In Summary

  • The lineup of the much anticipate 2023 Tusker Oktobafest is finally out and it features 100 entertainers.
  • Starting on Friday 27th Oktobafest is set to include a Kenyan throwback music theme.
  • Tuskerokobafest’s Throwback set features celebrated entertainers such as Nameless, Jua Cali, Kalamashaka, Hip Hop duo Necessary Noize, Ghetto Radio’s DJ Double Trouble among others.

All roads will be leading to Nairobi’s Ngong Racecourse this coming weekend where the much anticipated beer festival will be having its grand finale after mashing it up in various cities in the country and the East African region throughout October.

Kicking off on Friday, 27th October, the festivities will feature a nostalgic throwback theme, featuring the likes of:


David Mathenge popularly known by his stage name Nameless, is one of the country’s most celebrated pop artists. Through his musical talents, he has made way for various artists in the country to earn recognition across the continent and even globally.

Nameless rose to fame in 1999 through a star-search contest on one of local urban music stations, Capital F.M which he won with his original song Megarider.

He is married to Wahu Kagwi, also a musician with whom he has three lovely daughters with.

Singer Nameless PHOTO/COURTESY

Jua Cali

Paul Nunda better known by his stage name Jua Cali, is a Kenyan Hip Hop artist.

In 2000, together with record producer Clemo, he founded Calif Records where he has been ever since producing music which dominated East African music alongside Jose Chameleone of Uganda and Mr. Nice of Tanzania.

The celebrated Genge star dropped his fifth studio album dubbed Utu Uzima in March this year, and it features various up-and-coming talents such as Mbithi, Kelechi, Madini amongst others.

Genge star Jua Cali PHOTO/COURTESY

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Kalamashaka (aka K-Shaka) is a Hip Hop group hailing from Dandora, a ghetto estate in Nairobi, Kenya. It comprises three members: Kama (Paul Ngige), Oteraw (Robert Mtumbai) and Johny (Johnny Vigeti). The group was formed in the mid 90’s.

They became popular with the hit ‘Tafsiri Hii’ in 1997. The group curtain raised for several international rap stars among them Coolio and Lost Boyz.

Kalamashaka crucially paved the way for swahili hip hop to become mainstream in Kenya. The group influenced others like Mashifta, Gidi Gidi Maji Maji, K-South, Necessary Noize and lots of other artists.

In August this year, the group was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award during Hip Hop’s 50th anniversary at a colorful event that went down in Nairobi.

Hip Hop Group Kalamashaka alias K-Shaka PHOTO/COURTESY

Necessary Noize

Necessary Noize is a Kenyan Hip Hop group which was earlier composed of three members namely Nazizi Hirji, Wyre and rapper Bamzigi who later left due to personal and label issues.

The group was formed in October 2000 and released their self-titled debut album in 2000 under Audio Vault Studios (now Blu Zebra). This contained the hits “Clang Clang,” and “La Di Da.”

A second album dubbed Necessary Noize II was later released and it includes massive hits such as Kenyan Boy, Kenyan Girl and Bless My Room.

After more than 10 years of pursuing their solo careers, the duo  made a major comeback with a tune dubbed Reality which was released in May 2022.

They are also set to release a new 8-track album in coming months.

Throwback photo of Hip Hop duo Necessary Noize PHOTO/COURTESY

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