King Kaka is a Kenyan artiste specializing in the genre Hiphop music. He was born Kennedy Ombima , as the last of three boys to Mr. and Mrs Ombima. He attended St. Johns Primary School for his primary school education and later on graduated to Eastleigh High School, where he was selected as the senior entertainment prefect. During his tenure as the entertainment captain, King Kaka initiated major talent competitions and initiatives, amongst students at Eastleigh High School as well as other neighboring secondary schools.
After completing high school in 2005, King Kaka’s passion towards music caught the attention of the then high profile music producer DJ Loop who later signed him to his recording company Sneed Music, for a two year contract. It is during this period that King Kaka’s artistry developed, working alongside established acts at the time such as Afro-R&B singers Harry Kimani and Anto Neo soul, as well as fellow rappers like Abbas and Chiwawa among others. In 2008 King Kaka recorded and released his debut album; 'Tales of Kaka Sungura' which featured hit singles like
'Niko kwa jam Nakam' and 'Dodoma' ft Harry Kimani. The latter track received an overwhelming positive response from across the continent, despite having been written and performed in Swahili.
After the success of his debut effort, King Kaka has maintained his focus towards music and has gone ahead to release two more albums and over '100' songs in form of mix tapes and collaborations. This focus has catapulted him to be one of the most sought after artistes within the wider East African region.
Style of Music
King Kaka's style of music has been greatly influenced by the sounds of poetry over a rhythmic beat, which emerged from the inner cities and American projects. However, his impeccable craftsmanship has seen him blending this American style of music to the African folk sound, laced by lyrics that reflect the everyday struggles and triumphs of an urban youth.
An accomplished storyteller and spoken word poet, King Kaka uses these two ingredients in his music to present social commentary, while sprinkling wordplays, similes and metaphors in between his hard hitting punch lines, to create an unforgettable entertainment value.
Philanthropy, Projects and Entrepreneurship
Besides music, King Kaka is a video director and an executive producer. He is also an actor and has been featured on various local TV shows such as Machachari, Higher Learning, Vioja Mahakamani, Mali, and the comical sitcom Comedy Show on NTV. On 18th April 2011, a reality TV talk show dubbed 'Matatu' was launched on Kiss TV and King Kaka was commissioned to represent the views that would be presented on the show's different episodes, in form of Rap music.
In 2014, King Kaka was an artiste on Coke Studio Season 2 with Marllen from Mozambique.
In May 2015, King Kaka was a mentor on the hit show Maisha Superstar and his mentee, Phy Ngetich won the grand prize and has gone on to launch her debut album under King Kaka’s mentorship which is doing well.
In 2010, King Kaka launched an initiative dubbed the Dreams Campaign an organization that focuses on the fight against social vices like child molestation, and gender violence. Under this initiative, King Kaka together with the former national soccer captain, Musa Otieno launched a football clinic to inspire kids at various children's home around the city.
Later on in 2013 he launched yet another initiative titled 'Tubonge' which aims at giving the youth a platform to air their views. The initiative it has recognized by UNDOC and as a result King Kaka has been named he was named 'The UNDOC Youth Initiative East Africa Ambassador'
King Kaka is also an astute businessman and has founded a number of successful business ventures, which include, the clothing line Kaka Klothing, graphic design company Taurus Media, and a talent management company Kaka Empire which manages 8 artistes with him being among them.
King Kaka's audience has grown tremendously since his debut in the music scene; he currently enjoys a huge
fan base via both the traditional and new age social media. Currently, King Kaka-an active social media
user, has close to 700,000 followers on all social media platforms, Fecebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat
and Whatsapp. He has a total viewership of more than 2,100,000 hits on YouTube.
In the month of July 2013, King Kaka's song LigiSoo remix became the most searched Kenyan item on the
Google search engine.
Thanks to his fans, King Kaka has become a permanent feature on local newspaper tabloids, entertainment
magazines, Radio and TV stations, with fans always wanting to keep up with both his music and the latest
news about him. To this end he has appeared in top newspapers such as The Standard, Daily Nation,
Business Daily, X News, People Daily and Taifa Leo. He has also been hosted for interviews on prime TV
shows such as Daniel Ndambuki's Churchill Show
, Jalang'o With The Money and Larry Madowo's #TheTrend.
King Kaka's voice is a representation of the total youth demographic; with a regional listenership of
audiences between the ages of thirteen to thirty ve. It is this very audience that has kept King Kaka a
busy man criss-crossing the country to give them unforgettable experiences through his live performances.
1.Tales of Kaka Sungura (December 2008) This was Rabbit’s debut album. It had hits such as ‘Niko kwa Jam Nakam’ and ‘Dodoma’ ft Harry Kimani.
2. The Movement mix tape (March 2009)
3. Shamba la wanyama mix tape (January 2010)
4. Kaka Sungura Returns [the dvd] (November 2010)This is a video compilation consisting of Rabbit's music videos, recorded performances and TV interviews
5 King: The Mix tape: (February 2011) It is a mix tape whose audacious title and its two hit singles ; ‘Mtu Hivi Hivi' and 'Staki Kukuona' earned Rabbit the King of Kenyan Hiphop title.
May 23rd Sunday Nation. (Very impressive, Splendid work ethic - Phillip Mwaniki, Daily Nation)
6. Orutu Ya Masudi: (November 2011) This was one of the most anticipated album/documentary of the year. It traces his music career from when he began.
7. The Last King Of...: (June 2012) The mix tape that contains the critically acclaimed spoken word classic ‘Swahili Shakespeare’
8. Before The Success | Success Begins Now (Dec 20th 2013) This was the first double disc Kenyan album and features artistes from South Africa (HHP) and Tanzania (Kala Jeremaya & Joh Makini)
8. Legend Of Kaka (28th March 2015)
Being his fourth album, it made history. He has featured some of the Kenyan legends on the album from Abbas, Chiwawa and Wyre. He has also collaborated with Shaa (TZ) Joh Makini and Gnako(TZ)
9. It’s the King Mixtape ( January 16th 2016)
This is purely a hiphop mixtape. His fans had started complaining he had become too commercial thus this mixtape was for them. He sold 3,149 copies in five hours by ‘hawking’ it in the CBD.
1. Jam Nakam
2. Dodoma ft Harry Kimani (March 2009)
3. Mtu Hivi Hivi
4. Staki Kukuona
5. Kiwewe ft Bwenyenye
6. Kaza Moyo
8. Haiwessmake with Chess
10.Siku Za Kitambo with Mesel
11. Nakuchukia ft Sudi Boy
14. Swahili Shakespeare
16. Ligi Soo
17. Ligi Soo Remix
18. Waiting ft Naomi
19. Ni Mapenzi Tu
24 Njoo ft rich Mavoko
26 Divine sorow ft Wyclef Jean,ShaaChidinma, Navio
28 Bado nakupenda ft Safari sound Band
29 Tulia Tu ft HHP and Wangechi
30. Lini ft Rich Mavoko
31. Papa ft Elani
32. Mapepe ft Susumila
34. Ndio Kusema ft Avril and Femi One
35. Najipendelea ft Joh Makini and Gnako
36.Promised Land ft Amos and Josh
37. Besha Shigana