Born in Nairobi, Kenya Nelson Mike Mithambo Miriuki alias K-Nel first began singing at the age of four in a gospel choir. He wrote small plays and poems performed at local youth theatres.

As a teenager, K-Nel embraced the trends of the time turning to R&B and hip hop icons Boyz II Men, Tupac Shakur, the Notorious B.I.G. and later, Jay-Z.

In 1999, upon entering university in Germany, K-Nel performed at local clubs and gained the attention of hip hop DJs.

Two years later the DJ, artist and entrepreneur released his first singles Hydro and Fresh Brain.

In 2004, K-Nel released his debut album The Middle Finger. In the following year, K-Nel recorded with one of his idols, Jay-Z, and performing at the Kenyan Independence Day grand celebrations in Cologne.

"Be informed before you come and all that glitters is not gold" is what K-Nel says to all those who have overwhelming expectations about Europe and abroad. K-Nel takes us through the Surprising Europe series to look at the good and bad side of life as an immigrant from Africa in Europe.

 

Surprising Europe can be seen each week at the following times GMT: Monday: 2230; Tuesday: 0930; Wednesday: 0330; Thursday: 1630.

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Source: Al Jazeera