Not content in being one of Kenya’s biggest stars, turns out that Avril is also quite the home cook, or so finds Anyiko Owoko over the course of a recent interview at the Sarova Stanley hotel.
Almost ten years in the industry and Kenyan multi-talented star Avril has no intention of resting on her laurels. After a stint away from music and on the silver screen, Avril recently appeared on Coke Studio Africa, collaborating with Tanzanian rapper Izzo Bizness.
“ I am ecstatic to be back in the music scene. Kenya is owning its own industry,” she tells me, adding that she feels that this is the biggest stage in Africa and its growth is launching careers across the continent.
Participating on Coke Studio’s Food Exchange, Avril and Izzo Bizness prepared their cultural delicacies for each other. Izzo Bizness was treated to Mùkimo and Mùtura (Italics) alongside Kachumbari (Italics). “It was fun because he assisted me while making the dish over conversations on culture and music. I found the experience very exciting.”
Avril enjoys making Ugali, Sukuma Wiki and Beef Stew. Confessing her love for food and cooking, she takes joy in experimenting with various recipes. “I made Roast Chicken not so long ago and replaced coriander with parsley and it came out so well I can still taste the flavours in my mouth. For drinks, I usually just have water with my meals whether at home or out. From time to time, I wouldn’t mind a fruity cocktail and definitely a cup of black tea for the Kenyan in me.”
Avril has always been big on collaborations. So far, she has managed to release one smash hit after another all through the lifespan of her career. In 2009, she collaborated with legendary Tanzanian rapper AY in “Leo” – what would later become a continental hit amassing her regional recognition. She has also worked with Ommy Dimpoz from Tanzania and Kenyan artists: Mustapha, Marya and King Kaka. Avril’s latest collaborations: “Babiee” featuring A Pass from Uganda and “Forever” with Izzo Bizness are currently ruling East African airwaves.
“As cliché as it sounds, all my collabos are my favourite because each has had a different vibe to it.” She more recently recorded a new song with producer Shado Chris and the two have plans to release it soon.
Avril on her best career moments: “That will have to be every time I am on stage. All the work I do always culminates to the moment I get on stage.”