Born in Kisumu, raised in Mombasa and currently based in Nairobi is one of Kenya’s lyrical superstars. Sir Owi is a Hiphop artiste with talent, passion and resilience in this industry. The Tambua Magazine got a chance to chat with him and here is what Sir Owi shared with the audience.
Your name, nickname, current residence and your specialization in the Entertainment industry
I’m Sir Owi aka Odab aka the Representah Duncan Owinga, I’m a rapper.
Could you describe one of your typical workdays as a rapper?
I spend my day on musical stuff i.e writing, recording, doing videos, performing in shows, selling CDs n merchandise plus rehearsals.
What skills and personal attributes are required to become a valuable rapper?
Lyricism, creativity, charismatic, entertaining and then one must be also aggressive, humble, willing to listen and learn.
What parts of your job do you find most challenging?
Parts that need major financing, marketing everything on my own, working with difficult people, piracy, poor pay, lack of enough support from friends, family and government.
What do you find most enjoyable?
Making money and getting major business deals, performing and meeting new people.
Are there any negatives in your job, mention any?
Poor payments, piracy and also loss of music audio and videos.
Kindly share some of the projects you’ve accomplished so far.
I’ve done Mziki wa kisasa album with 18songs. I have several videos on YouTube and have had a number of Television and Radio interviews. I’m currently working on my 2nd Album.
Which seasons of the year are toughest as a rapper?
Rainy, floody plus political campaigns season. Also whenever I am broke and sick.
How would you describe government support for your field?
Very little government support including poor funding.
Is this field growing enough to accommodate those with a dream like yours?
Yes, there is enough room.
Why do people leave this industry?
There are many reasons like health, bankruptcy, laziness, malice and the need to pursue other dreams.
Who are your greatest motivators/inspirations in the industry today?
Myself, my friend Khaligragh and Octopizzo.
What is the position of ladies and people with disabilities in the industry today?
There’s enough room for them as well. No discrimination because they are also considered the best in the game.
Are there opportunities for self-employment in your field? Kindly expound on this.
Yes; Selling your CDs and merchandise. Using the cash accrued from shows and sales to start own business like setting up a production studio.
How did you make your dream a paying job?
Working hard, support from well-wishers, own savings, entrepreneurial strategies and staying focused.
How long does it take for one to rise to the top?
It depends on your focus, skills, business mind, team work and patience.
Is there anything else you think an ambitious youth would need to know about rapping?
One should be able to learn from established acts. They should act professionally, do research and learn to work with others. Invest in their projects and push their music through the right channels. And they should avoid conmen.
How can the society or rather fans get in touch with you?
On facebook I’m Duncan Owi Eightmile, Instagram it’s @sir_owi. Soundcloud, Mdundo and YouTube as Sir Owi.