They say the good that man does when alive isn’t oft interred with their bones — it lives after them. Nonini, Wyre, Redsan and Cartel,among others appear to be assured of this, writes DAVID ODONGO
How influential an artiste is isn’t determined by how many drunkards dance to his or her music at 3am in the morning, any drunk can dance to anything, even a dirge.
Financial success isn’t the only yardstick when it comes to measuring a musician’s success, neither is the number of songs he or she releases. The artistes in this list are successful and most important, they have mentored others.
Busta Rhymes had Flipmode Squad, which went burst after elusive success while Fat Joe had Cuban Link. Fat Joe tried to push them although Big Pun’s and his weight alongside other members was as heavy as the task at hand. Finally, the Cuban Link just remained as many other groups yearning for breakthrough success.
Locally, Nonini founded Pro Harbo Unit aka P-Unit, which is coined from his Christian name Hubert. Well, Pro Harbo is the short form for Pro Hubert. The group was widely touted as Kenya’s version of New York-led 50 Cent’s Gorilla Unit (G-Unit). The group arrived on the scene with a successful collabo, Si Lazima, which announced their unique rapping skills. Soon, after Nonini weaned them with his Genge they became stars in their own right, especially after the release of another collabo Kushoto Kulia with their mentor. As success came P-Unit’s way, Nonini became better musically and adopted a new stage name, the Genge Godfather. And in Sicilian way of life, then P-Unit was the consigliore.
P-Unit was then signed to Decimal Records, a recording label, which Nonini works with and is run by respected producer Eric Musyoka.
P-Unit and their godfather are now raking in more money as they rule the roost. Last year saw P-Unit get nominated for the prestigious Mama Awards as one of Africa’s best groups. They were ranked alongside eventual winners P-Square and Uganda’s Radio and Weasel.
As P-Unit announced their arrival, Nonini’s status rose. He is now regarded as one of most influential entertainers. Very few artistes have the show