“I am a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist. Apart from that I am a human being and I share the same experiences of life as everyone else.The ups and the downs. This is my journey and my story…” This is how this beautiful, hardworking, humble and talented artist introduces herself.
Her name is Barbara Chepkoech Ng’eno better known by her stage name Sage, is mostly known for her break out collaboration ‘So-Alive’ which she released early 2013 featuring well known Kenyan and Kibera’s finest rapper, Octopizzo aka “Namba Nane”. Sage started out in church singing at the age of five with her siblings.
The Kenyan singer, songwriter and instrumentalist got her big break when she became the backing vocalist and keyboardist to Muthoni the Drummer Queen, another Kenyan musician. This gave her the experience she needed to start her solo career in late 2011. After releasing her hit ‘So Alive’ in February this year,there was no stopping the ambitious songstress who brought a new urban sound to the airwaves of Nairobi.
She later went on to release her follow up single ‘Maskini’ and has managed to do collaborations with other Kenyan acts including rap group One-two-five and Jay A with whom she released sleeper hit ‘Dumbala’. Her music can be described as a soulful fusion of all things musical. She writes from the heart and is not afraid of expressing raw emotion. The singer has managed to perform at festivals such as Blankets and Wine, the Kinanda Festival and the Go Down gig among others. The fast rising star released her debut album Expose Yourself and She is definitely a voice to look out for in the International music scene.Watch So Alive by Sage featuring Octopizzo below.