Victoria Kimani, American-born Kenyan singer, is reportedly plotting her exit from Chocolate City, a record label headed by Jude Abaga, hip-hop artiste popularly known as M.I.
Kimani has not issued an official announcement about her exit and also did not respond when contacted by TheCable LifeStyle but an insider confirmed that she intends to leave the record company — possibly after her contract runs out.
TheCable LifeStyle further learnt that Kimani has recorded a collaboration with Clifford Joseph Harris, an American rapper better known by his stage name, T.I.
Kimani, who partly grew up in Benin city, Nigeria, recently announced the imminent release of her first studio album, ‘Safari’, which is known as ‘journey’ in Swahili.
In an interview with Elle South Africa, she said: “Musically, ascetically, fashion wise and sound wise, they are all in sync with my life experiences through travel. I found myself on Safari. The project literally sums up my life.
“This is my first album ever, and I’m so hyped about it. I needed people to understand the type of artist I am, so I released several singles in several different regions that ended up being hits.”
Meanwhile, officials at Chocolate City have denied reports of a potential parting of ways with Kimani and even stressed that her upcoming album will be released and promoted by the record label.
Edward Israel-Ayide, Business Development Manager at Chocolate City Group, maintained that the label is still working with the artiste but however, declined to speak on the status of her contract.
Israel-Ayide further revealed that the Safari album will be released locally and internationally.
Kimani got signed to the record label four years ago after she released a cover of Ice Prince’s continental hit song, Oleku.
Since her first single in 2013, the first lady of Chocolate City has released six singles and has no album to her credit.
Despite collaborations with international acts like Timabland and Chris Brown, music critics have overtime argued that she never attained her full potential since joining the record label.
Kimani has released several mixtapes and was involved in the ONE campaign alongside artistes like D’Banj and Femi Kuti.
Born to clergy parents in Kenya, Kimani started singing in the church choir and eventually settled for a professional career in music.
She has been nominated for various awards and is yet to win any.
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