Last Updated on September 8, 2018 by mybiohub
Tanzanian singer and songwriter Ben Pol whose real name is Benard Michael Paul Mnyang’anga was born on September 9, 1989 in Dar es salaam, Tanzania. His mother was a home based singer.
Ben began singing at the age of 17 with school mates at Azania Secondary school and graduated in 2009. After school, he went fully into music production and released “Ningefanyaje” which featured Kenyan artist Avril and ranked No 1 on Soundcity TV, Top 10 East and Africa Rox Countdown.
In 2012, he made his mark when he released his debut album Maboma. He published Sophia in 2015. Ben also released other hits like “Unanichora” ft. Joh Makini”, “Jikubali”, “Pete”, “Maneno”, “Samboira” and “Nikikupata”.
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Ben participated in 2015 Coke Studio Africa S3 alongside 25 top artists including Yemi Alade, Sauti Sol and Flavour. Dubbed the “Tanzania R&B prodigy” he partnered with Kenyan rapper Wangechi. Ben Pol has collaborated with Amos and Josh, Nameless, Avril (singer), the King Kaka, Chidinma as well as Baraka Da Prince, Jux, Joh Makini, Gnako, Maua Sama and Fid Q in Tanzania. He is the winner of three Tanzania Music Awards in 2011-13, with two AFRIMA 2015 nominations and one in 2014.
He collaborated with Mr Eazi on the song Phone released in 2017. Ben also did another collaboration with Darassa in the song called Muziki; the song was released in December 2016.
Ben Pol is one of the celebrity ambassadors for WildAid and has won notable awards like Best R&B Song (2011), Best R&B Song (2012) and Best Song Writer (2013).