Born and bred in Kisumu County, Eric Odhiambo Okello aka Sweet Boy is an Eldoret-based musician who was raised up with a single mum.
Sweet Boy who currently works as a barista at Nova Café in Eldoret town cleared his O Levels in 2003 at Thurdibuoro High School where he attained a B (plain).
The soft spoken artiste told LubangaSpeaks.com how he failed to join university to pursue Journalism due to lack of school fees.
“My mum passed away in 2003 when I was preparing to sit for my Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations. Luckily, well-wishers came my way who supported me to the end,” said Sweet Boy.
After school, he worked at Nairobi Art Café where he was attained skills in preparing coffee.
Today besides doing music, he prepares coffee varieties ranging from Cappuccino, latte, Mocha, Machiatto, Espresso to House Coffee at Nova Café based at Zion Mall in Eldoret town.
He fully ventured into music last year and did his first song Number Sita which was produced by Cymphony Media in Eldoret.
“I did Number Sita, after I broke up with my girlfriend. This is a love song even though it failed to receive much airplay as I had expected but I pulled up my socks in my second song ipad which has about 900 views on You Tube at the moment.
Sweet Boy stated how he was motivated to do music while still in school because he used to sing a lot way back then.
“At the moment, I have recorded an audio track Nakulilia at Grandpa Records and the song is all about a lady I am dating. In the song, I tell her not to break my heart like my previous lovers,” he explained.
Watch NUMBER SITA by Sweet Boy by clicking the link below
The video is expected to be produced by Dreamland Music Entertainment and will be directed by Dr Eddy and will be out in mid April 2015.
Juggling Music and Work
Sweet Boy reiterated that he has time for music and time for work.
“Music comes after my job. I seek for permission whenever I have a video shoot or a gig. I thank my boss because he is so understanding and supportive,” he said.
The artist who does music in Tanzania’s Bongo flava genre draws his inspiration from East African musicians; Diamond, Jaguar, Rich Mavoko, Amileena, Rabbit and Sudi Boy.
“I would wish to one day do a music collabo with Amileena and Sudi Boy. These two really inspire me a lot musically,” Sweet Boy said calling on Kenyans to start embracing Bongo flava music genre.
Five Years from Now
Sweet Boy who believes that music is a paying venture said that, five years from now, he seeks to see to it that he is the biggest name in the region.
“Music only pays when a musician works hard. Once you get airplay, the rest in this industry is history. After 5 years, I want to be the best musician in East Africa and see to it that people get to know who Sweet Boy is,” he further said.
Watch ipad by Sweet Boy by clicking the link below