Emma Jalamo Biography and Wiki
Emma Jalamo full name Austine Odhiambo is a Kenyan Ohangla musician and songwriter.
He was born and raised in Ugunja, Siaya county. Emma has weathered many storms to make it to where he is today.
From menial jobs in his rural village of Sigomre to being a watchman in Ngara area, Jalamo has seen it all
As a member of Nehema Church where he became a choir team leader, he discovered his singing talent. But he had no idea that music would be his gateway to a better life.
When he produced his first music album, a gospel composition containing six songs, he continued to do menial jobs to earn a living. His stage name back then was Emmanuel.
It is from this name that he came up with Emma, which is its short form, while Jalamo means prayerful in Dholuo.
It was the brief encounter with musician Seth Oloo in 2008 that properly ushered him into the world of music. Seth invited him to help for a night playing the piano and later paid him Ksh 600 ($6) and his eyes opened and saw a career in music.
Emma Jalamo Age
Jalamo is 40 years as of 2020. He was born in 1980 in Mathare slums, in Kenya.
Emma Jalamo Education
Jalamo joined the school at the age of 12 and never completed his primary education. In an interview with the Nation newspaper and Lolwe Tv, Jalamo revealed that life was hard and they had to seek menial jobs to make ends meet. By then, going to school was too much of a luxury to be afforded.
Emma Jalamo Height
He stands at an average height and has moderate weight. He appears to be quite tall in stature if his photos, relative to his surroundings, are anything to go by.
However, details regarding his actual height and other body measurements are currently not publicly available. We are keeping tabs and will update this information once it is out.
Emma Jalamo Family, Parents and Siblings
Emma was born and raised by his parents in Kenya. Our efforts to find out more about his family came to no avail as no such information is publicly available.
Thus, the identity of his parents is still unclear. It is also not known if he has any siblings. Nevertheless, this section will be updated as soon as it is available.
Emma Jalamo Wife and Children
Jalamo is married to Amilo nyar Nyakach. They have three children; Mary, Oscar, and Ramsey. When he is off his busy music schedule, Emma is attending to his family and businesses. He runs a foundation and a recording studio under the label Lelo Production.
Emma Jalamo Net Worth
Emma has an estimated Net Worth of between 3 million to 5 million as of 2020. This includes his Assets, Money, and Income. His primary source of income is his career as a musician.
Through his various sources of income, he has been able to accumulate a good fortune but prefers to lead a modest lifestyle
Emma Jalamo Music
Much of Emma’s success is attributed to the unique genre of his composition. Jalamo’s songs combine Benga, Ohangla, and Rhumba into a new whole blend that attracts all fans of the three categories.
And it is because of this reason that he named his band Ramogi Ohangla Rhumba (R.O.R).
From love songs to more educative ones, Emma’s songs border on social commentary and social education.
Jalamo’s songs and moralism have an earthy feel, which the blue-collar fan base can identify with. His songs can be listened to by both the young and the old. The piercing whistle delivered in sync with the tune and, surprisingly, on key, has become his signature
Most of Jalamo’s songs are slower, more contemplative, and danceable. And the keyboard rendition is inventive, melodious, and on-beat, something that has always set him apart from other purveyors of the genre.
As someone who started his music as a choir team leader in Legio Maria, a religious organization.
This influence is evident in Jalamo’s songs, which incorporates a lot of chanting and indentations of voice, otherwise known as dengo in Dholuo, which is normally deployed in dirges.
It is the unique elements of his sound, inventiveness, humor, discipline, and overall professionalism that have set Emma apart from other exponents of the ohangla genre.
He is also an accomplished songwriter, seen in the smooth flow of Luo rhyme, idiom and metaphor in his music. following, mostly among the normally fickle, urban youth. His music also stands out because he has traversed across ethnic and social classes in Kenya.
Emma Jalamo Songs
- Onyi Jipanoran
- Simba Jauriri
- Opija Ka Elly
- First Lady 2
- Auma Lady
- Okinyo Mama
- Okelo Kochuodho
- Vivian Nyakoyugi
- Okoth Polo
- Adede Eng
- Gololi Pt.2
- Ken Woud Alego
- First Lady
- Jakakimba Sailas