Creative Entrepreneurship 2012 Class II Profiles: Valentine Ziki

Performing at the GoDown Gig

Performing at the GoDown Gig

Ziki PP
Name: Valentine Ziki
Occupation: Performing Artist – Musician
Location: Nairobi

Zi-ki; Ri-zi-ki; Mu-zi-ki
She describes herself as a voice of the for the unspoken, a visionary; curator of expression, time and experiences
“I express emotions, situations, ideas, ideals and experiences. I inspire and mirror my surroundings and the society at large.

Ziki in the News
1. Zen Magazine

ZIKI the musician, performer & songwriter started out performing poetry in her formative years in high school. After school, she moved on to dance and musical theatre before deciding to pursue a solo music career. Her first single ‘Nenda’ was well received but it’s the follow up ‘Fly away’ that has received rave reviews, with fans of her music eagerly anticipating her debut album, due for release in 2013. Ziki has steadily cut a niche for herself as a versatile performer with a diverse repertoire.

She performs with a five piece band known as ‘SABA’ which comprises of a guitarist, bassist, drummer, keyboardist ,percussionist and background vocalist. She represents a dynamic crop of artistes in Kenya’s vibrant music scene. Hers is a soulful sound; an energetic performance with a stage presence reminiscent of jazz and African artistes that have influenced her over the years.

Her instrument of choice is her voice and the rhythm guitar. Her creative process as both experiential and introspective.
My work is to inspire and change the world . I speak for the masses and various issues affecting them.From social justice to freedom, love , resilience and education.My music is also entertaining and uplifting. A powerful legacy”.
Ziki 2
Playing For Change, Thursday Nite Live! @ Choices, Sanaa Fusion, Kinanda Arts Festival, Story Moja Hay Festival, Kenya Music Week, Safaricom Live-Nairobi finalist 2011,Kwani Open Mic, Gallery Watatu Exihibition Launch, the GODOWNGIG, Networking In Heels, among others.


Bob Marley, Sade, Kato Change, Finley Quaye, Freshly Ground, Denetia Odigie, Wyclef Jean.
18 months Plan
Ziki plans on releasing an album every two years and also tour the world promoting her music while, sharing her musical journey. The Madison Square garden, The Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, are some of the venues she aims to perform in as well as in the Olympics 2016 and major festivals in Africa & all over the world.

Ziki, a mother of one, hopes to inspire generations to come by creating work that has substance and longevity. Her other interests include: poetry, acting, voice over work & producing content for TV.

Upcoming show

Next Gig at Goethe

Next Gig at Goethe

Mathewmatix House of Jazz
Christmas Edition Concert
Date: Tuesday, 18th December, 6.30 pm
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium
Entrance fee: Kshs 200/=


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