Willy Paul or commonly known as Willy poze is a Kenyan Gospel artist whose real name is Wilson Abubakar Radido. He is a singer, songwriter and dancer from Kasarani, Nairobi. He is also the C.E.O and founder of Saldido records.
Wilson Abubakar Radido was born to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Radido in September 1993 in Mathare slums. He has three siblings. His father Mr. Paul Radido is of Ugandan descent living in Kenya and working as a carpenter. His mother who was from Tanzania was working as a salonist. She was bedridden in 2011 which made him drop out of school for financial constraints and to seek some income generating means to support the family.
He started his music journey at an early age but it was the song Sitolia featuring Gloria Muliro which was his breakthrough. His first album, You never know was launched on Thursday 5 December 2013 in a colorful ceremony at the KICC graced by musicians Daddy Owen, Ben Githae, Gloria Muliro, DK Kwenye Beat, Ben Bahati, Bahati, Men Of God (MOG), Size 8, Mr. Seed, Shiru Wa GP, Betty Bayo, Danny Gift, DJ Sadic and DJ MO. The album had songs like, You never know, Lala Salama, Mpenzi and Kitanzi.
In 2014, he had a successful tour of the United States of America. The tour was organized by Talanta Awards. It began on 10th March in Sacramento, California. He performed alongside artiste Polly Odotte at the House of Glory Church. He then headed to Neema Gospel Church in Dallas, Texas, and, on 15 March, performed at St Louisiana, Missouri. On 29–30 March, Willy ministered to the audience at Neema Community Church in Overland Park, Kansas. He concluded his tour on 27 April in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has henceforth been serving his fans with endless hit songs that many have come to love.
Awards and nominations
2012: Nominated as Male Gospel artist of the year at Kisima Music Awards.
2013: He won the Male Artist of the year at Groove Awards
2015: He won four nominations to Groove Awards on 22nd April 2015
2018: Won the best video of the year award at Groove Awards 2018
Will poze has dated several high profile ladies. However he always tries to keep his relationships a secret and only comes into the limelight when something big goes down. He used to date Michelle who they later broke up. After break up with Willy Paul, Michelle hooked up with and started dating comedian Fred Omondi, the brother to top comedian Eric Omondi. He has also dated a top Ethiopian model. Their relationship did so well that they had planned to wed before Willy Poze called the wedding off claiming he was wrongly advised and that he was too young to marry. He has since been pictured with Tracey Machiven. Tracey is an ex-girlfriend to Kenya’s celebrated footballer Victor Wanyama.
You never know
Sitolia featuring Gloria Muliro
Njiwa featuring Nandy
Tam tam featuring Size 8
Tiga wana featuring Size 8
Sijafika featuring Size 8, Kambua and Gloria Muliro
I do featuring Alaine
Bora uhai featuring Khaligraph Jones
Take it slow featuring Sauti Sol
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