| Sub Sahara|
Nairobi, Kenya (2009)
Alternative hip hop, Contemporary R&B
BET Award for Best International Act: Africa, MTV Europe Music Award for Best African Act
Miss Karun, K'Cous, Shappa Man, Taio Tripper, Mykie Toni
Nakaaya Sumari, Mzungu Kichaa, Sauti Sol, P‑Unit, Vanessa Mdee
Camp Mulla Wikipedia
Camp Mulla is an alternative hip hop group originating from and based in Nairobi, Kenya. The group rose to prominence with the release of their debut single "Party Don't Stop" on 31 August 2010, with that and their subsequent works earning them a nomination for Best International Act (Africa) at the 2012 BET Awards. Following their release of their debut studio album, Funky Town, the group's lead singer Karun and rapper Taio both left the group to pursue solo careers. Most recently the main four members announced their reunion at The Wave performance at the Waterfront, Ng'ong racecourse in September 2017.
The group's musical style, fashion sense and origins have drawn comparisons to The Black Eyed Peas, while they have also been criticised for making "bubblegum music".
After releasing a series of experimental projects, manager Mykie Tooni and rappers Shappaman (then known as Young Kass) and Taio (then known as Taio Tripper) co-founded the group in mid-2009, with Karun (then Miss Karun) and Kus Ma (then K'Cous) joining later. Initially distributing their music online via ReverbNation, SoundCloud and SoundClick for digital download, their song "Low" was the first to gain radio airplay, having been introduced by radio presenter Eve D'Souza on Capital FM when it debuted on radio.
On 31 August 2010, Camp Mulla released their first single, "Party Don't Stop", to generally positive critical acclaim, peaking at number 2 on Capital FM's "Hits Not Homework" playlist and number 13 on Homeboyz Radio's "HitList". This and other songs that followed earned them several awards, including the "Teeniez' Group or Collabo" and "Teeniez' Nu Artist" awards at the 2012 Chaguo La Teeniez Awards held on 20 April 2012. Camp Mulla made their first public appearance on 12 February 2011 at Collo's Valentine's Day concert, where he revealed the music video for his new song "Chini ya Maji". They then served as the opening act for Nigerian R&B duo P-Square at a live performance at The Carnivore on 26 February 2011, and opened for Nigerian acts such as Naeto C and Flavour at Naija 9te (or Naija Nite) in October 2011. The group was billed to perform at the Big Brother Africa 7 opening ceremony alongside J. Cole, Davido, Aemo E'Face, P-Square, Naeto C and Flavour on 6 May 2012, but did not make the show due to delays in their travelling documentation. However, they went on to perform on the program's first eviction show on 13 May 2012. Camp Mulla also performed at the grand finale of the fifth season of Tusker Project Fame in 2012.
Camp Mulla was nominated for Best International Act (Africa) at the 2012 BET Awards—becoming the first Kenyans ever to be nominated for a BET award in the process—alongside Lira, Mokobé and Ice Prince, but lost out to eventual winners Sarkodie and Wizkid. On 29 September 2012, the group released their debut studio album, Funky Town.
In May 2013, Sub Sahara announced that lead singer Karun was leaving to pursue a solo career and further studies in the United States, with rapper Thee MC Africa also leaving to pursue a solo career. Tiri Murai (known mononymously as Tiri), another Kenyan singer and Kus Ma's girlfriend, was brought in to replace Karun in June 2013 after performing live with the group at the MTV Africa All Stars concert in Durban, South Africa the previous month. On 22 August 2013, Kus Ma released a solo mixtape entitled J's and Purple, while Tiri followed up with a mixtape of her own, Nefertiri, on 8 March 2014. On 20 April 2015, coinciding with the 4/20 celebrations, Shappaman released an extended play entitled Wild Life on Tape. He followed that up with a mixtape entitled Love Wild on 2 March 2016.
On 10 September 2017, Camp Mulla announced their return from hiatus with a performance featuring t at The Wave concert at the Ngong Racecourse in Nairobi. The group is reportedly set to release their second studio album, with a date yet to be officially confirmed.
A majority of Camp Mulla's songs incorporate hip hop and contemporary R&B. They call their musical style "2-5-Flow" or "254Low" (pronounced "two five flow"), which is a play on Kenya's calling code +254.Current members
Kus Ma (born Marcus Kibukosya; formerly K'Cous) – Record producer, songwriter, rapper
Shappaman (born Benoît Kanema; formerly Young Ka$$) – Rapper, record producer, songwriter
Karun (born Karungari Mungai; formerly Miss Karun) – Lead singer, songwriter
Taio (born Matthew Wakhungu; formerly Taio Tripper) – Rapper, singer, lyricist
Mykie Tooni (born Michael Mutooni) – Manager
J's and Purple (2013)
Wild Life on Tape (2015)
Love Wild (2016)