Eric Wainaina biography
Eric Wainaina is a Kenyan singer and songwriter singing East African guitars and Kenyan Benga rhythm. Some of his songs the Nchi ya kitu kidogo and Daima which are powerfully condemning corruption and divisive politics became famous as they were mostly played across the country.
Eric Wainaina Age
Wainaina was born on 28th August 1973 in Nairobi, he is 50 years old. He celebrates his birthday on the 28th day of August every year.
Eric Wainaina family
His parents are George Gitau Wainaina and Margaret Wangari Wainaina. He also has a brother named Simon Wainaina.
Eric Wainaina Wife
Wainaina is married to Sheba Hirst who was his fiancée on 29th February 2008 and the couple is blessed with two daughters named Seben and Neo.
Eric Wainaina Education background
Wainaina attended St Mary’s school Nairobi for his secondary education. He graduated with Degree in Music from Berklee College of Music in Boston—USA.
Wainaina‘s passion for music was seen at his young age where he used to participate in elementary and high school choir throughout. He joined the music industry with “Five Live” which is a gospel acappella group. In 1997 the group disbanded and he decided to join Berklee College of Music in Boston—USA and graduated with degree in Misic song writing and Record Engineering.
Eric Wainaina songs
Among his recording are;
- Twende Twende
- Sawa Sawa
- Nchi ya Kitu Kidogo
- Mama Luka
- Dek Dek Dek
- Ritwa Riaku
- When darkness comes
He also wrote and starred in a musical theatre production named Mo Faya! It was awarded to sold-out houses which is in the New York Musical Theatre Festival and also at the Godown Arts Centre in Nairobi.
Eric Wainaina did his collaborations on his records which had leading African musicians including Soweto Gospel Choir, Lionel Lueke, Baba Maal Oliver Mtukudzi and Nneka.
Wainaina has performed at the Netherlands’ Festival Mundial in 2003. In December 2004 Wainaina premiered a 21- song musical theatre piece named “Lwanda, Man of Stone”, based on a Kenyan local folk story.
He was also involved in the 2006 launch of Kenya’s National Civic Education Program (NCEP II), Uraia, which aims at developing a mature political culture in Kenya.
Eric Wainaina Awards
Wainaina has received two award winning records for Twende Twende and Sawa Sawa having the highest sale record in Kenya.