Beautiful voices belting out the famous ‘ewe Musa uliponioa’ (After you married me Musa) took over and by the time the singers were done, we were all awed by the rendition.
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A friend dared her to rap and she took up the challenge. It turned out to be a beneficial dare. She is now in the lime light and everybody wants a piece of her story. Her real names are Winnie Wambui Naisula Ole Siameto.
Neema Ntalel talks to Judy Mumo about her rise to fame, her spectacular fall, and how she found healing and restoration.
When most people hear the name Neema Ntalel, the first thing that springs to their minds is “gospel singer” and “Kora award winner”. Sometimes, depending on who you are, it can also mean the scandal of a pregnancy out of wedlock and a miscarriage. Or, according to the rumour mills of the day, a convenient abortion.
There is a publicist in camouflage cargo shorts jostling for space at the table next to me. He has a video camera wedged next to my elbow. The camera is running. Once in a while, when I get into his shot, he taps my arm gently. It’s annoying, but I’m in his territory: I’m interviewing his boss, Stella Mwangi or STL, by the pool at Nairobi’s Tribe Hotel.
In Karundu Village, Mukurweini-Nyeri, 25 years ago a child was born. She was named Mary Wanjiku but in the entertainment industry, we know her as Marya. She is pretty and bootylicious! She is also very personable, opening to me about her childhood and her venture into music.