Plugged Talent: The CBK Music Talks Bensoul Collaboration, Apesi Leaving The Band & More

Plugged Talent: The CBK Music Talks Bensoul Collaboration, Apesi Leaving The Band & More

It is another great day we get to have a sit down with the talented duo of The CBK Music both hailing from the lakeside city of Kisumu and I tell you these two’s brilliance with live music is one to spike a conversation on.

Plugged Talent is all about highlighting fresh talent from all over the globe and we definitely was not going to miss to do the same with The CBK Music.

We had an amazing conversation from collaborating with Sol Generation’s Bensoul in their new song “Sawa Sawa” which is the first track off their upcoming album dubbed “Nam Lolwe”.

Go through our conversation below:

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What is the most useless talent you have?

The most useless talent (Kamwana) Acting..(Bluo) Playing Rugby.


Do you sing in the shower? What songs?

We don’t sing in the shower lol


What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?

(Kamwana) probably a Literature teacher… (Bluo) an agronomist.


Which has been your most memorable show? Which artist have you wanted to share a stage with?

Our most memorable shows would be sharing stage with Oliver Mtukudzi in Kisumu Concert, and when Kenya hosted World U-16 Athletics Championships at Kasarani Stadium. Anyone whose music inspires the world, which is who we want to share stage with.

Your music style has an Urban African feel. How would you describe your creative process?

We are urbanizing the African sound in a way we understand it through Live Music, to export it to other international cultures in a language they already relating with. Live!

Has working with Bensoul been the best thing that happened to your music career?

Working with Bensoul was an awesome experience, he is a great and humble guy who knows what he is after and what needs to be done. We shared a lot on music business and writing which is his specialty, and had fun making our collaboration “SAWA SAWA”

Watch “Sawa Sawa” by The CBK Music and Bensoul:


Which factors do you consider before collaborating with another artist?

We collaborate with anyone whose music will change the society’s mentality towards the chains we are locked in as a globe.

On Apesi leaving The CBK Music. Was there a misunderstanding and would you guys share the music environment in his absence?

Apesi left the group in a gentleman’s agreement and we wish him all the best as he pursues his solo career outside The CBK Music, if need arises for a collaboration, we are always an open musical book.

Madaraka Day saw you perform in front of President Uhuru Kenyatta. How can you describe that experience?

Performing in front of the president comes with lots of expectations, we are just glad we were able to make the whole state dance.

What’s the best piece of advice another musician ever gave you?

Nyashinski ” Hawa wasee ni wakali si lazima nitoe ngoma nao ndo waskike” and later we find out he meant take time and work on your craft, make sure the music that people listen to is quality.

The CBK Music both hailing from the lakeside city of Kisumu

How much knowledge do you have about the music business?

We now have vast knowledge on the music business, and we are putting up a team that will turn that into reality, so guys should stick around.

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?

Internet is the new world order, just like Bill Gates once said if your business isn’t online then, you don’t run a business.

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

The government approach towards artists as an economic arm of the country, work on policies and collection of artist royalties.

You have a new album coming up. Which artists should we expect on the track list?

Aside from Bensoul we have featured a couple of amazing international acts whom we shall soon avail through our socials @thecbkmusic

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