Bensoul: My dad discouraged me from pursuing music, then he abandoned us
Sol Generation artiste Bensoul is grateful that he never listened to his father’s advice. Had he done so, then maybe he would never have been as famous and successful as he is today.
Apparently, Bensoul’s father, who was also a musician during his youth, did not want the young Bensoul to follow his footsteps.
In an interview on Sol Generation’s YouTube channel, the artiste has disclosed how his dad attempted to dissuade him from pursuing a career in music.
But despite his father’s strong views, Bensoul said that from the tender age of three he knew exactly what he wanted in life. And that was to become a musician.
“My father was also a musician. He sang in the choir and played with a certain band. He tried to stop me from doing music, but music has been a part of me since I was three years old,” Bensoul said.
“I was born and raised in Embu. I grew up in a slum called Dallas, where I was raised by a single mom. My dad left us. I have a big sister called Lucy, who basically raised me.”
Bensoul’s mother, who is now deceased, had spoken about her challenges of raising her two children, who had an age difference of 13 years.
She revealed that the passion for music displayed by their child created considerable tension between her and her husband, eventually leading to their separation.
“My husband decided to leave us due to his insistence on my conversion to Islam. He made it clear that if we didn’t embrace Islam, we would no longer be associated with him. Bensoul’s pursuit of a musical path also became a source of conflict between me and his father,” she explained.
However, despite being raised in a broken family, Bensoul holds very strong family values.
“Family holds immense significance for me. Raised by my mother, my father may not have been physically present, but his presence is still felt. However, his current whereabouts remain unknown to me,” he said in the interview.