Award-winning Nairobi-based artist, multi-instrumentalist, and soloist Maryolive has released her self-titled debut project. Spawning four songs ie. “September”, “Crush”, “With You”, and “Nyamwathi”. Maryolive unleashes her vocal dexterity on the record with ballads about her love interest.
The decorated music purveyor delivers her first project pairing English and Kikuyu while wading through tales of romance in an emotional, melancholic, and ruminant fashion.
Launched by the single “With You” accompanied by a visual directed by talented Kenyan household video director, Ivan Odie, Maryolive has premiered the EP as she transitions from being a well-respected live performer in the Orchestra universe, into contemporary music.
Hailed as a cross-genre artist, Mary’s sound can cut across sprinkles of R&B, Pop, and Soul. On her maiden EP, she is vulnerable, adamant, and raw as she belts out-loaded love songs with a candor only she can assure.
Her new self-titled EP sees her tackling her love life, discovering herself, and penning songs about life and its experiences. The EP is all acoustic and uses live instrumentation recording, a lost art in a technological-forward world of music.
“I feel like it’s the perfect time to introduce myself to the world,” she says. “I made a name for myself in the classic music industry, but I always wanted to share my own music with the world. This EP represents that. I spent a lot of time during 2020 discovering myself, and wrote these songs then. I can’t wait for you all to hear them” she mentions.
The production on her new EP is largely handled by producers and instrumentalists such as Nick Loder, Mbithi Nzau, Bernadette Muthoni, Masala Sefu, Paul Chege, and Sedar Malaki who are lauded names in the Live Music Industry. Tinged with live guitars, and luxurious piano solos, Maryolive lends her pain to the music and the results are four records that reflect the emoter’s depth in love, a relatable feeling each one can share a story about at a point in their life.