Juliani whose real name is Julius Owino is a kenyan hip hop gospel musician. He is popularly known for his hit song ‘Utawala’. He is the third born in a family of six.
He is the hottest Gospel rapper in Kenya right now and is not ready to drop the mic any time soon. Born and raised in Dandora suburb, Juliani grew as the third born in a family of six children. He was at one time a member of the group Ukoo Flani and performed with them at many clubs and local gigs, especially at the renowned Florida 2000 night club and casino before making the transition to independent musician.
On his transition to gospel, he adds that he was raised in a Christian home and one of his friends called Brayo (of the secular group Warogi Wawili), had earlier gotten saved, and would encourage him. He introduced him to Nairobi Lighthouse Church and after much soul-searching; in 2005 he got born again and his spirituality grew day by day.
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Juliani Music Career
In August 2006, he started working with Kijiji Records, a label led by local music pioneer Kanji, formerly of Milele. He teamed up with KORA nominee, Astar, and together they toured many schools and colleges. He has socially supported causes such as Vina Na Maana (a campaign against Economic Partnership Agreements), Stand Up Against Poverty (UN Millennium Campaign For MDG’s) and as the World Vision Peace Tour (around Kenyan cities & towns). After the post-election violence in Kenya in early 2008, he got together with other top artists to record the multi-award winning Wakenya Pamoja single and video.
In 2008, Juliani was the first ever Kenyan artist to be signed to a full-fledged UK-based record label, Gatwitch Records. The result of that partnership is the highly acclaimed studio album, Mtaa Mentality, released in December 2008. A long-serving radio presenter, Eve D’Souza, prompted every lover of conscious music to get their hands on that album.
Juliani has collaborated with the likes of KORA winner Eric Wainaina and Afro-fusion sensation Kanjii, as well as Kisima Nominees Holy Dave, and Wenyeji. Following the post-election violence in Kenya in early 2008, he got together with other top-name artists to record the multi-award winning Wakenya Pamoja single and video. It incorporated over 30 different acts, including comedian Churchill, Suzzana Owiyo, Abbi, Pete Odera and Rufftone.
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Kenyan Groove Awards winner in multiple categories for the third year in a row, and U.S. Talanta Award winner as the coveted male artist of 2008, Juliani is known for his powerful lyrics and passionate delivery. As the king of gospel rap, he has also been nominated a couple of times. Currently he is also the goodwill ambassador in charge of promoting youth farming in Kenya.Juliani has been on an environmental campaign since August 2009, and in December that year represented Kenya at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
Juliani Family, Wife and Children
Juliani is married to Brenda Wairimu and a children.