Meet Kenyan vocalist seeking a chance to perform on stage with Tems

Introducing Darya Kish, an underground recording artist who's causing a buzz in Kenya's entertainment industry

Kenyan recording artist Darya Kish and Nigerian Grammy Award-nominated singer Tems

Kenyan recording artist and radio presenter Darya Kish is among the contestants seeking an opportunity to perform with Nigerian superstar Tems when she performs in concert at the Waterfront Karen on October 15.

Darya, who has one album under her name, is fast becoming a fan favourite online through her impeccable covers of pop songs as well as her own growing repertoire of original music.

"Her voice is everything! Jesus!" Kiss FM presenter Kamene Goro remarked on Thursday as she encouraged her online community to support Darya's bid.

Conveying that it is her dream to perform alongside the Nigerian artist, Darya has appealed to fans of her music to engage with her latest cover of Wizkid's 'Essence' where Tems was featured and earned a Grammy nomination from.

Darya Kish is a presenter on NRG Radio's Choice FM and hosts a conversations channel dubbed 'Becoming Mums' with a friend.

She earned the radio slot after a 2018 talent search competition conducted by the radio station, NRG MVPs, where she emerged as a winner.

As a recording artist, she released her debut EP 'A Decade Ago' in July 2020. The album contains eight songs and is under the R&B/Soul genre.

Darya cites American singer Alicia Keys as one of the greatest influences on her style of music.

"I just want to be able to speak to people through my music, especially emotionally. I’d love to grow musically and take this international and have music tours.

"I’d love to meet and work with music legends in Kenya, Africa and across the globe just to change the world for the better through music. I’d also love to have my own music label," she stated in a past interview with PD.

Tems will be headlining the Tukutane Festival on October 15. Among those set to perform at the festival are Kagwe Mungai, Buruklyn Boys, Kaneda Kimani and a raft of other entertainers.

Editor's Note: Tems issued a statement following the publishing of this article where she announced the unfortunate cancellation of her trip to Kenya. Read more here.

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