Kenny Klips the legend
by Harold Kapindu

Most people in influential positions, from politicians to corporate CEOs have always regarded Hip-Hop as "immoral music" promoting violence, sex, hypersexualization of women and swearing. Little did they know that Hip Hop would become the most influential genre in the world.

In mid 2000s, Kenny Klips and his friend Chimwemwe "Mr C" Chikwana shared a vision and together they started a movement. Dubbed "Hip Hop Revolution", the movement was aimed at taking Hip-Hop from the streets to Board Rooms.

Under the Hip Hop Revolution brand, emerged the so called Urban Music. Fast forward to 2021, government, non-governmental organizations and private businesses are now endorsing urban music artists, thanks to Hip Hop Revolution and late Kenny Klips.

Real name Kenny Wako, Kenny Klips was also known by many other names depending on which shoes he was wearing on that particular day. Shawishe, Formula 1 or F1 DJ, El Catro de nigro, just to mention but a few.

Kenny Klips was a multitalented DJ, musician, producer, artist manager and publicist. He also owned his production house, Montana Audio Productions specialized in corporate adverts and programs.

As a DJ, he has worked with FM 101 Power, Joy Radio and Times Radio. He pioneered the establishment of many music programs and also presented shows such as Music Avenue, Hip Hop Drill, Sprite what's your thirst show on FM 101 Power, The Tunnel and Dimba on Joy Radio

He further Deejayed at Big Brother Eviction Show in South Africa.

Apart from co-founding and working with Malawi's number one music website www.malawi-music.com where he administrated music uploads, Kenny Klips also managed numerous artists both in urban and local music industry.

Late Kenny Klips had one album under his belt. "Mwakawidwa" contained hits such as "Abale Samalani", "Victory Lap", "Open Book" and the album title track "Mwakawidwa". The album featured Young K now known as Hyphen, Desert Eagle, Mr C among many others.

Klips was also the brains behind the smash hit "Mtofu" featuring Desert Eagle and Goodson Gomonda. In 2020, Klips was diagnosed with Diabetes and was hospitalized at Mwaiwathu Hospital in Blantyre. He was later discharged. Since then, he had been feeling unwell for months and he succumbed to Diabetes on Thursday, 21 January 2021. He was laid to rest on Friday at his home district, Balaka. Kenny Klips was honored with Malawi Hip Hop Living Legend Award in 2020. RIP Kenny Klips