Born Edrisa Musuza, Eddy Kenzo is a Ugandan Multi-Talented Musician, designer, performer and songwriter. He is the most trending musician in Uganda on International scenes as of November 2016. He sings Afro-pop, RnB and some sometimes Dancehall.
He won BET Viewers Choice International was the first East African Musician to win a BET Award (2015), Nigeria Entertainment Awards African artiste of the Year 2015, Africa Entertainment Awards USA (AEAUSA) Best Male Artist and Best African Video, MTV Africa Music Awards Best Live Act (2016) Nominee, and Uganda Entertainment Awards Artist of the Year (2016).
Early Life and Background.
Eddy Kenzo was born December 25, 1988 in Masaka (Uganda). He lost his mother at a tender age, when he was just 5 years, for that reason, his education background is a sad tale. Managing to dropout in Primary one due to lack of school fees, Eddy Kenzo later joined Kazo Primary School in Kazo, Kiruhura District where a Good Samaritan offered to pay for him school fees. However, this help did not last long. Kenzo had to leave school again.
At the age of 13, Eddy Kenzo was a certified street kid who went selling water on the Streets of Kampala especially in Old Taxi Park. Being talented with Football, he joined SC Villa Junior team (Jogoo Yang) where they referred him to Lubiri SS for Senior Secondary education under football bursary.
Eddy Kenzo Personal Life
Eddy Kenzo is married to Rema Namakula, a popular Ugandan Female Artist. The two live in a mansion located in Segukku Kampala that Eddy Kenzo purchased in June 2015. The couple is blessed with one daughter named Aamal. Kenzo has another child, his eldest daughter named Maya.
Football that was his childhood only known talent became a hobby in his adulthood times, he has been seen playing football various times for fun and fitness.
He owns Big Talent a music label that has natured various artists including singer Ronnie Stamina International, Sewa Sewa, Big Eye, Tip Swizzy and many others.
After his high school, Eddy Kenzo would no longer hold back his love for the new “undiscovered” talent -music. In 2007, he started his singing career as a singer and a songwriter working with established musicians especially in the Firebase music crew. The first song that gained a fair airplay from the yet to be one of Uganda’s best talents ever was Yanimba where he was featuring Mikie Wine the brother of senior Ugandan Musician Bobi Wine.
In 2010, Eddy Kenzo released a song that made a breakthrough and defined him as a new musician; the country should put focus on. The song Stamina with its Stamina dance from Ronnie Stamina, the song was the Country’s best song in 2010. It acted as the campaign song of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in 2011 election campaigns.
After Stamina, Eddy Kenzo released more other songs that were to be part of his coming album, which was to be named Ogenda Kunzisa. This album included songs like Stamina, Superpower, Bolingo ft Tip Swizzy, Ogenda Kunzisa (the cover song). In July 2012, Eddy Kenzo had his first concert “Ogenda Kunzisa Album Launch” was averagely successful.
In 2013, Eddy Kenzo started working on his Kamunguluze Album, which had various good songs including the Album Cover song Kangumuluze, and Kyomissinga the launch concert of the album was 25 October 2013 and it received a massive attendance at Kyadondo Rugby Ground.
2014 was the best year for Eddy Kenzo as he received his international breakthrough. His song Sitya Loss danced by the Triplets (Ghetto kids) became Uganda’s most viewed song on You Tube in 2 months after the release outshining Jose Chameleone’s Valu Valu which was by then at 3 Million. Within 7 months, it had become East Africa’s most viewed video on You Tube with over 10 Million views. Prominent celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, Puff Daddy, Ronaldinho, Akon and many others, popularized it after sharing the video on their social media platforms.
In 2014 September, Eddy Kenzo held his third concert, the Sitya Loss Concert. This was one of the most successful concerts. In the same year, he was nominated in Channel O Music Awards Best Artist East Africa, nominated in IRAWMA International Reggae and World Music Awards 2014, AFRIMMA Awards – Best Upcoming Artist Nominee 2014.
In 2015 Eddy Kenzo collaborated with a Nigerian Artist Patoranking, released Royal Audio, though the Video came a year later, collaborated with Ivory Coast Bebi Philip, and released Balaumba. He later collaborated with Nigerian star Kcee and made a remix of Jambole, collaborated with a Nigerian female pop artist Niniola and they made a remix of his song Mbilo Mbilo that won an award in Afrima Awards 2016 best African collaboration.
Eddy Kenzo organized a concert in 2015 on August 14, at Hotel Africana as he launched Zero to Hero Album dubbed Mbilo Mbilo Concert and the Airtel sponsored live concert was a success.
In the same year 2015, Eddy Kenzo was announced the Brand Ambassador Airtel Uganda, Brand Ambassador Ambition Mission Uganda.
Eddy Kenzo managed to win BET International Viewers Choice the first artiste in East Africa to win BET, he won Best African Artiste of the Year (Outside Nigeria) in Nigeria Entertainment Awards, won best Male Artiste and Best Video in Africa Entertainment USA, New International Act in Africa Entertainment Awards (Canada), Kunde Awards – Best East African Artist Winner.
Eddy Kenzo performed on the African Cup Finals in Angola (2015), SXSW 2015 (Austin, Texas), Afrima Awards 2016 Lagos, Nigeria, and was to perform on SXSW 2016, Austin, Texas where President Barack Obama was the chief guest but got sick a few days before he left Uganda.
In 2016, Eddy Kenzo started working on his new Album Viva Africa, album included songs like Viva Africa, Dagala, Disco Life and many others. He launched his Album on his fifth Concert in September 2016 and the concert was fully sponsored by Airtel.
Eddy Kenzo was nominated in MTV Africa Music Awards for the first time in the Best Live Act and was one of the only three Ugandan artistes nominated that Year in Africa’s Most Popular Music Awards. The other two artistes being Sheebah Karungi and Bebe Cool.
On November 12 2016, Eddy Kenzo announced that he has started working on his new album titled Biology, which would be released in 2017.