Ali Kiba Biography: Age, Early Life, Marriage, Career, Awards & Nominations, Controversy, Brand Endorsements, Net Worth

One of Tanzania's biggest stars.

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This Tanzanian singer, songwriter and heartthrob, Ali Kiba is one of the most liked personalities in the country and he holds a portfolio of really scintillating RnB songs that make the ladies swoon. But that's not all he is...

Ali Saleh Kiba is one of the biggest music stars in Africa. He is a public figure whose popularity is increasing day by day. 

Ali Kiba Age

Born on 26th November 1986 in Tanzania, Ali Saleh Kiba better known now, as Ali Kiba. He is 34 years old.

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Ali Kiba Early Life

Kiba was very fond of music and the arts as a child. He remembers always singing and dancing along with his friends and taking part in the annual talent shows while he was in school.

Soon after his final year in high school in 2004, he took to being a musician and a songwriter very quickly and seriously and Kiba went on to compose his career’s first song named Maria which was well received.

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Ali Kiba Marriage

The heartthrob tied the knot with his long time sweetheart Amina Khalef.

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Amina has been rumoured to be quite possessive about the Tanzanian star as she can’t tolerate any other women near his husband. Both of them have broken up several times prior to their engagement and it was Ali Kiba’s mother who acted as cupid and urged them to tie the knot. They had been dating since 2016 and finally made it official in a grand way.

The tourism minister Dr Hamis Kigwangalla also declared that he would pay for their honeymoon trip. He said: β€œCongratulations Ali Kiba and your wife for your marriage…I will give you guys an offer, find any tourism attraction site that pleases you both for your honeymoon and I will foot all the expenses for the trip.”

The couple also has a son, Keyaan, whom they love so much.

Ali Kiba Career

Kiba began to work on his career’s first album around the year, 2005. His song Mwana was a massive hit and it garnered great reviews from both the critics and his fans.

In 2009, Ali Kiba tried his hand in modelling and became the face of many brands. Through this time, Kiba never left music alone.

In 2010, He was able to crack a mega-deal with One8, which offered him a chance to be able to share the stage with the US singer/songwriter, R Kelly. He also got to work with 7 other musicians all across Africa during that year.
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In the following year, Kiba said that the experience of working with the star, R Kelly, helped him a lot in how to manoeuvre in his career. Ali Kiba soon released the single, Dushelele which he had also co-produced. After the latest success of the single, he released another hit song, Single Boy/Single Girl featuring the  Tanzanian singer Lady Jaydee and the song goes on to annihilate the competition in this genre.

After 2014, he released several songs, catapulting him for more success and awards for his work.

In 2020, he released the single Mediocre which soon after was trending at number 1 on YouTube.

Kiba went on to pursue acting and took up acting lessons and then tried his hand at scriptwriting for movies.  

The Bongo Flava star is also a soccer player for the Tanzanian Premier League and made his debut playing as part of the team, playing against Mbeya City. But after having played for a season, Kiba refused the offer to play soccer in the Ugandan team in order to develop his career in the music industry. He decided to give more attention to singing and composing rather than playing football. 

Ali Kiba Awards & Nominations

With such an impressive career and the name that he's created for himself in the music industry, it's safe to say Ali Kiba is the man he says he is. 

He's received so much recognition for his work over the years and here's a list of his awards and nominations: 

2012 – Best Zouk/Rhumba Song at the Tanzania Music Awards (Won)
2012 – Best Collaboration β€˜Nai Nai’ at the Tanzania Music Awards (Won)
2014 – Best Colaboration β€˜Kidela’ at the Tanzania Music Awards (Nominated)
2015 – Best Male Artist at the Tanzania Music Awards (Won)
2015 – Best Male Performer at the Tanzania Music Awards (Won)
2015 – Song Writer of the Year at the Tanzania Music Awards (Won)
2015 – Song of the Year β€˜Mwana’ at the Tanzania Music Awards (Won)
2015 – Video of the Year β€˜Mwana’ at the Tanzania Music Awards (Nominated)
2015 – Afro Pop Song of the Year at the Tanzania Music Awards (Won)
2015 - Best Collaboration β€˜Kibongo Yangu’ at the Tanzania Music Awards (Won)
2016 – Best African RnB Video at the Watsup Music Awards (Won)
2016 – Best East African Video at the Watsup Music Awards (Won)
2016 – Best African Act at the BEFFTA Awards (Won)
2016 – Best Video of the Year at the BEFFTA Awards (Won)
2016 – Best International Act:Africa at the MTV Europe Music Awards (Won)
2016 – Favourite Artist at the NAFCAwards (Won)
2016 – Favourite Song β€˜Mwana’ at the NAFCAwards (Won)
2016 – Best Male Artist at the East Africa TV Awards (Won)
2016 – Song of the Year at the East Africa TV Awards (Won)
2016 – Video of the Year at the East Africa TV Awards (Won)
2016 – Most Stylish Artiste East Africa at the ASFA Awards Uganda (Won)
2016 – Most Fashionable Music Video Africa at the ASFA Awards Uganda (Won)
2016 – Video of the Year at the Soundcity Awards (Won)
2016 – Top Trending Song at the TZ INSTA Awards (Won)
2016 – Best Celebrity Player at the Best Celebrity Player Awards Uganda (Won)
2016 - Best Male Artist at the WANNA Music Awards (Nominated)
2016 – Best Collabo on β€˜Aje’ at the WANNA Music Awards (Nominated)
2016 – People’s Choice at the WANNA Music Awards (Won)
2019 – Best Live Act at the AFRIMA Awards (Won)

Ali Kiba Controversy

Fans of Ali Kiba were shocked to hear Kiba's secrets unfold into the public sphere.

The star has four baby mamas and they rarely create a stir over the social media and for the most part, keep to themselves. But an Instagram post by an unnamed person indicates that a lady named Hadija said that Ali had never paid anything for the upbringing of their daughter since the month of her birth.

Also, the rift between the Ali and Diamond Platnumz took a horrible turn soon after the release of Platnumz’s song, Fresh. In the song, Diamond Platnumz urges the people of the country to just stop comparing them as they are on two different levels.

After the release of that song, Ali Kiba and Queen Darleen, Diamond Platnumz sister, used to be very good friends and had done many collabos together but both disconnected after that feud.

In the year 2016, Ali Kiba confessed in an interview with Planet Bongo, that he really misses Darleen and he would love to work with her again.

Also read: Video Ya Diamond Kukataliwa Na Mashabiki Mbele Ya Ali Kiba Inachochea Mijadala mitandaoni

Ali Kiba Brand Endorsement

He was endorsed by the mobile telephony brand Airtel Africa alongside the Billboard Most Influential Global R&B Artist of the past 25 years R Kelly and other African artists like 2baba from Nigeria. 

He signed an amazing deal with Sony Music and was honoured by Mr Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, the Tanzanian president, for his precious contribution to Tanzanian arts, music, and culture-  looks like that's a sign for more to come from the star.

Ali Kiba Net Worth

It has been reported that Ali Kiba is worth $5 million. However, that figure has not been confirmed as Ali Kiba likes to keep a number of things about his personal private. 

Ali Kiba is set to do great things in his career and he's definitely proved that he's a force to be reckoned with.

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