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Brian Nandra (KE)

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Brian Nadra is a Kenyan urban pop and R&B singer and songwriter signed to Decimal Records. He got his break in the Kenyan music scene in 2017 with the release of his smash hit singles “Leo” and “Matwana” produced by Musyoka. Achieving musical success very early in his career, his track “Leo” achieved constant success upon release making it to Top 5 countdown on BBC Radio 1Xtra Destination Africa Show alongside African heavyweights such as Davido, Ycee, Sarkodie and AKA. He describes his music as “an urban sound from a smartphone era centered around a millennial culture.” Brian Nadra began writing songs at the age of 10. By January 2017, he released his debut single "Leo” at Decimal Records. The catchy club banger resonated well with music fans propelling Brian to instant stardom. Under the management of Eric Musyoka, Brian released his first official commercial project “Matwana” in February 2017 which further cemented his presence in the music scene. The two singles received wide airplay topping leading music charts across the region. Nadra's prowess as a songwriter has seen him write his own music as well as TICAD's 2016 theme song produced by Musyoka. Growing up, he was also inspired by the likes of Awilo Longomba, Ko Olomide, Eric Wainaina, Daudi Kabaka, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown and Fela Kuti who have played a great role in Brian's current sound and lyrical prowess. Brian terms Fela Kuti's music as “unapologetically African,” a style that also represents his brand. As his music career grows, Brian looks forward to working with various artistes across the continent including the Kenyan artiste Phy. Brian Nadra was born as Brian Mwangi on 6th July, 1996 in Nyeri. Growing up in Nyeri Kenya, he was exposed to a range of music from country, afro-pop, Lingala, kapuka to R&B at a very young age. This gradually influenced his decision to become an artist. By the age of 13, he was teaching himself to use vibrato to enhance his singing voice by listening to country music. He attended Starehe Boy's Centre and School where he honed his musical skills both as a music student and a member of the school choir. His journey as a recording artist began right after high school. His move to Nairobi for his university studies prompted Brian to embark on a search for a professional studio—how he ended up meeting and getting signed to Eric Musyoka, the founder of Decimal Records. His impressive demos earned him his debut record deal (starting January 2017) with the label. Nadra concludes touching on the nature of his brand, “When you have a rare talent you should nurture and use it wisely.”