Achien'g Abura is a singer, composer and pianist who started her music at an early age in gospel where she achieved significant recognition in East Africa for her song ‘I Believe'. She decided to incorporate other social themes in her music and adopted Afro-Jazz as her performance style, drawing strongly from Mirriam Makeba, Letta Mbullu, Youssou N'dour, Salif Keita and Angelique Kidjo.

She released her first Afro-Jazz CD in 2002, titled ‘Maisha, ' which was nominated for a KORA All Africa Music Award for Best East African Artiste. At the end of 2003, Achien'g released her latest CD ‘Spirit of a Warrior' produced by Blue Zebra and Alliance Francais, Nairobi with which she won the Kora All Africa Music Award for Best Female Artiste East Africa in 2004.

Achien'g's music is an afro-fusion characterized by a strong jazz undercurrent within strong East African beats and a distinctive powerful voice. From an academic background in Environment with experience in conflict management, Achien'g is a strong advocate for social transformation in Africa and is now using her music to send messages to the continent. She was recently appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), Eastern Africa Corporate Club. In September, She released the song ‘Sente; the Earth don't sing no more' as a theme advocacy song for Corporate Club.

Achien'g is working on recording her third CD which she has written for environmental advocacy and conservation covering issues that affect the African continent, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa. The production shall feature collaborations with various musicians in the continent providing a pan-African essence.

Achien'g together with other African artistes such as Youssou N'dour, Koffi Olomide, Angelique Kidjo, Salif Keita and Baaba Maal among others, is working on the production of a continental song on AIDS, poverty and hunger in Africa as part of the advocacy project of UNDP Millennium Development Goals Africa 2015. With the support of the French Cultural Centre, Achien'g contributed the song ‘ African Woman Inside ' to the UNDP CD. She has been profiled by BBC, Africa Journal, TV5, MNET and has performed in festivals and concerts in USA, UK, France, Spain, Germany, Senegal, Tanzania, South Africa.

Highlights of her activities in the last few years include a London performance in 2001during the Kenyan Jamhuri Day celebrations alongside Eric Wainaina (Kenya) and Kanda Bongoman (DRC), in 2002, she performed with Saintrick et les Tchielly (Congo Brazzaville) who are based in Senegal at the Carnivore, Nairobi. In May of 2004, Achieng' joined other African artistes including Koffi Olomide, Meiway, Chiwoniso, Youssou N'dour, Habib Koite, Malouma, Baaba Maal, Awadi, Ahmed Mahmoud, Angelique Kidjo, Ismael Lo, Saintrick, Chebi Chem among others in the recording of the song, ‘We are the drums of Africa' in Dakar for the MDG of the UNDP. Signed to be part of the advocacy project representing East Africa to the year 2015. Covered by BBC, CNN etc. Later released, with the support of the French Cultural Centre, the song ‘African Woman Inside' as contribution to the advocacy album.

  • 2004, June: Nominated for the Kisima Awards, Kenya in the category of Best Female Artiste, Kenya.
  • 2004, July: Performed at the Zanzibar International Film Festival, ZIFF.
  • 2004, November: Official curtain-raiser for Youssou N'dour tour of East Africa at the Carnivore, Nairobi.
  • 2004, December: Performed for the UN Landmines Conference in Nairobi.
  • 2004, December: Awarded a KORA All Africa Music Award for Best Female Artiste in East Africa in South Africa.
  • 2005, June: Performed alongside Fatyinga (Eritrea), at the UNAIDS Gala Dinner in Asmara to raise funds for HIV/AIDS support for women and children in Eritrea.