Close to thirty years in music and bending into 50s, Ejidiah Wanja alias Lady Wanja still oozes oomph when she grabs the mic.
With dozens of songs to her name, the Kikuyu songbird still rocks live performances in entertainment spots and clubs. Her voice is still flawless as we found out at an event at Los Cabeles Resort at Marurui Area recently.
Lady Wanja walked in the steps of her sister the late Queen Jane in 1990s. She recorded her first song “Wendo wa Ciagago” in 1994. Her first producer gave her the stage name “Lady Wanja”.
Her third album “Sauti Ilisikika” was gospel produced by veteran producer and singer Kigia wa Esther. When she had a single song she performed Mbilia Mbel and Lady Isa songs in events and clubs. (Lady Wanja show below)
“I hanged on Musaimo and Kamaru bands to get an opportunity to perform my song. My first solo show came when my sister was invited for two shows happening at the same time. She sent me to represent her in one. I made Sh10, 000 and since then have not looked back” she said in a past interview.
She was inspired by celebrated American Country Music Artist Dolly Parton. And besides Queen Jane, her favourite musicians are John De’ Mathew and Muigai wa Njoroge.
In the midst of younger, vibrant musicians today Lady Wanja says she is resilient and yearning to compose more songs.