David Mathenge (born August 1, 1976), well known by his stage name Nameless, is an award-winning Kenya Afropop artist, songwriter, and architect. In August 2007, he was ranked among the list of 100 most influential Kenyans as selected by The Standard newspaper.
August 1, 1976
Musician | Songwriter | Architect
1999 – present
$1 million – $5 million
Early Life and Education
David Mathenge, also known as Nameless, was born on August 1, 1976, in Nairobi, Kenya. He went to Nairobi Primary School before joining Strathmore School in Nairobi for his secondary education. Nameless studied architecture at the University of Nairobi. However, he didn’t gain admission immediately after he finished secondary school.
Before he was admitted to the University of Nairobi, he started recording on the Ogopa Djs label, his family had shares in Ogopa Djs so this gave him a lot of chances.
Nameless had his breakthrough in 1999 through a star-search contest on Kenya’s urban music station 98.4 Capital FM when he won the contest with his original song “Megarider”, which was produced by Tedd Josiah. The song topped the charts for weeks.
David Mathenge collaborated with artists such as the late E-Sir on “Boomba Train,” and Amani on the regional hit “Ninanoki” in 2002, those songs broke Kenyan chart records by maintaining the number one position on the charts for nearly four months.
Nameless has been featured in a song with the Kansoul, ”Moto Wa Kuotea Mbali” which was widely accepted by his fans with a positive review.
In August 2007, Nameless was ranked among the list of 100 most influential Kenyans as selected by The Standard newspaper.
Nameless married Wahu kagwi in 2005, who is also a musician, and they are blessed with three children Tumiso Nyakio and Shiru.
- On Fire
- Seguimos en pie
- Pool of shit
- Obumbratio est in sanguine
- Locus amoenus
- 24 Yawa
- No One’s There
- Pah ft Darassa
- Coming Home
- Megarider by Nameless X Khaligraph Jones
- Your Lover
- Letigo ft Nyashinski
- Boomba Train
- Moto wa Kuotea Mbali
- Nasinzia Nikikuwaza
- African beauty
- Oh why
|2004||Kisima Music Awards||Best Boomba Pop Artist||Won|
|Kora Awards||Best African Group (Nameless & Mr. Lenny)||Nominated|
|2005||Tanzania Music Awards||Best East African Album (“On Fire”)||Nominated|
|2006||Pearl of Africa Music Awards (PAM Awards)||Best Male (Kenya)||Won|
|MTV Europe Music Awards||Best African Act||Nominated|
|Kisima Music Awards||Best Male Artist, Best Afro Fusion & Best Music Video (Sinzia)||Won|
|Channel O Music Video Awards||Best East African video (“Juju” featuring Mr. Lenny)||Nominated|
|2007||Tanzania Music Awards||Best East African Single (Sinzia)||Won|
|Channel O Music Video Awards||Best Male Video (“Sinzia”)||Won|
|2008||Pearl of Africa Music Awards||Best Kenyan Male Artist||Won|
|Kisima Music Awards||Male Artist of the Year & Best Video (“Salari”)||Won|
|2009||Tanzania Music Awards||Best East African Single (“Salari”)||Won|
|MTV Africa Music Awards||Best Performer||Nominated|
|MTV Africa Music Awards||Best Male & Listener’s Choice||Won|
Nameless Net Worth
Nameless is one of the legends in Kenya’s music industry, his net worth is estimated to be $1 million – $5 million.
Social Media Handle
- Instagram @namelesskenya
- Twitter @mathenge1