EDDY KENZO’s | BIO , CARREER, MUSIC INTERESTS, BACKGROUND |
By Kisekka Marvin,
Eddy Kenzo is the kind of musician that wears his personal on his sleeve and portrays the fun and beautiful side of ordinary living in Uganda. The love for sound and dance are always intertwined in his videos. He was responsible for putting together one of East Africa’s most viewed videos, Sitya Loss, which also launched a group of young dancers known as “The Triplets Ghetto Kids”. Infusing local sounds into the popular afro-beat and dancehall genres makes this eddy kenzo man stand out. Some of his popular hits include Stimana, Yanimba and Mariaroza.
Following his BET Award win for Best New International Act in 2015, Kenzo went on to amass a slew of international awards including the African Artiste of the year at Nigeria Awards 2015, Best Music Video at Uganda Entertainment Awards 2015, Best Use of Social Media by an Artiste Hipipo Music Awards 2015, and Best Video of the Year African Entertainment Awards USA 2015,MTV Awards Nomination[Best performance act 2016] among others. Kenzo has performed in several countries around the work, including at the South By SouthWest [SXSW] 2015 in Austin, Texas, the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ivory Coast, UK , Cameroon, Denmark,Senegal, Turkey, Kenya, SouthAfrica and many others .
Eddy Kenzo first got his breakthrough in Uganda’s music scene in 2008 with his hit song Yanimba. He followed up this success with the release of Stamina. Eddy’s international acclaim came in 2014 with the release of Sitya Loss, a viral sensation that averaged 100,000 views a day and was widely shared by prominent celebrities like Ellen Degeneres, P Diddy, Akon, Ronaldinho, Tevin Campbell, and Sanaa Lathan among so others.
Eddy Kenzo is a native of the Central Ugandan town of Masaka. At the age of four, Eddy lost his mother and was forced to live as a street kid for more than thirteen years. Music would later turn out to become the ultimate escape and turning point in his life.