Elsy Wameyo
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Elsy Wameyo Announces Debut Album ‘Saint Sinner’

Kenyan singer-songwriter based in Adelaide Elsy Wameyo is all set to release her debut album titled ‘Saint Sinner’ on July 26th, ahead of the announcement the singer has released the new single from the album titled ‘Umva’.

Elsy Wameyo shared the in-depth story behind her new album saying. “I remember immediately feeling like this was what sounded more like [2022 EP] Nilotic, in terms of sound and sonics; it was where I comfortably sat, where I was during the production of that record. It was coming from a place where, internally, I was feeling this album”.

Elsy Wameyo – ‘Umva’

Elsy Wameyo shared about the songwriting process. “Internally, I knew I was having this battle between saint and sinner, I just didn’t understand it. I didn’t know what it was. I wrote this verse with Motez before that London trip… I had to say certain things and this was one of those verses, where it was my body – whether I liked it or not – saying, ‘We have to get this out, because it’s the only way we’re going to heal.’”

She kept explaining and mentioned “When [producer Wuod Omollo] had done the track, we were jumping around and listening to it and he said the word ‘umva’. I thought it was really cool, and he told me it means ‘listen’. I ran with that so hard. It was perfect. It was exactly the energy I wanted: when I speak, you’d better sit down and listen. When I enter a room, you stand up and you must salute. Respect.”

Elsy concludes her statements by breaking down the themes. “I know I had always yearned to say these certain things; I never found the perfect way to say it. Especially when you’re a young black girl, no one is encouraging you to speak your mind. I know for a fact that these are words that I’ve definitely sat with for a long time.”

“Saint Sinner” is going to be released on the 26th of July. Wameyo got this album done in Kenya and the fans are getting crazy about the release and are eagerly waiting for the album.

You can pre-order this new album here.

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