If you are keen, I’m sure you’ve noticed that Nigerian music is not as popular in Kenya as was the case a few years ago.
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.
The focus has really shifted to local musicians, especially the new-age artist so much so that you could say that they helped in killing Nigerian music.
You see, the game really changed the day “Lamba Lolo” hitmakers Ethic appeared on the music scene more than one year ago.
In as much as the song was vulgar, many Kenyans couldn’t help but appreciate the fact that their style was different. It was out of the norm.
To add to that, it was very appealing and danceable (is this even a word?). Put simply, it was the kind of music that you could bump in the club.
Sooner or later, more individuals or groups whose style was similar to Ethic emerged and before we knew it, most local clubs, radio and TV stations were playing their music back to back.
What I love most about the Kenyan music revolution is that the new-age artists are restless which means that unlike their predecessors, they are always in studio. As such, they are releasing hits back to back!
Kudos to Sailors Gang, Boondocks Gang, Ethic, Ochunglo Family, Rico Gang, Fat Boy Gwash, Zzero Sufuri etc.
I can only hope that one day we’ll get rid of Tanzanian music like we did with Nigerian music!
Comme ci, comme ça
December 6, 2019