Today we’d like to introduce you to Ian Ponda a.k.a. Prince Ian Mzangaluba, a young gospel minister, singer and songwriter.
Born and raised in Malindi, Ian lost his dad at the age of 9 while in class 2. His mum ran a restaurant to take care of him and his 4 siblings.
“After my father passed on, my mum returned to her paternal home with my siblings but I remained with my father’s relatives”, says Ian.
His uncle would later on take him to Lea Mwana Childrens Home, where was brought up and taken to school.
Here is my interview with Prince Ian:
How was life at Lea Mwana?
Generally, life was great. We were taken good care of, and we lacked nothing.
Where did you go to school?
I went to Jilore Primary School and then joined Kakuyuni Boys Secondary School. However, while in Form 2, I transferred to Town Secondary School. After Secondary School, I took a Business Management course at Kenya Institute of Management (KIM).
When did your passion for music begin?
My passion for music started at a very young age. I used to sing in Sunday School, and during school events. As I grew up, I sang in our school’s Christian Union too.
During Churchill Show, Malindi Edition, we saw your real talent in playing the guitar and singing different genre of music. How did you learn to play the guitar?
I taught myself how to play the guitar. But when I completed my Business Management course, I joined Kamata School of Music in Nairobi where I pursued music and sharpened my skills. Apart from playing the guitar I also play the drums.
What do you do for a living?
Well, I work for a foreign job recruitment agency. I also offer music and guitar lessons as well as emcee for events. Sometimes I get invited to play music at certain events. This is my hustle.
Have you released any music so far?
Not yet. But am hoping to release a number early next year.
Are you under any management?
I am signed under Custodian Music in Mombasa.
I’m also a member of the Awakening Experience group. Awakening Experience is an inter-denominational group of young, talented and born again people with a purpose to preach the gospel and restore real worship.
Talking of Awakening Experience, we have an event this Friday, right?
Yes. Awakening Experience is actually an annual event. We have done three and our 4th event is this Friday, 13th December 2019 at K.A.G. It starts from 9PM to 5AM.
Who inspires you musically?
Travis Greene from United States, Paul Clement from Tanzania, Guardian Angel and Kanjii Mbugua from Kenya.
What legacy are you building?
My mission is to impact people’s lives through music. I want to see people come and testify that they got born again while I was ministering in music.
Let’s talk about Street Worship. What is it all about?
Just like Awakening Experience, Street Worship is also an inter-denominational worship event that ministers through Worship music in the streets with a mission to touch lives. We have so far done 2 Street Worship events: the first one was in Nairobi in August 2019, and the second was in Malindi on October 2019.
Any shout outs?
Firstly, I want to appreciate my wife for sticking with me through thick and thin. Secondly I thank my mum for pushing me to do what I do. And thirdly, my church, for sponsoring me to attend Kamata School of Music .