Chris Kantai To Be Laid To Rest Friday

Legendary Kenyan rapper Chris Kantai will be laid to rest Friday 8.

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 time.

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.

Kantai will be laid to rest at Oloolua, Ngong.

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