Otile Brown Biography
Otile Brown is an urban contemporary musician, Song Writer, Guitarist and an Actor. He was born and raised in the coastal city of Mombasa. He is the last born in a family of five- three brothers and one sister.
Otile Brown Music Career
He discovered his talent and a tender age of 12. He started singing and writing music at age 13. After his short musical career in Mombasa, Otile Brown moved to Nairobi in 2012 in search of greener pastures. He met with Jalango when he was waiting for Willy M Tuva and he decided to give him his CD, he loved his music and advised him to stick on singing. He surprisingly, sponsored his first song and gave him a choice to work with either Wyre or Doctor Eddie. He preferred Dr. Eddie (A renowned producer) since he was not as busy as Wyre since Wyre is a singer and a producer. Dr. Eddy was impressed by his skills and decided to sign him as the first artiste off the label dreamland Music Entertainment.
Otile Brown Music Journey
Many who have listened to him admit that his music is mature. He was discovered by Jalango, who later referred him to Docta Eddie. Since then, they have been recording music and The third single has been released and is causing ripples in the Kenyan music scene…
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After a successful collaboration with Khaligraph Jones, dubbed Imaginary Love, Otile Brown has yet come back with a song that is expected to create massive heat in the industry. The song they have chosen to call DEJAVU, is a story of a married couple that has been staying together for some time and the wife tends to think that the love from the husband if fading…
The video shot in the coastal part of Kenya, brings out the whole coastal experience to the fullest. Directed and produced by the award-winning producer Dr. Eddie, of Dreamland Music Entertainment Company which Otile Brown is signed under.
The singer rose to fame for his song, Imaginary Love, featuring one of Kenya’s top hip-hop rappers, Khaligraph, which has received positive feedback from fans.
The Mombasa based singer has since released other new songs, which include: Deja Vu and Everything, which are set to have music video’s soon. But it’s no doubt that the youngster is really talented, and from his smooth vocals one would confuse him for a Bongo musician. The contemporary artiste is also apparently doing more collabos with top Kenyan artists, which are yet to be revealed.
Otile Brown Songs
- Imaginary Love
- Shujaa Wako
- Dejavu Remix
- Shujaa Wako
- A Heart of Giving
- Niseme Nawe
Otile Brown Contacts
Interviewer: Is Otile Brown your real name?
Otile Brown: No, it’s a nickname.
Interviewer: What is your real name?
Otile Brown: I’d rather keep people guessing because I don’t like it.
Interviewer: Have you thought of changing it legally?
Otile Brown: Yes, and I could. But even though I dislike it, I treasure it as well because it’s the name my mother (RIP) gave me. She gave it to me out of love and I value it, especially since she’s no longer here.
Interviewer: When did you officially join the music industry?
Otile Brown: It’s been about a year now… and in that time I’ve released a couple of singles and collaborations with some of the best rappers in Kenya — like Khaligraph and King Kaka.
Interviewer: Did you have a godfather, or a figure of some sort, to guide you?
Otile Brown: Not really, but Jalang’o pointed me in the right direction. He gave me two options, to choose either Wyre or Dr Eddie to be my producer. I chose Eddie.
Interviewer: Why not Wyre?
Otile Brown: Because he is very busy. He is an artiste like me and I needed someone who could give me their full attention.
Interviewer: Were you born in Mombasa?
Otile Brown: Yes.
Interviewer: Does that make you a Mombasa or Nairobi artiste?
Otile Brown: I find it awkward when people talk about a Mombasa or Nairobi artiste, or industry for that matter. It does not make sense to me. Yes, I was born in Mombasa, Mikindani, but I’m an artiste representing Kenya, East Africa and Africa.
Interviewer: When did you relocate?
Otile Brown: In 2003. I had a job in Mombasa and, whenever I saved enough money, I would come to Nairobi. I was a musician but I didn’t do it commercially. I wasn’t ready yet to put myself out there because I didn’t think I was good enough. I figured out going back and forth between Mombasa and Nairobi wouldn’t help me stabilise my career and Dr Eddie offered to house me.
Interviewer: In his own house?
Otile Brown: Yes
Interviewer: For how long?
Otile Brown: For about seven months and then I moved out. He has a big mansion; sometimes we wouldn’t even see each other for three days and had to call each other to find out if either of us was in the house.
Interviewer: The blogs have it that you used to sell ‘chang’aa’ before you got into music…
Otile Brown: Yes, I had to. I know how far I’ve come and that’s why I’m so hungry in this game, waiting for my moment when I get to the top. I know I’m headed there. My mom died when I was about to turn 13. I don’t like talking about it but I don’t shy away from speaking about it because I know it could motivate someone. Sometimes when I would get caught, the officers would frogmarch me past the school compound where other children would see me. It was embarrassing. I didn’t like doing it but I had to survive.
Interviewer: Most of your songs are about love; are you in love?
Otile Brown: Not at the moment.
Interviewer: Where do you get the inspiration from?
Otile Brown: It’s my job, it’s my business. I don’t have to go through it to sing it. If I make my listeners feel like I’m in love and get them to feel a certain way, then my job is done. I don’t have to go through something to get an idea of what to sing about, but when it touches someone out there and inspires them…
Interviewer: Have you ever been deeply in love?
Otile Brown: Yes I have, it was intense. There was this woman back in Mombasa; we went to a party together and she got drunk and just when guys were leaving she trashed the whole place. I took the blame even though the neighbours clearly saw her do it. I still insisted it was me. I spent a week in the cells before I was bailed out.
Interviewer: What is the genre of your music?
Otile Brown: It’s called Kunidzia. Tanzanians call it Bongo but from my knowledge it is derived from the Arabs, which the Mijikenda borrowed.
Interviewer: You featured King Kaka on the song ‘Alivyonipenda’. How did you meet?
Otile Brown: We met at iClub and exchanged phone numbers. I remember he told me he had an idea for a song he wanted us to work on together. I sent my verses and chorus and stuff but before that I told him there’s a song I wanted to feature him in. He agreed. I sent it and he liked it.
Interviewer: This was ‘Alivyonipenda’?
Otile Brown: Yes.
Interviewer: What happened to the first one?
Otile Brown: This industry is funny. I know people who have many songs but have never released them. Things keep changing really fast, beats, style…
Interviewer: Why is that?
Otile Brown: People get a lot of advice from people who think they know best. There’s a big artiste in the industry (I won’t mention the name) with whom I did a song. I’m just exhausted because he keeps changing his verse, about four times now. So when he was ready to release it, it wasn’t the right time for me. There are songs that you do but the timing is never right and they never see the light of day.
Interviewer: What about Khaligraph? What was your first reaction when you met him?
Otile Brown: He’s not the arrogant person people think he is. I’ve known Khaligraph for a while now and he’s the coolest guy ever. People judge others unfairly. Don’t believe everything you see on television.
Interviewer: I see you like your jewellery; what’s your preference, earrings or necklaces?
Otile Brown: I like to keep it simple; I could do either or both.
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