Legendary Kenyan rapper Chris Kantai will be laid to rest
Kantai died February 27th after being admitted to
St. Francis Hospital in Nairobi’s Kasarani two days before. According to a statement
from the artist’s family, the rapper was suffering from acute peptic ulcers.
The statement in part read, ‘His condition deteriorated and
at dawn February 27, he passed away, he was 40 years old’.
Kantai was a pioneering Hip Hop artist whose body of work
has been hailed as unique, trendsetting and as an artist, one ahead of his
Artists from around Africa have hailed the influential rapper
as a legend with many calling him an inspiration to them and their craft.
Kantai is the man behind hit singles such as ‘Huyu Nani G’, ‘Issues’,
‘What Mo’, ‘Naree’ ‘Jinga Hii’ and ‘Happy’ among others. In 2016, he worked on
a track with Kenyan rapper Kaligraph Jones dubbed ‘Ting Badi Malo’. He has
widely been credited for introducing Norwegian based Kenyan artist and an international
sensation STL to the popular Kenyan music scene with the ‘Happy’ jam.
The rapper made a name for himself in the early 2000s era
when the Kenyan music industry was rediscovering its footing, with many then embracing
western infused urban sounds. At the time, legendary groups like Kalamashaka and
K-South were household names, but Kantai brought to the fore a different sound with
the uptown swing to it, the rapper effortlessly fused Swahili & English in
his rap structure appealing to an even larger audience, and with that deserving
ego that was an unmistakable part of his character.
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