The singer who is currently riding high with the hit ‘Story Yangu’ featuring Bahati gave a candid interview to SDE, in which he revealed details about him you probably did not know. He also revealed if he has beef with Daddy Owen.
Tell us about your family background…
I was born in Nairobi’s Kangemi estate, though we later relocated to Rongai when I was 10 years old. I am the second born in a family of three. My brother, who is older than me, is into business, while my younger sister is still in school.
Were you born blind
Yes. I was born visually impaired. However, I didn’t quite understand my condition until I grew older. I heard other kids mention colours like red, blue and green, which I had never seen.
How was it like going to school and interacting with the rest
It was a ‘normal’ experience. I think I was too young to understand. We played all the games together, including hide and seek!
Did they discriminate against you
Not really. At times, I could feel them trying to protect me when we were playing. They made me feel as one of them. They were the best friends.
What is your best childhood memory
My school days at the Thika School for the Blind. Here, I met other kids who were like me and we could interact and converse on the same level.
My best moment was when our sponsors and well-wishers visited over the weekends. This meant a change of diet from the usual ugali and beans to something like rice and beef
When did your music career kick off
That was in 2010 when I cleared school. A friend of mine called Peter was very passionate about music, so we decided to do a song together. We looked for the late John Nyika who produced our song, Ninapokuita.
Was it difficult handling the music business back then
Yes. We were just starting out in the industry, but Nyika held our hands and offered guidance. With time, our confidence grew and we started performing in churches and concerts. Eventually, money started flowing in.
You became famous after releasing the song, ‘Mbona.’ Is it your biggest hit ever
Yes. I am forever grateful to Daddy Owen. Composing Mbona and going through the whole music production was an eye-opener, so to speak!
What are your lowest and highest points in life
The best memories are endless. When I am on stage and the crowd is singing along and cheering me on, I feel special. When someone calls me to congratulate me or asking me to sign a deal; that is also special. I rarely dwell on negative things. I have no energy.
Do you still have beef with Daddy Owen