2020 came with great challenges for many in the showbiz industry, especially with the various government restrictions put in place globally. However, some had good fortunes and made the most of the challenging year. These stars had a good year, and from the looks of it, they are set to rule 2021 in their respective fields.
This 23-year-old singer from Mwihoko Githurai is cementing her position as the queen of Kenyan pop music. She had a great 2020 where she made big moves releasing her well-received E.P. African Popstar featuring artists such as Fena Gitu and Sanaipei Tande. She also got endorsed by Safaricom as a BLAZE mentor due to her successful financial discipline program where she encourages saving culture among the youth and being shortlisted for the Africa Music Magazine Awards (Afrimma) in the Best East African Female Artiste category. If anything, 2021 is set to be the year Nadia Mukami really explodes.
One of the brightest stars to emerge from 2020 is Kenya's social media sensation, Elsa Majimbo. Her viral Instagram videos feature tight closeups of Majimbo rocking her Matrix-style sunglasses and always showcasing her infectious laugh. In a year marred by anxiety and uncertainty, Majimbo's hilarious videos have and continue to provide joy for millions around the world. With a reach of 1.6 million Instagram followers and partnership deals with the likes of Fenty and MAC Cosmetics, the 19-year-old Strathmore student is proving that when it comes to fame, there are no boundaries or borders. She has received international recognition from the likes of Snoop Dogg, Israel Adesanya, and Lupita Nyong'o. This year is only set to get better for Elsa, who wants to 'change the world for black girls.'
Popularly known as Omollo, the rapper who hails from Kayole is set on pushing Kenyan hip hop on to a new dimension. He has released hit songs, which have landed him various top-notch nominations such as the 'BET Best International Flow'. Despite being well established, the O.G. is still pushing the bar higher and has his sights on taking Kenyan Hip Hop to a different level and being recognized internationally.
Dancer and TikTok sensation Azziad Nasenya went viral on the internet in 2020 after her dance challenge went viral. Since then, she has been making moves to cement her place in the showbiz scene. Azziad notably noted that she was ready for fame and even had a manager in anticipation for it. She even launched her YouTube channel, where she does a series of celebrities' interviews who are invited to show off their shoe collection. Azziad is definitely one to watch out for this year.
Pozze went ham in 2020 with massive collaborations, releasing songs with several secular artists including, NYE with Mejja, Coco with Avril, Nomare with rap icon Juliani, and Kamati ya Roho Chafu with Bien Baraza. He also released his album Songs of Solomon in December, setting a platform for what could be an even bigger year for the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Salcido International Entertainment.
Chris Kaiga is among the popular Kenyan artists with a distinct sound and totally different vibe. Last year, he came up as a King of Collabos after being featured in hit songs such as Ma Stingo' with Kahush and Hapo Tu with Nyashinski. Kaiga is leading a music revolution and has introduced listeners to an elevated sound with clever rhymes, sophistication, and finesse.
Arguably Kenya's current top comedian, Njugush, seems to make no wrong moves in whatever he does. In line with the COVID-19 pandemic, the comedian renewed his YouTube comedy channel and, together with wife Celestine Ndinda, have been serving comedy lovers with top notch content. He also features in various weekly T.V. shows and is set to even break more barriers this year.
The underground rap trio from Umoja Estate has come with a uniquely fresh sound, which has earned them a cult-like loyal fan base. 2020 saw them get even bigger, and they released their third studio album Victims of Madness in November and afterward landed an endorsement deal with Hennessey Kenya. This year has already begun with them celebrating earning their first 1 Million views on YouTube, and by the looks of it, this is set to be a massive year for them.