Hip-hop recording artist and actor Childish Gambino adds nothing, but fire to Kenna’s “Relations,” the lead single on his recent EP: “Imitation Is Suicide: Chapter 1.” The official video for this epic collaboration was premiered today (November 12) on mtvU.
Kenna has worked and toured with Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, Mark Ronson, No Doubt, N.E.R.D and Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan, Mike Shinoda, Lupe Fiasco, Santigold, & Ashlee Simpson. He continues to create his own sound that has yet to be categorized and filed under any mainstream genre. He is defined only by his natural constitution to never be what you expect.
In addition to his musical pursuits, when Kenna learned about the global water crisis affecting his home village in Ethiopia, he decided to create the SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT project. In 2010 Kenna and his colleagues climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to bring attention to the water crisis. Kenna developed a transmedia platform and 19,340 ft website with a game engine for fans and followers to participate virtually with the climbers. This concept, rooted in social media, was the first of its kind. The project generated 3 billion impressions, over 1,700 pieces of traditional press and helped bring clean drinking water to thousands of people in his home country.