Mayonde is a soulful singer from Nairobi Kenya. She returns to Coke Studio Africa for second season as a background vocalist in the Coke Studio Africa Band. She says, “I greatly enjoy working with all the amazing superstars that grace the show.”
Her biggest musical influences include Lira, Asa, Jill Scott and India Arie. She would also like to work with the mastermind Nigerian producer Cobhams Asuquo as well as sensational New York based Jazz songstress Somi.
Her debut album Magic In The Air is set for release in May 2015.
Her career in music has been a colorful one, having toured Europe performing in a musical theatre show, Out of Africa - The Magic of Kenya.
The goddess Mayonde also takes on the form of an actress from time to time and has played several roles on both stage and television, having acted in a number of local and Pan-African television productions including Groove Theory on Zuku Africa and Briefcase Inc. on KTN.
She believes that she was formerly the ruler of an ancient Mayan civilization several centuries ago. In her current incarnation, she prides herself as Africa's daughter, making moving music that draws from sounds from her continent as well as several genres including R&B, electro-pop and Jazz.
In her spare time she likes to dabble in time travel, alchemy and mastering the art of the hula hoop.