On a mission to tidy up Kenyan Rap music, Collo King wa Rap is a new presence in the Urban Kenyan Groove. Bringing sophistication, dedication and a sharp new image to the world of Rap Collo King wa Rap has carved a whole new niche brand for himself on the African Music scene.
Born Collin Majale, this Kenyan singer/song writer rose to fame quickly as part of the only Kenyan band to this day to release a full album while still in school. In 2002, Kleptomaniax threw down the gauntlet by releasing their debut album ‘Freak It’ which became a huge hit among the urban street youth of Nairobi and Kenya as a whole.
Chart success and a solid reputation was cemented with the further relase of ‘Maniax Anthem’ and ‘Haree’ which were hugely popular with the Kenyan Youth. Real success for the band came when they released their most successful single ‘Tuendelee’ which earned the group popular acclaim throughout the African music world. Winner of the CHAT Award for Favourite Male Band two years running, the group became one of the first Eastern African bands to be nominated for an MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act in 2005 after their release of the album M4E.
Having toured the USA and realised a comeback album titled NITT (Now is the Time) in 2009, the band chose to disband to pursue their individual solo careers. Collins took his experience from his time with the band and put his time and energy into building a successful name for himself as an independent Rap artist.
Under the guidance of his Manager Fakii Liwali, Collo began to write for some of the biggest names in world music like Amani, Brenda, Tatuu, Nameless to name but a few. Working in collaboration with some talented young musicians, Collo soared to No 1 in the Kenyan and Tanzanian charts with his single ‘Chini ya Maji’ and his collaboration with Ulopa ‘No More’ was used by the Kenyan Road Safety Campaign to highlight the dangers of drink driving for African youth.
Having featured as the voice behind many advertising campaigns, and working closely with charitable organisations in Kenya, Collo is now well regarded as a leader within his community, a role model for the African Youth, and an example of how hard work and dedication can win through. Having become a dad in 2011, Collo is excited to be working on a new album.
Having won Best Collaboration for his track ‘Hii Ngoma’ at the Kisima Awards, his single off the album called ‘Kuwa Mpole’ is riding high in the charts and has received critical acclaim from Channel O, being nominated for the Most Gifted Hip Hop Video in the 2011 Channel O Music Awards. There is a lot that could be said for Collo’s style, presence and determination to produce good music, but we think it can best be summed up in two words; Great Talent. Check out his music and see for yourself.
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Our thanks to Collin Majale