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Born and raised in Kakamega

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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

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