By Nikko Tanui
Not many people can keep up with a demanding job and a music hustle on the side.
But Faith Kosgei, Deputy Director Human Resource with the Judiciary, is doing a fine job balancing the two.
The singer in her early 30s says her passion for music began in Sunday school in Baringo, Tugumoi African Inland Church, and took root while she was a student at her former high school, Kapropita Girls.
“I also remember always singing as my brothers and I herded our cattle,” she recalls.
The singer, who holds a Bachelor of Education Arts degree and a Master’s degree both from Kenyatta University, and a diploma in Human Resource Management from Kenya Institute of Management, recalls receiving the Ambassador of the Year Award in 2004 from Kenyatta University for boosting its image through music with her band, Harmony.
The bass guitarist player says her crowning moment came last year when last year she released her first album of eight songs – Kiboiboi Rani, (a wedding song expressing happiness), Ameimgei (Don’t be Troubled) Mi Jehovah (God is there), Kiplembechonai (Liars), Kiptaiyat Naman Eut (Lord Hold My Hand), Jesu Negonech Kalyet Eng kaa (Jesus Gives Peace), Kongoi Mama (Thank You Mama), and Ongerib lakoyok (Let’s Take Care of Children).
The most popular songs in the album are Kiboiboi Rani and Mi Jehova, which incidentally are very dear to me. The first one, I first sang it in my brother in-law wedding a few years ago and folks couldn’t help but request I record it, for the second one I was going through a difficult time and I sang it as an inspiration to help me as well as others to keep the faith and keep going,” she explains.
The singer who hails from Tugumoi, Baringo County, says she draws lyrical inspiration from Bible verses, her daily life experiences as well as situations she observes around her.