Popular American musician cum rapper Kamau Mbonisi Kwame Agyeman has finally set the record straight on claims that he has Kenyan roots.
Kamau took to his Instagram account on 10th September to respond to the question which many have been asking for a while.
Although his name is clearly linked to the Kikuyu community in Kenya, Kamau explained that his parents named him based on the meaning but not according to the cultural naming system as many had earlier concluded.
“I was given the Kikuyu name based on its meaning and my demeanor,” he explained.
The rapper who hails from Brooklyn New York revealed that he was given the name after his parents had observed him for a while and saw it fit to be ‘Kamau’ which means silent warrior in the Kikuyu culture.
The rapper further sheds light on his origin revealing that his roots trace back to a mixture of West African tribes like the Tikar of Cameroon and Kru of Liberia.
Even though he is not Kenyan, Kamau disclosed that he once visited the country in 2018 to perform at the Thrift Social concert.
In regard to his experience, Kamau mentioned that being in Kenya made him feel at home and not a tourist.
“I won’t be able to give an adequate answer to that question right now. I’m not even in that space because I’m not a tourist here. This is like my house. It doesn’t matter what anyone says,” he stated.
Kamau’s parents made sure that they taught their children about the African culture and to show how much the valued their African roots, they enrolled Kamau and his siblings into the Ujamaa Shule in Washington; the oldest completely independent African-centered school in the United States.
“My father and mother were born under English names. They wanted to change that trajectory of psychological slavery that’s present in almost every black home by starting with the names because the sound is very important and what I answer to is very important.
Some of the songs he is popularly known for include his song covers including those for Outkast’s Hey Ya and Adele’s Hometown Glory.
His music has also been featured on comedian Issa Rae’s HBO series, Insecure.