United Tastes of Ameruca: Meru’s fast rising stars

Nassizu Murume, Gakeni and Kamanu

When you talks of Meru town, a brief glance in the showbiz industry unearths household names such as gospel artiste Makena, Aaron Rimbui, DJ Joe Mfalme, MC Jessy and DJ Pierra Makena. One would easily think these are all the showbiz players from Meru.

However, the region is one of the fastest rising showbiz towns in Kenya with many new names emerging:

Kamanu

Just like fine wine Kamanu gets better with age. He is a legendary celebrated contemporary Benga artiste who wows his audiences with his deep captivating vocals, melodious tunes and electrifying performances.

From singing Jabali Afrika and Don Williams covers in the bathroom to gracing many stages, the upbeat, good-natured and easy-going musician always oozes an infectious kind of energy that keep is audience listening to his catchy lyrics. Call him the undisputed king of showbiz in the Meru land and you’ll be absolutely right.

Nassizu Murume

Having been introduced into the limelight by Churchill, one of the finest voices is seemingly on a roll. He has been scaling higher heights day in day out.

One can easily confuse him with a bongo artiste because of his mastery of fluent Swahili and his looks, which have earned him the moniker “Kenyan Alikiba”. He is the president of Watanashati Classics, a formidable management team in the region that has not only the best musicians but also produces top notch videos.

Nassizu is seemingly making all the right moves as major endorsement deals come knocking. He was named the brand ambassador for Eight Vodka last month, a product of Tihan Limited as he gears up for his upcoming Unite States tour.

The smooth-voiced dashing Bongo RnB singer dropped his new single, Siwezi, a week ago and it’s already receiving good airplay.

Brendan Koffi

Born Brendan Karani, Koffi is without a doubt the best hip-hop artiste in the region. He has been working closely with Watanashati Classics, which saw him do a collabo with Sudi Boy, Nakupenda, late last year.

Since then he has been unstoppable as he has been dropping hit after hit that not only rule the airwaves but take the industry by storm.

With his unmatched lyrical prowess, the super talented singer is riding high on his hit such as; Panga, Brighter day, Mwitu, Battle me among others. He is currently doing great with Machette, a Kimeru cover rendition for Drake’s Versace.

Ameru Crew

This crew was formed late in 2010 to restore sanity in the industry and put their music back on the charts. They are what we call the game changers of Baite land. “We are focused on breaking the merians-can’t sing jinx,” they said.

The groove Awards 2013 nominees are popularly known for their hit song, Twendaneni, which loosely means ‘let’s love one another’.

Gakeni

Born Lilian Gakeni the 21-year-old University of Nairobi Human Resource Management student is an inspirational artiste. She started doing music at an early age but officially started out when she joined Ameru Crew before breaking off to start her solo career.

Since then she has released a Christmas song with two of her friends. The later dropped her afro-pop inspired debut single, Tabasamu, produced by Jacky B, which she is currently receiving remarkable airplay.

Single L

Musically speaking, she is arguably one of the top flying gospel musicians in this part of the country, doing well with her song Marietta, which landed her a nomination at Mwafaka awards, as the Kikwetu Rising star of the year last year.

Under her sleeves she has songs such as Niskize, Acoore Baku, Huniwezi and Murungu.

Tonnie Steezy

He is a top gospel artiste recording under Carena Sounds, Saint P and Allan Izz. His first song God ni Hero that featured the award-winning Kriss eeh Baba in early 2014 catapulted him to the limelight, which saw him win the much coveted 2014 Teeniez Xtreem awards new hip-hop song of the year.

Eldavi Lcm

Known for his rap skills, how he switches flow and languages, Eldavi is another artiste on the rise. The name Eldavi was initially a group name which comprised of Eldavi and two of his schoolmates.

The others quit music, leaving him to retain the name- ‘LCM’ stands for ‘Levels Complete Moves’, coined from his basketball teammates.

He started music in 2010 with Itakuwaje under Chuo records, which thrust him to stardom. He later released Nchamba and Punguza Kuongea and has just dropped his new single Number Moja.

Wakanga

Wakanga is not only a singer but also a radio producer, head of Meru TV and a radio host in the region.

“My passion is to take music to another level by using creativity to bless and speak to all generations,” he says. He also manages artistes like Actol B, Surf Msanii, YT and many more.

Other upcoming artistes doing well in the industry include GMX, Holy Boy, Betty Mwesh, Teti Euphony, Bienstar, Evaso B, High Pitch Band, Alka and Kris Joe among others.


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