Henry Odindo, better known by his stage name ZJ Heno, is a Kenyan deejay, music producer, farmer, and Vybez Radio host. He is the founder of Empire Sounds, a label he started with his friends in high school.
Cecile, Etana, Jah Cure, and Kaligraph Jones are among the Kenyan and international artists who have collaborated with the music producer. He was Kenya's first DJ to release hip hop collaborations and reggae riddims.
He attended Agoro Sare High School after graduating from BlueBells Primary School. He earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Nairobi in 2012.
Henry is the firstborn son of two boys. Peter Odindo is his younger brother, and Grace Odindo is his mother.
Despite the fact that he lost his father when he was five years old, he has some memories of him. His father would bring him Bob Marley, Lucky Dube, and TPok Jazz vinyls whenever he traveled.
This led to him amassing a music collection and developing an interest in deejaying. He also recalls his father buying them ice cream in Buruburu.
Although his mother wasn't completely opposed to his deejaying, she insisted on him finishing school first. She bought him a recorder after he dubbed Jeff Mwangami on her Jane Atieno tapes. They lived in Jericho, Eastlands, Nairobi, where their mother worked as a nurse.
Initially, he desired to work with intelligence, but abandoned this ambition after learning that one had to bribe their way into the army. He was not born into a wealthy family.
Heno's passion for music would lead him down that path. Although not loud, his record label, Empire Sounds, has produced a number of songs.
He rose to prominence in 2014 while working for Uptown radio before moving to Homeboyz Radio in 2015. He later became the host of a reggae show on Vybz radio.
ZJ Heno debuted in Jamaica and the United States in 2019 with big reggae names like Buju Banton, Protégé, Chris Martin, and Jesse Royal.
Henry has a daughter named Kelissa, who was born in 2013. According to the Standard, becoming a father made him more responsible and focused.
In addition, the DJ revealed to the Standard that he is a sugarcane farmer. He farmed sugarcane in Migori and complained that Sony sugar took too long to harvest at times. This harmed the quality and resulted in low prices.