Celebrated Kikuyu secular artiste Samuel Muchoki Ndirangu, popularly known as Samidoh opened up on his struggles in life before he became a Police Officer and a renowned artiste.
Samidoh emotionally recounts dropping out of school, earning 300 shillings a month
Started from the bottom!
In an interview on K24's Upclose and personal with Betty, the talented singer disclosed that he dropped out of school in class seven and spent two terms out of school.
Durig this time, he had to make ends meet by looking after his neighbor’s cows for six months.
The ‘Murata wa Ngai’ hit maker was making only 300 Kenyan shillings monthly.
At a young age, Samidoh had to step up and face these challenges as his family had to move from their fathers’ home and look for a place of their own.
Life was not easy for them since his mother had to take care of his four brothers as a single mum.
After he dropped out of school, his mother's friend then asked her to take Samidoh to live with her so that he could join a local primary School in Subukia.
Rise to fame
After clearing High school he travelled to Nairobi where he joined his brother band who was a member of celebrated Kikuyu musician Kamande wa Kioi's band as a vocalist.
He would juggle between school at Kenya Polytechnic where he pursued a diploma in Business and Information Technology and performing with the band.
Life wasn’t easy despite earning little cash from the events. The 29-year-old singer then looked for his District Commissioner (DC) , a strenuous process that took him three days to find the DC.
Samidoh then asked him to help him look for a job and when Police were recruiting he ran, emerged number two and that's how he ended up joining the police force and got posted in Daabab.
Career in music and fame
He released his first song ‘Ndiri Mutwe’, a song that received massive love and recognition from people. Since then his name has become a household name and life has never been the same for him.
He disclosed that he has performed in Sudan, Qatar, Bahrain, Dubai and United Kingdom. He also curtain raised for Femi Kuti at the 26th edition of the Koroga festival.
The singer disclosed that he never knew that he would get this far or even board a plane.
He had never dreamnt of being on a plane. The first time he boarded a plane he didnt go to the washroom for five hours because he thought he would open the exit door instead of the washroom door
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