Kambua Biography and Profile
Kambua Manundu is a Kenyan gospel musician and she hosts ‘Kumbamba’ on citizen TV every sunday. She is the second born of three children of Professor Manundu and Evangelist Lois Manundu who are also the co-founders of Tabibu Ministries.She was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya.
Kambua Manundu – Education
She went to Lukenya High School. Her love for music was evident from a tender age and has developed into a career over the years.In the summer of 2007 Kambua completed a summer performance program (certificate) at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. In 2008 she completed a BA in music at Ambrose University College, in Calgary, AB- her major being classical voice.
In 2002 Kambua joined Eneza, a Praise Band at Parklands Baptist Church, where she served for nearly four years.
Kambua Manundu – Career
She was awarded ‘Best Solo Vocalist’ in a competition sponsored by an Italian NGO, and run by Radio Waumini. In 2004 she sung and served with Passport Incorporated, based in Birmingham, Alabama.Through Ogopa Deejays, she began to do jingles for commercials like ‘Sunlight’ and ‘Delmonte’
She has worked as an actress for Heartstrings Ensemble in Kenya. She has also been the voice for commercials such as Delmonte, Mumias Sugar, Sunlight, KPLC and recently, Fresha Maisha Milk. Before pursuing a solo career, Kambua worked as a background vocalist for various artistes.
In 2009 Kambua received the Female Artiste of the Year Award at the annual Groove Awards, held in Nairobi, Kenya. She was also the recipient of the 2008 Afro Fusion Female Artiste of the Year award at the Kisima Awards. In the year 2011 Kambua was nominated for the East Africa Music Awards, (London), as well as the 2011 Mwafaka Awards. In 2012 she bagged the Song Writer of the Year Award in the annual Groove Awards.
In March of 2010, Kambua spread her wings by joining Royal Media as a television host on a Sunday morning show – Rauka. She has since worked as an MC at various concerts and events in Kenya as well as being a radio host on Inuka, a mid-morning gospel show aired by Hot96 fm.Her musical journey has accorded her the privilege of working with Award-winning artistes such as Daddy Owen, Jimmy Gait, and most recently Anthony Faulkner (US-Based gospel singer).
Kambua Songs and Music
Kambua has two albums under her belt- Nishikilie and Nyumbani, and has embarked on her third CD with two singles – Again and Umetenda Mema – already released. The third CD titled “Umetenda Mema” is set for release soon. Before its release, there will be a number of singles and music videos that will be released starting with “Bado Nasimama”.
Kambua Husband – Jackson Mathu
Kambua is married to Jackson Mathu and together are living in Nairobi, Kenya. She is currently living in Kenya and working as a TV host for a local gospel music show- RAUKA, on Citizen TV.
Kambua Manundu Shares Her Style
Describe your style in a nutshell
Kambua: My style is elegant, chic, trendy, and in some ways authentic.
You have a fetish for…
Kambua: Shoes and hats. I have so many of them. I like to match them with everything I wear. In the recent past I’ve had to control my fetish for shoes, and have become a very intentional shopper.
Catch me dead wearing
Kambua: Luminous colors! I absolutely love color, but when I feel that luminous shades stretch me a little too much. They are too hard on anyone’s eyes. I’d rather have a bright, rich shade, than a luminous one.
Gold or silver
Kambua: Gold AND silver! haha. Ok, mostly silver. I find that I can accessorize easier with Silver, it is also a lot trendier than gold which seems a bit more traditional. I wear gold mostly when in African attire.
Your fave perfume?
Kambua: I am torn between Princess by Vera Wang, and Euphoria by Calvin Klein. They both capture the essence of who I am.
Lipstick, lip balm or lip gloss?
Kambua: Lip balm and lip gloss. I wear lipstick occasionally.
If I gave you Ksh50, 000 to go on a shopping spree, what will you make sure you get your hands on?
Kambua: All the different scents of body splashes and lotions from Victoria Secrets. They smell sooo good! And the scent lingers well throughout the day.
You can never leave the house without…
Kambua: My cell phone, lip balm and/or gloss, and my wallet.
On a romantic dinner date you wear…
Kambua: A dress. Most probably something, short, cute, and fun! With boots or heels depending on the weather.
You feel most comfy wearing
Kambua: Jeans and a sweater. When in public I feel comfortable and presentable in a dress. The dresses are also my signature look.
Are you into accessories?
Kambua: Absolutely. I love necklaces with big pendants and earrings. I have a fetish for rings too. I collect them in all shapes and sizes.
So, big or small earrings?
Kambua: Big! Earrings make such a strong statement, and I think the bigger they are, the bolder the person seems. They of course need to be stylish, not just big. I also keep in mind that having big earrings will in most cases mean sacrificing a necklace, so as not to seem overly accessorized. At formal occasions, I do small earrings (pearls are great)…they speak elegance.
Kambua: I am not limited to a particular designer. I like anything that’s classy and elegant so as long as they have such items in their collection… I however enjoy designs from Kache by Angie. The designs are chic and elegant, just the way I like ‘em.
Describe your make-up…
Kambua: Unless I’m on screen or performing, I wear light make up. On a daily basis I wear some light foundation, and ensure that my eyes are properly done…just eye pencil and mascara. I save the eye shadow for special days. And then lip gloss seals the deal!
Fashion/ beauty tip?
Kambua: Whatever it is that you choose to adorn, ensure that it flatters you. Most of the time people go wrong because they work too hard to fit in with the latest trends. Some trends are just not for everyone. Find something that suits you well and rock it!