Suzzanne Owiyo – Thick-skinned songstress who brought global fame to lakeside town

Listen Suzanna Owiyo is a multi-award winning musician. She has won the Kora Award and Kisima Award for Most Promising Musician and nominated Best Kenyan Female Artist at Pearl of Africa Music Awards, and has performed before numerous Heads of State, including Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama. In December 2001, President Daniel arap Moi, Tanzania’s […]

Suzanne Gachukia

Listen Suzanne Gachukia is a composer, musician, performer, producer and entrepreneur. She is the owner and Director of Sub-Saharan Limited (formerly Samawati), a company that produces music, films and television shows. The company, which doubles up as a media training institute, has over 300 works in audio and film under its belt in addition to […]

Mary Atieno Ominde – Teacher’s gift of song rises above her visual challenge

Listen Pioneer gospel singer Mary Atieno Ominde is living proof that disability is not inability; blind from birth, she became a leading artiste in Kenya’s gospel music arena in the 1980s and 1990s, producing numerous albums that continue to inspire millions. Her first album, Adam na Eva, released in 1982, remained popular for years. As […]

Jennifer Sanna

Listen Jennifer Atieno Sanna, or Atisanna, to use her stage name, is Kenya’s first professional female nyatiti player. The nyatiti, an eight-stringed harp, was traditionally played only by men among the Luo. She learned how to play this instrument under the tutelage of accomplished nyatiti players, later training further at the Kenya National Theatre. She […]

Helen Mtawali – Multi-talented songstress with a teacher’s heart

Listen Remembered for gracing our television screens as the firm but encouraging Tusker Project Fame Academy’s music teacher, Hellen Mtawali is an accomplished singer, composer, choreographer and lecturer at Daystar University, who uses song to evangelise and to help the less fortunate, and has been instrumental in mentoring Kenya’s next generation of musicians. Hellen Mtawali […]

Emmy Kosgei

Listen Emmy Kosgei is a gospel singer, fashion designer and philanthropist. Due to her Christian upbringing, she started singing in church at a young age and later while in high school, collaborated with other artists including Maximum Melodies. Her musical influences include Esther Wahome, Rebecca Malope, Keke and the late Miriam Makeba. Kosgei has released […]