Tony Nyadundo

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Tony Nyadundo is a musician from Kenya. He performs the Ohangla a traditional style of music by the luo community. He is backed by the Ohangla Boys band. He is now branded the "King of Ohangla".


Early life

He was born in Kal in Tanzania. Tony's twin sister died while he was young. His family moved to Nyahera, Kisumu District, Kenya in 1978 and later to Kongoli in Nzoia. He went to Kongoli Primary School and then in 1985 moved to Bukembe Secondary School but dropped out the next year due to lack of funds. He worked as a tailor until 1992.

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He tried also deejaying. His brother Jack Nyadundo formed a group performing Ohangla music, and Tony eventually joined the group after 1996. Later he formed an own group and moved back to Tanzania for a while. In 1998 he moved to Migori District in Kenya and performed for local fishing communities. He also hired Onyi Papa Jey, an orutu player who has also since become a formidable musician. In 1999 he moved to Dandora in Nairobi but did not achieve much success and then moved to Kisumu, where his brother Jack had become a popular musician. [1]

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His début album Ayaki was released in 2002. This marked a turning point of his career and he finally started to gain financially from being a musician. His second album was named Kidi Oba e Toke, which translates "stoned on the back". The name derives from a concert were his band was attacked by thugs who hit his drummer at back. Several other people were injured too. [1]

In 2006 he released album Obama. The name alludes to Barack Obama, the US president whose father is from the ethnic group as Nyadundo. [2]

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At the 2007 Kisima Music Awards he won the traditional music category. [3] He was among 100 most influential Kenyans as selected by The Standard newspaper in August 2007. [4] [5]

The 2007 Kisima Music Awards took place at Marula Manor, Nairobi, Kenya on 8 September 2007.

The Standard is one of the largest newspapers in Kenya with a 48% market share. It is the oldest newspaper in the country and is owned by The Standard Group, which also runs the Kenya Television Network (KTN), Radio Maisha, The Nairobian, KTN News and Standard Digital which is its online platform. The Standard Group is headquartered on Mombasa Road, Nairobi, having moved from its previous premises at the I&M Bank Tower.

In October 2009, he released a new album Migingo, named after the disputed Migingo Island. [6]

Tony is recognised for his hits like, dawa ya mapenzi, Obama and many more hits. He has performed in various countries including Germany and the US. [7]

He was married but divorced in 1994. He has two children from the marriage. [1]

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  1. 1 2 3 Daily Nation, 7 August 2009: King of Ohangla speaks
  2. The Standard, 25 August 2006: Tony Nyadundo, Ohangla King Archived 31 May 2009 at
  3. Kisima Awards winners 2007
  4. The Standard, 21 August 2007: 100 most influential Kenyans Archived 13 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. The Standard, 21 August 2007: 100 most influential Kenyans - Entertainment
  6. The Standard, 2 October 2009: Nyadundo album launch Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  7. The Standard, 7 December 2008: Ohangla maestro spreads his wings