Kenyan Music has grown in leaps and bound in the last two years 2016-2017, but if you haven’t been paying attention you’ll easily miss it. While the general public perception has not changed and we are always been played Naija, bongo or American music in our clubs, there have been a force brewing beneath all this hullabaloo.
If you have been following trends you know that back in 2014 it would take one year for a Kenyan song to get to a Million Views on YouTube, today WILLY PAUL & ALAINE New song – I DO hit a Million views in 15 days, Khaligraph Jones aka Papa Jones got his Mili on a few months too, Mungu pekee in several months and the list keeps growing every day.
Why? Because the industry is growing, video and audio quality has greatly improved, Musicians now know how to market their music they are leapfrogging the traditional media, and they are doing a good job at it, that’s why half of the content on Larry Madowo’s the trend show is about Local Music.
To add a little context on how things have changed, the first concert I attended was back in 2009-Sepetuka- and the sole reason I did was because of the line-up but mostly because Nonini was performing, at that period he was on fire and so was the Event. The event was built on the foundation of local music and used to pull crowd of over 10,000 attendees.Today Music concerts rarely clocks half of that unless it’s been sponsored by Safaricom,It’s a shame. But, I can see that changing going by the quality of music currently being produced and the advent of technology age, listeners now that we are able to dictate what we want by actions.
With the help of a few friend we came up with a list of the top 10 Kenyan music from 2016 to now, the list is based on purely Kenyan collaborations and of course our personal opinions so be easy on us if your favorite didn’t make the cut.
Our Top 10 Kenyan songs
Kama Kawaida – , Kagwe Mungai,Mayonde, Fena and MDQ
Gudi Gudi – Everlast, Naiboi, Kristoff
Mungu Pekee – Nyashinski
Kuliko Jana – Sauti sol and RedFourth Chorus (Upper Hill school)
Bablas – The Kansoul
Micasa Sucasa – Khaligraph Jones & Cashy
Nairobi – Mayonde
Bazokizo – Collo and Bruz Newton
I live for you – Adwanage
Sema Ng’we – Fena
As Khaligraphs will say, when you start getting recognition from Cats in The UK , you are doing something right. S/O to the Ubunifu Space for showing love to our own.
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