A 24 year- old Chris Sifuna alias Kanya is trying to make his name shine in the music industry due to the passion he has for music, Sifuna is a Luhya RNB artist.
Known by his stage name as Chris Kanya, he was raised in Ndengelwa village Kanduyi Constituency Bungoma County but dropped out of college due to lack of fees to chase his music career.
Kanya says he had to drop out of school to concentrate on his music career, by then he was pursuing a Diploma in Information Technology (IT) since he had no money to fund his education.
‘’After completing by primary education course I joined Butonge boys high school and later joined KCA college at Malaba in Busia to study Information Technology. When I was in second year I had to drop out of school due to lack of fees and personal upkeep,’’ Kanya stated.
His music career started way back in 2011 but came on a limelight in 2019 December when he released a cover song of Otile Brown, ‘Baby love’ translated in Bukusu language as ‘Busime bwo omwana’ in Luhya language that was well received by his fans.
‘’When I released that song it’s when people wanted to know who I am and that is when various club owners started inviting me to perform night shows that attracted huge crowd that is where I stared gaining fame,’’ he said.
In 30th December 2020, Kanya released his Mini album Baby Love that is now being listened to by his many fans across the county.
However, Kanya said that being a musician is not easy since a lot of money is required to release songs.
‘’Lack of capital is a major challenge in this industry, I appeal to sponsors to support upcoming artists whenever need arises. The media does not also regularly play local songs from upcoming artists as they only play songs from well-established musicians,’’ he said.
Kanya said that apart from his artist work he also operates a barber shop where he earns extra cash which facilitates his song production and recording.
However, Kanya urged young and upcoming artists to be original and understand their background well before they venture into the music industry since it’s a tempting profession.
In his appeal, Kanya asked the government to put strategies in place and allocate funds that will support talents in youths so that they can nurture and develop their career.
He added that his dream is to do a collaboration with Otile Brown since he is his inspiration and motivator in the music industry.