By Laura Walubengo Capital FM Kenya
Muthoni the Drummer Queen will be on stage with other African big guns at the closing ceremony of the Africa Cup of Nations tourney in Johannesburg, South Africa this Sunday.
The event will be the culmination of a three-week football tournament, and Muthoni will be among the performers who pave the way for the match between finalists Nigeria and Burkina Faso.
Muthoni and Nigerian Kokomaster D’Banj stand out amongst a mainly South African line-up, which includes singer Zonke, SA band Mi Casa – fresh from a performance in Kenya – vocalist Kelly Khumalo, Big Nuz and DJ Tira among others.
The Kenyan Drummer Queen was picked because of her ‘edgy’ music, which is ‘representative of urban Africa’.
“I got a call on Monday…asking if I’m available and interested. They said they like my sound, citing pieces like Welcome to the Disco… They made everything happen in 48 hours and here I am now,” she told Capital Lifestyle.
“I feel incredibly happy. Super blessed. It’s an honour to be part of the celebration. Africa Cup is a big deal. The final is such a big deal. And I get to contribute something to this finale. I get to chill with all these musicians and their management with no pressure so the conversations are real and bear real potential,” she cooed.
Thousands will be in attendance during the 30 minute show, and more than one billion people are supposed to be tuned via TV or the internet to watch the ceremony – a massive achievement for any artist and not just Muthoni.
According to reports, goodwill ambassador and musician Yvonne Chaka will kick off the performances with a small word on Malaria, under the United Against Malaria campaign that several African footballers are ambassadors for.
An excited Muthoni has already rubbed shoulders with Nigerian hero footballers Mikel Obi and Victor Moses.
“They are cool dudes,” she said.
You can catch Muthoni’s performance on Super Sport 4 from 7.30pm and tweet your support.