ELANI

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN : KENYA
GENRE : URBAN AFRO

 

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Since Coca Cola Superstar group SEMA, Kenya has never seen a music group and trio hotter than Elani. Theirs is a match made in heaven. The group comprising two of the sexiest female singers in Kenya: Wambui Ngugi and Maureen Kunga paired with Brian Chweya, has made audiences in Africa literally go kookoo with their hit songs. Their debut album released in 2013 catapulted them to immediate stardom having them nominated for Best Afro Pop video at Channel O Africa Music Video Awards (CHOAMVA) in 2014. What they have for 2015 will be revealed at Coke Studio Africa season 3.

CAREER
Elani is an Urban Afro band that consists of Maureen, Wambui and Bryan. The name Elani translates to light in Giriama to mean light at the end of a dark tunnel. The band was formed in 2008 after they met at the Alliance Française. They realized that they shared a common passion for music. Their first hit “Jana Usiku” released in September 2013 was an instant hit. Due to their fast rising popularity, Elani have gotten the opportunity to perform alongside various local artists including Eric Wainaina, Sauti Sol, Suzzana Owiyo and others. Internationally they have performed alongside Jonathan Butter and Anthony David. Elani have been nominated for different Awards like Mosted Gifted East African Video Category at the Channel O Africa Music Video Awards, two All African Music Awards for Best Pop Song in Africa for their song “Koo Koo”.

MUSIC INTERESTS
When Elani group members consisting of Maureen, Brian and Wambui met, they discovered that they shared the same passion for music and thought that they could make music for fun, only to start taking it seriously. Although they have favorite musicians and music that they like listening to, Elani group members are influenced by day to day happenings as they have not identified other music that sounds like theirs. If given a chance, Elani would do collaborations with Davido, Wizkid, Beyonce and Usher. According to Wambui, Elani aspires to be the biggest band in Africa and to win a Grammy Award.

BACKGROUND

Maureen Kunga
Maureen is a female vocalist in Elani. She plays the guitar. Other than music, she is a law graduate of the University of Nairobi awaiting admission to the bar of advocates

Wambui Ngugi
Wambui is a female vocalist in Elani. She plays the piano. She is a full time musician who studied Acturial Science at the University of Nairobi

Bryan Chweya
Bryan is a musician, songwriter, guitarist and an advocate of the high court of Kenya

ADVICE

From Brian:He advices the youth to put God first in everything that they do and they shall reach for the starts.
From Maureen:What you give is always what you get; give your 300% and you shall get 300% back.
From Wambui:In life you will always have your chance so keep working hard and never give up.

FUN FACTS
At some point, Elani was dropped by their label, who did not believe that they had potential. Wambui, one of the group members, has a fear of heights and snakes, and is an internet junkie. Maureen likes reading (her favorite book is ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho) and learning new things. Bryan likes playing football and swimming.