Nonini real names Hubert Nakitare is a Kenyan hip-hop artiste who does a localized version of hip-hop dubbed “Genge”. He was originally signed to Calif Records under the mentorship of studio owner Clemmo which is where he released his first debut track, “Nonini Ni Nani?”. However his meteoric rise to national popularity began in 2002 when he released “Manzi wa Nairobi” and “We Kamu” which appealed to the Kenyan youth due to the use of the no holds barred vulgar language in their lyrics. He went on to release his debut album “Hanyaring Game” in late 2004 which propelled him even further in musical success.
However the most important point to note for this entertainer is how he has managed to remain relevant in the music industry even after leaving the musical stable where he began his musical career. In early 2005 he joined Homeboyz Productions where now he was now free to collaborate with more artistes and did huge collaborations with regional acts such as Tanzania’s Juma Nature in “Nani Mwenza” a big hit in 2005 and “furahi-day” collaboration with local artist Nameless which received massive airplay in the year 2006 especially in the club scene.
In August 2007, Nonini was among 100 most influential Kenyans as selected by the Standard newspaper. In 2009 he was named International Lifestyle Ambassador by the Limkokwing University in Malaysia. Also around 2008 he formed 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 does not 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 when he was starting out.
Nonini has added another feather to his cap - acting. He is set to appear in a new movie, “Killer Mmoja" a 2011 African Genge drama film, directed by Willie Owusu and produced by Hubert Nakitare and Aleks Kamau. The movie stars Nonini (The Godfather), Lady Bee (The Queen), Chegge Chigunda (TMK Wanaume), Introducing Hanako, Jaymz Kiama, Mustapha, Sandra, Stephanie and Danny.
A movie about Genge and how it gets 3 musicians in trouble with a very wealthy family because of there daughters association to the style of music and the Artists. “Coming from a hood back ground genge and the musicians dont sit well with an upper class family! Dropping IN 2011. " read a statement sent to us by the rapper.
From what we can see, this will be one brilliant movie, at least production wise since we can't judge on the script until we watch the film. We love the strides Nonini is making in his career.
The movie's soundtrack will be released soon!