Naiboi, formerly called Rapdamu, is a Kenyan record producer, singer-songwriter, musician, founder and current
CEO of Pacho Entertainment. He developed his passion for music at a younger age and later on decided to pursue it.
Information concerning his age is still under research and will soon be updated immediately we come across details concerning his age.
Information concerning his family is still under research and will soon be updated immediately we come across details concerning his family background.
Naiboi Marriage | Son
He is married to a gorgeous lady by the name Mariam Ahmed, who works with an event management company. The two couples have a son, Junaid Claver. They have been sharing adorable photos of their family moments on their IG pages
Information concerning his education is still under research and will soon be updated immediately we come across details concerning his education background.
Pursuing music proved to be an expensive venture so he decided to start his own studio and that gave birth to Pacho Records. Today he has produced music for leading stars like Roberto, Kaka, Avril, Sanipei Tande, Frasha, Kenrazy, Timmy T-Dat, and Wyre just to name a few.
Though he has own awards before as an artist, his official breakthrough was in 2014 for his production on the smash hit ”welle welle”, which put both him, Pacho entertainment and his longtime artist Timmy T-Dat on the local music map. In 2016 Naiboi was featured on two songs namely Gudi Gudi and Tingika, which won the awards for both Breakthrough Video and New Artist category at the PMVAs.
His latest release, Problem, is currently the top song on major charts and is on high rotation in all the stations. This, coupled with Gudi Gudi and his other songs, has made for a great performance during his shows.
When asked how it felt to get the recognition he is getting now, he breaks into an infectious smile that spreads to his eyes and says: “Kwani boss iko nini? It’s about time!”
From Rapdamu To Naiboi, Find Out What Happened
Four years ago, Rapdamu made the switch from producer to musician. With the switch came a change of name to Naiboi.
He featured in two hit collaborations “Welle Welle” in 2014 featuring Timmy Tdat and “Daktari” 2015 featuring Frasha, projects which he produced and sung as well, that helped put his name out there before going on to do more similar collabos.
Since then, Rapdamu who has rebranded to Naiboi hasn’t looked back and he is currently riding high with his latest hit “I Wanna Be” featuring DJ Crème de la Creme.
We caught up with Naiboi who also co-owns Pacho Records with music producer Cedo, and he had a lot to share about his singing journey.
Naiboi, so what happened to Rapdamu?
Hahaha! Rapdamu died in 2013 or rather 2014. I have been in the game for so long as a producer since 2003 when I produced my first song and I have been going with that name and I felt I needed some fresh name that can surprise you, and that’s how I coined Naiboi.
Why Naiboi and not any other stage name?
During this time, Nigerian songs were really getting massive airplay in our media. Everyone kept talking about Nigeria, I got fed up and decided I would fight our sound and so I started referring to myself as Nairobi boy in short form Naiboi.
Don’t you think you made your entry into the music game so late yet you had all these years to do so?
To be honest, even if I had wanted to come out early I wouldn’t have been able because back then I never had money to pay for my music and that’s how I ended up doing the production.
Will you ever go back to production?
Honestly I don’t think so because I believe I gave my best in all those years that I did production. I’m convinced I have done my part in that department and that’s why am moving on to something different.
With your mind made up, so who does the production at your stable Pacho Records?
I got five producers on payroll and that’s the job they do. There is Jack On The Beat, the guy who produced “Bazokizo” my partner Cedo, there is Jegede who produced “Gudi Gudi” and we also got Illogos he has produced Fena Gitu’s recent songs plus Willy Pauls’ “Digiri”
In your latest jam “I Wanna Be” you are so romantic, what was that all about?
Hahaha! I had to come out in a different way because even the track itself is different. Besides, I grew up listening to RnB thus it was so natural for me to express myself that way. I also want people to notice some growth in every song that I release. I guess that’s what it was all about.
You featured DJ Crème de la Creme could you say he is the Kenyan version of DJ Khaleed. And by the way, how does that work, a DJ featured in a song yet he is not singing?
By the way, it’s actually Dj Crème who featured me, he may be our DJ Khaleed as you put it (Laughs)! You also have to understand that you don’t have to be a singer to be featured in a track. You can produce a song be it by sponsoring it or creating beats and that gets you featured on the given project. In this case, DJ Crème created the beats and even paid for the whole project and all I did was the vocals.
- Smooth Criminal
- Too Much
- I Wanna Be
- Usipime Mwanaume
- 2 ni 1
- Si Unajua
- Eish Boss
- Niki Kuona
- Friday Fever
- Nipe Nafasi
- Good Life
- Ahead All Day
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