8 celebs that have made a name for themselves by doing wonderful covers

Kush Tracey and Dela. They both came to light in showbiz after doing
  • In a competitive industry, some artistes have come up with creative ways of hacking into the music showbiz
  • The artists, some new and some who have always been there, got to showbiz limelight by doing covers for other songs
  • Dela only managed to hit the headlines after she did a cover of Adele’s Hello though she had been in the industry for a while
  • Khaligraph is also not left behind as his rendition of Mask Off by Future did well and even landed him a deal with Safaricom

 

Covers can be done with a spin and in some instances, they even become better than the original song. More and more people are making money based on the number of views their cover videos get. Other than social media sites, covers can also be released as songs by an artiste.

The phenomenon began in the United States but has quickly gained worldwide popularity. Back home, people have started doing covers in earnest and in some cases, they have become a career boosters.

Red Fourth Chorus

The group, which consists of 72 students from Upper Hill School, has received much acclaim thanks to their beautiful covers. It was formed by Philip ‘Filah’ Tuju and became a household name after their collabo with Sauti Sol on Kuliko Jana, their harmonious style has been noted for its uniqueness, including a heads-up from Snoop Dogg Instagram and the fact that these boys hardly ever miss a note.

Dela

Dela has been in the game for a long time but she really ‘blew up’ after doing a Swahili cover of Adele’s Hello. The cover became so famous to the extent that she made a video for it.

The breakthrough also helped her cross over into mainstream media with her songs on constant rotation on the radio with hits such as Mafeelings, Third Party Lover, Adabu and many others.

Stonee Jiwee

Stonee Jiwe started out as a dancer even though he has been rapping all along. He got his break in the industry thafter doing cover tracks for songs such as Pale Pale, Thitima. He was nominated for the Groove Awards for Best New Artist and managed to get a collaboration with Mayonde for her track Nairobi.

Kush Tracey

Kush Tracey shot into fame after she released a ‘refix’ of Dandia and Mbesa. She started getting airplay and is now a household name. She has released songs such as Kamote, Ndulu (with Timmy T-Dat) and Mawe.

The Band Beca

These two talented beauties have climbed the musical ranks in the country very quickly. The duo whose real names are Becky and Carol have produced hits such as Toka, Brathe and Tonight. They are also part of Coke Studio Africa 2017.

Their music has transcended the African continent and has been given a platform on networks such as MTV which is mean feat. What many do not know is that these two met at Sauti Academy and were in a reggae band that did covers of many popular songs.

Pascal Tokodi

This hunk is known for his roles in shows such as Pray & Prey and Groove Theory. He is just getting his feet wet in the music scene but is already making waves in the industry. He has released hits such as Sitaki and Milele both of which had good reception.

Recently, he released a cover of Unforgettable by French Montana which is titled Forget with King Kaka. The song is mellow and well done and people seem to be loving it. This just goes to show that covers go a long way in giving an artist the further push they need to excel in the industry.

Linda

This trio got attention after releasing Kiswahili covers of Sweetest Taboo, re-titled Penzi Tamu as well as Brandy’s Baby. The three ladies Beryl, Rae and Alexis are managed and produced by Wawesh.

Khaligraph Jones

With recent allegations of bleaching, Mr Yego decided to silence the haters by doing his own rendition of Mask Off by Future which did well and landed him a deal with Safaricom. When he is not recording another hit, he is out making Blaze songs.

He also decided to do a ‘refix’ of Wizkid’s Ojuelegba, which was a huge hit and gave him much needed visibility at a time when he was still on the way to the top. He has established himself in the industry, earned the respect of his competitors and become a force to reckon with in the hip hop industry.


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