‘King Kaka is now my mentor,’ says Chiwawa

Legendary Kenyan rapper Ken Gaciengo Mwai – popularly known as Chiwawa – has stated that King Kaka is now his mentor.

This comes as a turn of the table from back in the day when King Kaka was mentored by Chiwawa and was even his hypeman until he embarked on his own path.

Chiwawa made the revelation in a tribute video that was displayed during King Kaka’s ‘Estlando Royalty’ album launch on Friday last week and has since been posted to YouTube.

In the over 7-minute video clip, Chiwawa narrates how  – during his heydays – he first met the ‘Dundaing’ hitmaker in 2007 and how he (King Kaka, then going under the moniker ‘Rabbit’) became their studio errand boy.

A throwback photo of Chiwawa and King Kaka (then going under the moniker ‘Rabbit’) from back in the day. PHOTO | COURTESY

“The first time I met him… he was just a skinny boy who looked hungry. He was calm and he knew how to engage people in a conversation. He used to tell me he was my fan, and we hit it off well since that first day,” recalls Chiwawa.

King Kaka then became involved in Chiwawa’s projects and they would often go to his (Chiwawa’s) concerts together where he was always the back-up act.

“I think running around with him made him understand the game, its structures, who to deal with and how to sign contracts,” he adds.

“The first time I heard Rabbit rap was when we were in Kisumu at a friend’s house and he asked if I wanted to hear him rap. After he did, I told him he no longer had to be a hypeman… that he needed his own shows.”

King Kaka is now one of the most sought after artists in Kenya, with five albums under his belt and a myriad of mixtapes.

He was also recently one of the speakers at a conference held in New York by Bill and Melinda gates where he shared the stage with other famous global personalities such as Ed Sheeran and Graca Machel.

He also became the first East African artist to be interviewed by top New York radio station Hot 97 where he met famed American comedian Tracy Morgan and featured him on one of the tracks in his latest album.

Looking at all these, Chiwawa says the table has now turned and his once able student has now become his teacher.

“He usually tells people that I am the one who inspired and mentored him but right now he is the one who inspires me. He’s the one mentoring me now,” stated Chiwawa.

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