Solomon Mkubwa is a Congolese gospel musician who is based in Kenya. He is also a born again evangelist at Maximum Miracle Centre in Nairobi’s Umoja. Though he is from Congo he has won the hearts of East Africans with his big hits like Mfalme wa Amani and Mungu Mwenye Nguvu.
Solomon Mkubwa Education Background
Secondary school student at Faraja Secondary School up to Form Three.
- In Congolese education system, after Form Three, one chooses a career to train. It is like college. He did a diploma in teaching but he never taught anywhere
Primary school student at Kibumba Primary
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Solomon Mkubwa Music Career
He was born in a family of musicians and one that is devoted to Christianity. His father was a re-known gospel musician and his brothers and sisters are also musicians but based in Congo. He started singing at the age of eight.
His breakthrough in music began in 2012 when he met with Angela Chibalonza while she was performing in Congo. They later hooked up and performed together several times before coming to Kenya
In 2005, he came to Kenya courtesy of Angela and she showed him the tricks of the game, helped him financially, and allowed him to accompany her for various performances. His songs started becoming hits when he performed alongside Angela.
His first album ‘Sijaona Rafiki Kama Yesu’ was poor because he wasn’t known then. Since then he has become a household name with his songs even winning awards. Mfalme wa Amani has won three awards in Tanzania. In 2010, it was second best song after Rose Muhando’s Nibebe. It became top best song in 2011 and 2012.
Solomon Mkubwa on how he lost his hand
Kenyan based Congolese gospel artist from Mombasa Solomon Mkubwa has revealed the circumstances that led to him losing his left arm.
The artist who shot to fame after the release of his single “Mfalme Wa Amani” says that his left arm started swelling by itself when he was 12 years old.
The gospel singer narrated how his parents took him to doctors and even traditional herbalist to get a remedy but none of them was able to diagnose what was wrong with his arm.
For three years Solomon had to live with his swollen arm until a time when some “Wazungu” as he calls them opened a hospital in his neighborhood.
“Even they were unable to tell what was wrong with my arm”, he says. The Wazungus however recommended that it was advisable to amputate his arm to save his life as whatever ailed his arm would spread to the rest of his body and cost him his life.
Solomon revealed that he later came to realize that his step mother had bewitched him and caused the swelling on his arm. She herself confessed to the act after I got amputated and the swelling healed up.
His popoular song “Mfalme Wa Amani” was inspired by this incident where he says he encourages people to seek help form God as he had tried doctors and witch doctors alike but they never found a solution for him.
Solomon Mkubwa Songs
- Sema Neno
- Sijaona Rafiki Kama Yesu
- Uwe Nami Bwana
- Mke Si Nguo
- Niko Wa Yesu
- Matendo Ya Mungu
- Nimewasamehe Wote
- Kwa Utukufu Wa Mungu
- Mwamba Uliopasuka
- Moyo Wangu Tukuza Bwana
- Usikate Tamaa
- Nitayainua Macho
Solomon Mkubwa Album
As at 2013 he had four albums, Sijaona Rafiki Kama Yesu (2003), Mungu Mwenye Nguvu (2005), Utukufu wa Mungu (2012) and Sifa za Mungu.
Solomon Mkubwa Awards
His song, Mfalme wa Amani has won three awards in Tanzania. In 2010, it was second best song after Rose Muhando’s Nibebe. It became top best song in 2011 and last year.
Solomon Mkubwa Family
His family is based in Congo. His father was a re-known gospel musician and his brothers and sisters are also musicians but based in Congo.
Solomon Mukubwa Wedding
Details about Solomon Mkubwa wedding will be updated soon
Solomon Mkubwa Video – Mfalme Wa Amani
Solomon Mkubwa – Interview
Question: Who is Solomon Mukubwa?
Solomon Mkubwa: I am a born-again evangelist, God fearing servant and a feted artiste who administers through gospel music. I am originally from Congo.
Question: How did you start music?
Solomon Mkubwa: l was born in a family of musicians and one that is devoted to Christianity. My father was a re-known gospel musician and my brothers and sisters are also musicians but based in Congo. I started singing at the age of eight.
Question: Where were you born?
Solomon Mkubwa: I was born in Congo 35 years ago, but came to Kenya in 2005 to try my hand in music. Since then, Kenya has been my second home. I love Kenya so much, I don’t like when foreigners speak badly about her. I am where I am because of God, and the fact that Kenyans welcomed me to their country.
Question: How has it been breaking into a foreign market with your music?
Solomon Mkubwa: It has not been easy, especially when I started and was new and unexposed in Kenya. The response to my first album Sijaona Rafiki Kama Yesu was poor because l wasn’t known then. Some people were not willing to show me the way.
Question: When did you finally get a breakthrough?
Solomon Mkubwa: When I met Angela Chibalonza, the late gospel artiste. Angela was God-sent. She showed me the tricks of the game, helped me financially, and allowed me to accompany her for various performances. Actually, I came to Kenya courtesy of Angela. I first met her in Congo, in 2002 while performing. We later hooked up and performed together several times before coming to Kenya. My songs started becoming hits when l performed alongside Angela. I would say Angela played a great role in my musical journey.
Question: Her death must have been a blow to you?
Solomon Mkubwa: Yes it was because she was like my mentor in music and a dear sister in the Lord. I carried the three songs-Mfalme wa Amani, Mungu Mwenye Nguvu and Mkono wa Bwana and played them during the funeral preparations in Kenya.
Question: You are also a preacher?
Solomon Mkubwa: Yes, l was recently crowned a pastor at the Maximum Miracle Centre in Nairobi’s Umoja.
Question: How many albums do you have?
Solomon Mkubwa: I have four albums, Sijaona Rafiki Kama Yesu (2003), Mungu Mwenye Nguvu (2005), Utukufu wa Mungu (2012) and my latest Sifa za Mungu will be launched soon. Others are in pipeline.
Question: Which awards have you won?
Solomon Mkubwa: My song, Mfalme wa Amani has won three awards in Tanzania. In 2010, it was second best song after Rose Muhando’s Nibebe. It became top best song in 2011 and last year.
Question: Where have you performed your music?
Solomon Mkubwa: In Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Malawi and Zambia.
Question: What inspires your music?
Solomon Mkubwa: My music is God-ordained and scripture inspired. Before I come up with any song, I make sure I seek the face of God, and fast.
God provides me with ideas. Whenever instruments play, God sends me an idea that goes with the beats. Sometimes l get ideas from other peoples’ songs, but God directs me how to do it and it comes out very differently. That way, the lyrics are more powerful and life changing.
Question: Your tracks are among those highly pirated. What are you doing about it?
Solomon Mkubwa: Yes they are. But truth be told, much as it is illegal, piracy has helped popularise many musicians. However, piracy has hit me hard. I would have made a fortune in my album, Mungu Mwenye Nguvu, but other people have benefited from the cheap sales. The Kenyan government should do something about it.
Question: At a recent comedy show interview, you disclosed that your stepmother had a hand in your amputation. Tell us more.
Solomon Mkubwa: Yes, my stepmother bewitched me and my left hand started rotting, leading to amputation. I would have died but God healed me.
Now I cannot play some instruments that I was gifted in handling. I only write, compose and sing. I forgave her, even dedicated one of my songs to her, Nimewasamehe Wote.
Question: Tell us about your educational background
Solomon Mkubwa: I attended Kibumba Primary School and later Faraja Secondary School up to Form Three. In Congolese education system, after Form Three, one chooses a career to train. It is like college. I did a diploma in teaching but I never taught anywhere. Immediately l completed my diploma, l went into music fully.
Question: Where do you have a large following?
Solomon Mkubwa: In terms of sales, Tanzania consumes most of my music because the government there has cracked whip on piracy. My best market should actually be Kenya, but high level of piracy is to blame. Kenya also has many musicians who have come of age, making the market very competitive. Congo has equally good sales.
Question: Recently, Christina Shusho said that many gospel artistes were in it just for the money and not to spread the gospel of Christ. What’s your take on that?
Solomon Mkubwa: Artistes have different agendas. There are some who are in it to sing songs that spread the word of God, and there are others who are out to compete. Gospel music has monetary rewards but what matters is whether you use rewards for God’s work or not.
Question: Your advice to youthful upcoming musicians.
Solomon Mkubwa: Expect challenges but seek God’s guidance. You might be talented but God wants you to become famous later in life. So stay focused and wait for God’s chosen moment. Do not compete with those who became famous before you, instead respect and learn from them.
Question: Future plans?
Solomon Mkubwa: I have many plans but cannot name them. I rather leave them to God because I have seen many people brag of brilliant future plans only to end up not fulfilling any.
Solomon Mkubwa Video – Mungu Mwenye Nguvu
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