If ever there was a young man who knows and appreciates the blessings of the Lord, it must be Kamau Karongo. Born in Gachie in 1980, Kamau was born the second-last of nine children to a father who passed on in 1993 and a mother who six years later went to meet her maker.
Orphaned at a young age, and born in a humble home, this young man has made more of his life than his circumstances might have dictated. Not only has he learnt a number of musical instruments, he entered the Kipawa Talent Search, polling the highest number of votes and winning the People’s Choice Award. Now he celebrates his debut album and sits with the promise of a free and full recording of a second one once ready. His forays into music began.She spurred him on, and he started playing the drums. Yet even though he was not born again, he was drawn to the work and ministry of the church. Nonetheless the untimely demise of his mother made him rethink his life. It was in 1999 when he purposed to give his life to Christ while watching an episode of The 700 Club. He admits he felt on the edge of the decision for a while, and was just waiting for an alter call; any alter call, to respond to. 700 club’s call did the trick.
At the time he was working on secular music, though not pursuing recording. He immediately changed course and focused his attentions on gospel music.In addition, Kamau started up his own faith based organization, The Good Neighbor , based around his hometown.His organization, with very little funds, does a fantastic job of providing support for many underprivileged locals. Even though he comes from a humble background, his heart is indeed very sensitive to the plight of others. With his meager funds from album sales he’s supporting local entrepreneurship – case in point being a young man he has assisted to start up a business at Masai Market. In addition, he has helped support some local kids attend high school at a sponsored school in Gachie.
He says his debut album is a miracle, and a testimony of God’s faithfulness. He’s grown up as an orphan, but has always experienced amazing harmony in his large family, and though he’s struggled, has never lacked. He’s managed to learn the guitar, keyboards and drums, and has yet another well-wisher paying for him to study Spanish locally.
As he recalls the journey life has taken him through, especially surrounding the recording of his album, he continually quotes Psalms 105. The album’s title track “ Ngoro Yakwa” , kikuyu for “my heart” is based around him reminding his heart to never forget the faithfulness and benefits of God.
One thing is evident about him – Kamau Karongo is a gentleman with a very big heart, destined for even greater things.