His name is Wandindi. I’m seated at the front seat of the bus and I hear him get up to speak to the peoples. I don’t turn around – I’d have to kneel on my seat and turn my entire body to see him. But he does catch my attention, I must admit. Mostly because I am familiar with his work. Or more specifically, his brand. He plays the wandindi conversationally. Sounds like a strange, contradiction-type thing but it’s true. He asks the wandindi questions, plays a response on the instrument, and then translates. The first time I listened to him, I found it more fascinating than funny. I couldn’t stop watching. I mean, the thing has a single string! How in the world does he get it to do that?!
Wandindi is speaking to the passengers on the bus now. He introduces himself and then begins to play. He’s playing a piece about Kenya and our leaders. As I watch the people around me, I see my fascination reflected in their faces. This guy’s got talent! By this time, I’ve closed the book that I was reading –bookmarked, of course- because I want to actually listen to what he’s playing. That’s rare, you know? Usually when someone stands up to talk to the passengers on a bus, you keep reading, or scrolling down your Social Media timeline, or staring out of the window and wondering about the lives of the people you see, or staring out the window and adding up the numbers on license plates that you see. I have a friend who does that – add up the numbers on license plates. I mean…what?! If you’re going to pick an idle activity for the commute, how about choosing one that’s less engaging?!
Anyway, I close my book and listen more intently to Wandindi. At this point he has stopped playing and is talking about his dreams. Dreams to record music and possibly release an album. Dreams to achieve more with his talent. I listen to him speak about the venues and occasions at which he plays. About the goals to which he aspires. All I am thinking at this point is that he needs good people around him who know what to do to build his brand. People who would probably include a manager to help Wandindi build on what he has and accomplish much more. To help him narrow down these goals and get clarity. If you’re reading this and have the skills to manage or offer advice to a talent like Wandindi, send me an email and I’ll send you his contact information.
Meanwhile, you may click here to listen to my cover/ rendition of Alexandra Burke’s Halleluyah.