ABOUT LIZ OGUMBO-REGISFORD
Born and named after her great grandmother ‘Elizabeth Loye” who was a singer and performer throughout her life, Liz ‘Loye’ Ogumbo began singing at about age four. Her father taught her songs from the Luo tribe in Kenya, her home language and sooner than later, she was singing "Isabella ma nyar Asembo," "I be lady oh’ Fela Kuti!" and more.
After completing high school in Kenya, Liz left for the United States to study computer science. Sooner than later, she was gracing prestigious runways in NYC, LA, Milano, Paris, and back to Africa where she eventually incorporated a modeling agency; Imani Int Model Management in LA in 2004 and later Kenya in 2006.
She is a keen fashion designer under her label, “Liz Ogumbo. She Currently runs a showroom boutique & fashion and styling consultancy while running her international modeling agency alongside. Liz’s designs represent the modern, fashion-savvy woman. Her bold, elegant & timeless pieces embrace self-definition through sleek cuts, simple-yet-provocative designs and attitude that comes from the inside.
She is an author of "The modeling industry; who is the Ideal model?’” A memoire she wrote to help build the self-esteem amongst the younger girls emphasizing on Self-confidence and belief that each and everyone is already ‘ideal’ just the way they are, and can only get better with the confidence they deserve.
Miss Ogumbo possesses a triple threat to the creative industries; a combination of striking African looks with a sharp sense of fashion & style, her humorous writing and story -telling skill and her smoky sultry vocal abilities which put her in a league of her own as she shares her Ken-soul experience with the world.
“The Ken-Soul Experience captures me today, my roots and culture, my contribution to music & fashion, my love for Africa and my passion for loving and living.”
This journey exemplifies the birth of a beautiful colorful African butterfly from its Chrysalis and its quest to spread its wings and fly in pursuit to share her story.
Expressed in Luo, Swahili, English and French through her album ‘KenSoul,’ her soul is Kenyan and her experiences in life have developed this African girl child into a global soul instrument.
This is not just listening music. It’s moving music. This is what you’ll soon realise about the KenSoul album.
Take a step into the intro track, ‘Awete’ and get deceived by the solo acoustic guitar riff that steps back at the whiff of the welcomed strong voice of Liz Ogumbo. She comes off as serious but soon kicks it up a note lighter with her playful energy and lyrics, accompanied by the drifting drums and break beats.
No sooner you realise what just hit you, you’re confronted with the insistent question, “How you gonna the rock the jeans when your ass ain’t swollen?” ‘Big A** in the Blue Jeans’ is quite simply a hit. The lyrics are potent; the melody is charming, uncomplicated and guaranteed to get stuck in your head.
The notable keys of ‘Ubuntu’ (humanity) carry beautifully the musings of the global traveller, a captivating child of deep-seeded African origin growing up to share the spirit of good brotherhood; something many across the world may have forgotten about. Liz offers this song poetic integrity fused with a jazzy two-step.
That insistent piano continues in the slow-sway sweet sound of ‘Le Couer Que Crie l’amour.. – ‘A heart that cries “love.” This beautiful new-soul tune digs deep for the treasure of life embedded in self; told through an easy conversation between queen Liz and the prolific poet-mcee Tumi Molekane, a fellow global soul.
Another winning combination takes shape in ‘Searching’. Liz and Afro-funk-Soul master, MXO hit a high note in the sensual reggae-infused sounds. Unforgettable scatting, alluring drum and bass will have you singing along and gyrating lazily to the soul-stirring jam.
The South-East soulful journey continues and hits an inspirational peak in ‘Only Thing Missin’ (a charming Aretha Franklin soul classic). You can’t miss the crisp feel-good breeze in this one.
Enters the cheeky bass, percussions and electro-infused beats of ‘Maro Pa More’; an eclectic tune originally recorded with the outstanding Kenyan entity, Just-A-Band. On the remixed version of ‘Maro Pa More’, Liz teams up with gifted, straight-up lyricist, Zubz (da last letter); whose rhymes add a fitting accompaniment to the Luo tune.
‘I’m already liked’; is a fun, rebellious reggae-tronic warning to new-age digital-stalkers. What is there not to like about this piece?
‘Mambo Jambo’ is a celebration of Liz’s Kenyan roots through the love for the country; a Swahili-influenced Chakacha-inducing percussion-heavy Afro-pop beat. Tlale Makhene’s signature shakers take the minimal instrument, thick vocals and truck loads of soul laced in this track, to another level.
You can call ‘Sega – Supermodel,’ a staccato stiletto story; illustrated by a complex keys and percussions tune accompaniment. The sassy story takes you on a walk-about of the limitless vocal, rhythmic spoken word that tells the story in praise of this beautiful African Supermodel in pursuit of her “dollar” in the game!
The KenSoul musical experience is produced under the skilful set of apt nu-soul producers; RJ Benjamin and Baba Bantu.
To sign-off the wondrous journey, Liz brings back the unmissable ‘Big A** in the Blue Jeans’ in a smoky-jazz cafe, stand up bass and swing remix. Watch this lady move, she’s only just started!
Liz Ogumbo’s tracks