Bamboo

Bamboo

 Kennesaw, Georgia, USA
BandHip Hop

Bamboo is a breath of fresh air in an overpopulated watered down hiphop/r&b pop industry. A mixture of Kool G Rap and Akon rolled into one artist. Easy listening for fans of almost any genre. Positive HipHop is on the rise and Bamboo is one of the best at it. But don't take my word for it. Listen.

Biography


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Biography

Simon Kimani aka Bamboo aka Africa’s Hip-Hop King is the first African Rapper to create serious waves in the US music industry. Born in Nairobi Kenya, Bamboo moved to the notorious Inglewood neighborhood in California when he was a young child. By the age of 15 he was rapping in the streets of LA impressing his friends with his style and flow.

At the age of 17 his parents knew they had no choice but to send their son back to East Africa or he would end up like the rest of his childhood friends…dead or in the state penitentiary. Bamboo was immediately sent to a strict boarding school in the Kenyan capital, and the violent and dangerous streets of Los Angeles, California became a memory.

Bamboo’s passion for the music that influenced his formative years remained strong and by 19 he was entering regional rap competitions at top clubs in the Kenyan capital. His personal style, flow and lyrical content created a buzz in the growing underground Hip-Hop movement and young people from all the townships around the capital would pack clubs to capacity to watch him perform.

Bamboo was spotted by local recording studio executives who were blown away with his talent, and before long he had a recording deal producing his first album ‘Nairoberry’ in 2001. The album sold-out within weeks and endorsement deals soon followed as corporations saw the marketing value that Bamboo could bring to their products in the region.

Within months Bamboo had major endorsements in the region. Kenyan Brewery’s signed Bamboo to promote new products as part of their Television campaign and Coca-Cola signed Bamboo to promote their products during an aggressive radio campaign, using his music, lyrics, style and sound. These corporate endorsements were broadcast in the top three markets in the region, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Bamboo’s music video’s were on heavy rotation on regional networks such as Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC), Nation Television,KTN Kenya Television Network and Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation (KBC). KBC regularly featured Bamboo as a guest performer on their popular daily Hip Hop show ‘Rap’em’ and when he could not perform they played his music video’s.

In 2005 sponsored by Chandaria Industries, Kenya’s largest supplier of household goods, Bamboo began an intensive tour of Kenya performing a total of 185 shows in 4 months. At the end of this tour Bamboo was a household name in the region and was proclaimed Africa’s first King of Hip Hop.

Since moving back to the US earlier this year, Bamboo has already created a buzz featuring in showcases across the country and headlining in shows in New York, Washington DC, Texas and California. He has also featured in New York based Industry publications and is the star of the award winning Hip Hop Documentary Film ‘Hip Hop Colony’, and his song “Compe” is featured in the Hollywood movie ‘Primeval’.

Bamboo’s success to date has produced a total of four albums including the wildly successful ‘Nairoberry’ in 2001 and ‘Nairobism’, in 2002 both albums are considered African Hip Hop classics. His success has lead to tours in key European markets and airplay in France, Belgium, Holland and the UK.

Bamboo was first inspired from the music he heard and the life he lead in America and he is keen for the US markets to hear his music and understand that this King of African Hip Hop is the genuine voice of the new international Positive Hip Hop generation.

Lyrics

Wonder

Written By: Timsimon "Bamboo" Kimani

"I see the ghetto
I see the mansions
I see the poor ones in between
and I wonder
I see the leaders I see the people
I see the puppets in between
and I wonder
Let truth arise, and lies will fall,
if youth are wise, they'll heed the call
I hear their cries, I see them all
open your eyes,or you will fall
and wonder.

V1
Who am I?
I'm an mc. Who really aint afraid of just being me/
everybody preoccupied with being G/
I'm really preoccupied with being free/
rappers thinkin bout mass appeal/
got the people running on a hamster's wheel
now look around you
the meek shall inherit the earth
but all the greedy banks want a piece of it 1st
the controversy,
the dollar says in God we trust/
but they aint talkin bout the God who created us/
they're talkin bout the glamour,
they're talkin bout the gold,
they're talkin bout things in exchange for souls
but can you see it?
I see a hell a lies televized
devilish enterprise and i realize
the media's got everybody energized
its really a scam and so I'm tellin guys

Hook
"I see the ghetto
I see the mansions
I see the poor ones in between
and I wonder
I see the leaders I see the people
I see the puppets in between
and I wonder
Let truth arise, and lies will fall,
if youth are wise, they'll heed the call
I hear their cries, I see them all
open your eyes,or you will fall
and wonder.

V2
Now while sex drugs and money captures their souls
hiphops' the brand new rock&roll and if you rap about God
DJ's aint playin it/
but I don't care I'm still sayin it
they blinded by the glare of the gold chain
sick lyrics brainwash ya whole brain
dark spirits all up in they membrane
start doin things that are insane/
Ross and Jay-Z said I gotta move weight
for me to get food up on a dude plate
now I'm in prison chillin, no release date/
how come they could'nt rap about my fate
I'm lookin up to God, why is life so hard?
Hollywoods a facade, lets even up the odds/
I'm lookin up to God why is life so hard
Hollywoods a facade lets even up the odds

Hook
"I see the ghetto
I see the mansions
I see the poor ones in between
and I wonder
I see the leaders I see the people
I see the puppets in between
and I wonder
Let truth arise, and lies will fall,
if youth are wise, they'll heed the call
I hear their cries, I see them all
open your eyes,or you will fall
and wonder.

V3
People put they trust in credit cards and visas
instead of puttin they're trust in Jesus
I watched as the wallstreet CEOs' got,
rich on the back of ya moms and ya pops
then they go cop, nice cars and yachts
looks like a plot to get you for your gwap
but really its ya soul
they send you where its hot
like flames in a pot
with chains in a hell
a place where you rot,
but people can't tell,
I expose the plot before they get you cought
I pray for you not, to end up gettin shot
or killed in an accident when you could've stopped
this lifestyle you livin, you could've been forgiven
true knowledge is hidden almost forbidden
but He can set you free/
ay homey look at me/
now open up ya eyes, aaaaaah
can you see?

Hook
"I see the ghetto
I see the mansions
I see the poor ones in between
and I wonder
I see the leaders I see the people
I see the puppets in between
and I wonder
Let truth arise, and lies will fall,
if youth are wise, they'll heed the call
I hear their cries, I see them all
open your eyes,or you will fall
and wonder.

Discography

Bamboo's first album ‘Nairoberry’ (released in 2001). The album sold thousands of copies within weeks and endorsement deals soon followed as corporations saw the marketing value that Bamboo could bring to their products in the region.

Within months Bamboo had major endorsements in the region. Kenyan Brewery’s signed Bamboo to promote new products as part of their Television campaign and Coca-Cola signed Bamboo to promote their products during an aggressive radio campaign, using his music, lyrics, style and sound. These corporate endorsements were broadcast in the top three markets in the region, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Bamboo’s music video’s were on heavy rotation on regional networks such as Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC), Nation Television and Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation (KBC). KBC regularly featured Bamboo as a guest performer on their popular daily Hip Hop show ‘Rap’em’ and they played his music video’s on heavy rotation.

In 2005 sponsored by Chandaria Industries, Kenya’s largest supplier of household goods, Bamboo began an intensive tour of Kenya performing a totally of 185 shows in 4 months. At the end of this tour Bamboo was a household name in the region and was proclaimed Africa’s first King of Hip Hop.

Since moving back to the US earlier this year, Bamboo has already created a buzz featuring in showcases across the country and headlining in shows in New York, Washington, Texas and California. He has also featured in New York based Industry publications and is the star of the award winning Hip Hop Documentary Film ‘Hip Hop Colony’, and his song “Compe” is featured in the Hollywood movie ‘Primeval’. Check out www.hiphopcolony.com

Bamboo’s success to date has produced a total of four albums including the wildly successful ‘Nairoberry’ in 2001 and ‘Nairobism’, in 2002 both albums are considered African Hip Hop classics.
The album "theGrazz Company" was released in 2003 and his success has lead to tours in key European markets and toured for the entire year recieving airplay in France, Belgium, Holland and the UK's BBC 1xtra hosted by DJ Edu.
In 2004 Bamboo founded Project254 Records with Tim Waindi and Malimo Andega (Attitude the dude)
In 2005 Bamboo released "Travel Documents" a mixtape, in the Atlanta Georgia area featuring Attitude the dude and songstress Mercy Myra that led to further collaborations with countless upcoming artists and producers as well as tours.
In 2006 Bamboo recorded and released Rumble in the Jungle a mixtape named after the Heavyweight boxing champ Muhammad Ali's winning fight in Congo Zaire against George Forman.
Bamboo has been touring as well as hosting parties, bulding networks in the Atlanta area as well as working with major producers for their upcoming artists.
In 2011 Bamboo released the mixtape "Therealbamboo" to create anticipation for the album ofthe same name.
Bamboo is a songwriter and is currently one of the few songwriters tapped to submit songs for Akon's new album "Stadium" set for release this year (2012 Konvict Music/SRC).
Bamboo also worked on Kalina's (of Diddy Dirtymoney fame) new mixtape set for release this year.
Bamboo is currently working on his highly anticipated new album entiteled "TheRealBamboo" also slated for release this year.