QUEEN OF ALL THINGS NYUMMY!
June Gachui is the Queen of all things Nyummy! One of Kenya’s most sought after entertainers, she sings, acts both on screen and on stage, offers bilingual MC and hosting services. It has been said that the one thing that distinguishes her from most of her peers, is the truth in her performance; June performs with her entire being, with soul, and doesn’t hold anything back when she is on stage; those who have listened to and watched her perform can attest to that. Coining the phrase #NyummyMusic as a new genre that aptly describes the feeling June hopes her audiences to get once they experience her music.
Her love affair with music, theatre, and the arts is one that spans over two and a half decades and “Singing and acting are my passion and they also double up as pretty effective and profitable stress relievers!” June shares. In spite of this being a fun hobby, June has found a way to structure the art in such a way that it is professional, entertaining, and more importantly profitable, by using some of the skills she has gained through her own business.
June is also an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and is the Principal of JGIP Consultants. She graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with an LL.B (Hons) and French law. She holds an LL.M in Intellectual Property Law from George Washington University, USA, and is also an Associate Member of the International Trademark Association (INTA). She has extensive experience in all areas of Intellectual Property (IP) Law and Entertainment Law; having trained with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), New York as well as with reputable Australian Entertainment Law Firm Joan B. Peters-Private Practice.
As part of her work in the IP field, she is a resource person and trainer for entrepreneurs in creative industries ranging from music publishing, film and TV, software developers, corporate clients, schools, regional and international organizations on matters IP, advocating for the protection of IP rights. "I wanted to focus on an area of law linked to the arts so that I could make a difference in the lives of many creatives," she says.
JGIP CONSULTANTS is an Intellectual Property (IP) Services Boutique that offers consultancy services to creative entrepreneurs by providing legal guidance and drafting, training and workshops, access to auxiliary services. The vision? To provide accessible, high-quality IP services that protect and transform innovative works, and spur development across Africa and in so doing help creatives monetize their intangible goods and services.
June also serves on the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) as a Director of the Board, as well as on the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) Sector Board for Sports, Culture, and Heritage.
With over a decade of experience performing live, June has been blessed to grace stages in the US, Australia, UK, France, Uganda, and all over Kenya - with notable features being opening for Hill Street Soul in November 2010, Joe Thomas at The Tusker Lite Experience in March 2012, Jazz Under The Stars in August 2014, Pamoja Concert with Owuor Arunga in September 2014, Simplified Soul JAM in August 2015 and Koroga Festival in May 2016, Terminal Weekend in August 2018
In addition to performing, every year June curates and produces several shows. One of the more popular ones is 'Motown In Nairobi', staged every October on the eve of Mashujaa Day. Others include 'The Heng!' a 90s throwback concert, 'Soul Train', 'The Tribute Series' where we honour living and fallen musical legends, and ‘Bare’.
June successfully launched her album in 2016 (now available on iTunes, Google Music, Amazon Music, and locally on mookh.com). Dubbed ‘Twenty Years’, the album is a testament of her 20-year musical journey and life experiences told in her own style of music which she fondly refers to as Nyummy Music.
June won the Acclaimed Café Ngoma Award for Best Soul Act in 2017. She has been on our TV screens in films like ‘Project Daddy’ and made a cameo appearance in ‘Nairobi Half-Life’. June has graced numerous stages and has been a Phoenix Player for over 10 years. Some of the most memorable performances include two one-woman shows namely; ‘My Brilliant Divorce’ and ‘Shirley Valentine’. In addition, she played major roles in ‘Wife Begins at Forty’, ‘It Runs in the Family’ and ‘Steel Magnolias’ to name a few. June was also the leading lady in Sterling Quality’s ‘Lwanda -Man of Stone’ a Kenyan musical where she played Nyaber. July 2016 saw her play ‘Millicent’ in the three-woman show - 'Threefold Cord' for which June was nominated and won the Best Actress Award 2016 –Sanaa Theatre Awards. She has also been cast in plays for corporate and charitable organizations, the most recent being a production of the ‘Vagina Monologues’ in 2017 and 2018 directed by Mumbi Kaigwa - this was the third time that June has played in this international production.
June was a sitting judge for ‘Kwaya’, judge for the ‘Tusker Project Fame’ auditions and TV show host of The Great Kenyan Bake Off for the past 2 seasons. Proving to audiences just how quickly she can think on her feet, June performs with improv comedians in a uniquely put together show titled Because You Said So - a first of its kind in Kenya’s comedy scene.
Over the years, June been invited to deliver key-note addresses for Toastmasters Kenya and the Engage Talk platform; her most popular to date is titled “In the Meantime Theory”.