Award-winning Kenyan singer and songwriter Nikita Kering presents “Spotify EQUAL Africa Artiste” in November.
Phiona Okumu, Spotify’s head of music for sub-Saharan Africa, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.
Okumu said Kering joins a group of featured female artists from the African continent who exude confidence, empathy and ferocity.
She said the singer had already built an awesome career at the age of 20.
Okumu noted that the Spotify EQUAL Africa program aims to provide support and resources for female artists to develop their craft and reach a global audience through multiple playlists.
Beneficiaries will also have access to off-platform guidance and tools to help take their music careers to the next level, she said.
“As a company that has been at the forefront of empowering artists since its inception, Spotify is proud to have the talented Nikita Kering join the EQUAL Africa family as an artist of the month of November.
“We look forward to working with her and helping her grow her fan base,” she said.
Okumu noted that for Kering’s upcoming EP titled “The Other Side,” she wants to break the silence about the struggles with mental health.
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As a Rhymes and Blues actor, Kering has won several awards, including “Best RnB and Soul Artist” and “Best Female East Africa Artist” at the 2021 All Africa Music Awards, she said.
“This comes after winning ‘Best Female Artist in East Africa’ and ‘Continent Inspiration’ at the 2019 awards.
“Kering’s biggest single, Ex, is one of the most played songs on Spotify in Kenya in 2021.
“In 2020, she was the youngest performer in the annual Women’s Music Concert Series in Nairobi, and the following year, she released her debut EP, My Side, to rave reviews.
“She writes her own music,” Omu said.
Kering responded: “As a young woman, creating music has always been more than an atmosphere, it’s a blessing, however, having to keep a third eye at all times is a huge challenge.
“Like any other male-dominated field, it’s hard to know if my talent and expertise are enough to get me to the top.
“I’m delighted that platforms like EQUAL have created a safe space where we can share our experiences as women and find ways to make this space safe for all of us.”