There has been a long-running debate about the songs that are popular in Kenya at the moment, while some, like yours truly, find them enjoyable, others are quick to dismiss them as trashy.
In most cases, those who are opposed to the new local sound argue that the artists often sing about sex and as a result they are misleading youngsters.
I agree that they need to tone down their songs a bit. However, we shouldn’t be to quick to dismiss the new crop of as trashy Kenyan artists simply because of this.
Truth is, Kenyan music has never been bigger than it is right now. Even the early 2000s does not come any close thank to platforms such as YouTube.
Instead of rubbishing the new sound entirely, the skeptics should point out areas that the artists should work on.
Better still, they can identify a different genre that they resonate with and let those of us who enjoy the trashy Kenyan sound be.
We have come really far as a country, musically speaking, and we have the new-age artists to thank for the strides that we’ve made.
Gone are the days when local clubs, radio and TV stations would play one Nigerian song after the other and in my opinion that’s a huge win.
July 11, 2020