Members from left to right:
Thee MC Africa, Shappaman, Karun, Mykie Toni and Kus Ma
|Also known as||254Low|
|Genres||Alternative hip hop, R&B|
|Associated acts||Collo, Wizkid|
Thee MC Africa
Camp Mulla is an alternative hip hop group originating from and based in Nairobi, Kenya. It is considered one of the most exciting upcoming music groups in Kenya, and has grown a big fan base on social media, garnering over 40,000 fans on Facebook and over 30,000 followers on Twitter. Following their release of their debut studio album, Funky Town, the group's members decided to go on hiatus.
After honing their skills through a series of experimental projects, Mykie Toni and rappers Shappaman (then known as Young Kass) and Thee MC Africa (then known as Taio Tripper) co-founded the group in mid-2009. Karun (then Miss Karun) and Kus Ma (then K'Cous) later joined. They released their first single, "Party Don't Stop" on 31 August 2010 to generally positive critical acclaim. This and other songs that followed won them several awards, including the "Teeniez' Group or Collabo" and "Teeniez' Nu Artist" awards at the 2012 Chaguo La Teeniez Awards held on 20 April 2012. They were nominated in the 2012 BET Awards for the "Best International Act - Africa" category, becoming the first Kenyans ever to be nominated for a BET award in the process, alongside Lira, Mokobé and Ice Prince, but losing to eventual winners Sarkodie and Wizkid.
On 29 September 2012, the group released their first studio album, Funky Town, and thereafter decided to go on hiatus. Lead singer Karun released her first solo studio album Sun and Moon on 11 January 2014, while rapper Thee MC Africa released an extended play, Man Made Machine, on 6 June later the same year.
Camp Mulla started distributing their music through websites ReverbNation, SoundCloud and SoundClick for digital download. Their first official song, entitled Low, features J-Smiles and was popular amongst college students. It was introduced by radio presenter Eve D'Souza on Capital FM when it debuted on radio.
Their first single, Low, got them their first airplay on the Kenyan radio scene. Their most successful song so far is their second single, Party Don't Stop, which has received airplay on many Kenyan radio stations, including Kiss 100, 98.4 Capital FM, on which it has reached its Top 9 at 9 playlist, and Homeboyz Radio (91.5), hosted by G Money in the morning. The song peaked at number 2 on Capital FM's Hits Not Homework and number 13 on Homeboyz Radio's HitList.
On 21 September 2011 Camp Mulla had a live interview with Kenyan Kiss 100 host and vocalist DNG, where he asked the group why they do what they do, what their inspiration is, their goals in this music industry and all that motivates their style.
Public appearances and performances
Camp Mulla got their first public appearance on 12 February 2011 at Collo's Valentine's Day concert, where he was to reveal the music video for his new song, Chini ya Maji. At the same time he was to introduce Camp Mulla in public to perform for the first time.
Camp Mulla was the opening act for Nigerian R&B duo P-Square at a live performance at The Carnivore on 26 February 2011. Camp Mulla also opened for Nigerian acts at Naija 9te (or Naija Nite), including Naeto C and Flavour in October 2011. They have also recently made huge appearances at hip hop events, school concerts and award-shows such as the Chaguo La Teeniez Awards.
The group were billed to perform at the Big Brother Africa 7 opening ceremony alongside J. Cole, Davido, Aemo E'Face, P-Square, Naeto C and Flavour on 6 May 2012, but were not able to due to delays in their travelling documentation. However, they performed on the show's first eviction show on 13 May 2012. Camp Mulla also performed at the grand finale of the fifth season of Tusker Project Fame in 2012.
Majority of Camp Mulla's songs incorporate hip hop and contemporary R&B respectively. However, some of their tracks also indicate their producer K'Cous operates within an Kenyan state of mind, such as with their song Addicted. They call their musical style "2-5-Flow" or "254Low" (pronounced two five flow), which is a pun of Kenya's calling code +254. "254Low" is also said to be the name of their soon-to-be-launched multi-talented fraternity, which will feature young Kenyan upcoming artists believed to be the future of the newly reformed music industry.
- Karun (born Karungari Mungai; formerly Miss Karun) – Lead vocalist, songwriter
- Kus Ma (born Marcus Kibukosya; formerly K'Cous) – Record producer, songwriter, rapper
- Shappaman (born Benoît Kanema; formerly Young Ka$$) – Record producer, rapper, songwriter
- Thee MC Africa (born Matthew Wakhungu; formerly Taio Tripper) - Rapper, vocalist, lyricist
- Mykie Toni (born Michael Mutooni) – Manager
|"Party Don't Stop" (featuring Collo)||2010||Funky Town|
|"Feel No Pain"||2011|
|"Fresh All Day"||2012|
|"Hold It Down"|
|"Walkin' On a Dream"
(Remix of "Walking on a Dream" by Empire of the Sun)
|"Party Don't Stop" (featuring Collo)||Clarence Peters|
|"Fresh All Day"||2012||Andrew Macharia|
|"Hold It Down"||Clarence Peters|
|"Feel No Pain"||Private19|
- Sun and Moon (2014)
- Kus Ma
- J's and Purple (2013)
- Thee MC Africa
- Man Made Machine (2014)
Awards and nominations
|2012||BEFFTA Awards||Camp Mulla||Best International Act||Nominated|||
|BET Awards||Camp Mulla||Best International Act (Africa)||Nominated|||
|Channel O Music Video Awards||"Party Don't Stop"||Best Newcomer Video||Nominated|||
|"Fresh All Day"||Best Duo, Group or Featuring Video||Nominated|
|"Party Don't Stop"||Best East African Video||Nominated|
|"Fresh All Day"||Video of the Year||Nominated|
|Chaguo La Teeniez Awards||"Party Don't Stop"||Teeniez' Group or Collabo||Won|||
|Camp Mulla||Teeniez' Nu Artist||Won|
|The Headies||Camp Mulla||African Artist of the Year||Nominated|||
|Kora Awards||Camp Mulla||Best African Group||Nominated|||
|MOBO Awards||Camp Mulla||Best African Act||Nominated|||
|MTV Europe Music Awards||Camp Mulla||Best African Act||Nominated|||
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