|Anthony Mwangi Kahura, aka Mr T. [Photo:Standard]|
Anthony Mwangi Kahura, 27, aka Mr T, is the artiste behind the popular song Finje Finje. Although he pursued a degree in Geology, his passion for music prevailed. He spoke to ALLAN OLINGO
What made you get into the music industry?
My passion for music. I had many song ideas, which I recorded in my rhyme books, but could not find a recording studio. I lost hope many times and even burnt all the books, but the ideas kept flooding my mind. I soon realised music was my destiny. Music is also a tool of expression and when good ideas are expressed, lives are changed. I use the art of rap for the gospel ministry because the 21st Century generation is a music generation. Music is the red carpet that ushers me to the pulpit.
Why gospel music as opposed to secular?
Music is a product of your surrounding and out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. I am born again and my mind and heart are full of Jesus, so I have no option but to sing what is in me.
What are the challenges you have faced in doing your music?
Low self-esteem was a challenge, but I managed to work on it. Having grown up in Narok, I felt people from Nairobi and other towns were better than me. My esteem was affected and my perspective of music was narrow and limited to the village setting and not the world. That has since changed and I now know anyone can be whatever they decide to be.
How did you overcome your low self-esteem?
Passion and talent will always locate and position you. I decided to listen to another voice other than the voice of reason and that was the voice of the Word of God. I realised greatness is not born in the palace, so I changed my perspective and decided to take the bull by the horns. In the Bible, Job said: “Naked we came and naked we shall return.” I, therefore, had to convince myself that I had no power to change my background, but I could change my future.