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Popular Kenyan Gospel Singer Papa Dennis Is Dead

Papa Dennis’ Cause Of Death

Popular multiple award-winning Kenyan gospel artiste Dennis Mwangi aka Papa Dennis is dead. His body was found dumped a few meters from his house in Pangani. The cause of his death has not yet been established but conflicting reports say that he was either hit by a speeding vehicle or jumped off the 7th floor of a Ngara building.

Gospel singer Daddy Owen who rushed to the scene immediately he got the news is quoted saying,

“It seems like someone threw him over a building or maybe he committed suicide. There is a studio nearby Nairobi Records but we are not certain what happened,”

Daddy Owen

Credible sources inform Breakingnews.co.ke that Papa Dennis was battling depression after being dumped by his management Maliza Umaskini. He had moved back to living a very simple life in Ngara in a cheap apartment after the management of Maliza Umaskini took away the flashy life he was living.

Nairobi Record is owned by music producer Mash Mjukuu who has been producing music for Papa Dennis for a while now.

Producer Mash Mjukuu
Papa Dennis with Producer Mash Mjukuu

Papa Dennis’ Biography And Early Life

Papa Dennis was born and raised in Matunda, Kakamega county in a very humble background. He was a member of the praise and worship team and had the passion to pursue music professionally but the dream was cut short after the death of his mother. He and his twin brother Simon Mwangi, were forced to fend for themselves at a very young age.

In an interview with a local newspaper, Papa Dennis is quoted saying,

“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,” 

Papa Dennis – October 28, 2018
Papa Dennis And Twin Brother Simon Mwangi

After the death of his mother, Papa Dennis and his brother were forced to move from Kakamega to Kisumu to sell second-hand clothes and that is where he met Sadat Muhindi who decided to sign him up under his Maliza Umaskini label.

“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,”

Papa Dennis
Papa Dennis with Maliza Umaskini CEO Sadat Muhindi

Papa Dennis’ Songs

The AFRIMMA award-winning artiste shot to the limelight when he released his hit banger Foundation featuring Daddy Owen

Papa Dennis did collabos with different African musical superstars who brought him fame across Africa. Some of the stars include Nigerian Korede Bello, Chidinma, Mr. Flavour just to mention a few.

Papa Dennis’ Awards

Some of the awards that Papa Dennis bagged during his successful music career include:

  • 2015 Mwafaka Awards
  • 2016 and 2017 Pulse Music Video Awards
  • 2018 African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA)
  • 2019 Dear Awards.

Gospel Artiste Teddy B took to his WhatsApp to send him message of condolence to the late Papa Dennis

King Kaka took to his Twitter account to share about the loss

His death comes almost 2 years after he lost his younger sister, Monica, who succumbed to illness. Taking to social media, Papa Dennis wrote,

Hi Family, thank you so much for always supporting me in my Music Career, it is yet another day i ask you to keep my family and i in your prayers, We have lost our sister and this is too heavy on me. She’s my follower and we were very close being my baby sister. The day she left us we had a lengthy talk and she was positive that she’s going to get out of hospital feeling better. We just didn’t know God had different plans. As i mourn my siz please pray for me. RIP

Papa Dennis – March 26 2018

We at Breakingnews.co.ke send our condolences to the family, friends and fans of Papa Dennis.

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