He lost his both parents within a space of two months upon entering
his teenage years, turned
to music as a cathartic expression of deep seated feelings no one should
endure at such a young age.
Qritiqal Born in 1989 and raised in Mombasa Kenya, he ventured into music
through school festivals. He hung out with local artistes who mentored
him through his personal struggles, including the loss of one of his
siblings, as he passionately pursued music as both therapeutic and a
After a chance meeting with Gyptian at a local show, he was
inspired to record original material and debuted in 2010 as a
sensational dance hall artiste with the single “Weak Inside” – a
The single won him the Best Video of the Year 2010 at the Nzumari
Awards and the Best Video of The Year Coast Music Awards. In 2012, he
dropped another hit single “Kupe” where he was featured by Ogopa Deejayz
Artist and Guru Col. Mustafa. Having also shared a stage with the likes
of Jaguar and Sauti Sol, he decided it was time for him to pause and
develop his own unique sound, later on meeting and collaborating with
local producer, Motif_On_The_Beat (Morris Kobia). Their collaboration
produced successful Dj Dubplates for local Djs, at a time when he also
doubled as a jingle maker for some advertisement agencies.
Qritiqal consistency and passion for music developed Qritiqal’s signature
sound; a go between dancehall, soul and R&B, where his high tenor
range, in contrast with his laid back delivery gives him a unique tone
and flow. This had him hand picked for the theme song of Kenya’s
legendary DJ Joe Mfalme. Still, success and the right attention seemed
to elude him as he kept doing pro-bono gigs while trying his best to
cater for his younger brother and only surviving family member.
eventually settled in Nairobi – the music capital of Kenya, where he was
discovered by Chocolate City Music Kenya, the sister company to
Chocolate City Music Nigeria; home to internationally known acts like
Ice Prince Zamani, Koker and MI Abaga.
Get ready Africa, it’s about to get Qritiqal.