Elsy Wameyo Goes Hard On New Single ‘Umva’

The Kenyan rapper is making her mark...

Kenyan rapper Elsy Wameyo goes hard on new single ‘Umva’.

The multi-faceted artist is breaking out, fresh from a cavalcade of red-hot performances in Brighton over the weekend. Debut album ‘Saint Sinner’ lands on July 29th, and each single seems to arrive as a ready-made anthem.

With co-signs from Masego and Lady Leshurr, it’s clear that Elsy Wameyo has huge breadth to her sound. New single ‘Umva’ is a case in point – the shuddering beat points to Stateside hip-hop reverberations, but the icy atmosphere is sheer grime.

There’s something else, though, something harder to pin down – Elsy’s flows aim to disrupt, and she’s constantly seeking out new modes of expression.

‘Umva’ startles with its originality, relishing the shock factor while also impressing with the sheer force of character at the centre of it all.

Elsy Wameyo comments…

It came from a place where I was writing and I didn’t exactly know where it was leading. I had to say certain things and this was one of those verses, where it was my body – whether I liked it or not – saying, “We have to get this out, because it’s the only way we’re going to heal. ‘Umva’ means “listen”.

My photographer at the time, at the camp, he’s from Burundi. When Wuod had done the track, we were jumping around and listening to it and he said the word “umva”. I thought it was really cool, and he told me it means “listen”. I ran with that so hard. It was perfect. It was exactly the energy I wanted: when I speak, you’d better sit down and listen. When I enter a room, you stand up and you must salute. Respect.

Tune in now.

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