David Mathenge was born in August, 1976. His stage name is Nameless plus he is a popular R & B
musical artist who rose to fame after a star-search in 1999 when he won a contest on Kenya’s Urban Music Station, 98.4 Capital FM.
He won the competition with his song “Megarider” which was about a penniless young man who tried to woo a young female but only had enough cash for Kenya Bus tickets and not able to fulfil her dreams of a high-flying lifestyle.
History of Mathenge and how it influenced his music career:
David Mathenge was educated at Strathmore School. Not only is Nameless a talented musician but is an Architecture graduate from the University of Nairobi.
He married Ogopa DJ’s label mate, Whu Kagwi and they have two lovely daughters, Tumiso who was born in 2006 and Nyakio who was born in 2013.
- After winning the competition at 98.4 Capital FM Radio, Nameless recorded a track with producer Tedd Josiah which shot him to fame and is perhaps the pinnacle turning point of his musical career.
- He then went on to signing up with Ogopa DJ’s Label in 2001 collaborating with artists such as the late and great E-Sir on ‘Boomba Train” as well as Mamani of the local hit “Ninanoki” in 2002.
- Ninanoki broke Kenyan chart records and stood at number one for four months.
- Nameless boasts having toured East Africa, the US and the UK.
- In 2004, his debut album, “On Fire”, was released.
- South African pop group Jamali's acclaimed song "Maisha" was the subject of much controversy with allegations that Jamali had appropriated the song from Nameless. The disagreement was settled when Jamali released their CD/DVD of “Yours Fatally” and accredited Nameless as one of the writers of "Maisha".
- In August 2007 Nameless appeared on the list of 100 most influential Kenyans designated by“The Standard”
For Nameless the world’s his oyster with a new album soon to be launched and a tour of Europe on the cards.