You will always listen to his calm, calculated and composed commanding voice while reporting news on Radio Maisha, but underneath Robert Menza famously known as ‘Kijana Robba’ is in the Mzee Ngala’s footsteps.
He worked at a gospel radio station Sheki FM but later jumped off to the Standard group owned commanding national radio station Radio Maisha.
However, he has managed his journalism and music careers ensuring that he does not fail in his editorial duties as well as entertaining his Rhumba fans across the Coast region.
Bango music that falls in the Rhumba category is a slow entertaining genre that cuts across all walks of life at the Coast.
“I chose Bango music because it cuts across all walks of life, the young and old love the music and I have never disappointed them,” noted ‘Kijana Robba’.
He admits that making a breakthrough is not easy not only in music but any other career.
“Until you soldier on, nothing comes in a silver platter, work extra hard and you will earn extra coin,” he said.
[Robert Menza AKA ‘Kijana Robba’ relaxing after a thrilling performance in a wedding at Rabai in Kilifi County. Photo/Haramo Ali]
He however reveals that he has to give his journalism career a priority.
“The stiff competition in the media industry needs any journalist to be tough, working extra hours and giving your editors well packaged and balanced news and feature stories,” he added.
‘Kijana Robba’, an Aviation College Mombasa campus alumnus has been rated as a youthful Bango artist who is rightfully in the footsteps of Bango legend Mzee Ngala.
He has produced over 20 songs and he is focusing on adding more captivating pieces that will not only be showcased in weddings where he mostly performs but also in educative, informative and entertainment forums.
He mostly performs in weddings during the weekends in the vast Kilifi county being Mariakani, Kaloleni, Rabai, Mazeras, Mtwapa, Kilifi, Watamu, Malindi and Bombolulu and Mtopanga areas in Mombasa where diehard Bango fans are always receptive for him.
Robert Menza, a slim, jovial, hardworking journalist and Bango artist is planning to upgrade his studies in journalism career and as well ensure he tops the Bango entertainment scene in the Coast region.
“My parents are the source of my synergy, my friends advises me, but my decisions are guided by God,” he added.
[Robert Menza AKA ‘Kijana Robba’. Photo/ Haramo Ali]
He charges between sh. 5,000 to sh. 6,000 in composing a single Bango track for a wedding.
Among his well performing songs that have garnered adequate airplay in the Coastal radio stations being Radio Kaya, Baraka FM, Pwani FM and Bahari FM are ‘Nena naye’, a Giryama Bango love song that loosely translates to (Talk to her), ‘Muche yuyu’ (This lady), Rose na Baraza, Dennis na Kadzo.