MDQ Speaks On Switching Careers From Diplomat To Music

Musician MDQ (Muthoni The Drummer Queen) decision to transition from a diplomatic career to pursuing full-time entertainment was met with staunch disapproval from her parents.

Despite her success as a singer, her family harbored different aspirations for her, leading to a significant clash over her chosen path.

In a candid conversation with Barack Bukusi on the Financially Incorrect podcast, MDQ revealed the ongoing conflict with her mother regarding her decision to forgo a career in diplomacy for music.

“For years, my mum would inform her acquaintances that I was jobless. She’d say, ‘We’re waiting on the Lord to provide her with employment; we’re trusting in God,'” she chuckled, reminiscing about the past.

“I can sympathize. Subtly, you’re thinking, ‘You invested a fortune in someone’s education at USIU for International Relations.’ She’d proudly introduce me as her daughter, the diplomat. Then I’d just come out with, ‘Yeah, I just want to sing, drum, and rap.’ She’d respond, ‘You must be out of your mind, ungrateful, squandering your life away. Perhaps this is just a passing phase.'”

She was even sent to her uncle for mentoring.

“However, truth be told, I knew my calling since the age of five or six. I adored music, entertainment, putting on a spectacle. I vocalized these passions early on in our household.

My dad was relatively accepting, but my mum vehemently disagreed. ‘What nonsense are you spouting? Can’t you pursue a respectable career?’ The pressure was immense,” she revealed.

At the age of 21, she took the bold step to fully commit herself to a career in music, and the results speak for themselves.

Muthoni The Drummer Queen has a new EP dubbed Monsoon, a dedication to East African music in the global conversation.

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