What you need to know:
- I’ve been writing a lot. At the moment, I am preparing for my next release, a new single titled Corazon.
- My music has really been modified by life during the pandemic, so there’s a lot of new material and perspective.
- Now that there is no curfew, I am looking forward to doing more performances. I’ve missed my fans and the stage.
Stephen Nyankuru, also known as Steph Kapela, is a singer/songwriter who enjoys entertaining others through visual and audio art.
1. What was the inspiration behind your stage name? Has this always been your pseudonym? Do you remember the first lyrics you ever wrote?
The name comes from my high school days at Dagoretti High School. I used to sing acapella with my friend and we always tried to get a slot to perform during school events. We once pressured our art teacher to let us perform during an art festival then he called me Acapella, and the name stuck. Over time, it evolved to Kapela. I have no idea what my first ever lyrics were.
2. How have you been sharpening your skills during the pandemic? What are you looking forward to now that curfew has been lifted?
I’ve been writing a lot. At the moment, I am preparing for my next release, a new single titled Corazon. My music has really been modified by life during the pandemic, so there’s a lot of new material and perspective. Now that there is no curfew, I am looking forward to doing more performances. I’ve missed my fans and the stage.
3. Do you think it is an artist's responsibility to talk about current affairs, especially political ones? Are there any causes you are personally enthusiastic about?
Yes and no. It is definitely important and necessary for the music of the day to represent the issues of the day. And I think certain artists are authentically passionate about politics and it manifests in their music. But, no artist should be forced or pressured into making political content. Some artists are here to offer relief from everyday madness. Some are there to make you think, some just to get you in the mood. For me, my passion is to make music about my experiences, and those of my friends and fans. I’ll talk about anything, from love to money problems, to partying to betrayal. Any topic that matters to me.
4. Many artists run for political office while still doing music. Would you ever do that? Where do you see yourself in five years?
I don’t know what my future holds in terms of politics. Right now I really don’t want to be a politician. It seems to me that even the most righteous candidates can’t bring change because the whole system is rotten. I don’t want to be a part of that. But I am a leader, and there are many fans who look up to me. I always aim to inspire them and show them that anything is possible. In five years I will be doing music at a higher local and international level, and being a great father, I hope.
5. What do you like to read? Are you a fiction or a non-fiction reader? What's the last great book you read?
I enjoy non-fiction more. I especially enjoy motivational books and biographies, but no comic books even though I really love Marvel. The last book I read was The subtle art of not giving a f**k by Mark Manson.