“she’s fun, she’s consistent, she’s got talent, she is Cathy Matete!”
Cathy Matete is a Kenyan born, Award winning, singer-songwriter, recording and performing artist, whose music encapsulates, a determined and passionate energy intent on telling the African story. Her soulful performances surface the listener’s deepest, most profound thoughts, taking them on a journey through a musical world where freedom and joy, balance sorrow and injustice. Cathy who has always been a creator at heart, writes her music from a place of meaning and intends to capture her audience with music that is relatable and full of emotion.The development of her unique style is as a result of a lifetime of music influenced largely by Lovers Rock and Roots Rock Reggae fused with Afro-soul and elements of African Languages.
Cathy Matete’s larger than life stage persona, powerful but heavenly voice has inevitably seen her take Reggae music by storm!! Cathy has graced numerous stages in Nairobi, Kenya like The Jamhuri Reggae Festival, Reggae in the Sun, The Godown Gig and the most recent at the Alliance Française of Nairobi with her debut single “No Retreat” which has taken the Reggae industry by storm. Cathy Matete has also shared the stage with international and award-winning acts such as Queen Ifrica, Capleton, Christafari, Wyre, and The Tunedem Band. Apart from gracing stages with her soulful performances, Cathy was recently honored at the Kalasha Awards, East Africa’s premier film awards for her contribution to the film industry for ‘Best Original Score’ for her song ‘Woman Of Steel’ – Film Titled “What’s on your Mind”.
‘All for you’ Cathy’s debut single, was released in 2013, off the Passionate Riddim and produced by Kenya’s own legendary International DJ/producer ZJ Heno. The single successfully established Cathy as a force to be reckoned with, in the Kenyan Reggae music scene, landing her another recording opportunity for her second single. ‘Take my Hand’ off Promises Riddim, was released in 2018 and produced by ZJ Heno and Kenya’s top Reggae talent Shamir Tadeiya. The ‘Promises Riddim’ featured some of the best vocalists in Kenya. ‘Eternity’ off the ‘Love Pulse Riddim’ was released in the first quarter of 2019 and produced by Shamir Tadeiya under Kazi Ya Shamir music studio. “Woman” off the ‘Servant Riddim’, was released in July 2029 and produced by LavoroDuro, a South Africa based production duo. “Woman” a hit in its own right with beautiful lyrics, has received airplay in South Africa, UK and East African radio stations.
‘No Retreat’ Cathy Matete’s latest single released on both audio and video in November 2019 was produced at Hitbox studios. The single has received massive feedback,considerable airplay on different local and international radio stations, setting a new standard to Kenyan Reggae music in!! Sampling different sounds from our rich African heritage, Cathy’s album is set to be released in 2020, and one thing is for certain – Her fun, purposeful approach to music along with her uniquely soulful voice is something that is finding its place in Kenya’s music market and interesting many in the Reggae space both far and beyond.