Sometimes, I’m worried that the new Kenyan sound is just a wave i.e. it will not last for a long time, say 5 or 10 years. I can bet on this.
You see, Kenyans are very peculiar people. The might really be into something today but won’t want to hear about it tomorrow. Put simply, we live in the moment.
The way I see it, it’s only a matter of time before we outgrow the kind of music that’s popular in the country right now.
Truth is, what the new crop of Kenyan musicians are singing about is not any different from what Nonini was doing in the early 2000s but is he relevant today?
Now that they have everyone’s attention, new-age musicians sit down and should look for ways of sustaining the hype because let’s be honest, it will eventually die.
Look at it like this, if someone shouts “Wamlambez” next year will you reply or stare at them as if they are crazy? I think the latter is right.
Better still, will you still be listening to the likes of Lamba Lolo, Pekejeng, Rieng etc.?
Established artists who were phased out by the new age musicians are also not sitting pretty, I’m sure they are also looking for ways of reclaiming their fan bases.
I’m not saying that new-age musicians should make more sensible music, far from it. All I know is that they need to act quick! Enough said.
June 18, 2021