, inadequate but my friend never demanded anything from me. Her humble aboard was my safe haven for over a year.
“During this phase I went through the motions of starting over; the denial, the anger, the bitterness, my spiritual life took a beating from this because I couldn’t understand how God could allow these afflictions to hit me but I thank God for His love and His word that is not only true but it is LIFE.
“The more I heard His word, the more I healed…I slowly began my healing journey; God started to restore me, He re-introduced Himself to me as my provider and my healer. I got a job and slowly started getting back on my feet. How incredible is our God?!”
She says working with Edu the rapper was intentional since he has been talking about mental health. “I enjoyed working with Edu a lot. I sent him a DM and asked if he’d be interested, he said yes. The choice to collaborate with Edu was a deliberate one. Aside from the fact that he’s one of the best rappers we have, I could relate with his season as well. Edu has been addressing mental health issues, going to speak to the youth concerning anxiety; something I wanted to support and be part of. For the same reason, I have featured lyrics from Kris Eh Baba’s song called Realest … one of his most vulnerable songs ever. He urges people to “Penda Mungu kabla jina ijalipuka” and pray for genuine friendships. The lyrics I borrowed are “Siwezi sahau nikifungiwa keja, vile simu zao zilienda mteja“…I quoted Kris because I could relate. I remember looking for help from people all in vain and in the end only God was constant…. there throughout.”
Kaki concludes by saying, “I would like to thank my fans for the support, the prayers, and each DM, call, SMS … you’ve all cheered me on! Thank you.
“I embarked on this solo project to record the songs I wrote during this difficult time in my life. More music is set for release this year. Look out for more!
“Let God be the center of everything you do. Let Him be the center of your marriage, your relationship, your job and walk in His ways. When storms hit you, look to God and not to the world. Never give up. We all fall short of the glory of God. It is better to depend fully on the giver of life than to cast our hopes on man, on your job, on your spouse, on family because what happens when they’re taken away? God says while we were still sinners, He loved us. He is an Incredible Father. He came that you may have life and have it in abundance. So live, arise and let your light shine.
“Give thanks in all things. If the birds are able to fly around freely singing and enjoying what is left after the storm, so can we. We should rejoice in whatever is left after the storms hit us, we should rejoice in the Lord always. He promises to bring something good out of the devastating storms. He causes things to work together for good ~Rom 8:28”