Veteran rapper, Chris Kantai, also known as Kantadda, a leading force in the Kenyan hip hop scene died on Wednesday morning at St Francis Hospital due to complications with breathing according to a family representative Ms. Wanjiku Thuku. He was 42.
“I am in touch with his family, including his wife and mother, to arrange his funeral. We will give you more details as they come,” said Ms Thuku.
Kantai rose to fame in the early 2000s with songs like “Huu ni Nani G” (Swahili for Who is this G), and the popular track “Happy” featuring fellow Kenyan rap star Stella Mwangi.The artist made a comeback three years ago with the record “Ting Badi Malo” (Luo for Raise your Hands Up), which featured Kenyan artist Khaligraph Jones. Before releasing these records, Kantai built his name as a formidable battle rapper. He earned several Chaguo La Teeniez awards for his work, the equivalent to Teen Choice Awards in Kenya, OkayAfrica reports.
Tributes have been pouring in for the late artist since the news broke.