Dreams in Stereo picks up from where Love + Protest left off and will premiere at the Elephant
Dreams in Stereo is a truly international album, recorded in Los Angeles with critically acclaimed producer, Will Kennedy, and with collaborations with musicians from around the world. Expect to hear a new and different side to the lauded musician, vocalist and songwriter as he brings forth musical influences such as Black Gospel, Blues, Soul, Funk and Reggae.
In his own words, Dreams in Stereo is his best studio production effort to date, and with a very personal touch. It is also strongly influenced by Eric’s musical theatre passion and from a deep well of personal influences that go beyond his iconic Kenyan music roots.
“Dreams in Stereo picks up from where Love + Protest left off and echoes where I have been artistically speaking,” says Eric, “but at the same time, it is an even more personal and intimate album in many ways, where I felt freer to just be myself. It also explores a wide range of musical genres that are close to my heart. It definitely puts me on a new trajectory musically and creatively, and you’ll be seeing a lot more of this new direction in the months to come, in a way like you’ve never seen me. Stay tuned for a lot more to come.”
An alumni of Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he graduated with honours in music, majoring in songwriting and record engineering, the “Daima Kenya” and “Nchi ya Kitu Kidogo” hitmaker started his music career as part of a boyband called Five Alive, a male acapella band that launched back in 1996.
A career that has now spanned two decades saw Eric produce Sawa Sawa, his first studio album, which to date, remains one of the highest selling solo albums in Kenya. Sawa Sawa earned Eric several accolades and irrefutably established his status as one of Kenya’s top artists. More studio albums followed after this, including Twende Twende in 2006, Love and Protest in 2011, and this year will see him reward his loyal fans with his 4th album Dreams in Stereo whose official launch is set for the 27th of July.
Also famed for his persistent desire and efforts in popularizing musical theatre in Africa, the “Daima” (hailed as Kenya’s second National Anthem) songwriter is hopeful that the new album will epitomize the ongoing creative evolution that Eric is undertaking to build and shape his presence as an artist on the global stage. The new album features hit singles currently available through Songa, Boomplay and iTunes such as “Okay, Don’t Bury Me” featuring the legend John Nzenze and local pop wonder Blinky Bill and “Hallelujah People”.
The album also features some of Kenya’s popular singers such as Kagwe Muigai, Kendi Nkonge, as well as veteran artist, John Nzenze, renowned for songs such as “Angelike” and “Habari za Nairobi”. Other local artists making significant contributions to the album include Aaron Rimbui, Allan Wanjohi, Marvin Maveke and Benjamin Kabaseke Masinde.