Ali Kiba

Ali Kiba
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Kiba at the 2016 MTV EMA Awards as the Best African Act
Born (1986-11-29) 29 November 1986 (age 35)
Other namesKing Kiba
  • Actor
  • Singer
  • Director
  • Footballer
Years active2004–present
  • Abdu Kiba
  • Zabib Kiba
  • Abuu Kiba
Musical career
Also known asKing Kiba
Associated acts

Ali Saleh Kiba (born 1986), best known by his stage name Ali Kiba or sometimes King Kiba, is a Tanzanian singer, songwriter and footballer. He is from Kigoma and the owner of Kings Music label.

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. He also collaborated with R. Kelly and other African musicians on the One8 project.[citation needed] In 2017 he became the director of Rockstar4000.

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 for the most downloaded song of 2015.[citation needed]

Early life beginning

Ali Kiba was born in Iringa to parents Saleh Omari and Tombwe Njere. He is the eldest son in a family of four. His siblings consist of his brother, Abdu Kiba who is also a musician, a sister, Zabib Kiba and the youngest brother, Abuu Kiba.


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, American recording artist 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.

On 20 May 2016, he signed a deal with Sony Music Entertainment.[1] He later left Sony in 2021 after working with them for five years. [2]

Alikiba's also received an offer to play for the Tanzania National Soccer Team and the former Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete personally met him to congratulate him for his talent and invaluable contribution to Tanzanian Music and Arts and Culture.[citation needed]

Awards and nominations


  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ Ngina, Fay. "AliKiba quits Sony Music Entertainment". AliKiba quits Sony Music Entertainment. Retrieved 18 May 2021.

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