Victoria Seest aka VQEE is in the country to promote her song Pole Musa, a rendition of Daudi Kabaka’s hit. She has teamed up with 10 local artistes to revamp zilizopendwa songs, as she shares with Cheptoek Boyo
Who is VQEE?
I’m a performing artiste who is passionate about theatre and music. I started singing in church in a youth group but I could not pursue singing as a career because I was always told music is a hobby and not a career.
But at 19, I started acting with Heart Strings Kenya and that’s when I decided to take my singing career professionally. However, I moved to Denmark after getting married.
How long have you been married?
Do you have kids?
Not yet, but we would love to have kids.
Word is you’re in the country working on some major project. Could you tell us more about it?
I’m working with a group of 10 artistes. We are compiling an album of 10 classics, mostly zilizopendwa. Production is by Abbi Nyinza and Claus Seest.
Which have you so far worked on?
I choose Pole Musa by Daudi Kabaka. I worked on it with Kabby. I was lucky enough to feature Daudi’s son, Reuben Kabaka on the song. I’ve already released the song so I’m here to promote it.
Which other artistes have you worked with?
Mzungu Kichaa, Karen Mukupa and my husband Claus Seest, who is a singer and a music producer.
Are you still passionate about acting?
Yes. We have just registered an organisation of theatre artistes living in Denmark but from different countries. The idea is to bring different adaptations from around the world and stage it in Copenhagen.
I’m starting a blog, where I’ll be blogging about my traditional African culture. I am also a partner at Scandinavian Vintage Furniture Store, which as the name suggests deals with vintage furniture.
Artistes you look upto?
Abbi Nyinza, Mtinda and Makadem. I have known them for a long time. I love their music. Their songs are not mainstream but they are aligned to their own style of telling stories and when they perform, it comes from the heart.
Why afro pop?
I love the fusion of African beats and modern kind of singing. It creates a unique sound, which is both African and modern.
One lesson you hold dear?
Stick with your music and your own stories. The afro pop genre has taught me that. It’s not as easy as mainstream, but in the long run, it pays. No one can tell your story better than yourself.