Ugandan musical star Eddy Kenzo has donated a portion of his awards to the Uganda Museum in hopes of motivating the Ugandan youth to pursue their dreams, as a gesture to his nation and to attract tourists.
On his website, Kenzo noted, “I have decided to put my BET AWARD, AFRIMA best male 2017 and KUNDE BF 2015 awards in the museum and the Moment Nickelodeon gets in the country I will bring it. such that young people having a dream to become great musicians can look at them and be motivated to work harder and win even bigger ones, parents should bring their children and let them see these great honors for our country.”
Kenzo recalled that as an aspiring singer, he previously worked at a bar. He spoke to Pulse Kenya and relayed his experience of helping another ambitious artist, “This little boy came to me and begged me just to get on stage and perform since he was out of transport back home, I gave him the chance and when he performed he got UGx 2,000 from the audience which was his transport back to Kawempe. Since then I have been behind his back and now he is one of the biggest musicians in Uganda.”
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Kenzo stressed the need for the Ugandan government to support musical performers, not just athletes. A great start would be donations of professional cameras and studios for artists to hone their craft said Kenzo.
Kenzo was born Edrisa Masuuza in Masaka, Uganda. He began writing music after high school and after years of living a “street life.” He’s best known for his hits “Sitya Loss” and “Stamina.” Kenzo is credited for putting the Triplets Ghetto Kids on the map due to their dance routine to “Sitya Loss.”
Kenzo has won the Afro-Australian Music and Movie Awards in 2014 for the Best New Artist Category and in 2015 for the Viewer’s Choice Award. He’s also won the HiPipo Award in 2015 for the Best Use of Social Media by Artist category.
Kenzo most recently received The International Reggae Award, World Music Award and Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award.