Kevin Ombima aka Kaka Sungura has ruled the airwaves with his poetic lyrics. He shares his charm and oh...he also shares his daddy-hood moments with us.
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Why are you associated with Blaze?
Because I have a story: My humble beginning, my failures, my struggles. Young people only see the success. They don’t know what it took to get me where I am. My story could inspire young minds to strive.
How humble was your humble beginning?
I started from one shilling – literally. I still recall the days I would be super broke. You know, one time I had nothing in my pocket and I had to borrow Sh100. It felt so bad; I promised myself that I will never ask for monetary help again.
You have ever slept hungry?
No road is smooth. If it is hunger, we have slept hungry.
How did you emerge from that?
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I used the Sh100 to buy something which I sold and made profit from. And I continued retailing and doing business as my profits grew.
Sh100 is so small to get you into a studio: how did you manage to record your music?
I have been chased from studios uncountable times. Then I bumped into a producer while selling painted T-shirts – done by me – at Kenya Music Week in 2006. He came over to buy. I knew who he was and asked for his phone number...
You are a painter?
Yes. Actually, I was the first person to draw portraits on T-shirts in Nairobi. I painted and sold T-shirts.
So, you get his number, and...
He says he is in the process of coming up with a studio. I tell him I could do branded T-shirts for his studio. I gained his trust and he allowed me access to the studio. He even taught me sound engineering.
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I would record myself the times he would be away. One day he came back and found a 17-track album on the table; mixed and mastered. That was it for me.
So, right now music is your core business?
Yes. But I also run other ventures – Kaka Klothing (a fashion house), Majik (a water company), Kaka Shak (an auditing company), Kaka Empire (a management company for artistes)... they are about eight.
Is there Kaka Farm among them?
I rear rabbits. I have an acre farm for that. Rabbit meat business is quite good; it is only that few people know the value. Rabbit is also quite nutritious.
What is it with you and rabbits?
It is a business I just went back to. We go a long way back. I sold rabbits as a young boy. Back then I was nicknamed ‘Sunguch’.
Speaking of your name, we have heard of ‘Rabbit’, ‘Kaka Sungura’, ‘King Kaka’: who is who?
King Kaka is the suits guy. Rabbit is the guy who first joined the music scene. There was Kaka Sungura too. Basically this guy has transformed over the years.
And who are you today?
This is King Kaka. He is a more serious and corporate artiste. I am a musician but I am also a businessman. King Kaka has a different influence and appeal. Plus, what I am wearing today is my brand.
Is there any difference between your kind of music and other artiste’s?
I tell people that I don’t really do music: I bring soundtracks to life
What is the difference?
I talk about real life occurrences. If you need inspiration listen to Ligi Soo, if you are bereaved there is Baadaye, if you want to appreciate your dad listen to Papa. There is nothing artificial in my creations.
You never dreamt of conventional careers like law and engineering?
I have a degree in Accounting. But all I remember from my high school days is that I wanted to be creative. I choose music.
And why did you sit for accounting classes?
Out of respect for my parents who wanted to see me graduate with a degree. But I use those skills to run my company.
Last year you left a loving statement on Instagram about your daughters. How did fatherhood impact your life?
It has been a good experience. It has turned me into somebody else: I am a different person from whom I was two years ago. Put simply, I am very happy about it.
When you look at your daughters what do you see?
I see me. They inspire me so much. I am working hard for them: I do it for them.
How do you project your future?
I have plans, yes. But that is just it. I plan and God decides the way forward. I go with His flow.
'hizi machozi za umaskini zitanitoa uhai/
nataka kulia zile za 'The Rich also Cry'
Song: Last Hope
'ebu mpe kijikaratasi' hivyo ndio nilimwambia/
nadhani midwife ni waiter, hapo ndio love ilizaliwa'
'make sure mouth yako ni sharp kaa Dagger, na heart ni soft kaa Tofu/
wape hizo ma 'Thank you' whatever they taught you/
Song: Swahili Shakespeare
'Hii yote ilikuwa persiut ile wanaita ya happiness
Beste ni yule anakam kwako unamwachia bed
Yule unaweza mwacha na dem yako na ufeel safe'
Bado nalenga juu kama motto ya Starch au viatu za Mwalimu jini/
Kaka Sunguch (still) namake ends zimeet kama Mshipi/
'hii kusaka pesa daily naskia nikaa nimechoka/
lakini siwezi wacha juu pesa nayo haiwezi tosha/
nataka kutoka hiyo maisha ya daily, ugali na mboga'
Ndio ni adopt kwa sayari, kinyonga nipe siri/
na wakitaja Kenya nifurahi ka mwananchi/
hadithi za ufisadi, aje maskio naweza ziba?/
habari za saa tatu, mamillioni zimeibwa/
sahizo ndoto zinabomolewa zilikuwa kwa road reserve/
wanamanga mali ya umma wanyonge wanalia njaa/
siko solo kwa junction ya Hope na Kugive up!/
naworry vile ntakula si vile ntajivaa/
kaa we si mvuvi tafadhali ngoja samaki sokoni
vaeni binoculars na miwani bado hamnioni
niwekeni kwa vitabu ndani bado hamnisomi
ata mbebane watu wawili bado hamnitoshi
muibe mistari zangu bado hamnicopy
wale wanguvu wakitajwa hapo Rabbit hakosi
na hiyo ni mimi pekee yangu solo sijataja kikosi
niko na mixed feelings sina mabeste wa ukweli
wengi wao wamenibefriend sababu mi ushinda kwa telly
Half ya wAle nilidhani ni true hata hawaniamini
quarter waliobakia ni fools hata hAwajiamini
wameitikia njaa iwakumbe lakini wakule stories
Success ni nusu ya baadhi ya vitu kwa life natamani/
hiyo raha ni sawa nakubali shida ukuja na money/
apart from mandazi asubuhi nataka bacon za bei ghali/
hii kupanda mathree ni hectic, nieke ngata kwa gari/
nikamwomba msamaha akanionyesha vile God nimdeadly/
ati greatest commandment kwa maneno ni mapenzi/
Song: Prodigal Son
hawaget kile nasema nika bubu anapiga story/
Mungu alishaniandalia, sahii natafuna Glory/
Song: Last Hope
nashow wenza wawache kuabudu Chapaa ni kara/
Hizo kladi ni za kuombwa, ni Para!
juu mklever uanza kuwa mjinga the moment ataongea/
Kaa si doh maskio yangu haikaribishi udaku
Unabiz ingine? Tembeza kiatu!
Nataka future lavish ndio niweze kujimudu
Kwa sasa nakaribisha buda Uhuru, Moi ka inaweza
Sana sana ma dolare, Ata P-Unit wanajua Rabbit ni mkare
Song: Staki kukuona
Hatuonani na marafiki, kila wakati ni Betty,
Sikuhizi sifanyi mziki, kisa maana Betty,
Nao ukafika wakati, wazazi huu ni Betty,
Wakati huu ungesaka kwa kamusi maana ya mapenzi
Ungepata jina zetu Rabbit na Betty,
Song: Dodoma ft Harry Kimani
kuna time nilikuwa kwa bench nakatsika vile game inachezwa
ata coach anaskia wivu anajua tricks naeza leta
ndio niliamua kuquit game, Haimaanishi mi ni quitter
sahii ile game nacheza nabonga na Game kwa Twitter
Pro Kid South Africa, na Mode 9 ni kwisha
wanajua mi ni new kid kwa block, niko na new talk,
nafanya stuff na Lonely Island kutoka New York
nawashow Mtu Hivi Hivi, wananishw am on the boat
Mother aliniambia funga macho ntaona zaidi/
na ma MP bado wana Yap Yap! Kwa Tv/
ata siko surprised nimewai waona before/
Song: Kaza Moyo
wengi niligrow nao wako mbinguni walipewa promo/
mother alijua mi mkali shairi akapanga kunindonyo/
reason nikaepa home, nilikuwa bado mdogo/
sahii naseti mathao kwa kibeti, na vitoweo kwa mdomo/
viatu za kidesigner na mapambo kwa mkono/
vitenge za ki Naija na manukato za kimombo/
tulikuwa na chemistry Baby ile videadly
but after Bio ukawa physics sikuelewi
ati Swag nikubakisha food ndio itupwe kwa taka/
NKT! FALA! si tukipiane kiuBrotha, uzuri love ni virus inaweza wai msee yeyote/
KAKA SUNGURA LAUNDRY tunableach, ukabila na ufala nitumie Jik au Topex/
PRESENT TEACHER, THE SWAHILI SHAKESPEARE!
Song: Swahili Shakespeare
Hizo usiku nililala late nikichora mpango wa ndoto/
kila mistari naeka chini ni namna ya kuepa msoto/
sahizo mother ananishow rap ni maji chafu nisikanyage ata kidogo/
na mi nishaelewa ata maji chafu uzimanga moto/
Life inatricks imeficha cards chini ya meza/
friends ni oasis ukiwa stranded deser/