Nyamari Ongegu

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Alma materNairobi School
OccupationKenyan pop artist

Nyamari Ongegu, better known by his stage name, Nyashinski is a Kenyan hip hop|Kenyan pop artist and a former member of the rap group Kleptomaniax.


The late 90’s saw Nyamari and two friends from Nairobi School discover their love for music. Dabbling in the genres of rap & hip-hop, the trio primarily performed during school functions. They contacted a producer from Ogopa Deejays, who then invited them to showcase their talent at the studio. They wrote the lyrics of what went on to be their debut single “Maniacs Anthem” by the Kleptomaniax[1] .

Collins Majale, Robert Manyasa, and Nyamari Ongegu[2] were the trio that was recognized as D.E.P. With productions such as “Freak It” and “Haree”, the Kleptomaniax received awards and nominations from Chaguo La Teenies[3] (Teens Choice Awards), Channel O, Kisima Music Awards|Kisima,[4] to MTV Europe Music Award|MTV[5] and released major hits “Tuendelee” and “Swing”. This lead up to the launch and release of their debut album M4E (Maniacs 4 Ever) in April 2005.[6] Towards the end of 2006, Nyashinki left the group to pursue family business interests in the US[3].

While visiting and managing family affairs in Kenya in the year 2015, Nyashinski found time to record a music video featuring a collaboration with esteemed Kenyan artiste Nameless (musician)|Nameless, titled “Letigo”[7]and racking up 500k+ views on Youtube. This resulted in – his comeback hit song and video “Now You Know” which was released in May 2006. Other hit songs include Malaika, Bebi Bebi, Mungu Pekee, Lift me up[8] and many more for which he received recognition for including a Europian music award nomination.[9]

On November 13 2019 he was named by South by Southwest Music Festivals as one of the artists invited to perform at the 34th annual event taking place from March 16-22, 2020 in Austin.[10]


  • Top 40 Men 2019[11]
  • 2016 Pulse Music Video Awards - Male Video of the Year(Now You Know)[12]
  • 2016 Pulse Music Video Awards - Most Viewed Video of the Year.(Now You Know)[13]


  • 2019 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMAs) - Best Male Artist in East Africa, Best Artiste and Best African Rapper/Lyricist.[14]
  • 2017 MTV EMAs - Best African Act[15]
  • 2018 MTV EMAs - Best African Act[16]
  • AFRIMMA 2019 Awards - Best Male East Africa[17]


  1. team, Pulse. "Collo and Nyashinski reunite, planning a major comeback". Standard Digital News. Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  2. Mwobobia, Judith Mukiri. "Away from the mic". The Standard. Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Star struck: What happened?". The Standard. Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  4. "These hits are 10 years old". Daily Nation. Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  5. ebur, news. "Nyashinski the only Kenyan and East African nominated for 2017 MTV EMA | Ebru TV Kenya". Retrieved 2020-02-18. {{cite web}}: |first= has generic name (help)
  6. "Sambaza Entertainment, Inc". 2012-02-17. Archived from the original on 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  7. "MUSIC REVIEW: 'Letigo' by Nameless and Nyashinski". Daily Nation. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  8. "Nyashinski". Music In Africa. 2018-10-05. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
  9. "Africa highlights: Monday 13 November 2017, as it happened". BBC News. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  10. "SXSW Reveals Second Wave of 2020 Showcase Artists With Wire, Walshy Fire & More". Billboard. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  11. Africa, Business Daily. "Top 40 Men 2019 – Business Daily – Top 40 Under 40". Retrieved 2020-02-26. {{cite web}}: |first= has generic name (help)
  12. Nyanga, Carolyne. "Pomp at annual Pulse music awards". The Standard. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  13. "Full List of Pulse Music Video Awards Nominees 2016". KenyanVibe. 2016-11-22. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  14. "Kenya bags 15 nominations in AFRIMAs". Daily Nation. Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  15. Chironda, Melody (2017-10-05). "Africa: The 2017 MTV EMA Nominations Are Here!". allAfrica.com. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  16. "MTV EMAs 2018: Tiwa Savage is first solo female Best African Act". Music In Africa. 2018-11-05. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  17. "Check out the AFRIMMA 2019 list of nominees". The Native. 2019-08-07. Retrieved 2020-02-20.

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