British singer Estelle set to perform in Kenya

According to Blankets & Wine organisers, Estelle will be the headlining act at the Blankets & Wine music extravaganza slated for July 10 Photo: Courtesy

British singer and songwriter, Estelle will perform in Nairobi in July.

According to Blankets & Wine organisers, she will be the headlining act at the Blankets & Wine music extravaganza slated for July 10.

Estelle, whose real name is Estelle Fanta Swaray, is known for her eclectic mix of various musical genres, including R&B, soul, reggae, grime, hip hop and dance.

She will be performing alongside   Muthoni DQ, Sage and Jarel.

Born and raised in West London, England, her mother came from Senegal, and her father is from the Caribbean island of Grenada. She was the second born of eight children.

Estelle’s parents were very religious when she was growing up, and secular music was not allowed in the family’s home. Instead, spiritual music

—particularly American gospel

—and traditional African music was what Estelle grew up listening to.

However, she would sometimes listen to hip hop when not at home.

Her mother was a reggae fan and her dad built homemade speaker cabinets to play music.


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