Nviiri the Storyteller: Meet the man who wrote Sauti Sol’s ‘Melanin’

Melanin is a certified banger!

We didn’t know he could sing – Sauti Sol’s Bien and Polycarp explain how they signed Nviiri

2017 saw the rise of Duckie Thot one of the faces of Rihanna’s ‘Fenty Beauty’ and the discovery of Anok Yai who recently made history as the second black model to ever open a Prada runway show. The first and last time in 21 years’ time a black model opened a Prada Runway show was the great Naomi Campbell back in 1997.

The year of the Melanin culminated with a beautiful song from continental greats, Sauti Sol and Patoranking called ‘Melanin’.

The afro-pop, R&B and dancehall fusion has now garnered over 8.6 Million views on YouTube and is considered one of the greatest tracks done by the boy band.

The magic that is melanin couldn’t have happened without Kenyan songwriter and singer Nviiri the Storyteller who co-wrote the song.

NTV's ‘Better Living’ recently focused on the gifted writer and during the interview, Nviiri disclosed that Sauti Sol’s Melanin’ changed his life in an unexpected and unprecedented way.

“When I started doing songwriting I worked with a couple of guys. I didn’t know you can commercialize these things in Kenya. My biggest break came when I did ‘Melanin’ by Sauti Sol and for me, it was just a by the way. I was just thinking let’s do a collabo probably me and Bien but that wasn’t really my style, my line is more of stories.” He said and so he used his story-telling skills in ‘Melanin’ which became a commercial success.

“The feedback is so overwhelming I didn’t see this coming.” He added.

Commenting on the gift that is Nviiri Sauti Sol said “Nviiri the Storyteller is such a gifted songwriter. He is undoubtedly the future of Kenyan music.”

Nviiri is currently riding high on his latest hit ‘Pesa’ which you can check out below:

Nviiri Thestoryteller - Pesa (Official Music Video)

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