Vines are short videos (usually 6-seconds) scripted and performed and then played on a loop on YouTube. In Kenya, youngsters are sharing funny vines that talk about day-to-day life on Instagram. I’m sure you have seen and laughed your heart out at many of them.
We caught up with Brandon Oriri, who goes by the name Sirmawati on Instagram, a very funny entertainer who creates vines and does music cyphers too.
Which course are you pursuing and where do you study?
I study at Strathmore University, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Information Technology.
What are some of your interests?
I have a lot of interest in film and music. I spend my time watching entertainment videos to understand how they are put together. That fires me up every day. I also play and watch soccer with friends as well as travelling and exploring things.
Why did you decide to start creating funny videos?
Well, I’ve always been a clown from an early age so I decided to try doing it professionally to see the reactions. I don’t do them alone, I have friends who help create ideas and we have an upcoming YouTube channel called Ejay Kenya that you guys should check out. The response on Instagram has been positive and that has kept me going.
How did you come up with the name Sirmawati?
Wow. That’s a long story but for the purpose of this interview, I’ll keep it short. My name is Brandon Lee Oriri, so most people call me B.L.O.O. So I translated it into something more local, samawati which is Swahili for Blue. Since I’m a sir and a star in the making, I decided on Sirmawati.
Tell us about your music and the cyphers you do:
1)I have a split personality 2)I am very passionate about ugali nyama and sukuma wiki. 3)My parents have no idea about the funny videos or music, but they’ll find out eventually
Any upcoming projects?
My ultimate goal is to go down in history as one of the most versatile entertainers and to help bring up as many acts as possible. Kenya has a lot of untapped talent.
How can one reach you?