Kenyan Musician Nominated for Prestigious U.S. Award

Kenyan Afro-funk musician KG Omulo has been nominated for the 2013 NAACP Image Award. Omulo was nominated under the World Music category, for his album ‘Ayah Ye! Moving Train’.

This is not the first time that the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People has paid heed to Kenyan talent, with actor Oliver Litondo and singer Sila Mutungi being recognised over the years. Mutungi took the award in 2010.

Omulo has been nominated alongside musicians K’Naan, Estelle and Brother B; singers with more global muscle due to their experience.

The US-based Kenyan released the album in question in January this year and has gone on tour in the states to promote it.

KG learnt about the nomination last week and without making reference to it, wrote on his Facebook page: “I would like to be thankful for all my amazing friends, family and community! For the role you play everyday in my life journey. I am just as proud of you all for the amazing contributions and hope you bring to others around you!”

The awards ceremony, which has had its fare share of controversy, is now in its 43rd year. Winners will be announced early next year.


Laura is a Senior Editor at Capital FM. She is also in charge of the Capital Lifestyle website. In more than 10 years at the station she has developed a zeal for social and youth development and works hard to uplift the local industries, such as music, art, and film. Laura is a writer, blogger, and a definite social media guru.