Contemporary music artiste Juliani, who has been missing in action for a while, has revealed the grand plans he has in store for 2018.
Juliani says he has lined up several concerts in the first quarter of 2018, including an album launch slated for April 21.
“I am around, though I chose to keep a low profile as I introspect on my life. I was also planning on rebranding so that when I bounce back into the music scene, I can go for another ten to 15 years – nonstop – without sounding monotonous. Simply, put: I took time off to relax and restrategise. I would have chosen to go the easier route – to bounce back and imitate what other successful musicians do. Though, such copy-paste strategies rarely work for the long term,” he told eDaily.
“In 2018, I have a lot of projects lined up for my fans. I will be dropping my album on April 21.
“This weekend (Feb. 10 and 11), I have several concerts lined up, including The Kenyan Love Story, which is about how citizens of different demographics view the culture and general practice of the Kenyan people. So, I will be giving a platform to different people to speak out on their experiences in Kenya. The expressions will be relayed through music, books, poetry, rap, fashion and food. All these people will be brought together on Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC),” said Juliani.
“The first part of the event, which will feature the conversations, will take place from 10am to 6pm. Entry will be free. Another session – from 8pm to midnight –, we’ll have top acts taking to the stage. Some of the artistes who will be performing include: Hart the Band, Gilad Milo, Ken wa Maria, Dola Kabarry, Nyota Ndogo, myself, among others. I will host the night session, which will also feature my live band. Entry for the night session will be Ksh1000 per person,” he said.
“On March 21, 22, 23 and 24 I will be having back-to-back concerts. The first three days of the four, I will be performing my albums – Mtaa Mentality, Pulpit kwa Street and Exponential potential. On March 24, I will perform a mixture of the three albums; and later on the same date, hold a listening party ahead of the launch of my next album on April 21.
Juliani, who is a father of a 3-year-old baby girl, Amor, says fatherhood has been quite the journey for him, given she was his first child with partner Brenda Wairimu.
“Fatherhood is taking me well. Niko poa. Actually, my daughter has begun schooling; she joined school in January, 2018. So, anapiga piga raundi huko. Inambamba,” he said.
“I thank God for His grace in helping Brenda and I raise the baby to this stage. There’s no clear manual for bringing up a child, ni guess work and God’s guidance…
“In this world of today, you can never say you are a hundred per cent sure of how to protect your child. It’s God’s guidance which gives the way forward.
ALLEGED FALL OUT WITH BRENDA
Gossip websites were – in the far and recent past –, awash with claims that Jualiani’s love boat with Ms Wairimu was on the verge of crashing to a halt, claims which the Exponential Potential hit-maker refutes.
“I don’t think people care genuinely about what’s happening in my private life. Unless one is idle, they don’t care. People often respond to the information you make available to them. If a section of social media users claimed that Brenda and I have broken up, I think they were saying that for fun purposes, nothing serious,” said Juliani. “I have never given someone any reason to suspect my love life was on the rocks.”
“Brenda and I are doing fine, we’re closely knit. I don’t think there’s any reason for us to fight, or claim that we are at loggerheads,” emphasised the award-winning musician.
“My little secret for success, which could be relative before the eyes of some people, is risk-taking. If one wants to be successful, he or she should never fear trying out new ways of doing things; they should not fear being exposed to vulnerability. If one does not make mistakes, he or she never learns.”