Leyla Mohamed Bio
Leyla Mohamed is a Kenyan-born Somali girl who has been the talk of the town after her rendition of a famous patriotic song known as Wimbo Wa Historia, originally written by Enock Ondego.
The young artiste currently calls the Permanent Presidential Music Commission her second home as it is where she is undertaking her vocal classes and also uses the various resources like the audiovisual studios at the facility to improve her musical talent to world-class standards.
Leyla was first spotted by video director Sammy Dee, who later recommended her to Peter Chuani (commonly known as Dj Pinye), a veteran DJ, Producer, and Talent Scout credited with spotting and nurturing top Kenyan musical talents like Octopizzo, Elani, and the 2017 Coke Studio Big Break artiste of the year, Band Beca.
They were shooting one of the episodes of DJ Pinye’s musical shows, Dreams 2 Beats when Sammy Dee spoke about a talented girl he knows. Pinye got in touch with her mother, he met them, they got acquainted and as they say, the rest is now history.
The 14-year-old’s biggest dream is to perform the viral hit song for President Uhuru Kenyatta and represent the country on the national stage.
Leyla describes herself as a sanguine, she is a talkative and jovial girl, her biggest musical influence being the late Whitney Houston, who she grew up listening to on her mother’s favorite radio station, Kiss 100.
She began singing at the age of 3 and has never looked back since then.
She is a great vocalist, doesn’t play any musical instrument at the moment but would love to learn to play the piano. Her ambition apart from being a successful musician is to be a pilot.
Her debut single was set to come out in October 2018, which is a rendition of a famous Kenyan Patriotic song known as Wimbo Wa Historia, originally written by Enock Ondego.
She was born in Kabati, Naivasha, but now lives in Nairobi’s vast Eastleigh Estate with her single mother and a male cousin.
Leyla Mohamed Family|Parents
She comes from a humble background, a small family made up of her mother, who is the sole breadwinner, and a male cousin who she fondly calls a big brother as she has known him all her life. Leyla was a student at St. Teresa’s Girls Primary School and was set to sit for her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education in November 2018.
Leyla Mohamed Songs
Her most known songs are;
1. Wimbo wa Historia
2. I Believe
Leyla Mohamed Wimbo wa Historia
A 13-year-old pupil from Eastleigh has given the patriotic track ‘Wimbo wa Historia‘ a new lease of life. The song is particularly known for its emotive tone in expressing the tales of the Kapenguria Six, particularly Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
It was written in the 1970’s Enock Ondego and was first sang by primary school pupils to President Jomo Kenyatta on his tour of Taita Taveta. The song goes by the lines “Wimbo Huu ni wimbo wa Historia watu mnaombwa sikize Kwa makini, Ilikuwa Octoba 1952 watu wote tulisikia Kenyatta ameshikwa.”
Now Leyla Mohamed has given it a new polish with an upgraded rendition that has been sponsored by the Permanent Presidential Music Commission.
TALK OF TOWN
Leyla who was a pupil at St Teresa’s Girls Primary School was the talk of the town after her rendition was uploaded on YouTube on October 1, 2018.
She was scheduled to sing her version on Mashujaa Day in front of President Uhuru Kenyatta at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega.
Leyla comes from a humble background, raised by a single mother who is the sole breadwinner.
She sat for her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examinations on November 2018.
According to Peter Chuani, commonly known as Dj Pinye, he was in Eastleigh shooting a show and mentioned to a colleague that he wanted a young Kenyan girl who can sing.
“Sammy Dee who was listening said that he knew a girl who can sing,” said Pinye in a recent interview on The Trend show.
FOUR MONTHS LATER
It took DJ Pinye four months to meet Leyla and her mother. Leyla said she liked the song after hearing it for the first time.
“It took me an hour to master the lyrics and I sent it back to Pinye who was shocked,” she said.
She describes herself as a sanguine, she is talkative and a jovial girl, her biggest musical influence is the late Whitney Houston and when she grows up she wants to be a pilot.
Leyla Mohamed, I Believe
Leyla Mohammed, the 13-year-old girl (now 14) who wowed Kenyans, including President Uhuru Kenyatta, last year with her rendition of ‘Wimbo wa Historia’, is back with a new song, ‘I Believe’.
She says she has sung what she endured with her mother, the sacrifices they have had to make, being homeless, and her mother’s struggles to make ends meet.
In gratitude, Leyla has worked on ‘I Believe’, which talks about her struggles and change of fortune. The song is a dedication to her number one supporter, and best friend, her mother, and to all who believe, and who need to believe in themselves.
The song is about her journey of resilience from being a little-known Muslim girl in Eastleigh to becoming a celebrated singer and a beacon of hope to other young people.
It was written by Kenya’s newest boy band Vijana Barubaru, with Leyla’s life experiences in mind, and she has executed it incredibly well. The inspirational and catchy song is produced by Kenyan-based American producer David Hunter.
Her undeniable vocals have earned her fans across the country, not to mention her eloquent and captivating interviews, which have continued to grow her fan base.
Her success is a direct result of her belief in herself and people believing in her and investing in her.
The form one student has inspired the nation and has many young fans who admire her. She continues to inspire as she embarks on her high school education and balances that with her music and her mission to be a positive role model for her fans.