Award winning gospel singer TV presenter and comedian Victor Mbuvi popularly known by his stage name “Mbuvi” is a banker by profession and lecturer at the Moi University.
He is also the host of the popular weekly talk show Coffee With Mbuvi, which is aired on TV47 every Sunday at 8pm.
Mbuvi sprung into the limelight with Kwata Kawaya, which became a gospel anthem in the early 2010s. His love and passion for music made him curve a niche for himself in the music industry, drawing his inspiration from his mother who died in 1999.
Painful Loss of Mother
“My mum’s death pushed me to a point where I had lost passion for life. I had lost the spark that had driven me for so many years,” he says.
Mbuvi graduated at Bachelor’s and Masters level at Moi University, which landed him a job at Commercial Bank of Kenya. But his mind was burning with a passion for music.
“I was stuck in the monotony of routine, unable to extricate myself from any situation. I remember thinking about how trapped I felt. I couldn’t escape from the shackles of working 8 to 5.”
He was performing for friends during lunch breaks when it dawned on him that he had a God-given talent to inspire generations through music. It opened a new path to self-discovery.
“I began to focus on where my passion lay. I was sitting on grass, strumming a guitar with friends when I was enveloped with sublime happiness. This is what I wanted.”
Mbuvi started unfurling his journey of self-discovery. He realised he had a bigger calling: winning back lost souls.
“When you decide and plan to turn your hobby into a career, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss. They open doors for you,” Mbuvi added.
One of the doors was opened through teamwork with Robert “R-Kay” Kamanzi. They formed a label known as Shammah Boy Music. The label produced artists such as Shammah, Rufftone, Esther Wahome, and Jemmimah Thiong’o.
“Is it easy to follow your bliss? Of course not. That is why I call it ‘the hero’s journey’. You’ll have a chance to encounter every fear that lives within the darkest caverns of your mind, and I can attest to that.”
Mbuvi says his story is not special, but it illustrates that anyone who is willing to leave the well-trodden path and take the road less-traveled can do so. .
Catch Mbuvi tonight at 8pm, only on TV47.