What do you know about Hardstone and his music in Kenya? He is one those unkown musicians but prominent on the international level. Save for the kikuyu songs, all his other songs are played throught east Africa.
Hardstone (real name Mbaruku Harrison Ngunjiri Maina, born August 17, 1977) is a Kenyan musician.
His music is a mixture of ragga, reggae and hiphop. He sings in English, Swahili and Kikuyu languages.
He is a pioneer urban style artist in Kenya and topped the Kenyan music scene for a while in the late 90's.
He emerged in 1997 with popular hit "Uhiki" and an album named "Nuting but de Stone", produced by Tedd Josiah of Sync Sound Studios and released internationally by German-based Kelele Records.
Guest artist on the album were Fiona Mungai (of Shadz O'blak) and Eric Wainaina.
The album contained two versions of he Uhiki his, original and Pinye's remix.
The latter version contains samples of Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye.
At the 1997 Kisima Music Awards, Hardstone won the "Best new artist of the year" category.
He recorded a second album known as "Ziwe Nkulu", but it was left unreleased while he moved to the United States in 1998.
He left Kenya to enhance his career, In 2003 he released another album "Hardstory".
The song "Uhiki (Pinye's remix)" was also on "African Groove" compilation released by Putumayo World Music in 2003.
In 2008 he recorded Stone Republic 12 tracks on Vigintillion Records.
Featuring the music of Hardstone, the Godfather of Kenyan Hip Hop, with producers include Edward "Eddie Hands" Rollins, and Paul "Arkitekt" Himmel.
In 2010, Hardstone created "Stone Island Entertainment" an Independent Record Label. His new album project.