Samuel Otieno Tito, A Kenyan Gospel Minister who gained immense success in early 1980s with his unique style of preaching, praise and worships songs hewed directly from the Bible, has made public his ambition to set up a mega recording studio in Nyanza, Kenya.
Breaking out this vision earlier during the year, Apostle Tito took to his Facebook account to call on willing people across the world to join hands and help him set up the studio which he believes will help nurture talents and record for many upcoming artist not only in various parts of Nyanza but also across the country.
At the beginning of the year 2021, the singer-cum-preacher said his experience while ministering in cities and remote villages has exposed him to many who, despite being able to sing and write organic songs, find it a challenge to reach to the few available studios to record their songs due to long distsnce and lack of finance.
“I have seen old women in the remote areas with sweet voices and able to sing but end up dying with their talents due to inability to access studios. Nairobi is far and not all can get there,” said Tito via his Facebook account on January 11th.
“There are also many talented upcoming youths whom helping and teaching has been a big challenge….we need recording instruments in remote areas…. Kindly join my group and fund this initiative,” he added.
Otieno Tito believes contrary to the current trend where many good studios are only available in Nairobi, it is very possible, through teamwork, to establish them in remote areas and help nurture thousands of talents that might end vanishing like many others in the past.
Scheduled Fundraising on 1st May, 2020
The Gospel Maestro, his close friends and planning committee have scheduled an online Fundraising on May 1st 2021 in support for this vision.
The gospel musician has welcomed everyone in Australia, Britain, United States, African and all other parts of the world to join hands on the day and send any amount they have.
At the same time, contribution and ongoing at A WhatsApp he began. For a while, the musician has been sharing the link on his Facebook timeline and inviting all willing people to join and support this great initiative.
He has since shared his phone number; +254 796 528 905 for anyone willing to send his contribution or reach out to him.
Otieno Tito’s, Music and Evangelism.
Despite being in his sixties, Otieno Tito continues to touch hearts through his sermons and Swahili and Luo music hits that many enjoy listening to on their phones and online. THe songs are also getting airplay on several radio stations across the country.
He was popularly known as “Otieno Gor” in Benga Circles due to his unique Benga music. However, after his conversion, Tito quit Benga in 1975 to commence his gospel singing career.
The renowned minister has 16 albums under his collar and uncountable sermons. Some of his hit songs include; Yesu Ndiye Bwana (Jesus is Lord), Daudi na Goliathi (David and Goliath), Masira Biro (Imminent calamity), Mor Rita (Joy Awaits Me), Bi Umodhi E Soko (Come and drink from the well), Chi Shunem (The Shunamite woman) among others.
Some of these albums he did in collaboration with his longtime friend Apostle Samuel Odiwuor of Kochia, Homabay Kenya. Samuel Odiwuor is still strong and serving God. On April 8th 2020, Tito visited musician Odiwuor at his home in Kochia and together went live on Facebook to clear the air and refute ongoing rumors that they had called off their friendship due to irreconcilable differences.
Tito’s preachings too, some recorded in CDs and others available online including on his Facebook account, until today, are much loved by many especially in the Lake Side Region and Tanzania.
Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, Otieno slowed down his evangelism. However, he is still optimistic normalcy shall be restored soon so that he continue winning many to Christ. He believes, at his age, he is still strong to evangelize like never before.
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