Kenya's capital city Nairobi has over recent years, been teeming with a steady stream of budding youthful bands. These makeshift outfits often bring together peers who hail from common neighbourhoods. Others comprise mostly just-out-of-high-school, eager youths bubbling with a latent interest in making music.

For these 'rookie' musicians, finding a sure footing on the quick sands of the capital city's nascent entertainment circles is no mean feat. It takes more than talent to breakthrough in an unpredictable scene, besieged by rampant piracy and limited professional structures.

Along the rocky road in pursuit of stardom, many budding musicians fall by wayside or shift gears, opting to pursue less demanding, optional careers.But right from onset, members of Ziqki Tu - an upcoming four-piece band, set their eyes on overcoming myriad odds in their quest for a cherished dream to become full time artistes.

Currently, this foursome outfit comprises of band leader/vocalist Bianju Morris, guitarist Moses Otieno aka Stringman, bassist Evans Macharia and drummer Kevin Kamande. Since inception over a year ago, they regularly invite several musician friends to complement their numerous live performances.

So far, Ziqki Tu has showcased their skills at the Fatima's Voice forums hosted by the PAWA254 hub and during Fashion Meet Music event held at the Nairobi Chapel. The band also graced the Night of Afro-Fusion series [Club Betty's], Hip Hop Hook Up [Sarakasi Dome], Fashion Against Cancer and Man On the Moon, the latter two gigs at the Highway Mall.

About two months ago, Ziqki Tu band featured on their maiden TV appearance on Citizen TV's Power Breakfast Show and KBC TV's Friday Morning Show respectively. "We have also curtain-raised the Sarabi and Octave bands concerts. These gigs are crucial especially for budding groups. We get the chance to strengthen our confidence, team-work and stage presence," says lead vocalist Bianju.

Individually, the band members' passion for music was ignited over three years ago after their paths crossed. They had turned up for an upcoming musicians' audition held at the Vocal Centre, situated in Kariobangi, in Nairobi's Eastlands.

"I stumbled upon Moses, strumming away his guitar and we struck an immediate rapport. We met again, after I composed lyrics of a song titled Mama - and requested him to assist create its melody," notes Bianju.

The other two members, Evans and Kevin came on board later, injecting their input as the quartet gradually began composing on new songs. As a fledging band, Ziqki Tu is focused on the ultimate prize - fulfillment of a burning ambition to record their debut album.