The Sound Goddess Redefined

MC Sharon, also known by her other monikers Decibelle or Alshaverb Mama Yao is a veteran talent from Nairobi, Kenya; having been in the business of music making for the better part of her planetary existence. The singer, rapper, producer, contemporary painter, writer, author and cultural curator who originally hails from Muhoroni township epitomises a gritty blend of conscious hip hop, Afro soul fusions, unapologetic lyricism, feminist pride and tones of wild attitude. Hers is an unparalleled, passion-filled quest for life-changing sound and potent prose intertwined into little artistic gifts for the world's enjoyment. ART- Alternative Righteous Talent is what she likes to call it; and it's not hard to see what she endevours to embody from the way she carries herself creatively. Alshaverb, for instance, is coined from the first letters her names Alai Sharon. 'Verb' is the to do word and in this case it refers to lyrical slaying with her pen being her sword. Decibelle represents her Sound engineering passions and pursuits and its coined from Decibel the SI unit of sound amplitude. Belle is the French equivalent of a pretty girl and together those three monikers form a trinity within a brand.

Decibelle is a blend of both country and city living. It is during her times in the countryside that  her melodic persuasions were encouraged during choir practice. Growing up as a staunch Adventist, this came naturally for most, if not all her family members on both sides. It is in the city however that her music transformation from Acapella praise and worship to Hip hop, reggae and ethnic jazzy funk vibes became a reality.  As a music student with a piano background during her time in Alliance Girls High School and even thereafter, the music afficionada has continued to grow and experiment with different sounds; both as a producer and a performer. 

Alshaverb burst into the scene with Word On The Street in 2001. This was recorded at the late Bruce Odhiambo's Johari Cleff studios; paving the way for her youthful and illustrious rap career to take shape. Word on the Street was soon followed up by the sultry urban hit Everyday (featuring Pam of SEMA). It was recorded at Soundscribes by Edineree where she had found yet another musical home among the likes of Michelle Kwambo, Edu G, Wardhez, Nanoma, Kaz, Boboz MCs and Bafu Chafu. From then she ventured away from her mentors to carve out her own niche and she went on to work with many other units before setting up base at EWD Studios. This is where Hustlers Ground, her first major studio album after the EPs African Warrior and The Underground Alliance (UA) Initiative was released. At the time she was also a member of The Others Music Group alongside 4nzy, Kimathi Marshall, Samuel Malaki - The Difference, Big Boi Kuntry and The Other Others; and together they released The Others Vol 1 mix tape later that year. 

Before EWD she was a founder member at The Warriors Band and together they did Live Up the live music album in downtown Nairobi before embarking on a Ghetto to Ghetto tour. The original Warriors included Mtapa, Temper, Mdogo, Lwanda Magere, Nandasaba, Sammy Boy among others; and even after they parted ways and broke down into two different factions she continued to perform as a solo act in many a platform. Amongst her many notable creations thereafter was Seven Days (2015); a mixtape she produced in Maruna Records, Naivasha. This was during her parental sabbatical as she struggled to rediscover herself and raise her two sons away from the hustle and bustle of Nairobi. It was not too long before she missed it all once  more however. In that same year after a two year stint away from the scene, she came back to the city renewed afresh. This is when she self published her first book Bottle Battles, Binges and Brew Blues 1: THE CHRONICLES OF A CONVALESCENT ALCOHOLIC.

MC Sharon is the face, Decibelle the ears and Alshaverb the hands in this order of artistic personification. Needless to say, the goddess of sound has been flourishing and will continue to flourish within and beyond the limits of the limited. From Kwani, to WAPI, to African Warrior ( 2005), The U.A Initiative( 2007), Hustlers Ground (2009), Seven Days (2015) and many other smaller projects in between, the sky is hardly a reasonable place to stop. The gem that was GEMS (Genetically Emancipated Musical Soul) was released in 2018 and in between 2019 and 2020, she partnered with 6ix Foot to create a collaboration album Black Book. It still remains unreleased but not for much longer. In November 2021 she launched her second book Alkebulanian in Alkebulan and to start off 2022 the goddess had just a comeback with a new album dubbed The Last Will and Testament (TLWAT). 

It is worth noting that her musical legacy is already well cemented with the entry of her 13 yr old son Jabali Tulani aka Jay the Rock and 10 yr old Sulwe into the rap game. Jabali debuted on GEMS when he was 10 and his brother now does the same thing; also at 10 in The Last Will and Testament. They are the only features in the new 2022 TLWAT offing with bars on the swerve Brother's Keeper. It's also worth noting that MC Sharon has since gone live and she now performs with her Green House Band from time to time. In addition to TLWAT, MC Sharon and Shekina Karen have a new project in the pipeline dubbed 2.0.7.9. She has also been working closely with Wuod Baba and a few other notable acts on EPs, singles and full-length projects; among them a docuseries as well as a documentary which will see the light of day at some point this year.

Vision Without Execution is Hallucination.”

— Thomas Edison