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Osogo Winyo

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Osogo Winyo, the singing weaver bird, whose real name is John Okinyi, started playing music in a band since primary school in Migori. His first band was called ‘Nyarongi Panga Orutu System’ in which he was singing and drumming. Due to financial constraints, he was not able to pay his school fees for form 4 and decided to move to Nairobi to do jua kali work in Kayole. While doing the simple jobs, he continued playing music. Osogo says: ‘I didn’t prepare to be a musician, it just happened. I wasn’t trained how to play drums, how to play the mouth organ or how to sing, I just found myself playing music. On stage I develop my songs spontaneously’.

“My dad was nicknamed Osogo, a name that comes from the bird that builds its nest during the season when maize is in plenty in my homeland. I therefore took that name but the fans gave me the surname ‘Winyo’ and I adopted all of them,” Osogo says.

2002 was the year that he recorded the first album: Migingo Orutu System. There after he formed the band under the name ‘Osogo Winyo and the Ohangla Boys’. With the help of Omondi Pantha Osogo knew to record the following album Hummer in Mombasa in 2005. Then after that, Princess July was managing the recording for Ageng’o in Nairobi, 2008. Due to financial conflict with Princess July, Osogo Winyo decided to move on under his own label. Now he has just come up with his latest album: Wan Ji Ariyo. He performs all over the country and receives invites to show his talent abroad.

The Nation: “The organisers must have underestimated Osogo Winyo’s popularity with fans. Dressed in a black shirt and shorts , the Kisumu-based ohangla artiste electrified the crowd with his song Wan ji Ariyo.” (TIM KAMUZU BANDA, February 28 2009)

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