Linet Munyali (born 4 August 1987),[1] professionally known as Size 8, is a Kenyan singer, songwriter and actress. Formerly a secular artist, Size 8 is known for her singles "Shamba Boy" and "Moto". In April 2013, she released her first gospel single "Mateke". As an actress, she had a small role in the legal comedy Mashtaka.

Size 8
Born
Linet Masiro Munyali

(1987-08-04) 4 August 1987 (age 33)
Nairobi, Kenya
NationalityKenyan
Other namesLinet Muraya
CitizenshipKenyan
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
Years active2008–present
Spouse(s)
Samuel "DJ Mo" Muraya
(m. 2013)
Children2
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
LabelsCalif Records (former)
Associated actsWilly Paul

Early life and educationEdit

Born on 4 August 1987, Linet Masiro Munyali was raised in Maringo Estate in Nairobi. She is the sixth born of six other siblings to Samuel Kirui Munyali, a Ugandan and Esther Njeri, a Kenyan, both members of the clergy. She attended Dr. Livingstone Primary School where she topped in her class in the KCPE. In her high school, she got a scholarship in State House Girls.[2]

CareerEdit

Munyali was discovered by Clemo, a Kenyan producer and co-founder of Calif Records, when she auditioned locally and later signed on the Record label. She released "Shamba Boy", "Silali" and "Vidonge". As of April 2013, she confirmed to have crossed over to the gospel music industry, having been born again, and subsequently releasing her first single "Mateke".[3] She has released others like "Moto",[4] "Yuko na Wewe",[5] "Jemedari"[6] and "Afadhali Yesu".[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Size 8 is married to Samwel Muraya, commonly known as DJ Mo, a disc jockey in September 2013.[8] Together they have two children: a daughter Ladasha Belle Muraya[9] born on 19 November 2015[10][11] and a son Samuel Muraya Jnr. born on November 12, 2019.https://www.tuko.co.ke/390543-size-8-dj-mo-celebrate-son-murayajnrs-1st-birthday-emotional-message-am-tears.html#:~:text=Gospel%20singer%20Size%20and%20her,year%20on%20Thursday%2C%20November%2012. Her mother, Esther Njeri Munyali,[12] died of kidney related illness, a day after she gave birth to her first daughter.[13]

DiscographyEdit

Secular music
Year Single Producer/Director Album Ref(s)
"Shamba Boy" N/A [14]
2011 "Silali" ( Size 8 featuring Ally B) [15]
2012 "Vidonge" [citation needed]
Gospel music
Year Single Producer/Director Album Ref(s)
2013 "Mateke" TBA [16]
"Moto" [17]
2014 "Yuko na Wewe" [18]
"Tam Tam" (Willy Paul featuring Size 8) – Remix Jacky B [19]
"Jemedari" [20]
2015 "Sijafika" (Willy Paul featuring Size 8, Kambua and Gloria Muliro) Young Wallace [21]
2015 "Afadhali Yesu" Jacky B [22]

FilmographyEdit

  • Mashtaka

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref(s)
2014 Groove Awards Video of the Year "Mateke" Won [23][24][25]
Female Artist of the Year Herself Nominated
Song of the Year "Mateke" Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Linet Munyali". Hashtag Square. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Size 8, Linet Masiro". Kenyan Magazines. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Size 8 – Mateke". Get Mziki. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Size 8's latest Gospel video "Moto"". Capital FM. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  5. ^ ""YUKO NA WEWE" – NEW MUSIC VIDEO BY SIZE 8". Groove Theory. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Size 8 Releases A New Hit Song "Jemedari" (Yale Ametenda)". NaiBuzz. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  7. ^ "OYGK Music Video Debut: Size 8 – Afadhali Yesu". OYGK Magazine. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Size 8 and System Unit's DJ MO in secret wedding". The Net. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  9. ^ "POPULAR GOSPEL SINGER SIZE 8 REVEALS THE NAME OF HER BABY GIRL". Standard Media. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  10. ^ "IT'S A GIRL! CELEBRITY COUPLE SIZE 8 AND DJ MO WELCOMES BABY GIRL". Standard Media. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  11. ^ Okoth, Brian (19 November 2015). "Size 8 and DJ Mo welcome bouncing baby girl". Citizen Digital. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  12. ^ Mwangi, David (20 November 2015). "Musician Size 8's mother passes away". The Star. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  13. ^ "SIZE 8 LOSES HER MUM A DAY AFTER DELIVERING BABY". Nairobi News. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  14. ^ Genga, Shirley (15 April 2013). "Why women fall in love with the shamba boy". Standard Media. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  15. ^ "Tracka De Day: Ally B ft. Size 8 'Silali'". Okoa Africa. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  16. ^ Okoth, Brian (2 September 2015). "I will throw 'Mateke' until my due date – Gospel singer Size 8". Citizen Digital. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  17. ^ "Size 8 Reborn Releases Her 2nd Video After "Mateke" MOTO". Uliza Links. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  18. ^ "This One Is For You : Size 8 Releases New Video "Yuko Na Wewe"". Uliza Links. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  19. ^ "Willy Paul And Size 8 Release New Video "Tam Tam"". Uliza Links. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  20. ^ "SIZE 8 – JEMEDARI". African Musik Magazine. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  21. ^ Kingsley, David (25 September 2016). "Willy Paul Finally Releases 'SIJAFIKA' Featuring Size 8, Kambua & Gloria Muliro". Niaje. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  22. ^ "SIZE 8 COMES OF AGE WITH AFADHALI YESU SINGLE". Nairobi News. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  23. ^ "Groove Awards 2014 Winners". Groove Awards. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  24. ^ Kariuki, Ngare (2 June 2014). "Full list of Groove Awards 2014 winners". Nation. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  25. ^ "Full List – Groove Awards 2014 Winners". Nairobi News. Retrieved 26 February 2016.