Grace Munene, aka Grammo Suspect, is a Kenyan activist, rap artist and spoken word poet who uses her music to promote human rights, particularly within the LGBTQI community in Kenya.
In April 2015, Grammo Suspect released Our Love is Valid, the first song on her upcoming album Embrace Diversity, which will focus on themes affecting the LGBTQI community in Kenya, Africa and the whole world at large. As an openly gay musician, Grammo Suspect has faced discrimination and abuse from the police, local gangs and the music community. Songs such as the single Our Love is Valid present a clear challenge to the conservative values of Grammo’s home country as she fights to give support to people who, like her, suffer for their sexuality.
Song: My Identity, Grammo Suspect, 2017
Grammo is an inspiration for others wishing to come out as gay in Kenya and continues to campaign publicly despite a ban from any radio stations and continued harassment for her appearances and sexuality since 2005.
Video interview: Grammo Suspect speaks about the impact of Covid-19 and the support of Artists at Risk (AR).
Related at AR:
Kenyan LGBTQI musician Grammo Suspect receives emergency Covid-19 funding
Welcoming Grace Munene aka Grammo Suspect to AR-Catalonia
Schedule: Grammo Suspect – Rainbow Ambassador Kenya
AR PAVILION HELSINKI – MASS MEMORY MACHINES
Grammo Suspect – Rainbow Ambassador Kenya is an Artists-at-Risk (AR) Resident at an undisclosed location. The AR-Network is curated by Perpetuum Mobile (PM) and is coordinated by the AR-Secretariat, co-funded by Kone Foundation. This residency is funded by the AR Covid-19 Emergency Fund and the City of Helsinki.
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Background image, video still from the Video Our Love is Valid, Grammo Suspect, 2016