Keni Burke

By Marcus Kagler

Best remembered as the vocalist for The Five Stairsteps' soul classic, “O-o-h Child,” Keni Burke spent the latter half of his career as a sought after session musician and underrated solo artist, who unknowingly influenced the evolution of modern day hip-hop. Kenneth M. Burke was born on September 28, 1953 into a Chicago family steeped in the R&B tradition. His father, Clarence “Papa” Burke, was a strict taskmaster who forged his five children, including Keni, into a polished R&B group his mother christened The Five Stairsteps. Initially signed to Curtis... Read More

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