In East Africa, the Kenyan music scene is the most competitive and diverse. In the list of the latest Kenyan songs, you are more likely to hear hip-hop songs, Afropop sounds, and sometimes, alternative genres of music. If these new releases are anything to go by, then might turn out to be another great year for the local music enthusiast.
From danceable beats and new dance moves to catchy lyrics that you will enjoy to sing along to, the new songs will leave you yearning for more. Last year, there was a great revival as far as the music scene is concerned. The invention of Gengetone and the formation of Sol Generation were some of the key highlights as far as Kenyan music is concerned. This year is a continuation of the progress the local music scene made last year —but it promises to be better.
After the success of her first song with Baraka Jacuzzi, Tanasha is back with another song. In this project, she worked with S2Kizzy from Tanzania. Tanasha, in La Vie, features one of the best Tanzanian vocalists — Mbosso. The two joined forces to deliver a masterpiece that is easily one of the best songs in East Africa, so far. Interestingly, the song is a combination of three languages, namely English, Swahili, and French. Sonona is a love song by Susumila featuring Mbosso. Mombasa-based artist, Susumila, has a penchant for working with Tanzanian artists and has collaborated some popular acts such as Lavalava before.
Mbosso, seems to have been the perfect choice for this hit due to his melodious vocals that seem to blend perfectly with any beat. Sonona is a masterpiece because of its flawless production and more importantly, the vocal abilities of the two artists.
This project is also a perfect reinvention of Susumila after not releasing projects in years. Otile Brown has been one of the most consistent Kenyan artists in the recent past. The song "the way you are" is a perfect way to start In this project, Otile took a different direction as far as his approach to music is concerned. He praises all dark-skinned girls in his Swahili melodies. Over the last ten years, Khaligraph has been the most visible Kenyan hip-hop artist at the global scene.
This song is a response to one of the nominees in that category who said Khaligraph did not deserve the award. Kibe, Xtian Dela, and Kamene have been the most vocal radio personalities in promoting the new Kenyan sound. Nyoka Ya Shaba is their contribution to the Gengetone sound. In this project, they managed to bring both veterans — such as Kristoff and Juacali — and new artists such as Extray in one song.
This song by Dogo Charlie was a perfect January song to many Kenyan. His choice to make a parody of Extravaganza by Sol Generation was one of the reasons why the song is one of the most loved songs in Kenya in Last year, King Kaka released Wajinga Nyinyi, a critical spoken word project that took us back to his poetic roots. The song was aimed at the local political leaders and it was rightfully one of the most listened to songs of the year.
Kesi was a surprise to many people in different ways. Although King Kaka continues to be vocal on Twitter on the need to change politically, most fans expected another politically conscious project. This song is part of his upcoming mixtape — The King Mixtape. After recording street anthems, Sailors are back with another unique and experimental project. In this song, they worked with one of the fastest rising Kenyan vocalists — Nadia Mukami.
Sailors are arguably the most versatile Gengetone group, thanks to their abilities to sing and fit in different music genres. Magix Enga is a respected Gengetone producer, and this song is a perfect example of his versatility. After a heated debate on the future of Gengetone, "Banana" is a perfect illustration that the music genre is reinventing itself.
Arrow Bwoy gives this song a different direction, and his vocal abilities were unmatched. Zzero Sufuri is one of the most unpredictable Gengetone artists in Kenya. After his Christmas song — which was funny and catchy — he is back with another project. MagodeChoke has a similar theme to "Zimenishika," one of the top Kenyan hits, but with better production.
The Nairobi-based artist also has a growing following, both in Nairobi and other parts of the country. One of the key highlights of the Kenyan music scene was the birth of Sol Generation. The music label, which is the brainchild of Sauti Sol, has redefined the Kenyan Afropop. Muigai Njoroge is a vocal vernacular artist in Kenya, as far as political messaging is concerned. In this song, which rightfully features as one of the top Kenyan hits in , he references the current political landscape to the colonial approach to treating people.
Currently, the song has over , views in just two weeks. Boondocks Gang was one of the most successful music groups in Together with other groups such as Ethics, they managed to curate a new Kenyan sound. Unlike Sailors that have decided to experiment with different beats and sounds, Boondocks Gang has remained true to Gengetone. This couldn't miss in our list of the latest songs in Kenya. Late last year, photos emerged of him doing a traditional wedding with his long-time girlfriend.
His friend and producer, Cedo, co-wrote the new Kenyan music. The video, which was shot in South Africa, had beautiful visuals and therefore becoming one of the best videos by a Kenyan artist. Kenyan hip-hop artist, Octopizzo, features the face of the new Kenyan music, Sailors group in this new song. In the past decade, Octopizzo has done less than five collaborations with Kenyan artists. This project was ideal for the new Kenyan group on their rebranding journey. Over the past five years, Fena has been one of the most consistent female artists in Kenya.
Her delivery makes this one of the top Kenyan songs you should listen to this year. Timmy Tdat has is known for some of the best hooks in the Kenyan music scene.
His latest single is a perfect illustration that he is still one of the best Kenyan artists. In this project, he worked with Gunter, who has a different but exciting approach to music. In the previous song, Mr. The couple took a different approach in this project to sing about their child — Gold Kristen. Although the video is not one of the most expensive in this list, the execution was unmatched. Kosi by Guardian Angel is a must-listen-to song by one of the most renowned gospel artists in Kenya. Guardian Angel has been consistent in his writing and producing Bible-inspired songs.
KOSI is part of his journey of encouraging and ministering through his music. Samidoh is, without a doubt, among the most prominent benga artists in Kenya. In this vernacular track, Samidoh features local comedian, Henry Desagu. So far, the song is well on course for , views on YouTube. There are great songs out there that would deserve a spot too. As more songs are released, this list is bound to change. However, if there is any takeaway point from the latest Kenyan music is that the local scene is regaining the vibrancy that characterised its popularity decades ago.
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