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Account: Lyrics Kenya Artist Quota
Location: AFRICA: Kenya
Signed up: 28 Mar 2008 01:22 PM
NAME: Simon Kimani
BIRTH PLACE: Nairobi, Kenya
STAGE NAME: Bamboo
JOB: Hip-Hop Artist
RECORD LABEL: Project 254 Records
BASE: Harlem, New York / Atlanta USA
Simon Kimani aka Bamboo aka Africa's Hip-Hop King is the first African Rapper to create serious waves in the US music industry. Born of East African parents, Bamboo grew up in the notorious Inglewood neighborhood in California from his childhood.He attended Inglewood elementary school and then Canyon Springs highschool. By the age of 15 he was rapping in the streets of LA impressing his Crip gang member neigborhood freinds with his style and flow.
At the age of 17 his parents knew they had no choice but to send their son to East Africa or he would end up like the rest of his childhood friends..dead or in the state penitentiary. Bamboo was immediately sent to a strict boarding school in the Kenyan capital, and the violent and dangerous streets of Los Angeles, California became a memory.
Bamboo's passion for the music that influenced his formative years remained strong and by 19 he was entering regional rap competitions at top clubs in the Kenyan capital. His personal style, flow and lyrical content created a buzz in the growing underground Hip-Hop movement and young people from all the townships around the capital would pack clubs to capacity to watch him perform.
Local recording studio executives, were blown away with his talent, and before long Bamboo had a recording deal, and production of his first album ..Nairoberry.. were under way in 2001. The album sold-out within weeks and endorsement deals soon followed as corporations saw the marketing value that Bamboo could bring to their products in the region.
Within months Bamboo had major endorsements in the region. Kenyan Brewery..s signed Bamboo to promote new products as part of their Television campaign and Coca-Cola Africa signed Bamboo to promote their products during an aggressive radio campaign, using his music, lyrics, style and sound. These corporate endorsements were broadcast in the top three markets in the region, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
Bamboo's music videos were on heavy rotation on regional networks such as Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC), Nation Television and Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation (KBC). Kenya Television Network (KTN) regularly featured Bamboo as a guest performer on their popular Weekly Hip Hop show ..Rap..em.. where he not only performed but they also played his popular music videos.
In 2005 sponsored by Chandaria Industries, Kenya..s largest supplier of household goods, Bamboo began an intensive tour of Kenya performing a total of 185 shows in 4 months. At the end of this tour Bamboo was a household name in the region and was proclaimed Africa..s first King of Hip Hop. Now he's back in the states with no 9 to 5 except music,the man can't picture himself working for somebody breathing down his neck to accomplish the dreams of another man, this is where the test of every man hits the fan,will you pursue your own dreams or those of someone who does not even know you? This is the driving force behind his rebel street music and this is the vision."FOLLOW YOUR OWN DREAMS CUZ NO MAN WILL FOLLOW THEM FOR YOU"!! ....so much for a 9 to 5... will he succeed or will he fail? Stay tuned... 1!
Definately a highlight in Bamboo's career was when 2004 while still with the group K-South he released the very famous 'Dis Track' single produced by DJ Loop and featured then underground artists like Chiwawa and a host of other rappers who's identities remained hidden. The "beef" came out when K-South fell out with Samawati records own by Susan Kibukosia and her husband over royalties for their album Nairobizm. The song 'dissed' almost every Kenyan artist percieved to be main stream and commercial then reffered to as kapuka and was a mega hit on local radio stations causing major controversy in the music industry as no song of such magnitude of 'dissing' had ever been done. A 'Dis Track Prt II' was later produced dissing even more artists ! Another highlight in Bamboo musical career was when he got 'saved' and became a devout christian leading to the premature end of the K-South musical duo in 2005. This move also suprised many players in the industry as his new single 'Compe' had just resently become a huge hit.
Recent entries for Bamboo
(07 Jul 2008 08:58 AM)
Ulienda wapi baaaana! I can bet on anything that if you hook up with STL and angusha a track, we'd get a hit of the decade.. Liked you rendition of the track you did with Kanye's one blood beats, it was off tha hook, bigop!!
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