Yesterday we were watching some song by gospel artiste Benachi. The Mwanake hit-maker, when a friend asked “Kwani what happened to Benachi?”. Almost immediately …
There was a time Kenyan music was the heartbeat of East African showbiz. There was a time every artiste in whatever part of the world prayed to their gods that they get a show in Nairobi. There was a time that Kenyan musicians were demigods. That time, the rest played second fiddle. And that time, Kenya had an artiste by the name E-sir. Every Kenyan has heard about E-sir, has listened to his music and let’s all agree that he had a Midas touch. When the lad laid his hands on a track, it came out Golden. Let’s talk Boomba Train, Hamnitishi, Kamata, Saree, MNoss Moss, to mention just a few. E-sir is arguably the best rapper Kenya has ever produced.
For the millennials, E-sir was a rapper signed under Ogopa Djs whose real names were Issah Mmari Wangui. He was already a star at the age of 19 and defined the Kenyan music sound in the company of Nameless, Big Pin, Wahu and his own little brother Habib. The year 2003 saw him clinch three Kisima awards, Best song of the Year for Boomba Train, Best Male and Hip Hop artiste of the Year and Best Album of the Year for Nimefika. In the same year, he was nominated for a Kora award as the Best East African Artiste and the following year (he was dead by then) he was nominated for Best East African Album for Nimefika.
Then mystery surrounding his death has always remained unknown, and the events prior to his death as well. However, what the public knows is that he was coming from Afraha Stadium from a performance promoting his album when the tragedy struck, on 16 March, a day like this. E-sir’s death came at the peak of his career when all the stars had welcomed him into the galaxy, he was causing ripples within and beyond, and there seemed no boundaries to what he would do. He had raised the industry single-handedly. His fluent Swahili fused with sheng’ also stole the hearts of many. But when his career was taking off, he was involved in a car crash with fellow label-mate nameless. So much has been said. At the time of his death, questions were raised concerning his death. Why did he die alone while they were two in the car? His bitter fans went ahead to accuse Nameless of playing a part in the tragedy, alleging that he was jealous of his success.
In an interview some time back about the incident Nameless said, ““We performed the night before and we were all rested. We departed at around 11am and got distracted by the view of Lake Elementaita for a quick second. That was the last conversation we had, the car had started to swore off so when the driver tried to get back to the road he lost total control and unfortunately the car rolled a couple of times“.
Since E-sir’s departure to glory much has happened in the local music scene. We no longer lead musically since Tanzanians are taking everything home. Our local musicians are no longer demigods but fellow hustlers we fight for space with in Citi Hoppas. The pioneers that started this thing aren’t singing any longer but, posing with nude socialites and filling their Instagram timelines with weed and booze. And wait, Ogopa Djs is no longer Ogopa Djs.
Is E-sir happy wherever he is? That the industry he lay a strong foundation for is in a sorry state and the artistes are being conned their money? What if he was living today, would he be like them or there would be change?
Rest In Peace E-sir.
The mother of two and wife of Nameless recently performed at the Two Rivers Mall this past weekend, and she put on an amazing show.
However one thing stood out a part from how stunning she looked. She was dressed in a tight crop top and high waist jeans paired up with sexy knee high boots.
Looking at the lass one cannot help but notice that she had put on some weight and the outfit she had on did not conceal this either. Or could she be carrying the couple’s third baby? Check out the photos below and judge for yourself.
Yesterday we unraveled what might be the newest celebrity couple in town, Timmy T-dat and Dela. If they indeed are an item, then they’ll add to the long list of celebrity couples we have had in the local scene. Not the first, and of course not the last. Can we look at some of the celebrity couples that the local arena has seen in the past, the surviving ones and the past tense? We can? Good. Here we go.
The oldest celebrity couple we have ever seen in Kenya. These two tied the knot back in 2005 and have gone ahead to become a model family to many young couples. They have two daughters, Tumiso and Nyakio. The two are not ashamed of expressing their love for each other even in their social media circles, showing other couples that indeed, true love never dies.
2. Kenrazy and Sosuun.
These two are Ghipuka artistes who were once in Pacho before heading to Grandpa Records then decamping there as well. They have a 5-year-old daughter who they’ve christened Keniana.
3. Dj Moh and Size 8.
The most popular celebrity couple right now. Nobody ever saw this coming. When Size 8 turned over a new leaf and became a gospel artiste, it took many by surprise. same way it did when she married Dj Mo. The two have a cute baby girl called Ladasha Belle Wambo whose Instagram account has almost 110, 000 followers.
4. Dennis Okari and Betty Kyalo.
They are among the top journalists in Kenya. When the two walked down the aisle last year, it was the most glamorous wedding for the year. They went for honeymoon in different destinations; Diani, Mauritius and then Dubai. However, something happened less than a year into their marriage. Divorce rumors flew around and before we knew it, it was alleged that the two had split and were no longer living together. The two have however sealed their lips concerning the whole issue.
5. Timmy T-dat and Kush Tracey.
Our boy is here again, Timmy dated fellow artiste Kush Tracey. The too looked so much in love, confessing their love for each other during the day. They even had a song together, Ndulu, and were involved in a road accident together while looking for locations for their video. Then the story came to an abrupt end, with each side accusing the other of being responsible for it all. Kush Tracey said Timmy had assaulted her while Timmy said that she had been snatched from her by some Kisii politician whose goons had beaten him mercilessly outside club 1824.
6. Colonel Mustapha and Marya.
It broke our hearts, this one. Perefct match made in heaven for each one, they graced our magazines and were the loveliest couple at the time. They were signed to Ogopa DJs, then they did a collabo ‘Hey baby’ and were a couple everybody else envied. Then when things looked forward to going up, they crumbled, fell and broke. Mustapha is Muslim and Marya Christian.Their efforts to take their relationship to be more than that but marriage hit rock bottom after the obvious religious differences. And that was the end of the sweet narrative.
Tanzanian star Diamond Platnumz is one huge crowd-puller as was evident this past weekend at a music concert organized by Standard Group’s Radio Maisha.
The event held at the Meru National Polytechnic drew tens of thousands of fans who also got treated to performances from Nameless,Timmy T’dat among other musicians.
It was a one of a kind show and the ‘Utanipenda’ artist really lived up to its hype.
Here are photos from the concert:
Ever heard of the old adage, “Too much work without play made Jack a dull boy”, that’s the message Nameless has for you, with his new song, “Let It Go” ft. the long-lost Nyashinski, remember? The one who was in Kleptomaniax.
It’s been a while since we saw Nameless on the screen, with his crazy but creative videos.Now that his two daughters are grown enough, Nameless is back in the limelight. His music video features the comedian Eric Omondi and the singers of the hit song “Moto Wa Kuotea Mbali”, but i don’t want to be a spoiler, watch the video for yourself:
By: Joan Rangara
Daniel Mathenge aka nameless is one Kenya’s most successful who’s been in the public for more than decade. The father of two beautiful and husband to Wahu a beautiful mathematics genius and a performing artist.
His style of rocking shades with his dreadlocks under a hat or a durag, to an extent that it would be very weird to see him without any of the three.
Thursdays typically in social media circles; Facebook,Instagram and Twitter is always characterized by nostalgic pictures from the past under the hashtag #throwbackthursdays.Well Nonini yesterday reposted a picture of him snuggling with singer Wahu Kagwi – currently married to Nameless-only to cause an unexpected uproar from fans.
The picture showed Wahu getting cosy with Nonini and some interpreted it as disrespect to Nameless who is Nonini’s long time friend.To others it was a glimpse of how far we have come entertainment wise since the three Nonini, Wahu and Nameless were the biggest artists of their generation.
Dancan Khadeji Do you think Nameless will be clapping for you if he sees this????
Francis Onyoyo tumia akili ngombe ii, she is married what on earth r u doing Nonini? nkt
Hunk Kenney U dint have to post that because of marital issues man…she is some one’s wife
Meshaq Demathias pull it out,it isnt worth that was then,respect the marriage institution.
Fozia Hassan sio powah…boma yaweza vunjika plz u have to remove it…RESPECT
Dennis Orenge Not cool , not cool at all.
#TeamMafisi just can’t stop releasing hits at the moment. Today, they dropped the vid to #MWKM (Moto wa Kuotea Mbali). In it they feature veteran, Nameless. Check out the video for MWKM below, and be sure to cop the May issue of The Insyder, #TeamMafisi are covering it!!
Rumours are sometimes based on facts, but most often, it is people reading into things that are non-existent. These past few weeks some huge revelations have come about. Most of our lives, we have heard of stories about pastors who use their respectable positions for acts that the church would deem sinful. These however, would remain as such, stories. Sinful pastors have now finally been exposed for fraud and cheap thievery. Celebrities always have stories around their lives, this week has however revealed that Nikki and Lil Wayne never hit it, and Namless and Wahu are still a power couple.
Scandal sells. People always want to air other people’s dirty linen. Celebs however bear the brunt of this. Their lives are almost never private. And in a bit to probe them, some people charge painful, yet newsworthy rumours on them. Sometimes however, this is in a bid to get the celebs ‘out of hiding’ and back into the public eye.
Pastor Kanyari’s story made people pity his wife, with others accusing her of using it as a publicity stunt to sell her new music records. On the other hand, we should see it from her side. Her family is now in the public eye, her marriage is tarnished, and even worse, people may accuse her of collaborating with her husband to get the money from believing Kenyans. Her life, her comfort have literally been taken away from her.
Last year, people produced iffy tapes claiming they depicted Nikki and Lil Wayne getting it on. Their musical partnership in songs such as “Knock Out” and “high School” did not help but fuel these rumours. The two carried on with their lives and did not comment on the issue, till a few days ago when Nikki in a rap at the MTV EMAs revealed that nothing did happen between them.
This morning, the latest victim of cyber rumours and defaming is the power couple Namless and Wahu. A blogger claimed that Wahu had cheated on her husband and after paternity tests, he had not sired their last born girl. The blogger went on to explain that Nameless had filed for a divorce not being able to forgive his wife. Amid the story going viral, Nameless himself went onto cyber space to shame the fraudster.
Remember, before you open your mouth, or type out falsehoods, how it affects the people around your target. Noone lives in a vacuum and once you set something going, like waves, it always escalates.