Vibe na Queen – Kasiva Mutua

In Spring 2021, Kenyan percussionist Kasiva Mutua launched “Vibe na Queen,” a virtual giving program and series of musical collaborations and conversations aimed at uniting Kenyan Women in music, inspired by the tradition of the “Nthungi” (a traditional basket-giving practice from the Kamba community). For its premiere in 2021, “Vibe na Queen” aired 5 episodes over 5 weeks on Instagram Live, every Monday at 5 pm in Nairobi, featuring incredible women from the Kenyan music scene, including: Orutu player Labdi, guitarist Ivy Alexander, the singer Shitaqua, and percussion group Motra Music.

The series received incredibly positive feedback and viewership from audiences, who had an opportunity to experience the artists in a casual, pressure-free environment, away from the big stage. Audience members commented with tremendous gratitude for this “platform for learning, growing and discovering together,” which featured “the best and realest vibe” they had ever seen. The series cultivated long-standing friendships and collaborations between artists as well, along with increased followings on social media for the artists, and messages of gratitude from mothers and an elder generation in Kenya, who appreciated the “nthungi” focus on giving. Audiences tuned in from over 8 countries around the world, including the USA, South Africa, Egypt, Colombia, Ghana, France, Australia and more. Kasiva launched season 2 of Vibe na Queen in spring 2022.

Check out the series here.