4 things you never knew about Ekko Dydda-the Groove award 2017 male artist of the year.
Famously known for his unique singing style ‘stagger,’ Ekko Dydda is a Kenyan artist who does gospel hip hop music.
He spurt into fame with his first single NIKO NA REASONS which he dropped alongside Holy Dave. This year’s 12th edition of the groove awards saw him win big once more, but apart from that, here are some four facts you never knew about him.
1.Is the first Kenyan to give his children sentence Names.
Eko Dydda is known to be against tribalism even in his music, and it is the reason why he changed his official name to Eko Dydda which he had twisted as his stage name. He has also named his kids ‘KEEP IT REAL’ and ‘AM BLESSED’ first and second born respectively.
2. He attended a Girls high school
Paying for school fee was a real hustle. Luckily, he got a teacher from the girl’s school who gave him the opportunity to learn by paying half his fees hence ending up there. He says before joining the Girl school, he was too shy. Going to a girls School helped him get out of his shell.
3. He Survived by a whisker when a gang of five wanted to chop his head
During the 2007 post election violence, he lived in Mathare ghettos and he was confronted by a gang of five who demanded him to speak in their mother tongue (which is also his language) but since he has been raised in Nairobi he was not fluent in his mother tongue. They wanted to chop his head but a miracle happened when an old man appeared and he saved him when he told the gang that he was one of them. This also sums the reason why he is against tribalism.
4. He’s a good footballer
He used to love football and play it all his days as a kid and even after finishing high school. In 2007, Eko opted to take a break in football so as to concentrate in his music. He had been practicing it on the sides but now it was starting to demand more time from him. At the moment, he’s venturing into organizing soccer and sports events targeting to transform the community.