Ziqki Tu is an upcoming, multi-talented youthful band formed about two years ago. The group draws its members from Kariobangi residential estate, located on the east of Kenya's capital, Nairobi.

The four-piece outfit comprises Kevin Kamande [drummer], Moses Otieno aka Stringman [guitarist], Evans Macharia [bassist] and Bianju Morris [band leader/vocalist]. Depending on specific nature of some events, they also bring along numerous peers to sing along.

Individually, their musical journey was ignited about three years ago. This was after Bianju and Moses began to frequent the Vocal Centre, a youth vocational and non-governmental institution situated in Kariobangi, in Nairobi's Eastlands.

The pair met during regular auditions staged at the centre, targeting budding musicians while also ensuring access to assorted musical instruments - a welcome relief for scores of youths for whom such equipment is beyond reach.

Bianju recalls he would observe as Moses, often became engrossed in strumming his guitar. Their persistent effort and keen attention to learning musical chords gradually encouraged the pair to explore ideas together.

Within several days, they began to exchange ideas on making their own music, improvising on creating melodies and lyrics. The duo caught the attention of their friends, who also frequented the centre to learn and use musical instruments. Nearly two months later, a sense of common destiny became evident as the youths gained confidence working with their peers.

The fact that several already established youthful groups such as Sarabi and Octave bands often used the centre's venue for their rehearsals - was a source of inspiration and encouragement to also pursue their musical goals.

They refer to the band's musical style as 'Ziqkiza' - which simply translates to; listen and dance. This is a blend of several music influences, but with its core component being urban Kenyan music.

Ziqki Tu Band