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STARTED PLAYING GUITAR AT AGE 17 AND LEADING WORSHIP AT THE AGE OF 18. I HAVE PLAYED MUSIC AND LEAD WORSHIP WITH NUMEROUS BANDS. FOR OVER 25 YEARS BEEN ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN TRANSFORMING AND GIVING HOPE TO THIS GENERATION. HAS MENTORED AND BEEN A ROLE MODEL TO THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE OVER THE YEARS.
JAMES G. MAINA IS THE FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF WISDOM SANCTUARY MINISTRIES. HIS MINISTRY SPANS A PERIOD OF 25 YEARS. HE IS A RENOUN AUTHOR OF 5 BOOKS. HE TRAVELS SPREADING THE GOOD NEWS THROUGH HIS MUSIC AND BOOKS. HE IS HAPILY MARRIED TO AGNES KUVUNA AND ARE BLESSED WITH TO WONDERFUL CHILDREN KAYLA AND BOAZ
For me music is the way i express myself.
I started singing right in 1986 and i remember that i was very intrigued and inspired by a famous band called the revival flames. It was fabulous. I didn't have a guitar or a drum set.. and so my first instrument was a plastic water container that i used to hammer so hard to unleash my musical passions. I would sing round and imitate them. There was an old man who had a couple of guitars and and a nice system.
My first serious instrument to play was the original /traditional african drum. I remember those early days so very well when we didn't have guitars and other modern instruments. We would keep the traditional african drum out in the sunlight for the whole day so that it would be properly tuned. When it was cold, the drum would contract and not produce quality sound, but when it had warmed up, we would just rock the party.
Then i fell in love with the guitar. When my friends started playing the guitar, i was not interested an inch. I had even told myself that i wasn't just going to play music simply because others were doing so. You remember so very well " Bad Company ruins good morals' or 'walk with the wise and you will be wise" It wasn't long before i started playing the guitar. Then i got hooked up and i couldn't keep it down. I started practicing playing the guitar and at times i would play the whole night.
It was very irritating for the room mates. I played and played until every where i went i would look for a guitar. I even carried one to school.
My first guitar was a Carlos guitar made in South America. I bought it in Dubai while i was on one of those business trips. That guitar totally revolutionized my music. I learnt a lot of skills.. It was through that guitar that i moved from being a village player into more professional playing.
I have had so many different mentors in this field and the most amazing this is that every body you meet has a little jist, style, note that you can learn from. Playing with different people was just a great way of opening up my music pores- and letting the music flow.
If there is one guitarist that i would say that revolutionized my playing and stage performance it was none other but Jonah Uzelle. Having hailed from a musical family the man is a outstanding musician. I learnt the best of PA systems from him, live performance and band coordination.