Who is he?
He is the third born amongst the five children of Meshack Owino and Caroline Achieng’. He was born and raised in Huruma flats, Nairobi by his parents.
Prince Indah started his primary education at Daima Primary, where he learned up to class three, then later transferred to Oloma Murumba Primary in Ugunja sub-county. This was as a result of his father’s death in 2003. He did his KCPE examination at the same school and due to determination and hardwork, he managed to get 360 marks out of the possible 500. Two years later, he joined Mission of Hope High School in Machakos county.
However, in 2012, he was forced to drop out of school at his 3rd form. This was prompted by the demise of his mother, who was their sole bread winner, after ailing for long.At such tough times, with no shoulder to lean on and help him continue his studies, Prince Indah opted to get into ‘mjengo’ offering manual labour, he lasted in this industry for quite some time in order to fend for himself.
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Prince Indah had the tendency of frequenting night clubs which had live ohangla performances. On weekends, he could go to the clubs and sit next to the podium, admiring in awe the artistic performances. Keenly learning everything that intrigued him. What impressed him most was the artistic maneuvers of the drum guy with the drum sticks, nodding his head to every beat.
His frequent visits to Starehe Hotel in Huruma, made him admire with passion, to have the voice of his paternal uncle Emma Jalamo. He would regularly go to the podium, pick the shakers and play them passionately. He would go to an extent of playing the drum sets to express his interests. Luckily, out of his upright traits and passion, he got an opportunity to join the Ramogi Ohangla Rhumba (R.O.R) led by Emma Jalamo.
At R.O.R, Indah was on a apprentice class, he was not content with being at the back stage playing drums, he aspired to hold the mic and sing his heart out. Through determination, he was promoted to curtain raise and be Emma’s backup singer. He zealously embraced the position.
With his elevated position at the band, he worked tirelessly and gave his best during the stage performances. Since he yearned for more and had big dreams, he started composing his own songs while perfecting the art of stage performance.
September 2014, he managed to record his 1st album which had six tracks, with ‘CINDERELLA’ being the hit song. The album also featured great songs like Adeka Engineer, Nyakisumu pt1, Pokna, Uchumi and Ken Soldier.
With increased following and fan base, he had to adopt a stage name. He opted to calling himself ‘PRINCE INDAH‘, with the ‘Prince indicating that he was the son of a King. According to him, Emma Jalamo is the King of Ohangla, having taught him all the musical skills and owing to the fact that he had a vast experience and a massive fan base.
Two years later, on October 2016, he recorded his second album ‘Tenda WEMA’, which he launched on 23rd December. He also flagged off his own band “MALAIKA OHANGLA RHUMBA BAND” in the same year. At that time, his band had 22 members including two managers.
27th June, 2017 saw Prince Indah come to the limelight. He released a controversial single hit ‘Nyakisumu part 2’,which was well received making him the talk of town. He named the album ‘WECHE HERA’ and its launch was scheduled on 4th November, the same year. The album had seven tracks in total. This made him a Ohangla Maestro!
On 8th April, 2019. He released a grand major hit ‘KWACH OGOLO KOKE’. The title itself made his counterparts tremble in fear, this was a clear indication that he had unleashed his entire arsenal and was not going to back down anytime soon.
On 11th October 2019, Indah raised the bar for his counterparts, when he released a single refined ohangla hit ‘NYAR MIGORI’. He had artistically managed to improve and refine the genre.
Barely a month later, on 9th of November, he scheduled the 4th mega launch of ‘KITABU MAR HERA‘ album, at the central if Eastland suburbs (Shujaa Mall Grounds). He made an history on that day that will for sure go down memory lane for generations to come.
Prince Indah is determined to give the local music a face-lift by refining and improving it for the consumption of an international audience.
He does not have a part time job as he dedicates his entire time to music. He dreams to venture into business and also open a music academy – ‘Malaika Music Academy’ (Janabi Music Empire). He bases all his dreams at God’s hands and he prays HE sees him through music so that he may achieve his dreams.
His hobbies are listening to music and traveling. He respects Emma Jalamo as his mentor, honours Benga maestro Osito Kale as his role model and John Okidi is his favourite gospel artist.
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