Nu Fvnk (birth name, Kelvin Hansen) started producing music at age of fifteen out of necessity. He wanted to be a rapper, but he didn’t know anyone in his network who could make beats, so he began teaching himself. He was quickly consumed by the art form of production and took up DJing too, connecting rapping, production and performance to create his own music.
Simultaneously, he started a DJ/Producer crew with five other artists called East African Wave (EA Wave) which became a fast growing success in the Indie/Alternative Arts & Culture scene of Nairobi. Producing and collaborating with artists like Blinky Bill, EA Wave became known for their fearless exploration of tribal inspired, urban productions spanning several categories. This genre bending group also became prolific in their audio-visual aesthetic voices, partnering in the creation of projects like Afri Ni Ladi with Ghanian powerhouse Jojo Abot. When EA Wave produced the “Indigo” EP for the infamous Camp Mulla songstress Karun Mungai, FADER magazine, Okay Africa and several others created a viral buzz about the collective.
From then forward, Fvnk has played on the same stage with artists like Sauti Sol, Muthoni Drummer Queen, Shekinah, Akua Naru, OSHUN, Masego, Black Motion and many others.
The collective has played Festivals in Uganda, Sweden, Reunion Islands and South Africa and members of the collective often get asked to remix songs by Indie labels.
Him and his EA WAVE collective were the first few to be chosen to play at the first Boiler Room in East Africa. Featured by Fact Magazine as one of the artists “helping pave the way to a Nu Nairobi” it became Fvnk’s focus to utilise his growing platform to pay homage to traditional African culture through his own, uniquely contemporary lens.