Born in Kinshasa and raised in Nairobi, 24-year old Alice Theluji aka Alicios is now rocking regional music charts with the debut hit single Mpita Njia, featuring award-winning diva Juliana Kanyamozi. Pulse unveils this new talk of town.
Pulse: Since you released your hit single Mpita Njia, there has been a big debate on your heritage. Can you first clear the air on this?
Alicios: I consider myself a Kenyan.
P: What do you mean?
A: I was not born in Kenya but I have been living here since I was eight. I was raised in Nyayo Estate and attended my school at St Marys’ Academy before I left for Sweden.
P: Were you born in Uganda or Tanzania?
A: That is what everyone is speculating. Truth is, I was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). After war broke out in Kinshasa we moved to Kenya as refugees and settled in Kibera. My mum then started a small business, which later saw us relocate to Nyayo Estate.
P: Is the collabo with Juliana your debut release?
A: I wrote and recorded several songs while studying in Sweden. I even did vocals for a Jamaican artiste who is not popular in Kenya. However, I consider Mpita Njia my first gem.
P: Since its release last year, the song has turned out to be a major hit in Tanzania and Uganda...
A: That is true. Unfortunately people still have no idea where to get me whenever they want me for shows. They don’t know whether I live in Kampala, Dar-es-Salaam or Nairobi. Besides, even though I own the song, Juliana is a big name and whenever they hear the song, they associate it with her. I guess these are the woes of any upcoming artiste.
P: Juliana speaks so highly of your vocal prowess. How did you get her to work with you?
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