'Mjengo' Worker Lands Recording Deal After Going Viral [VIDEO]

  • File image of singer Jamsta at work
    File image of singer Jamsta at work
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  • A video of a worker at a construction site singing D Major's 'Girl of My Dreams' caught the attention of many Kenyans on Monday, August 17.

    The singer, Jamsta, left many impressed with his strong vocal performance delivered while holding a cement trowell in his hand.

    Kenyans.co.ke caught up with the singer on Tuesday, August 18 as he left a construction site after a long day of work.

    Jamsta confirmed that he had just gotten in touch with legendary music producer Tim Rimbui, who reached out to him with an offer after coming across the video online.

    Screengrab of singer Jamsta at work on a construction site
    Screengrab of singer Jamsta at work on a construction site
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    "Look for me we record something, your great voice can open some doors and secure you a bag. Look for me," Rimbui wrote on his social media

     

    While he was excited by the opportunity, Jamsta stated that he was hopeful that more opportunities would come his way.

    He recalled recording the video on a whim in the middle of his workday and posting it on twitter, only to realize hours later that it was being widely circulated. Among those who shared it were well-known artists, comedians and celebrities.

    Jamsta revealed that construction was one of many income-generating activities he was involved in despite his apparent talent.

    "Construction work is one of many things I've been doing. I've taken on other jobs in movie shops and even as a matatu tout among others," he disclosed.

    He stated that while he was always passionate about music, it wasn't until 2010 that he realized his voice could take him places.

    "I've always loved music, even when I was young I remember going through the song lyrics they used to publish in the newspaper. So I can say I was passionate.

    "But it wasn't until 2010 when I was in high school that one day I woke up at 3 am and started singing. I realized that day that my voice sounded different," he recalled.

    He disclosed that he had only ever recorded one song before, in 2016, but challenges thereafter forced him to abandon the idea of music as a career.

    "I recorded a song but I never even got it because some weeks later the studio where I recorded was attacked and various items were stolen," Jamsta stated.

    Surprised that the video had traveled so far, he noted that he considered the situation a blessing and hoped to secure more opportunities to showcase his talent.

    "When I recorded the video I was doing it for the sheer joy of it. The chances will come," he stated.

    Watch Jamsta's video below: