Musician Prisca Ojwang’ loves to tell funny stories with her songs.

“Most tend to be about how my brain works or processes life with a touch of humour.”  

Her debut single ‘Lies I told me’ is just that: a funny take on heartbreak and how one chooses to process it.

You said no

I heard hello

While most breakup songs tend to blame the other person, ‘Lies I told me’ is a black comedy of the role we play in our own heartbreaks: mixed and misread signals, what we choose (or don’t choose) to see, hear and feel. This, like most of her songs, makes light of intimate, vulnerable moments.

“I remember the first time I had to perform it, I felt that ka-uncomfortable warmth in your chest when saying sorry or realising and fessing up to your wrong,” she says.

She has also used intimacy to make audiences feel at home and attributes this to one of her favourite gigs as a background vocalist for Ghanaian artist Jojo Abot.

“It was like you walked into your bedroom and could be free. If you wanted to sit you could, if you wanted to close your eyes, you felt welcome to … there was no pressure to do anything,” 

Beyond her ranging vocals, Prisca’s stage presence is also reinforced by her colourful outfits and bright personality. In her own way, Prisca is becoming a veteran on the stage: headlining a number of local gigs, successfully organising her own shows and appearing as part of notable international acts. She says now she has set out to become more pan-African. Her latest single ‘Afro Loving’ is one of the highlights of this journey. The song is an unabashed expression of the expectations we have of romance: Not talking fairytale, (kind of love/ Not Afrocinema, (drama love)/ Not that tricycle, (soap love)/ Afro loving'

Her songs have grown from dealing with what she calls murky things to celebratory themes, and the B&W audience can expect a performance that involves monologues, reflections and visuals.