- His iconic style still lives on and he was perhaps responsible for making the Ogopa brand one of the most popular in the early 2000s.
Today, 14 years ago, on Sunday, March 16, 2003, E-sir died in a tragic road accident along Nakuru – Nairobi Highway on his way back to Nairobi after performing at a Nakuru concert to help promote his album.
2015, then writing for UP Magazine Nairobi, on March 16th, 12 years after his passing on, the music industry fraternity paid tribute to the legendary E-Sir on their social media pages. Arguably one of Kenya’s finest ever musicians, he held the mic and created magic.
“His music and legacy still lives on in our hearts,” a post in part reads on Sauti Sol’s Facebook page. His iconic style still lives on and he was perhaps responsible for making the Ogopa brand one of the most popular in the early 2000s.
Born in May 20th 1981 in California Estate, he was raised in the South-C where his deft lyrical ability and command of the Swahili flow was unmatched ever since his hey days with The Buccaneers group.
South C. A neighborhood notorious with the musical offering of this great city, it needs no elaboration. When E-Sir rapped about this enclave, everyone then wanted to know more about this so called “South C’s Finest” neighborhood.
That image would later be carried by other acts like Big Pin and K-rupt who hails from the same neighborhood. E-sir came to the music industry limelight with his first recording at Ogopa Deejays in 2001. His track, Jo seared into popular culture thanks to its upbeat tempo and his appreciation of where he hailed, South C.
In 2003, he released his debut album “Nimefika” which detonated his career in the music scene with each track virtually becoming a hit on most radio stations countrywide and regionally in their own right. The hits included “mos mos”, “boomba train”, “hamunitishi” and “leo ni leo”.
Four highly coveted Kisima awards, including best male artist of year 2003, a Chaguo La Teeniez award and nominations for Kora Awards and Tanzania Music Awards, up to date, he still remains the most influential Kenyan hip hop artiste of this generation.
With only one album to his name, ‘Nimefika’, a must have for anyone who understands the vibrancy of Kenyan music, E-Sir had some amazing collaborations with many people.
We take a look at some of those collabos.
This was a club anthem back then and still is. A major collabo with Nameless, this song continues to stand the test of time.
This tune featured members of this group who were basically from South-C, The Buccaneers. The song had the late K-Rupt and Big pin.
Who can forget the lovely Brenda’s vocals on this tune?
This is deemed as one of E-Sir’s best reply to those hating on him then. It featured the radio queen and night nurse of Reggae, Talia Oyando.
Another song that still is a club banger, the tune had Big Pin on it as The Buccaneers continued with their streak of releasing hit after hit.
An open sad letter of a sort, this was the only posthumous song released after he passed on, and which featured the legendary Nameless.
Definitely, E-sir’s mark stands to date and even though we miss him, his album redefines the music scene locally to date, with his immense contribution evident.