Henrie Mutuku Biography
Henrie Mutuku whose full names are Evelyn Mutuku Maina is a Kenyan gospel musician who was born in Nairobi in 1978. She is popularly known for her song ‘Usichoke’. She has won many awards;Kora Awards, Kisima Awards, Ukumbi Awards just to mention a few.
Henrie Mutuku Early Life
Henrie Mutuku was born in Nairobi in 1978, she is the first born in a family of four. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Mutuku. She grew up in Eastlands, a densely populated area in Nairobi inhabited by generally low income residents, and from a very young age was exposed to a diverse range of music styles including R&B, Reggae, Rap, Benga, Lingala and other African blends of music.It was therefore inevitable for a promising artist like Henrie Mutuku to acquire and incorporate these influences into her style.
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Henrie Mutuku Musical Career
She learnt to sing and play the piano, and started performing early in life at family gatherings before graduating to singing in Sunday School class in a neighborhood church and later with the church choir.
In high school she used to be an active member of the drama club and she was also the choir mistress for the school choir. It is here that her interest in music peaked.
Henrie started working in music with local Christian artists like Izzo and Pete Odera as a background vocalist. She later featured predominantly in a 2002 compilation album ‘Rebirth’ produced by Soul Child Inc. Her career was catapulted after duel winning the KORA 2002 Best Artiste East Africa (with Eric Wainaina).
Henrie Mutuku’s debut album was “Simama” (Stand) which has gone on to contribute hit songs like “Usichoke” (featuring Roughtone and R.K) and “Manzi wa Maana” (featuring K.J. of Redykulass-a Kenyan comedy troupe). She has also featured prominently in popular music countdown radio shows like Kiss 100’s “Smirnoff Top 7 songs in Nairobi”, East Africa FM Radio’s ‘Link’ and Kampala FM as voted by listeners. ‘Manzi wa Maana’ especially captured the hearts of young ladies, swiftly becoming an anthem of chastity and virtue, all the while redefining the true essence of a beautiful African woman. She has since recorded another music video for the song ‘Amini’, taken off her album ‘Simama’.
Henrie Mutuku has curtain raised for Bebo Norman at two concerts, allowing her to make her first music video, “Nakuhitaji” (I Need you), created by the local Family T.V. for the promotion of the Bebo Norman Tour. She then recorded yet another music video for the song “Amini” (Believe), a feature in her album ‘Simama’.
Henrie Mutuku songs include:
- Simama (2002)
- Manzi wa Maana
- Kunaye Mungu
- Songa Mbele
- Tena (2014)
Henrie Mutuku Awards
1. Best Female Vocalist, Ukumbi Awards, 1999,
2. University Arts Achievement in Music 1999, Nominated for Female Artist of the year 2002
3. Kora Awards, Best Artiste from East Africa, 2002
4. Kora Awards, Best Female Artiste, Kisima awards 2002,
5. Best Contemporary Gospel Artiste, Kisima awards 2002,
6. Chafua and a collabo, Nisaidie, became songs of the year in 2004 on Hope FM
8. Nominated for American Gospel Music Awards, International Category, 2004
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Henrie Mutuku Philanthropy
Passionate about many causes, especially the containment of the HIV/AIDS scourge that has ravaged her continent, she has participated in various fundraising and awareness activities for HIV/AIDS prevention. In addition, Henrie has worked with the Protecting Life Movement, as well as in the care of AIDS orphans and patients, not to mention her work with Bible translation and literacy.
Henrie Mutuku Family;Husband
Henrie Mutuku got married to her fiance, Charles Maina Njau, on 21 April 2014, who is a youth pastor at Buru buru Baptist Church.
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