Leyla is the 13-year-old girl who wowed Kenyans including President Uhuru Kenyatta last year with her rendition of Wimbo Wa Historia.
Now a form one student at St. George’s Girls High School, she says the song is about her journey of resilience from being a little known Muslim girl in Eastleigh to becoming a celebrated singer and a beacon of hope to other young people.
The song was written by Kenya’s newest boy band Vijana Barubaru with Leyla’s life experiences in mind, which she has executed incredibly well. The inspirational and catchy song is produced by Kenyan based American producer, David Hunter.
Her success is a direct result of her belief in herself and people believing in her and investing in her. She now has a new song called I Believe.
She has sang what she has endured with her mother, the sacrifices they have had to make, being homeless, and her mother’s struggles trying to make ends meet.
The song also that talks about her struggles and her change of fortune. The song is a dedication to her number one supporter, and best friend – her mother, and to all who believe, and who need to believe in themselves.