ONEXTRA: David Wonder
12 months ago, 30 Dec 21:30
David Junior Odera aka David Wonder is the freshest sensation on the local gospel music scene. Nurtured by Bahati two years ago, Wonder has four songs under his belt, including "Ndogo Ndogo", a hit that has caused waves for months after its release. He told JAMES KAHONGEH why he is not a passing tide The name Wonder came into being when I met Bahati. When I narrated my struggles as a budding musician to him, his remark was ‘You are a product of God’s wonders’. It was as easy as that. My start was as turbulent as they come. After completing high school, I set out to pursue music as a career. But at the same time, I was struggling with extreme low self-esteem. Later, my friends and I formed a boy band. We would perform at Our Spirit of Faith Pentecostal church in Baba Dogo and in other small gigs. God purposely put me there to confront my esteem issues. The band disintegrated after a few months. My dream to pursue a music career hit a dead end when I was sent to my dad’s village in Awendo, Migori County. I stayed down there for six months, doing practically nothing. When I returned to Nairobi in 2015, I got a job as a beautician at a city salon, working for 14 hours a day all week long. This left me with absolutely no time to advance my music interests. My heart wasn’t in the beauty job, but I hang on out of desperation than enthusiasm. I worked at the salon for six months. My second stab at music was inspired by a lady friend. We had not been in touch for a long time. So one day she called to enquire about my progress in music. She was disheartened to learn that I had given up on music after failing to make a breakthrough. She promised to link me up with someone from Eastlands Most Beloved (EMB) recording label in Nairobi. Little did I know that the person was Bahati. I was, however, still not enthusiastic about the idea. But she encouraged me to give it a try. The journey to get in touch with Bahati began in June 2015. I would call him and send him text messages without any response. I almost gave up after vainly trying to reach him for more than three weeks. Then one day, he answered my call. It was unbelievable. I introduced myself and narrated my story to him with clarity and confidence. He promised to get back to me. After about a month of waiting, Bahati called and asked me to meet him at his EMB studios. In my flight of fancy, I thought we would record a song right off the bat. That way, I would have jumpstarted my music career. But that was never to be. I underwent a period of intense mentorship for a full year in 2016. I was required to be at the studio every ...
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