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Monday, December 16, 2013

The Rise and Fall of Kenyans Finest Music Group


Famous music groups that kept the showbiz scene abuzz with hit bangers are no more. A lot of reasons abound why this groups cannot hold once they have reached the pinnacle of their music careers. What is cited mostly is that some of the group members have opted for solo careers. Here are some of Kenyan celebrated music groups that have since disintegrated.
Kalamashaka: Kenyan Urban Music Legends


This was the greatest and most successful hip hop group of all time in Kenya. The hard hitting rap trio- that comprised Oteraw, Kama and Johny-lyrical content was conscious touching on societal ills like corruption, drugs, prostitution and crime. Their hit single fanya Mambo climbed Channel O Top Ten Jams to position one a feat that had not been replicated by any Kenyan artist. Kalamashaka demise as a group was most unfortunate and robbed Kenya its pioneers in hip hop. Other memorable hits from K-Shaka include Tafsiri hii and Songa hapa.
Kleptomaniax: Nyash, Roba and Collo
Kleptomaniax was definitely one of the most lyrically endowed pop group in Kenya to date. The multi-talented trio, then popularly known as Klepto, were behind the hit singles singles Freak It, Maniax Anthem, Haree and Tuendelee. Klepto played a major role in popularizing Kapuka music style that was still new in the Kenyan market. In 2002, Klepto won the Chat award for the Favorite Male Group among other prestigious awards in the subsequent years. The group was also nominated for MTV Europe Music Awards for the Best African Act. The trio went separate ways in 2009 after Nyash left the country for the USA robbing Kenya one of its best hip hop group. Musically, Collo is the visible and most successful of the trio.
Tatuu: All Girl Group
When beauty and talent meet what you have is a potent mix. The all-girl group was known for their seductive dancing and strong vocals that made their contemporaries green with envy. Some of the groups greatest hits include ‘Come Back to me’, ‘Daima’, ‘Jua Lanyesha’ and Teso. Tatuu, as they are better known by their legion of fans, consists of Angela Ndambuki, Angela Mwandanda and Debbie Asila. The group went on their separates ways although a comeback is on the offing.
Camp Mulla: Party Don’t Stop
They took the local and international music scene by storm. Their music was refreshing coupled with an enviable stage presence. Camp Mulla were dominating the local music charts and set a precedent by becoming the first Kenyans to be nominated in the 2012 BET Awards for the "Best International Act - Africa" category. Members of the original Camp Mulla were Taio Tripper (Now known as Thee Mc Africa) , Shappa Man, Miss Karun and K’Cous. The exit of Miss Karun and Thee Mc Africa was a major blow to Camp Mulla. The duo are pursuing solo careers. Camp Mulla remaining members, Shappa Man and K’Cous, have hit the studio with new records that are receiving favorable airplay in TV and radio stations.
Vinnie Banton and Mr. Googz: Went MIA
The duo fame was short lived after a promising start to their music career. They released Na wasee tumetoka Githurai that topped the charts and the group was destined for even bigger things. The fast tempo reggae hit saw the two bag the 2003 Kisima Music Award for Reggae Artist of the Year. Mr. Googz found God and ditched secular for gospel music. Vinnie Banton attempts to revive his dwindling career have come a cropper.
Joel and Circuit: One Hit Wonder
One may be tempted to label Joel and Circuit one hit wonder lads. The two went separate ways after the hugely successful hit Juala that was popular among the young and the old. Circuit is reported to have gone gospel and is currently working on his album.
K-South: Bamboo and Abass
The smooth flowing Bamboo and Abass represented the hood of K-South. The group fame was at an all-time high propelled by their album Nairoberry. Bamboo found Jesus thereafter and ditched K-South to pursue a solo career. His exit from Kenya in search of greener pasture in the US did not seem to bear any fruit as he is a pale shadow of his former heydays.
Gidi Gidi and Maji Maji: Unbwogable
Whatever the two partners in music worked on was sure to turn to gold. The duo, whose lyrics were predominately in Luo language with a few lines in English and Swahili thrown in, dominated the charts and where simply unstoppable. South Africa Gallo Record Company took a keen interest on the talented lads and signed them. The unbwogable hit makers went their separate ways thereafter. Currently Maji Maji heads Ghetto while Gidi Gidi is a radio host at Radio Jambo.

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