Suzanna Owiyo Biography
Suzanna Owiyo was born on 10th May 1975 in Kasaye village, Nyakach Kisumu county. She is a Kenyan Luo musician and songwriter. Her music is a fusion of traditional Western Kenyan music and contemporary rhythms.
Suzanna Owiyo Career in Music
Suzanna Owiyo was introduced to music by her grandfather who was a prolific nyatiti player. In high school she was a member of the music club and during music festival she helped her school to win many trophies during the provincial and national levels.
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In 1988, she joined singer Sally Oyugi as a back up vocalist. Two years later she parted ways with Sally to team up with a local band in Nairobi; Bora Bora sound and later went back to sing in Kisumu. It was here that a young business entrepreneur with a keen ear for music spotted her talent and offered her, her first guitar. She then went back to Nairobi and undertook music lessons at the Kenya Conservatoire of Music whilst continuing to sing at a club in Karen.
During the centennial celebrations of the city of Kisumu she was requested to compose a theme song for the opening ceremony and she did ‘Kisumu 100’.
Suzanna Owiyo then decided to work on an album with Kenyan music producer Tedd Josiah. The album, which received great success on the radio, won her a nomination in the Kora Awards 2002 in the “Most Promising Female Artist category”. The same album won her a Kisima Awards for the Most Promising Female Artist of 2003. Her new single “Sandore” and the video clip with a powerful message on child labour was also a success.
She recorded and performed the Anti-corruption campaign spearheaded by the Kenya Anti-corruption Campaign steering committee. Suzanna also recorded a theme song for the Kenya Tourist Board. In the month of June,she represented Kenya at the MASA Festival that was held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast .In August, Suzanna performed at the prestigious Event called YARA PRIZE AWARDS held in Oslo. Other artists who graced the occasion were Papa Wemba from DRC Congo, the Brass Brothers from Oslo and others. Lastly in December, Suzanna performed at the New Year’s Eve Concert held in Maputo, Mozambique. She is currently working on her 3rd album which should be out in the mid of the year. She has featured Oliver Mtukudzi from Zimbabwe, Mbilia Bel from DR Congo in the album.She was nominated for the Best Kenyan Female Artiste category at the 2007 Pearl of Africa Music Awards.
In 2008 she performed at the Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday concert in London and performed again at the WOMEX festival.
Her third album Roots was released on May 18, 2011
Suzanna Owiyo Songs
- Kisumu 100
- Dhano Le
- Nga’to gi mare
- Minwa Mary
- Maria matakatifu
- Suna Ka Ngeya
- Idhe wa Kamande
- Usife Moyo
- Pole Pole
- Tich En Tich
- Mama Africa
Suzanna Owiyo Husband
Suzanna Owiyo was married to Erick Ounga who was shot dead in his home. They were blessed with one girl.
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