Naomi Wachira was born and raised in a musical family in a small town called Kijabe, which is located on the Kenyan Great Rift Valley. At age 5 she joined her parents’ choir, which spurred her love affair with music as a way to not only understand the world, but also express her introverted self. Through age and a myriad of life experiences, Naomi has developed a songwriting style that is simple and evocative, delivered with sincerity. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Tracy Chapman and Miriam Makeba, she blends elements of African rhythm, American folk, and soul, offering her take on issues affecting society and telling her story as an African woman living in the diaspora. Her mission as an artist remains simple… to write music that is applicable to anyone regardless of their education, beliefs, or socio-economic status. Naomi’s first EP “African Girl” was released in November, 2012 to positive reviews and is slowly building a name in her homeland Kenya and Seattle where she now calls home. She was recently named “Best Folk Singer” in Seattle Weekly’s annual “Best of Seattle.”
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