His is driven by passion. He makes it a point to set aside at least an hour to refresh his prowess. He has at least mastered the art. Meet Mr. Mwangi Thige who plays guitar for fun. His level of commitment to ensure he plays his guitar everyday baffled the writer. Mr. Thige, also, revealed his future plans of forming a band. For now, however, he says, he wants to perfect the art before embarking on fully exploiting his talent.
When the writer caught up with Mr. Thige to set up their interview he was deeply immersed in his daily duties of supplying tea and snacks to the various points for the school participants and staff. The writer therefore had to prepare to interview him at his own free time. But what drives his desire? Mr. Thige would later reveal, during an interview, that his has a role model in the local band - H_art the Band - a house old name in the local music industry especially courtesy of their hit song ‘Uliza Kiatu’.
Mr. Thige says he gets thrilled by the rhythmic movement of Kenneth Muya Mukhwana aka Kenchez, the lead band’s guitarist. “My goal is one day to rhythmically respond in soul, mind and body to the chords of the guitar as does Kenchez when he is playing the guitar,” says Mr. Thige. He shares with the KSG Bulletin that playing guitar helps him to unwind after a long day’s work. For the last four years this has been his way of life since his friends influenced him to this art.
He has a word for young officers who are developing their careers: “Allow your hearts to guide you on what you want to do. For example, if you want to learn how to guitar, be aware that this activity requires perseverance in that it takes time to learn how to play the various chords.” According to him, it takes patience. “If you are not patient, you will not make it in life and you will give up soon,” says Mr. Thige.
By Ruth Wanjiru