31-year old Kenyan rapper, Kaka Sungura aka King Kaka, revealed his elation this week after his smash hit, Dundaing, became the first East African song in the last half-decade to top the Zambian charts. It was the song’s fourth record in just three weeks!
Dundaing is Kenya’s biggest export of 2018’s last quarter and also the most storied. It debuted twice on YouTube in 7 days. The Kenya Films Classification Board [KFCB], the authorized body for regulating film standards and censorship, flagged it down for indecency four days after its original debut.
The hullabaloo surrounding that incident generated so much hype around the song in Kenya days before King Kaka’s second studio album, Eastlando Royalty, was launched. And the hype proved worth it after a second KFCB-approved upload of the video on YouTube scored over 1 million views within weeks of its second debut.
Barely a week after debut two, the song also stormed to the top of several charts in Kenya and abroad, famously earning a historic airing during an NBA game between Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks in USA.
Days later, Apple Music then announced it as the only Kenyan song in its first-ever A-List African songs.
The accolades and achievements seem to be emerging weekly for the song with Zambia’s leading urban entertainment channel, Trace Africa, declaring the single No.1 on its universal chart show.
King Kaka, who publicly proposed to partner Nana Ombima during the launch of his album in November this year ecstatically, tweeted on Monday noon:
My good friend @robertozambia from Zambia just sent me this. Dundaing is Number 1 , Trace Africa . Asanteni for the Love. @kristoffmwb @magix_enga #eastlandoroyalty
It’s more than the story of a ban which became a banner. This is East Africa back in the big time with a Kenyan at the forefront. Here is proof that if it’s good enough, no matter the genre and background the world will listen.