Like STL, Fena can easily switch between rapping and singing. And like Nazizi, Fena – a singer, songwriter and producer – is one of those stars who, with a relaxed personality, can easily be described as “cool”. But that’s the final comparison with other artists.
Sometimes referred to as Fenamenal, which also led to her 2012 track “Fenamenal Woman”, Fena broke into the larger music scene after winning the “Fete de” a la Musique ”(World Music Day) at Alliance Francaise in 2008. She was added as a background singer for rapper, singer and producer Muthoni Drummer Queen and singer Della Maranga.
In 2010 she branched out yourself on your own. When she fused her rap and her vocals with a distinct flow of melody that let the audience know that it was “Fena-na-na-na”, she created a unique “urban soul: sound”.
So how is it? after almost a decade in which Fena is not only one of the musical cornerstones of Kenya, but also a cultural icon that Fena still feels despised by the industry? In collaboration with new rap acts Vallerie Muthoni and Maandy Kabaya, Fena released “P *** Power” on Wednesday, a song she hopes will become the anthem for women to recapture the power of femininity Seems to be taken.
She says the word has been used in profanity for a long time, usually to represent some kind of weakness in someone or something. This has inadvertently and subconsciously manifested thoughts that women are weaklings or cannot be relied upon to do bigger things.
“We take responsibility for our femininity. We are not using the word profane, our generation has passed a point where we apologize for our femininity and direct expression. The song actually came to me as inspiration after listening to Cardi B’s and Meg Thee Stallion’s “WAP”. Of course we will have a censored version for the masses. Essentially, it’s just about affirming our power, “says Fena.
Fena calls them her younger sisters and has teamed up with Vallerie and Maandy to” have some of the closest streams. ” It’s her way of taking care of her because of what she went through. Even her team is a purely women’s affair, and says the sisterhood atmosphere created by the way women work and move creates a sense of security.
“We’re just changing those Gender Norms. When I walked in there weren’t many female presenters in the game. But now we have so many others who are coming through and pushing very hard. They’re dope and I think we need that to weigh the scales of this once male dominated industry “, says Fena.
This dominance does not only exist in the form of artists, it also spreads to event organizers, producers and promoters. Here the inequality for women artists counts even more.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Never before has there been any talk of equal pay for equal work for men and women. Female rappers who have “made their careers” still have to explain why the amount to them G e should be paid, which they quote as the price for a job well done.
“It really sucks (unfair or bad) that we get paid a lot less than our male colleagues. They give excuses like experience, one way or another, that I’ve been in the industry longer than me. But if we’re on the same banner or platform and you know what I’m bringing (and that’s why you want my name on it) then why is there such a big gap between what you are paying him and me ? But there is strength in numbers. As more women come into this area, we gain more bargaining power. I’m really pushing for women to get into this financial category, ”says Fena.
Maandy believes that there are unequal opportunities in partnering with brands too. male artists are given greater priority. Still, women in this industry face more dangerous situations. One male fan actually felt it was his business to talk Fena down for wearing a Kufi (Nigerian) hat as part of her costume because she is not a chief while Vallerie was being groped off the stage after a performance / p>
Social media play a big role in making female entertainers bigger and better. It has also broken down communication barriers between artists and their fans and made it much easier for entertainers to bring their products (music) directly to consumers.
Fena’s Fashion Statements
“Make artistic Most people nowadays simply have their own space, regardless of whether the government supports artists or not or whether the systems are not similar to those of industries such as South Africa, Europe or the USA. We do this independently, with our own company. Women emerging as a force is what I love and we celebrate it. And it challenges the male rappers to step up their game, “says Vallerie.
Fena says that, unlike in the past, she only does media tours because she wants to; realize that not everyone is also online. With online freedom of choice for popular music, the mainstream media has also realized that sounds that were once loved by the masses are not precisely defined. This opened radio and television broadcasts to accept new sounds that they previously skipped and introduced new artists to more parts of the nation.
“Back then, you almost had to beg or know someone in the field. Currently, artists are used on social media and they are then promoted to mainstream media, “adds Fena.
It’s incredible that Fena’s real personality is shy and very reserved. Although she loves to have “a good time with good vibes”, she can only bring out her wild side through her creativity in music and fashion.
“It’s about finding balance. I am aware of the responsibility that I have when I get on stage, that is the personality that I have to bring out. But then I don’t owe anyone outside of my job. I manage my space and sanity well by not giving too much of myself to others. If you find me in my zone on my day off, don’t take it too personally, ”says Fena.
Fena’s fashion statements cannot go unnoticed. She “likes beautiful things, but also likes to be cool”. Self-style is the best style, is her mantra. She hopes to work with magazines like Vogue magazine to show the world what “fenamenal style” is all about. If you follow Fena, you’ve definitely taken a look at their merchandise: t-shirts, hoodies, caps, jackets, bags from Denri and headphones from Pace. It is a collaboration of music, art and lifestyle.
At the moment Fena has a mission – to root women power.