Artist Spotlight: Steph Kapela, musical genius in the making

Kenya has no shortage of good rappers but there are some who are a cut above the rest take for example one lad who is goes by the name Stephen Nyankuru alias Steph Kapela.

He began his musical journey in 2007 when he flew to the USA to study. Steph returned to Kenya in 2015 and linked up with Atwal Music who is said to have played a big role in getting his name out there.

He later joined Callivan Creatives where he has enjoyed a lot of success which culminated into an Extended Play (EP) titled Step by Step.

Steph Kapella
Steph Kapela

If you’ve listened to any of Steph’s songs then I’m sure you know that he is a musical genius. His style is quite unique and perhaps this is what sets him apart from his fellow rappers.

This chap has a way of infusing singing and rapping in his songs and the outcome is always awesome. To add to that, his vocal skills and ability to play around with words in his lyrics are unmatched.

As you listen to his music, you’ll note the US influence but what I love most about him is that he often incorporates some Sheng and Swahili so that we (Kenyans) don’t feel left out.

If you ask me, it is only a matter of time before the whole country comes to know about him. He is without a sdoubt the next big thing.

Listen to his latest single dubbed Exposure. Enjoy!

5 impossible music collabos we’d love to see before 2019 ends

A few days ago, Octopizzo revealed that he was willing to work with nemesis Khaligraph Jones if the song would line his pockets. Although the chances of this happening are close to zero, it got me thinking about other impossible collabos that we’d love to see.

You see, the essence of doing in a collabo is to grow an artist’s fanbase. For instance, Khaligraph’s fans would get to know about Octopizzo or appreciate his music and vice versa if the two artists ever do a collabo.

There’s also the obvious fact that two or more music greats are bound to create something magical if they ever work on a song together.

That being said, here’s our wish list of collabos:

1. Nyashinki and Otile Brown – After listening to Nyashinki and Juma Jux on Incase You Don’t Know, I couldn’t help but imagine what a Nyashinki and Otile Brown collabo would sound like. We are really looking forward to the day when they’ll give us a treat.

Nyashinki and Otile Brown

2. Arrow Bwoy and Vivian – This collabo should have happened a long time ago. I mean why not? Vivian’s smooth vocals would really blend well with Arrow Bwoy’s seductive dancehall sound. Get into studio guys!

Vivian and Arrow Bwoy

3. Sauti Sol and King Kaka – They may not see eye to eye but I’m sure you also get the feeling that a song by these great musicians would be nothing but pure bliss. You remember Sauti Sol’s collabo with Khaligraph dubbed Rewind? Think along those lines and then add King Kaka’s storytelling skills.

Sauti Sol and King Kaka

4. Nadia Mukami and Naiboi – I live for the day these two musicians will release a song together. Thinking about it just gives me goosebumps. If a collabo between Naiboi and Nadia comes to pass, it will be the biggest song in 2019. You want to bet?

Nadia Mukami & Naiboi

5. Masauti and Steph Kapela – Nothing beats a bongo-infused rap song. Absolutely nothing. It’s for this reason that I feel Masauti should do his next collabo with one of Kenya’s best emcees – Steph Kapela. What I love about Steph Kapela is that he is versatile, he could end up singing if they ever do a collabo.

Masauti and Steph Kapela

Which are some of the collabos that you’d like to see before the year ends? Leave a comment below.