Kenyan in and around Cape Town

The birth of a Star [Wambui Maina]

Wambui (Christine) Maina is a Kenyan girl studying music at the SA college of Music, UCT. Her interim recital the other night was proffesional, very well arranged and proudly Kenyan. Well done Christine. We are all proud of you and looking forward to your next recital and hopeful we can plan a Kenyan “blankets and wine” right here in the mother city!

Vocal and African Instruments: Interim Recital
SA College of music; University of Cape Town

Wambui doing a rendition of ‘Mpenzi‘ and ‘cha upele‘ by Safari Sound Band.The rendition included the alto, Soprano and bass marimbas as accompanying instruments!

Here playing ‘Sengenya‘ on the Chivoti from the Digo community found at the coast of Kenya. She played all 4 movements of the Sengenya dance; yandaro, mserego, ngoma tano and changanya.

Wambui trying to explain the meaning of ‘Mpenzi‘ and ‘cha upele‘ to the white audience. Apperently, ‘cha upele mpenzi’ tranlates “My rushed love” … am investigating 🙂

Mwenyenyo… twist … This is a nice way to earn marks! And yu get people to help you!
Alibulali Themba Liyadanisa (Xhosa, South Africa)
Uhadi (Musical Bow)
‘Nyamaropa” (Shona, Zimbabwe)
Mbira (Lamellophone)- perfomed by 2 mbira players. Wambui here showing off her mastering of the basic technique of mbira playing


kwa nini mimi niwache rhumba …
Mabumbumbu Dance
Thanks and acknowledgements!
Well done Christine!!


22 responses

  1. Anonymous

    Lovely and beautiful african queen…i love your performance…

    February 29, 2016 at 22:42

  2. waikwa

    looking nice proud of you….. when are you headed back for performances here..

    June 14, 2011 at 08:13

  3. Warindi

    Hey Bui……you look divine……simply beautiful and it looks like it was an AWESOME show!!!!
    We’ve been waiting……and so it begins….we are with you all the way.

    June 13, 2011 at 09:09

  4. Chero

    Always knew you would be a super star

    June 10, 2011 at 23:11

  5. Anonymous

    Always knew you would become a super star….

    June 10, 2011 at 23:09

  6. im so proud of my auntie…you doing us proud and i knw that the sky aint the limit for go girl!

    June 10, 2011 at 08:53

  7. im so proud of my auntie and i know that the sky aint the limit for her….love you antie wambui xoxo

    June 10, 2011 at 08:52

  8. Angie Kim

    this is fantastic gal!!! i am soo proud of you! 🙂

    June 10, 2011 at 07:37

  9. Anonymous

    AWESOME….just awesome. Proud of you twiny

    June 10, 2011 at 07:32

  10. Anonymous

    Wow!!!! My twin sister is a superstar. Congrats dear. This is awesome 🙂

    June 10, 2011 at 07:30

  11. Anonymous

    bui u looking supe good!!!!!

    June 10, 2011 at 06:47

  12. Blu

    this is great!!! congratulations Bui.

    June 9, 2011 at 19:51

    • Wambui

      Thanks Tina

      June 9, 2011 at 22:10

  13. The photography is awesome, Christine sign him up for your media team.

    June 9, 2011 at 17:40

    • Wambui

      Good idea. Gathua? what do you say? 🙂

      June 9, 2011 at 22:12

  14. Anonymous

    Thanks guys. You guys kept me going and smiling. As for the photography… beautiful. Really appreciate the love.

    June 9, 2011 at 11:52

  15. Wangeci Gathua

    It was an awesome recital….She is really a superstar on the pipelines!! And of course the photography captured it all 🙂

    June 9, 2011 at 10:41

  16. Anonymous

    my sweet christine!! i have missed this girl and am so proud of her!

    June 8, 2011 at 17:18

  17. Anonymous

    This is definitely a star in the Making.

    June 8, 2011 at 16:44

  18. Yabusame

    it show was awesome… just like the documentation!!!!

    June 8, 2011 at 13:12

    • Yabusame

      *the show was awesome… just like the documentation!!!!

      June 8, 2011 at 13:14

  19. She’s truly a star..I’m looking for her video 🙂

    June 8, 2011 at 12:29

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