Kiba at the 2016 MTV EMA Awards as best African Act
|Also known as||Ali Kiba|
|Associated acts||R.Kelly, Sauti Sol, Nandy, Ommy Dimpoz, Willy Paul, Mwana Fa, Baraka The Prince, Darassa, Tommy Flavour, Dj Sbu, Brown Mauzo, Christian Bella,|
Ali Salehe Kiba (born 1986), is a Tanzanian singer-songwriter, and footballer . He is the owner of Kings Music label. In 2017 he became the director of Rockstar4000. On 20 May 2016, he signed a deal with Sony Music Entertainment.
Ali Kiba released his album Cinderella which broke record as the best selling album in East African countries including Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. He is best known for his hit songs Mwana, "Aje" , "Chekecha Cheketua" "Cinderella", "Nakshi Mrembo", "Usiniseme," "Dushelele", "Single Boy with Lady Jaydee", "Mapenzi", "Yana Run Dunia", and "Macmuga", and for his collaboration with R. Kelly and other African musicians on the One8 project.
Following his return after a silence of three years, he released the singles "Mwana" and "Chekecha". He won six awards at the 2015 Tanzania Music Awards and broke the record on Mkito.com for the most downloaded song of 2015.
Career and life
Ali's debut album and hit single ‘Cinderella’ became the biggest selling record in East Africa in 2008 and his second album ‘Ali k 4 Real’ was released in 2009 with the mega-hits ‘Nakshi Mrembo’, ‘Nichuum’ and ‘Usiniseme’.
He was later endorsed by the mobile telephony brand Airtel Africa alongside the Billboard Most Influential Global R&B Artist of the past 25 years R KELLY and seven of Africa's other megastar artists Fally Ipupa (DRC/France), 2Face Idibia (Nigeria), Amani (Kenya), Movaizhaleine (Gabon), 4X4 (Ghana), Navio (Uganda), JK (Zambia). Alikiba has been nominated for ‘Best International Act’ for Black Entertainment Film, Fashion, Television and Arts Awards in 2009, Best East African Artist for African Music Awards in 2009, Winner of Best Zouk / Rhumba Song at the Kili Music Awards in 2012, Nominated for Best Tanzanian Writer, Best Male Artists and Best Collaborating song with Lady Jaydee for Kili Music Awards in 2013.
Alikiba's also received an offer to play for the Tanzania National Soccer Team and President Jakaya Kikwete from Tanzania personally met him to congratulate him for his talent and invaluable contribution to Tanzanian Music and Arts and Culture.
Awards and nominations
- "Ali Kiba - become the Second African artist to sign Deal with a Global Music Deal With Sony Music". Jasmine Ditiwala The Source. 19 May 2016.