by Helvine Achieng
January 27, 2021
Finland based Kenyan musician Rawbeena first made waves in her music career with the hit' Romantica' in which she featured legendary musician Fena gitu in 2018.
The musician that she used to be a street child at one point. "I come from a family where everybody stands for themselves. We can put our heads together and discuss family matters, but everyone handles their business. I've lived in the streets in Kenya, and I have firsthand knowledge of what the homeless undergo. When it comes to my music, I don't seek anyone's opinion, and the success I've had is through my hard work and persistence," asserts the well-spoken musician.
During this experiencing times of her life, she states that the streets exposed her to the challenges homeless girls face and provided her inspiration for her next charity project which its main aim is to empower homeless girls.
According to the singer who's previously been involved in a fistula campaign: "Things are much tougher for the homeless women than men. For instance, many street girls lack sanitary towels and opt to use dirty clothes; I'm working on a project to provide free sanitary towels to the street girls in Kenya."
In December 2020, Rawbeena dropped Hijaja, a hit that collaborated with Naiboi. Many fans noticed the top-notch quality of the video and the Caucasian vixens featured in the video. Flashbacking on the project, the singer, says she spent almost 1million on the song and the experience on working with Naiboi was fun since he is an easy guy.
"Every act in the video is paid as per international standards, and every cent spent is worth it because you can't compare the level of professionalism in Finland to other videos. For instance, working in Kenya, I had to follow up on video vixens constantly, but in Finland, they are pros and fulfil their end of the bargain without a fuss. It felt great working with Naiboi on 'Hijaja', hana uceleb," she reveals.
Rawbeena currently has plans to set up Kenya's first all-female recording studio, and she believes the reason Kenyan music is lacking behind Tanzania is lack of professionalism.
"I've already purchased all the studio equipment and what's remaining is the physical location of the premises. I don't want to pay rent as it can be quite costly and that's why I'm working on buying land to build the premises," she says, adding to that;
"There's a lot of support for Tanzanian musicians and their work speaks for them. In Kenya, navigating the music industry is arguably much harder, and there's disunity among many artists. The Kenyan musician that I currently admire the most is Otile Brown because of his outstanding work ethic, branding and strategy," she says.