KENYA'S MOST FAMOUS MUSICIANS
In the last five years, the Kenyan music industry has rapidly expanded, moving from rap and hip-hop to Afro-pop and Gengetone. The once-struggling industry has now grown to be worth $1 billion. As a result, the top musicians are increasing their impact across the continent, while the up-and-coming musicians are unfazed. But who are the top-tier and up-and-coming Kenyan musicians? We've laid it all out here.
Even though there are many musicians in Kenya, very few are well-known. When we refer to the elite, we mean those having a history of achievement, honors, and worldwide or domestic partnerships. Here are five examples in this group.
1. KHALIHGRAPH JONES
The real Khaligraph Jones is Brain Robert Ouko. His birthday is June 12, 1990. Aged 31 years old, he. At neighborhood clubs in Eastlands, the Kayole rapper first began outperforming the competition. It was difficult for him because he was a budding artist. He frequently left his performances without being paid, but that did not deter him from pursuing his dream. He made his first song available at the age of 13, and his hit song "Yego" made him famous.
He has quickly risen to prominence as one of Kenya's top musicians and has enjoyed financial success as a result. Currently, Khaligraph demands Ksh1 million to play at any event.
Additionally, he can generate a respectable salary from sponsorship arrangements. Brands including Tusker, Redbull, Monster, and Bel Air have sponsored him.
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2. SAUTI- SOL
In 2005, the vocalists Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano, Polycarp Otieno, and Savara Mudigi founded the Kenyan afro-pop group Sauti Sol in Nairobi. The boy band incorporates local and regional dances with western-influenced music genres like soul and R&B while singing in Swahili. After releasing Sol Filosofia in 2011 and their debut album Mwanzo in 2008, Sauti Sol gained recognition as one of the top bands in the nation. In 2020, the band is on the verge of slowing down, and fans are eagerly anticipating their fifth album. Sauti Sol has published the second instant gratification single from their upcoming album, which is scheduled to be released on June 5, 2020. The group is getting ready for their first major-label release, "Midnight Train."
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3. KING KAKA
Rapper King Kaka, from Kenya, has gained popularity across the country. Kennedy Ombima, his true name, was born on May 7, 1987, although today he is better known by his stage names King Kaka and Rabbit. At 34 years old, through the release of his album Tales of Kaka Sungura, King Kaka made his debut in the music industry. Even though the record was in Swahili, it helped him become so well-known in the nation. King Kaka was able to gather thousands of followers thanks to hits like Uko Chua, Swahili Shakespeare, and Adisia, and soon some of his songs were being used as street anthems.
Kaka is a successful businessman in addition to his great singing career. He started Kaka Empire's Majik Water, a filtered water business, in 2015. He gave his music brand name as the name of the business.
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One of the best rappers in the nation is Nyashinski, whose true name is Nyamari Ongegu. He was born in 1983, and although his precise birth date is unknown, it is known that he is 38 years old. He was a former member of the trio of musicians known as Kleptomaniax, which also included Nyashinski, Collo (Collins Majale), and Roba (Robert Manasa). Sadly, the band disbanded in 2007. With the release of the R&B song "Bebi be" in 2018, Nyanshiski made a spectacular comeback to the music scene after a ten-year absence. The fans were not anticipating much from him when he released the song on Valentine's Day.
Nyashinski demonstrates that he is a successful individual who is creative and wholly dedicated to producing excellent music. Over 1.4 million people have viewed his most recent song, "Lift Me," on YouTube.
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Fena Gitu, a singer and songwriter who specializes in "Urban Soul," became well-known after participating in the music competition Coke Studio Africa. In 1991, on April 25th, Fena was born. She's thirty years old. Fena's major break in the music business occurred in 2008 when she took first place in Nairobi's "Fete de la Musique" singing contest. She debuted with Donk in 2009, followed by Phenomenal Woman, which helped her gain popularity in the music industry. She celebrated all African kings by releasing the popular song African King in 2015.
Since then, she has released two albums, "Phenomenon" and "Unleashed," each of which has over 30 songs. She has shared the stage with artists like Ice Prince, Davido, Sauti Sol, Dela, Kagwe Mungai, Naiboi, Khaligraph Jones, and the late HHP from South Africa thanks to her profession in the music industry. At the AFRIMMA awards in 2020, she was also nominated for Best Female East Africa. Along with Tanasha, Akothee, and Zuchu, she put herself forward.
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One of the nation's musical pioneers, Nonini, is highly recognized. On October 2nd, 1982, he was born. A 39-year-old man, He was born Hubert Nakitare but later changed his name, going by the stage name Nonini.
His musical career began in 2002 with Calif Records. His debut single, Nonini Ni Nani, became a hit and helped him gain notoriety in the Kenyan urban music scene. On the Tanzanian musician Juma Nature's song Nani Mwenza, which went on to become a hit locally, he collaborated. The majority of people can relate to the music industry, and Kenya is a nation that is proud of its musicians and their commitment to excellence.
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7. JUA CALI
Jua Cali, also known as Paul Julius Nunda, was born on September 12, 1979. He has 42 years of age. He is a renowned Kenyan pop musician who sings in Swahili and Sheng, a popular sort of rap. Ruka, Jua Cali's debut smash single from 2001, was followed by Nipe Asali in 2002. He was chosen as one of Kenya's most prominent artists in 2007 and has since worked hard to get several significant sponsorship deals. Among the well-known companies he has worked with include Motorola, Orange Mobile, Pamoja Mtaani, Protex, and Pilsner. In addition to purchasing a plane, he also owns many high-end automobile brands, including Bentley, BMW, Benz, and Jaguar.
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