‘I broke down when I learnt that E-sir was dead’ – Nameless recounts

Nameless has been in the music industry for over 20 years now and yes, we cannot deny that he is surely an icon today.

He began his journey with the late E-sir though death took him away at a very young age.

It is more than a decade that Kenya’s fastest rising artists Issah Mmmari aka E-Sir, lost his life in a tragic road accident on March 16, 2003. He was on his way back to Nairobi from a concert at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru town, to help promote his debut album whose songs remain club bangers to-date. E-sir was an inspiration and a mentor to many and for that matter, the image of an evolving youth urban music culture.

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He had done some collaborations with Nameless which includes Bumba, which will forever be in our history.


Well, Nameless recounted memories with his musical twin whom they had started ruling the airwaves with back then.

“I met E-sir in a splash after he had joined Ogopa and we became friends. We would do shows together and later sit down and talk about how the show was.

We would commute in a mathree, some people would hate and he would hear guys hating on our music style because of doing music differently, and he would later come and tell me, yoh these people are hating so much let’s come together and become  a power house.

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That is how Bumba and Maisha was born. Bumba worked well for us and till today, that has become my pillar and it always gives me energy to move on in my shows because it talks about what we used to talked about, the struggles and how we wanted to overcome these struggles.

When we started touring with E-sir, I was big in the music industry and so I always made sure that I was the one who fungaas the show to maintain the audience. He would start and I would finish the show then I would call him back to do Bumba.

Our last show with E-sir, we were in Nakuru. E-sir used to study the market so fast and adjust his writing.

I remember after some shows, he had become big and now he was the one who would even funga the show, that day he fungaad the show, and I came later to do Bumba.” Nameless narrated.


He talked about the accident;

“I did nor know from the time I was taken to hospital when it all happened , I was told he is in a different hospital. i had no phone.

My bro came from Nairobi, I asked everyone and no one told me, my brother is the one who told me “E-sir didn’t make it”, it did not sink in like you know you were with someone and then you are told they are no more, it could not sink in. I changed and entered in a car but when in, is when Bumba was played and I remember this is when I broke down and this is when it sank in. I cried and as I was hearing his song playing I felt like he was talking to me.

Moving on without him was hard for some moment, my wife always tells me that something in me changed. It took me back and I remember going to perform a song in his remembrance. I remember when performing, I still had an injury but getting on stage and the love I felt for E-sir just made me say that despite him going I had to keep the fire going.”


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