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Willy Paul Biography

Willy Paul real name is Wilson Abubakar Radido, he was born in February 1993 in Mathare slums. He is a Kenyan musician who won the male artist of the year in 2013.

Early Life

He is the son of Mr Radido who is from Ugandan descent and was a Carpenter while his wife, an Immigrant from Tanzania, was a salonist up until 2011 when a chronic illness confined her to her bed.Paul dropped out of school in 2011 due to financial constraints emanating from having lost his father. He was forced to engage in Juakali jobs to generate income to support his bed-ridden mother alongside his three siblings.

Willy Paul Musical Career

His major breakthrough in music came in 2010, when he co-authored his first single Sitolia with Gloria Muliro, which a reflection of his life history, depicting the struggles he had gone through but giving himself a renewed hope that God had been faithful enough to bring him to the limelight.

On Thursday 5 December 2013, he launched his first album which had songs like  You never know,Lala Salama,Mpenzi and Kitanzi at the KICC graced by musicians Daddy Owen, Ben Githae, Gloria Muliro, DK Kwenye Beat, Ben Bahati, Bahati, Men Of God (MOG), Size 8, Mr Seed, Shiru Wa GP, Betty Bayo, Danny Gift, DJ Sadic and DJ Mo

Willy Paul announced that he would be touring the USA where he would perform in different Churches in 12 states. The tour organised by Talanta Awards was to begin on 8 March to April 2014. The tour however begun on 10 March in Sacramento, California.He performed alongside artiste Polly Odotte at the House of Glory Church.He then headed to Neema Gospel Church in Dallas, TX and on 15 March,performed at St Louisiana, Missouri.On 29–30 March, Willy ministered to the audience at Neema Community Church in Overland Park, Kansas.He concluded his tour on 27 April in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The much talented Willy Paul Msafi recently found himself in controversy after his rival musician in the Gospel industry, Bahati, accused him of stealing his song. This saw Bahati’s fans pounce on Willy Paul with harsh criticism over the social media, accusations he denied to have committed. However, this ended during the 10th annual Groove Awards Nominations which happened on Wednesday 22 April 2015 held at the Nairobi Arboretum grounds. They were asked to reconcile and were prayed for shortly in the event. Willy Paul ended up scooping four nominations for the awards with his huge song [“Tam Tam”] , a collaboration song with the energetic songstress Size 8 released in 2014 granting him; Collabo of the Year, Video of the Year, Song of the year and then Male Artist of the Year. Then came the 10th annual Groove Awards on Saturday 6 June 2015 that saw Willy Paul go home with no award contrary to Bahati who won four awards. Apart from this, Willy Paul has made great progress in terms of making music, i.e., Tam Tam, Mamangu, Vigelegele, Mapenzi and then his latest song Hukuniacha.

Philanthropy

Having grown up in Mathare slums, Willy Paul has set up his own foundation in Mathare to help the needy people in the area.Willy Paul has also been able to assist young children get access to basic education and healthcare

Controversy with Bahati

Willy Paul found himself in controversy after his rival musician in the Gospel industry, Bahati, accused him of stealing his song. This saw Bahati’s fans pounce on Willy Paul with harsh criticism over the social media, accusations he denied to have committed. However, this ended during the 10th annual Groove Awards Nominations which happened on Wednesday 22 April 2015 held at the Nairobi Arboretum grounds.

They were asked to reconcile and were prayed for shortly in the event. Willy Paul ended up scooping four nominations for the awards with his huge song [“Tam Tam”] , a collaboration song with the energetic songstress Size 8 released in 2014 granting him; Collabo of the Year, Video of the Year, Song of the year and then Male Artist of the Year.

Then came the 10th annual Groove Awards on Saturday 6 June 2015 that saw Willy Paul go home with no award contrary to Bahati who won four awards. Apart from this, Willy Paul has made great progress in terms of making music, i.e., Tam Tam, Mamangu, Vigelegele, Mapenzi and then his latest song Hukuniacha.

Girlfriend

Willy Paul had a girlfriend Michelle but they later had a nasty break-up. She accused him of being violent and overly insecure, allegations that were denied by Willy Paul.

It turned out that Willy moved on, in 2016, with a lass of Ethiopian origin. Michelle has moved on too, with Fred Omondi.

Willy Paul Marriage cancelled

Willy had announced his engagement to his Ethiopian girlfriend.Willy later changed his mind and called off his wedding plans. He claimed that he was “wrongly advised.”

He took to Instagram where he posted a photo of himself with his girl, which he captioned; “Am not getting married!!! Am too young I was being advised wrongly….by the wrong people…Am building my future.”

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