By Martin Siele (@S_iele)
Shourtie, real name Sarah Moraa, is arguably one of the most exciting vocal talents in the country.
The singer and songwriter is making waves with her latest release, Gospel single Thank You.
In Thank You, Shourtie’s stunning vocals shine through more than anything else. Throw in some poetic, thought-provoking lyrics and you have one of the most soothing songs we’ve heard this year.
Listening to Thank You, one would be forgiven to think Shourtie has been making Gospel music her whole life.
In reality, however, her versatility is undeniable with everything from dancehall bangers to love songs in her catalogue.
Her take on the Beat Killer Riddim attracted a co-sign from award-winning rapper Khaligraph Jones who described it as ‘fire’.
Produced by Vinc on the Beat, the riddim included takes from Breeder LW and Katapilla among other leading artistes.
She was even among star performers at Mashujaa Day celebrations at Gusii Stadium on October 20, enamoring an audience that included dignitaries such as President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga.
The Mashujaa Day performance was thanks to her involvement in Shujaa ni Mimi, a project by the Permanent Presidential Music Commission (PPMC). PPMC is a government department whose mandate is to coordinate music and dance activities in the country.
The patriotic single from PPMC saw Shourtie deliver lead vocals alongside other popular artistes such as Timo Young, Babu Gee and MC Miggy.
Thank You was produced by Dokta B at New Home Music. The crisp visuals, filled with eye-catching landscapes, were shot by Royal State Pictures.
It marked the fifth and final release by Shourtie as part of a mini-project dubbed Cameo Series.
As of November 2020, the singer is gearing up for the launch of her new EP, Suneka.
The highly-anticipated project is set to be Shourtie’s biggest project yet as she looks to stake her claim as one of the biggest talents in Kenyan music.
She first made her presence felt on the scene with a number of buzzing releases including 2017’s Nakutaka tu Wewe (2017), Let You Go (2018) and Lover (2019).
Thank You by Shourtie is available for purchase on Mookh.