Nyashinski (Nyamari Ongegu) is a Kenyan pop, hip-hop and R&B artiste. He officially started his music career in 2002, as a member of the all-male Kenyan rap trio – Kleptomaniax – with Collins (Collo) and Robert (Roba). The three were in high school together (Nairobi School) where they all sat for their ‘O’ levels.
Kleptomaniax had a very successful music career such that they won various awards while they were together (2002-2006). In 2006, Nyashinski left for the U.S.A to join his family, pursuing business interests while at it.
Music called him back home in 2015 and he released a single “Letigo” together with ace urban Kenyan artiste Nameless. The positive feedback from the song was well received, together with many follow-up questions from fans on whether he was coming back.
This led him to release his first official solo song and video “Now You Know”, in May 2016, which, six months later, became the first ever video by a Kenyan rap artiste to hit 1 million views on YouTube. His sophomore single “Mungu Pekee” (Only God), released in October 2016 became an instant hit in Kenya and eventually abroad.
In 2017, he returns to yet another season of Coke Studio and will release a full debut album.