This week we a proud to feature one of Kenya’s most accomplished artist Suzanna Owiyo. Her profile is below
J’s Fresh Kitchen accepts reservations so please make a reservation for a table should you know you will be coming for dinner. The number for reservations is 0707612585. J’s Westlands is a 23 years and older venue. The show starts promptly at 8pm so tables are held til 8pm after which they are opened to other customers. We want to thank Tuborg for being Thursday Nite Live’s partner.
Suzanna Owiyo was introduced to music at a tender age by her grandfather, who was a prolific Nyatiti player. During her high school years, her talent enabled her to win many trophies for her school during the provincial and national music festivals.In 1998, she joined a Nairobi based singer Sally Oyugi as a backup vocalist and two years later she joined a local band, Bora Bora Sound in Kisumu as a background vocalist.
The award winning artiste has been in the industry for two decades with three albums to her name- Kisumu 100, Yamo Kudho and My Roots. Following the release of her first album, Suzanna was nominated for the “Most Promising Artiste Category” at the Kora Music Awards 2002. She has collaborated with the likes of Oliver Mtukudzi, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Youssour N’dour whom she toured with in Europe under the “New African Voices Project”.
The award-winning and multi-talented artiste has also composed songs for various projects such as Kenya Tourism Board a theme song highlighting Kenya as a tourist destination, the UNCTAD 14 theme song “From Decisions to Actions”. Besides Music Suzanna is a champion and advocate for various issues in the society such as Girl Child Empowerment, Food Waste Reduction under her Soko Bila Waste Foundation initiative.
She is also UNEP Goodwill Ambassador and Plan International Goodwill Ambassador.
Her music has seen her grace local and international platforms such as Pan African Music Festival –Brazzaville, Nobel Peace Prize Concert, Oslo, WTO Expo Japan, Ziff Festival, Zanzibar, MASA Festival, Abidjan, Yara Prize, Oslo, Nelson Mandela Concert, Hyde park, London, Women in Music Expo, Spain, Masterpeace Concert, Amsterdam, Obama;s visit during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, Nairobi, UNCTAD 14-Nairobi and Momentum for Change Showcase at the COP 23 Climate Conference in Bonn.
Catch a glimpse and listen to Suzanna Owiyo in the following links