SILA

SILA

As a child growing up in Kenya, Sila Mutungi discovered Western music through his deeply-religious grandmother’s radio. He honed his musical craft by singing original songs in church. In 1986, he moved to Washington, DC, ostensibly to attend college (a move partially financed by tribespeople who sold cows to raise tuition money), but instead used the funds to pay for a demo tape to pursue his dreams of a music career. Yet the music industry at that time wasn’t interested in an R&B singer with a heavy Kenyan accent.

Ten years later, having... more