Born and raised in Kakamega
Papa Dennis, whose real name is Dennis Mwangi, was born and raised in Matunda, Kakamega County. He has a twin brother whose name is Simon Mwangi.
In an October 2018 interview with The Sunday Nation, Papa Dennis said his mother died in 2006, leaving him and his four other siblings unable to fend for themselves.
“I started from humble beginnings, singing in church as a member of the praise and worship team. I wanted to pursue music from an early age but my dreams were hindered by the death of my mother, who was taking care of me and my twin brother. After her death, in 2006, our lives became miserable and I was forced to do odd jobs just to make a living while also trying to save for my music,” said Papa Dennis in an interview published in the Kenyan newspaper on October 28, 2018.
After his mother’s demise, Papa Dennis relocated to Kisumu where he started a second-hand clothes business.
“I relocated from Matunda in Kakamega, where I was born, to Kisumu and ventured into the clothes business; selling ladies’ undergarments ranging from underwear, bikers among others.
“However, after the 2007 post-election violence, I returned home. I still wanted to pursue music but I couldn’t raise much money to kick-start my career. I kept taking part in various talent competitions until I was spotted by Sadat Muhindi of Maliza Umaskini Foundation, who took me in and, as they say, the rest is history,” said Papa Dennis