(born October 2
), whose real name is Hubert Nakitare
, is a Kenyan hip hop
artist originally signed to Calif Records
, but later joined Homeboyz
Productions after falling out with producer Clemo
citing lack of attention to his work. He is most famous for his controversial
and sexually explicit lyrics
. He was introduced to the Kenyan urban music
scene through his debut single "Nonini ni Nani?" His steady rise to national and regional popularity did not begin however until his 2002 track "Manzi wa Nairobi," a song which praised the beauty of Kenyan women. The remix of the song included an expicit verse which gave fans a taste of things to come. His 2003 track "Weh Kamu however, really pushed the boundaries of Kenya's music tastes. It contained sexually explicit lyrics about inviting women over to one's house. The song, including its video caused an uproar among Kenyan parents, teachers, clergy
and some government officials. Some called on the song to be pulled from the airwaves accusing it of hindering efforts in the fight against the AIDS
epidemic ravaging Kenyan youth. In later interviews Nonini justified the song, saying that he didn't say anything on the song that young people did not already know. However this didn't satisfy many of his critics. The song went on to be a major national and regional hit in East Africa, and topped the charts for weeks. He subsequently toned down his lyrics on later songs though he went on to release his debut album Hanyaring Game
in late 2004 which included the hit "Keroro" a sheng
term for beer.
Nani Mwenza, his collaboration track with Tanzanian musician Juma Nature, became a regional hit. In his most recent great creations, he has collaborated with local artist Nameless to create a Friday anthem appropriately title "furahi-day" which has received much airplay over the weeks.
In 2007 Nonini released his second album Mwisho Ya Mawazo. In August 2007, he was among 100 most influential Kenyans as selected by The Standard newspaper . Nonini won the best music video category at the Chaguo La Teeniez Awards in 2008 fot his video "Mtoto Mzuri"
He recently started up a whole new crew known as the P-Unit (pro-habo unit) that consists of rappers Bonnie, Frasha, Gabu and himself. The crew has released some songs most notably "Si lazima" which in swahili means it's not a must. "Si lazima" is a song that talks of times in a relationship where a couple doesn't need to have sex they can just go home and chill.People have found the song quite ironic to the messages he portrayed in his previous songs. At the 2007 Kisima Music Awards
P-Unit won the Boomba Group category . For Nonini, it was the first time he won a Kisima Award
, despite being on the limelight for years.Their latest single is known as Kushoto-Kulia;meaning left-right. P-Unit won the best group category at the Chaguo La Teeniez Awards
in 2007 and 2008 .