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Suzanna Strives To Join The Music Greats

SUZANNA STRIVES TO JOIN THE MUSIC GREATS  (THE SUNDAY NATION, OCTOBER 3, 1999)

African music flows in her veins. From a distance, her voice could pass for that of Tshala Muana. Miriam Makeba or Nayanka Bell. Many people have also mistaken her voice for that of Tracy Chapman.

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Song Bird From The Lakeside

SONG BIRD FROM THE LAKESIDE 

Suzanna Owiyo is a bundle of energy as she shuttles from one corner to the other on the tiny stage at Logs Bar in Kisumu.

The crowd, mainly composed of benga enthusiasts, slowly responds with similar vigour to her tantalising tunes. You are gonna listen to some reggae, hip hop and some rhythm and blues," she says to the expectant crowd. Endowed with a powerful and soulful voice, Owiyo is a marvel to watch on stage.

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Exciting New Voice Enters

EXCITING NEW VOICE ENTERS AS REGION THROBS WITH SONG 

Three years ago, Benga songbird Princess Jully (Lillian Auma) released the song. Dunia Mbaya, which catapulted her to instant fame. She has since become a household name in Kenya and Uganda.

The latest arrival on the music scene is Suzanna Owiyo. Her rich voice lifts the song, Kisumu, a tribute to the lakeside town recently elevated to a city. Suzanna is a new star from Nyanza, indeed Kenya.

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Kenya's Answer To Tracy Chapman

KENYA'S ANSWER TO TRACY CHAPMAN 

Susana Owiyo, a solo artiste, went  to sing at the Kisumu centennial  celebrations and her music career  went in the success direction,  writes Peter Opondo

Susana Owiyo exudes a solid impression of a person who knows her destination in life, and she is headed there.

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Kenyan songbird

Kenyan songbird promises more stage shows and a third album, writes TIM KAMUZU BANDA

The crowd at last weekend's Kisima Awards ceremony had all the reason to cheer Suzzana Owiyo as she took to the stage for a scheduled performance.

In a blue flowing dress with white spots and armed with her guitar, the artiste with a powerful voice behind the Kisumu 100 hit song gave a tantalising show, and the crowd hollered for more when her time was up. According to Henry Otiende, or Sir Henry, who attended the ceremony, it suddenly downed on everybody that they had not seen the songbird perform for some time.

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