Sol Generation singer Benson Mutua Muia aka Bensoul broke out last year when Sauti Sol featured him and other new artistes on their song, “Extravaganza”.
The musician is a multi-talented Kenyan singer-songwriter, producer & multi-instrumentalist who was exposed to music when he was young growing up in Embu town.
“I picked up instruments and learned how to play out of interest by myself. After high school, I came to Nairobi where I met H_Art The Band and we became friends. I later joined Sauti Academy and everything after that, including being signed by Sol Generation, has been unfolding through God’s grace. I cannot say that I planned any of the success I have had to date,” he reveals.
The man recently spoke about how his father left the family because they refused to convert to Islam during the fourth episode of the Sol Family docu-series.
Ben, who also lived in a slum called Dallas said that he was raised by a single mother after his father left them.
“I was born and raised in Embu. I grew up in a slum called Dallas. I’ve been raised by a single mum, babangu alitutoka,” said Bensoul.
He added that his father didn’t want to associate with him unless they converted to Islam.
“Mzee akaenda kwa sababu alikuwa anataka niwe Muislamu. Akasema mimi na my son tukiwa hatutakuwa waislamu tusiitanishwe na yeye,” he said.
The musician explained that music was always a part of him from a very tender age, something his dad was against.
“Babangu pia alikuwa musician alikuwa anaimba kwa choir alikuwa anacheza pia na band fulani lakini alijaribu kunisimamisha nisifanye mziki lakini mziki imekuwa a part of me kutoka nikiwa kama three years old,” said Bensoul.
He said that back in Embu, he learnt from the instrumentalists in church and that’s why he developed into the multi-talented artiste he is.