Top 50 Most Popular Musicians in East Africa
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Last updated on September 4th, 2023 at 03:52 am

Top 30 Most Popular Musicians in East Africa 2022


Who are the top 30 most popular musicians in East Africa in 2022? Let’s find out now, shall we?


  • Darassa
  • King Kaka
  • Fena Gitu
  • Navy Kenzo
  • Bensoul
  • Nandy
  • Jose Chameleone
  • Sanipei tande
  • Juacali
  • Meddy
  • Kidum


  • Darassa


Sharif Thabit/Thabeet Ramadhan is his real name. He has never revealed his exact age, but he was born in Tanzania. 


Darasa is inspired by the legendary Prof. Jay and began his professional music career in 2014, after several years of soul searching. 


He rose to prominence in 2016 after the release of his song Muziki ft. Ben Pol. 


In 2018, he released an album Two Legends and One Album, on which he collaborated with artist Ben Pol. 


He released another one in 2020 making them two. Muziki, I Like It, and Hasara Roho is some of his most popular songs. 

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Darassa was nominated for two awards but did not win either. 


He has 1.1 million followers on Instagram.


Darassa’s net worth is $96.4K as of 2022.


  • King Kaka


King Kaka, also known as Rabbit, is a Kenyan rapper. Kennedy Ombima is his real name. 


He was born on May 7, 1987, in Nairobi, Kenya, and is now 35 years old. 


His career began in 2006 with the release of his debut album, Tales of Kaka Sungura. 


He is one of East Africa’s most popular musicians. He owns a music production company called Kaka Empire, which has big names like Timmy Tdat, Avril, and Femi One on its roster. 


King Kaka has four studio albums to his credit. Swahili Shakespeare, Adisia, and Dundaing(Kristoff & Magix Enga) are some of his well-known songs 


He has received numerous honors, including a Couture Africa Style Award for the most stylish male person of the year in 2022. 


He has more than a 1.5million Instagram followers. 


King kaka’s net worth is $1-5 Million as of 2022. 


  • Fena Gitu


Trufena Wanjiru Gitu is her full name. She was born on April 25, 1991, in Nairobi’s Buru Buru Estate. She is now 31 years old. 


She comes from a musical family and developed her musical interest as a result. 


She won the ‘Fête de la Musique’ singing competition at the Alliance Francaise in Nairobi in 2018. 


Her career took off from here, and in 2009 she was chosen as a backup vocalist for Dela and Muthoni the Drummer Queen’s team. 


She eventually left the team and went solo in 2010, releasing chart-topping singles such as “Fenamenal Woman.” 


Since then, she has released two major albums, ‘Fenomenom’ and ‘Unleashed.’ Siri, ‘Doing her thing tho,’ and Sema Ng’we is some of her most popular songs.


She has received numerous honors, including second runner-up in the Women in Business Awards. She has 382K Instagram followers.


Fena Gitu’s net worth is $1.5 Million as of 2022.


  • Navy Kenzo


Aika and Nahreel form the Tanzanian afro pop/dance duo Navy Kenzo. Nahreel is a producer and singer, while Aika is a female rapper and singer. 


The dance duo started the group in 2013. 


Nahreel’s real name is Emmanuel Mkono, and he was born on December 12, 1989, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. 

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They are the most popular musicians in East Africa in 2022. They’re well-known for the hit song “Kamatia Chini,” which was released in 2016. 


Manzese, Feel Good, and Katika(ft diamond Platnuz) are some of their other popular songs. They’ve released two albums. They have only received one award for Best Group/Duo Video. They have over 500k Instagram followers.


Navy Kenzo’s net worth is $2 million as of 2022.


  • Bensoul


Benson Mutua Muia, better known as Bensoul, is a Kenyan singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and live performer. 


Bensoul was born in Embu on March 4, 1996. He is now 26 years old. 


He began his career after meeting and interacting with H_art The Band, and he later joined Sauti Academy. 


Later, he signed with Sol Generations. Bensoul and Bien of Sauti Sol won Grammys for best producer and songwriter for the Burna Boy’s Twice As Tall Album. 


Lucy, Favourite Song, and Aibu are among his most popular songs. He has 139K Instagram followers.


Bensoul’s net worth ranges between $11.1K – $30.7K as of 2022.


  • Nandy


Nandy is a Tanzanian singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born in Mawenzi, Moshi, Tanzania, on November 9, 1992. 


Faustina Charles Mfinanga is her given name. 


She began her career in 2017 with the release of her hit single One Day, which catapulted her to fame. 


She has three studio albums. Her first studio album, The African Princess, contains 12 songs. 


Ninogeshe, Aibu, and Hazipo are some of her most popular songs. 


She has three awards, including one for Best Female Artist in East Africa from the All Africa Music Awards. 


She has over 73k Instagram followers.


Nandy’s net worth ranges from $1 Million – $5 Million as of 2022. 


  • Jose Chameleone


Jose Chameleone is the name of an artist I met and still listen to his hits since I was five years old. 


Joseph Mayanja is his given name. He was born on April 30, 1979, in Uganda. He is now 43 years old. 


He began his career as a DJ at Kampala’s Missouri nightclub. He later signed with the Kenyan record label Ogopa Deejays, who released her debut single Bageya (ft Redsan). 

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He has thirteen albums with nearly 132 songs. 


Mama Mia, Kipepeo, and Champion are among his most popular songs. He has twelve awards, three of which are the Pearl of Africa Music Awards (PAM Awards). He is one of the richest musicians in Africa


He has over 900K followers on Instagram.


Jose Chameleone is $6 Million as of 2022.


  • Sanaipei Tande


Her full name is Natasha Sanaipei Tande. She was born in Mombasa, Kenya on March 22, 1985. 


She is an actress, singer, songwriter, karaoke host, radio personality, and entertainer. 


She began her career in 2004 when she was 19 years old. She competed in the Coca-Cola Popstars (East Africa) Talent Search and was one of the top winners. 


Tande rose to prominence after releasing her first single, Mfalme wa Mapenzi, in 2014. 


She has since written 31 songs and released six albums. Her hit songs include Amina, Mulika Mwizi (featuring Kidum), and Kwaheri (ft Juacali). She has over 105 thousand Instagram followers.


Sanaipei Tande’s net worth is $43.4K as of 2022 and no doubt one of the most popular artist in East Africa 2022.


  • Juacali


Paul Julius Nunda, better known as Juacali, is a Kenyan hip-hop artist. 


He is a first generation genge artist who mostly performs in Swahili and sheng’. Genge is a popular Kenyan rap style. 


His career began when he was 19 years old, thanks to the encouragement of his older brother, Christopher Sati. 


Since 2000, he has been running his record label, Calif Records. He has four studio albums.


 He has received five awards, including two Kisima Music Awards. Kiasi, Pole Pole, and Ngeli ya Genge are among his most popular songs. 


His Instagram account has 397K followers.


Juacali net worth ranges from $1 Million – $3 Million as of 2022.


  • Meddy


Ngabo Médard Jobert, better known as Meddy, is an R&B and Pop singer and songwriter. He is currently based in the United States. 


He was born in Bujumbura, Burundi, on August 7, 1989. Don’t be confused; his father is from Burundi, and his mother is Rwandese. 


Meddy began his career in 2008 when he released his first gospel song, Igihe cy’Imana (Gods Time). He is currently best known for his love songs. My Vow, Lose Control, and Slowly are among his most popular songs. 


He’s released two albums. He has an Instagram following of 877K people.


Meddy’s net worth is $1.4 million as of 2022.


  • Kidum


Jean-Pierre Nimbona is his real name. He was born on October 28, 1974, in Bujumbura, Kinama, Burundi, and is currently 48 years old. 


He is a singer, songwriter, and one of the most famous musicians in East Africa. 


He began his career in 2001 in Nairobi, Kenya. Yaramenjein, his first song, was recorded in 1999. He has five studio albums. 


Nitafanya, Mbwira (ft by Marina), and Mulika Mwizi are some of his most popular songs. 


He has received four awards, including one Pearl of Africa Music Awards. 


He has over 75K Instagram followers. 


Kidum has yet to openly discuss his net worth.


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