That track ‘For Better Or Worse’ was an immediate taste of what Muroki had to offer — his voice a hypnotic instrument effortlessly caressing melodies over hazy, roots-based pop.
He quickly went on to release an EP of strong material in 2021 on Benee’s new Olive Records label. The Dawn EP included the notable ‘Wavy’ which hovered around the top of the charts on Spotify, radio and Shazam.
Another Muroki EP is lined up for release in 2022 and after an interrupted summer of festival shows, he has already dropped the dancefloor heater ‘Find Me’ and made his first venture over the Tasman in March.
Muroki blends his Kenyan and Coromandel roots into a brew that feels distinctly mixed in Raglan, the home town he mostly strongly identifies his music with — its sunbaked, sleepy seaside intimacy and pounding surf a defining backdrop to this 20 year-old’s sound. Multifaceted silky and rhythmic grooves have strong ties to his surfing background, adding in sounds from South America to Africa and back to the west coast of Aotearoa.
A musician’s musician, brimming with talent and soul far beyond his years, Muroki started learning as an eight year old, and with the guidance of his blind guitar teacher, he’s been on a unique journey with his craft ever since.
Collaborations as diverse as Nasaya, Flowidus and Benee show that Muroki can lend his natural vocal flow to any number of styles. On stage and record, Muroki is emerging as a shining talent, bringing a growing audience to his soulful summertime sound.