Born in 1980 to a traditional performer, Diwani has practically lived as a musician. During his childhood, he attended several traditional ceremonies and watched his father entertain huge gatherings. He quickly learned his father’s skill and while in Takaye Primary School he took his first step into the professional music industry with the Magazine’s Band.
Together with the band, Diwani, then only 14 years of age performed at Eden Rock during the Italian Night. The band continued performing for tourists for a couple of years but when the tourism industry deteriorated in the late 90s, they decided to move to Nairobi where they performed at Pan Afrique hotel for 2 years before splitting.
In 2002, Diwani joined the legendary Maroon Commandos and was consequently recruited and trained as a soldier in the Kenya Army. Although he is still an active member of the band, in 2007 Diwani explored his unique feel of beat and rhythm releasing his debut album “Nihendedze” a 12 track album with a compelling blend of modernity and Giriama Traditions expressed in the thrilling fusion of instruments from both influences.
Together with Maroon Commandos, Diwani has performed in a variety of events including state functions and was instrumental in the band’s release of “ Shika kamba” and “ Kenya Unite” albums.
Diwani describes his music as Contemporary Giriama Afro Fusion owing to his smooth blend of modern drums, guitars, saxophones and the traditional Msondo, Marimba, Chivoti, Bung’o and Nzumari. He plays around with traditional Giriama grooves like Chela, Mabumbumbu, Chechemeko and Vinyago beat to create a new contemporary version that defines him.