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Gandhi Blaka Blaka Wajalejo / Bio

His music is raw, honest and based on real events. Just as straight forward is his attitude to his music. A lyrical poet and a Kingpin in the underground hip-hop movement in Kenya, Gandhi lays it on the line, no-holds-barred: "I don't go for the trendy commercial approach. What I do is conscious music - no frills added." Gandhi the first born in a family of 6 was born in Nyanza province raised by his late father Peter Apiyo Opis who worked as a chief miller back in Mombasa in the late 90s and his mother Florence Awiti Wagwau a house wife. Gandhi Odhiambo Opis had different talents besides music, He started as a young football star while in primary school. A talent that gave him limelight at an early age as he was scouted and later joined MYSA under 12 football team in 1997.In class 8 the year 2000 this young multitalented boy realized he had a passion in music and started taking more interest in it. He could take his fathers radio and could tune in to radio shows where he got to listen to hip hop and rap artists, the likes of the late Tupac, Mob Deep,Nas,Capone and Noriega and Kenya’s renowned Kalamashaka.
The way these big artists wrote, recorded and performed their music, motivated him to work harder and take his young growing skill to a new level. After his high school education, he started going to clubs doing freestyle session to test his poetry and rap skills. He performed at Florida 2000 ,Ibiza and other clubs where the crowds loved him and also helped him mature as a strong performer. After gaining some experience he decided to try something different and become a recording artist.In 2005 he approached 4play records producer Maji Maji who produced his first song titled Maswala which got good response by the radio listeners of Homeboyz radio, Koch FM and ghetto radio.
After the successful release of his first single he later teamed up with other artists under the then newly formed Giganji record label based in Rongai, Kenya and did a mix tape featuring Scon,Shakila,Bizzy E and Evaredy .Two singles from the mix tape did better than his first single where the songs Mara hiyo and Mzuka freshi were the most requested songs 3 months running in the year 2008 in the popular ghetto radio.
In 2009 he got to work with producer and rap star Rapdamu under his label Pacho entertainment and did the track Beng Beng which received a huge reception on all the major radio and TV stations in East Africa.The release of these song gave Gandhi a fan base and a stardom feel as he started getting many features and interviews from popular and top radio and TV shows and international bloggers (wwww.brickcitydrive.com).Through this blog he managed to meet and do songs with an international artist Loki based in Brooklyn, and another song with Matt from the UK.These songs that are currently being played in Brooklyn and UK based indie radio stations.
Rap being a broad form of communication, Gandhi was also involved in community based projects and events, from which he was invited to compete at the slum Africa poetry competition that was hosted in Kenya where he managed to scoop the coveted prize as the best poet in 2011. His poem motivated young boys and girls and spoke of the importance of them staying in school and away from drugs for a better future.

General Info

Artist Name
Gandhi Blaka Blaka Wajalejo
Home Page
http://www.reverbnation.com/gandhiblakablakawajalejo
Genres
Hip Hop

Contact Info

Location
nairobi, KE

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