Bensoul is born and bred in Embu, a slum called Dallas. He has one elder sibling. They have a 13 year age difference.
He has been raised by a single mother.
“My husband left because he wanted me to convert to Islam. He said that if my son and I don’t want to convert then we should be associated with him.” Bensoul’s mother narrates.
Bensoul’s mother admits that it was a tussle between her husband and her when it came to Bensoul doing music. The father was against him doing music.
Bensoul lived at Land Mawe when he met H_art the band. He then went to live with them in Kayole after working with them. That’s when they released the hit song Uliza Kiatu.
“People knew us well in Kayole. They knew we made the song and considered us as heros. So I have never been mugged at night even when I meet robbers. They let me pass and say they will steal from the next person.” Bensoul recalls.
He met Bien of Sauti Sol through Mordecai of H_art the band. Bien describes Bensoul as a sincere song writer. Something he hasn’t heard in a long time. Bensoul changed how Bien writes his music.
While writing the song El Shaddai, Bensoul fell sick and was coughing for a whole month. He later came to find out it was TB.
“I did an AIDS test because I had all the symptoms. I felt like life was coming to an end. I did a test and it came out negative.” Bensoul recalls.
This is the moment he almost gave up on his music. He couldn’t sing, write or explain what the intentions of the songs he had written. He considered going back to finish his Civil Engineering studies. Bensoul gave away all the song he wrote. But in the end he kept pursuing his love for music after he got better.
Here is what some of the musician had to say about Bensoul’s talent:
Bien: I have seen Bensoul morph into a beast of an artist. He is a miracle child, a child of his time. He is going to be the biggest African artist.
Savara: Bensoul is the king of love songs. He can play the keys, guitar and can compose a song. That’s a man armed to the teeth.
Mordecai: He is blessed with words and melodies.