Jua Cali Biography

Jua Cali whose real name is Paul Julius Nunda was born on 12th September 1979in Eastlands, Nairobi county. He is a Kenyan hip hop artist. He performs in Swahili and Sheng in a popular Kenyan style of rapping called genge.

In 2000 together with producer Clement Rapudo aka Clemo they founded Calif Records where Jua Cali has stayed since. Jua Cali performs in Swahili in a popular Kenyan style of rapping called genge.

His parents, Doreen Onditi and Evans Onditi (deceased) were both schoolteachers. Jua Cali grew up with a strict Catholic upbringing in California Estate to the east of Nairobi city. He began rapping at age 10, encouraged by his elder brother Christopher Sati. He was known as an introverted teenager who was often quiet, hardly ever socializing.

Education Background

Student at  Kenya Christian Industrial Training Institute (K.C.I.T.I) Eastleigh, diploma in Information Technology.

Secondary school student at Jamuhuri High School

Primary school student at Shepherds Junior Buruburu (Standards 6 to 8)

Primary school student at Ainsworth Primary School (Standards 1 to 6)

Jua Cali Music Career

He began rapping at age 10, encouraged by his elder brother Christopher Sati.

His earlier foray into music included singing in a band called ‘Sita Futi’. Sita Futi disbanded almost as soon as it was started but for Jua Cali and his close friend Jemmoh. The departing group members left to pursue careers outside music. Calif Records came into being after Jua Cali teamed up with childhood friend Clemo to form the record label that quickly became a hit factory, gaining prominence in the East Africa music scene with chart topping artists and music. Calif Records also invented the Genge genre of Kenyan hip hop. Jua Cali often cites his brother, Chris, and mother as his greatest influences in life.

Jua Cali
Jua Cali

His first recorded track was Ruka, released in 2001 and was followed by Nipe Asali in 2002. In 2004 He collaborated with Pilipili in track “Kamata Dame”. Like most Kenyan artists, it took several years before his first full album was released. His album “Juacali Sekta” reached the stores in 2006, containing mostly previously released singles.

His single Kwaheri (featuring Sainapei) was a major hit in Kenya in 2007. At the New Year’s Eve 2008/2009 he released a new album, Ngeli ya Genge. He has toured the US and other countries. In August 2007, he was among 100 most influential Kenyans as selected by The Standard newspaper.

Jua Cali Songs

  • Mwoto sana
  • Bidii Yangu
  • Karibu Nairobi
  • Ruka
  • Baba Yao
  • Tunnaona Mbali
  • Safsana
  • Kwaheri
  • Jiachilie
  • Si Siri
  • Kiasi
  • Khadijah
  • Vile Naskia
  • Kukachora
  • Nyundo
  • Nakuroga
  • Nipe Asali
  • Kuna Sheng

Jua Cali Nominations and Awards


2006 Chaguo La Teeniez Awards – nominated in three categories, but won none of them
2007 MTV Europe Music Awards – Best Africa Act
2007 MOBO Awards
2008 Tanzania Music Awards – Best East African Song (“Kwaheri”)
2008 MTV Africa Music Awards – Best Male


2006 Kisima Music Awards – Boomba Male
2007 Chaguo La Teeniez Awards (CHAT Awards) – Best Male & Celebrity of the Year
2007 Kisima Music Awards – Best Male Artist & Boomba Male.
2007 Pearl of Africa Music Awards (PAM Awards) – Best Male Artist (Kenya)
2008 Chaguo La Teeniez Awards – Favourite Male Artiste & Best Live Stage Performance & Best Collabo Song (“Kwaheri” with Sainapei).

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