I don’t know about you but I strongly feel like Gengetone is making a comeback and to be honest the second wave is perhaps stronger than the first one.
I know you think I’m saying this because pubs and bars, which largely propelled the first wave, are now open after President Uhuru’s announcement on September 28 but that is not it.
Although to be honest, it has something to do with it because COVID-19 almost killed Gengetone but there are many other reasons.
I feel at the moment Kenyans are vibing to a different kind of Gengetone and that is why referred to it as the second wave.
Initially, most Gengetone artists were just glorifying sex and talking about women’s genitals but if you are keen I am sure you have noticed that it has changed so much.
For instance, Mbogi Genje – the group that is made up of Guzman Teddy, Smady Tings and Miltan – chose a different path from the very beginning.
They chose not to talk about risque things but use difficult Sheng words that most of us did not understand and that is what set them apart.
They are perhaps the biggest beneficiaries of the COVID-19 period because as their counterparts received a lot of backlash and suffered the effects of the pandemic, they grew in popularity.
So now, they are the face of the second face of the Gengetone wave so much so that other artists are trying to use the unique style of using hard Sheng words to impress Kenyans but they can’t.
The Gengetone artists who ruled the airwaves like Boondocks Gang, Rico Gang, Ethic, Ochunglo Family, Wakali Wao etc. have also had to move away from dirty songs which is what gave them fans.
Although everyone else looks overshadowed by Mbogi Genje I am sure it’s only a matter of time before they figure it out. Anyway, Ill leave you with this, guslin tispu ni ya kibla, kanairo govana ni mjamo.