1. Your name and what do you do?
I am Fikrah Teule,
A Recording artist, poet and Social Activist based in Mombasa, Kenya.
2. What do you like the most about Mombasa?
The calm atmosphere, vibrant culture and the easy lifestyle that accommodates people of all walks of life.
It’s always cool to be in this amazing place, most people think Mombasa is slow but I tend to differ because time is of the essence to those who know that it waits for no man.
3. Your favorite place in Mombasa?
Old Town any day, it’s nostalgic and relaxed away from the hustle bustle of the CBD, the only noise you get to hear is that of the passing by tuk-tuks and children playing around.
Then we have various spots and joints in North Coast because I prefer to hangout near town during weekdays, South Coast has good places too but that has to be planned and mostly over a long weekend.
4. Describe your music?
Sublime & inspirational lyrics laced over soulful beats.
5. Who inspires your music?
My list has got many, from Scholars, Writers, Activists, Great leaders to fellow Musicians.
Ali Mazrui, Steve Biko, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Fela Kuti, Oliver Mtukudzi and Eric Wainaina are among the people who inspire my music.
6. Tell us about your album Falsafa Za Mwendapole.
I like to believe that this is one of my historic moments in life and I hope there many to follow.
As the title suggests, it has taken me hard-work, determination, patience and persistence to get to where I am today even though the journey is ongoing, I am happy with the progress thus far and thank God for that.
7. Tell us about some of the under-appreciated coastal artistes.
I am not in a position to speak on behalf of other artists but all I can say is, believe in yourself and people will believe in your work, respect and appreciate other artists as well.
8. Is Mombasa a good place for artists
That depends with the music genre, audience, growth and development plan an individual artist has. Mombasa is good and has it’s unique challenges that not many artists can rise up to, again that’s what refine an artist as long as one stays on course and never loses focus through the struggle.
9. Mombasa was once a cultural hub in East Africa, do you think the county government has a role in improving this stature
Yes, The County Government and Mombasa residents have a role to play in making Mombasa shine again in East Africa as a cultural hub it once was.
We have the resources and will so nothing is impossible if we get the visionary leadership needed in place and put them to task.
10. Parting shot
Play your part in life, seize the opportunity and God bless you!