#Conversationwith Abbas Kubaff

I recently randomly bumped Abbas Kubaff who I reckon is one of Kenya’s most talented and unfortunately also most under-appreciated hip hop artiste.

Chatted with him briefly and I was pleasantly surprised at his gentlemanly demeanor and eloquence in the Queen’s English.  His height and piercing eyes give him presence and he struck me as a man with a plan and not your, run-of-the-mill flaky Kenyan ‘celeb’.

A day after our chat I reckoned I could share the info with my readers. I asked Abbas if that was okay and he consented.

Here is how our chat went down:

Moderate: What’s up Abbas? Apart from Tokelezea you have been quiet. Why?

Abbas:  It is all about strategy. At times you have to seat back, survey and then strike with a bang.

Moderate: What have you been working on?

Abbas: My album. Kaboom! It will be released sometime in April.

Moderate: Big launch?

Abbas: I will have a video launch of Tokelezea on 24th March at Skylux. Come through.

Moderate: Tour/Performances?

Abbas: Yes, once album is out I will all over the place doing gigs. If things go according to plan I will also be going for my annual German tour most likely in summer of 2012.

Moderate: Let’s go back in time. The original K-South had you, Bamboo and the other tall guy. What happened?

Abbas: The tall guy was my bro, KC. He took a break from the game. He is in South Africa. Bamboo is in the States. I am in Kenya. We are all doing out thing. Maybe one day K-South shall be back.

Moderate: Who do you consider your competition in Kenya? Nonini, Jua Kali, Octophizzo?

Abbas: Nonini and Jua Kali do not do hip hop. Octo is my fan, he cannot be competition. I do not look at local. I am international. Hmmm..maybe Bamboo.

Moderate: Speaking of Bamboo, when is he coming back to Kenya?

Abbas: I honestly do not know. But I have worked with him on my upcoming album.

Moderate: Chantelle. A one hit wonder?

Abbas: Haha! You guys will be shocked. Chantelle is a good artiste which is why I have featured her in my album. She is currently working on her album which I am featured. Same thing for Chiwawa’s album. So Kenyans should look out for my album, Chantelle’s album and Chiwawa’s. All are coming soon.

Moderate: Kenyan media, asset or liability?

Abbas: I am yet to come across a real hip hop journalist, one who understands the hip hop life and culture and seeks to grow not to destroy artistes. So I try my best to keep off the media.

Moderate: Does music pay your bills?

Abbas: Yes! I may not perform a lot in Kenya but I do perform a lot abroad. Out there guys are real hip hop heads. They will pay for your concert and they will buy your CDs. I get royalties from abroad every other month.

Moderate: How many years in the game?

Abbas: Seventeen years! In context, someone born when I started in 1995, is now in Form Three.

Moderate: You have gone by several stage names: Jerry Doobiez, Doobiez, Abbas, Abbas Kubaff. What is your real name?

Abbas: Haha! (he pauses) Andrew Kabiru.

Moderate: Thanks for your time. All the best!




4 responses to “#Conversationwith Abbas Kubaff

  • 3CB

    The only thing I know about Abbas is that he has scary eyes and that I really like that chapaa song. As for Toklezea, I have no words. Maybe I’m just old. Plus I’m a rock head, so my opinion isnt relevant here *cheeky grin*

  • David ndambuki

    I know doobiez as the greatest rapper of the 21’st century in kenya

  • Qevv Zi-wan Mwangi

    Abbas is agguably the greatest n most consistent rapper Kenya has had.big up man. a role model 2 every up n coming rapper.Tiz evident that those who dis him do so to get a share of the limelight or simply jus trying to busk in his glory-coz he’s the greatest

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