Beloved Kenyan groups that ruled the airwaves

These groups played a significant role in shaping the industry's sound and style, captivating audiences with their unique musical talents.

Piece by: PAUL AMUKO

• The Kenyan music industry has witnessed the rise and fall of numerous groups that have left an indelible mark on the airwaves

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The Kenyan music industry has witnessed the rise and fall of numerous groups that have left an indelible mark on the airwaves.

As the Kenyan music industry continues to evolve, these iconic groups' legacy serves as a reminder of the power of unity, creativity, and perseverance in achieving success.

Here are some of these iconic groups and their contributions to Kenya's music scene.


Formed in 1999, Kleptomaniax is a rap group consisting of Roba, Collo, and Nyashinski. They gained popularity with their debut single "Freak It" in 2002 and went on to release hits like "Tuendelee" and "M4E." Their music blended hip-hop and Kapuka styles, making them a prominent force in the industry. Despite a hiatus, Nyashinski's comeback in 2016 with "Malaika" further solidified their influence.

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Elani, an African pop group, emerged in 2013 with their debut single "Jana Usiku." Comprising Wambui Ngugi, Brian Chweya, and Maureen Kunga, the trio's soulful melodies and heartfelt lyrics struck a chord with listeners. Their songs like "Milele" and "Kookoo" showcased their versatility and ability to tackle diverse themes, garnering them a loyal fan base.


M.O.G (Men Of God) is a gospel group consisting of Paul Onyango, Anthony Mburu, and Kennedy Kimani. Known for their hit songs like "Tempted" and "Zing Zing," they infused gospel music with contemporary elements, appealing to a wide audience. M.O.G's uplifting and inspiring messages resonated with listeners, earning them a special place in the industry.

Deux Vultures:

Deux Vultures, comprising Colonel Mustapha and Nasty Thomas, made waves with their hit single "Mona Lisa." This dynamic duo from Tanzania, with Kenyan roots, brought a fresh flavor to the music scene. They collaborated with other artists and released the album "Katika," leaving a lasting impression with their distinctive style.

Camp Mulla
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Camp Mulla:

Camp Mulla, formed in 2009, brought a fusion of hip-hop and R&B to the forefront. The group, consisting of Shappaman, Taio, Karun, and Kus Ma, gained recognition with their single "Party Don't Stop." Their energetic performances and catchy tracks like "Fresh All Day" and "Hold It Down" earned them numerous accolades and nominations.


P-Unit, a hip-hop group comprising Frasha, Gabu, and Bon-eye, made their mark with the album "Wagenge Hao." Known for their hit song "You guy (Dat Dendai)" featuring Collo, they brought a fresh and vibrant sound to Kenyan hip-hop. Their collaborations and energetic performances established them as a force to be reckoned with.

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Sauti Sol:

Sauti Sol, formed in 2005, is an internationally acclaimed Afropop band. Comprising Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano, Savara Mudigi, and guitarist Polycarp Otieno, they gained recognition with their debut album "Mwanzo." Known for their soulful harmonies and captivating performances, Sauti Sol's music transcends borders, earning them numerous awards and nominations.

Other notable mentions include;

Gidi gidi Majimaji -(Joseph Ogidi & Julius Owino)

K-South - (Bamboo and Abbas Kubaff)

Ukoo Flani

Kalamashaka - (Oterw, Kama & johny)

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