While also known as an activist -passionately championing women’s rights and the underprivileged, Nairobi-born Onejiru’s hotly-anticipated ‘Higher Than High‘ album (due for release 30th August 2019) looks set to further her reputation as one of Europe’s top-performers of afro-beat, funk and soul. Here, the message transcends the nitty-gritty of world politics in favour of a much simpler one – don’t be afraid of pop music, let down your inhibitions, and let the music transport you higher than high!
The singer-songwriter grew up in Wanne-Eickel and has been living in Hamburg for many years, where she has since become a spokesperson of Music Hamburg Women – a network for women in the music industry. Additionally, as founder of the Afro-German artist collective “Sisters“, Onejiru has become a focal point for a force of women who have come together to engage politically and socially on issues such as gender, racism, education and environmental policies.
‘Higher than High‘ is accompanied by a dazzling video for the album’s title track and sees Onejiru accompanied by legendary James Brown drummer Tony Cook, Nneka on the DJ console, Ngone Thiam on the keyboards, guitar goddess Rhina Love and dancing queen Connie Kau.