Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Four cheers to Kenya’s most celebrated artistes.Drive Hot News


Some of Kenya’s most successful artistes have earned steady salaries from the industry. They love the fame that comes with it: PHOTO| FILE

Some of Kenya’s most successful artistes have earned steady salaries from the industry. They love the fame that comes with it:
Lupita Nyong’o
Oscar award winner Lupita Nyong’o is famous the world over.
She has been named the most beautiful girl worldwide, as awards keep coming her way.
She also bagged the Personality of The Year title at the 2014 MTV African Music Awards (MAMA) after her Oscar award. Her first step to fame came when she won the best supporting actress award in March for her role in the historical drama, 12 Years a Slave.
She has since made news, with many people envious of her fame. Latest media reports show that the actress, 31, has been entered into Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed Hall of Fame after appearing on their annual list five times.
Suzanna Owiyo
She is ranked among Africa’s greatest Afro-fusion artistes. She lives a life similar to that of Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi and DR Congo’s Mbilia Bel, who are celebrated all over the continent.
Owiyo sings from the heart and has held onto a sense of traditionalism that strikes many who meet her.
She is a real African woman and has captured masses with her creativity, despite singing most of her songs in Luo. She has performed in major concerts across Africa and has done music collaborations with some of the biggest and most loved Afro-fusion artistes.
 Eric Wainaina
He has enchanted Africa with his patriotic songs that touch on Kenya’s governance. His genre of music is widely celebrated.
Wainaina is famed for selling over two million copies of his bestselling album, Sawa Sawa
His songs are precise and timely. For instance,  Kenya Only, released after the 1998 bomb blast that brought the country to its knees, is very catchy.
The song gave Kenyans hope for a brighter day, making it a favourite for many. By this time, he had already captured Africa’s attention.
Wainaina gained worldwide fame after producing Kenya’s most successful musical, Mo Faya which played at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. He has also collaborated with many African singers.
 Prezzo: Jackson Ngechu Makini
Kenyan rapper Prezzo was brought to fame all over Africa when he participated in Big Brother Africa 2012 edition.  The controversial Kenyan artiste and self-styled King of Bling attracted huge attention from the continent by the time he was halfway through the famous show.
He ended up as one of the finalists for the Stargame and was named ambassador. This further boosted his fame.  Now Prezzo is considered a real entertainer across the continent.
His controversial relationships further stir up his fame.