Daddy Owen is an Award-winning Kenyan Contemporary Christian music (CCM) artist and songwriter from Kakamega, based in Nairobi Kenya.
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Daddy Owen was born on January 29th 1982 in Kakamega, Western Kenya.
Daddy Owen real name is Owen Mwatia alias Daddy aka King of Kapungala
Daddy Owen is the second born in a family of four brothers, all musicians and a sister. His elder brother Rufftone is a Kenyan Award-winning and well established gospel musician who Daddy Owen refers to as “my inspiration”.
Daddy Owen is an alumnus of Eshihiru Secondary school.
Daddy Owen was not lucky enough to join a tertiary institution due to financial constraints. He thus had to travel to Nairobi where he worked as a matatu tout. The income he earned from this job was to meagre that it could not sustain his needs and that of his family. Daddy Owen has always confessed that he used to be a pick pocket in Downtown Nairobi and thus was until he was attacked by a mob and almost lynched.
It all happened in a split second. All I remember was lying down surrounded by a huge crowd who beat me up mercilessly. One poked my eye using a sharp instrument. Meanwhile, I could hear the rest urging someone to bring a car tyre to burn me alive
After spending a whole week in an eye hospital in Kikuyu, he decided to turn over a new leaf. He however remains with a scar on his left eye that he conceals with his pair of sunglasses.
Owen started singing way back when he was still in high school but was not particularly able to hit the limelight because he lacked money to record his songs as he was from a humble background. He however credits his breakthrough to great support both financial, spiritual and emotional from his family, particularly his brother Rufftone and the late gospel artist Kaberere who he has constantly called his mentor.
Daddy Owen released his first album,Haijalishi in 2004 and has three more albums under his sleeve: Saluti, System ya Kapungala and Son of Man . In addition, he is a member of the Kenya Assemblies of God Church, Buru Buru, Nairobi and is signed to Beats & Blessings family. One of his most well-known songs are “Mbona” which was co-authored by Denno, “Foundation“, “Tobina“, “Saluti“, and “System ya Kapungala”. He is currently a praise and worship member at the Kenya Assemblies of God, Nairobi.
Daddy Owen is the founder member of Malaika Awards, a Charitable organization for the disabled.
In 2010, He received the Best Anglophone award during the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) for the song Tobina. He was also named artist of the year at the 2012 Kisima Awards ceremony. He was the Groove Awards male artist of the year from the year 2009 to 2011.His song ‘Saluti’ earned three groove award nominations and went on win in all three categories.
Daddy Owen as the founder of Malaika awards seeks to honour artistes with disabilities. He also launched the Macho Macho campaigned aimed at providing medical attention to needy people with eye problems in Kakamega. The second chance campaign launched by Daddy Owen in 2012 gives moral and financial support to cancer victims in all parts of the country. It also creates Cervical Cancer awareness, encourages women to seek Cervical Cancer screening service