Artist Spotlight: Bridget Blue, fast-rising songbird with a golden voice

I have always been a fan of Bridget Blue but to be honest, it was not until a few days ago while she was performing at the live concert that was organized by Decimal Records when it hit me that she is such a great vocalist.

Also read: Why it’s tough being a female musician in Kenya

The sad truth is that many artists use auto tune in their songs and you can never tell what they really sound like until you hear them performing during a live concert and in most cases, they do not live up to expectations.

Bridget Blue

But that isn’t the case with Bridget Blue. The sassy singer who is signed to Kaka Empire sounds so nice in person and after listening to her live performance, I am convinced that she is the best female vocalist in the country.

You might think I’m exaggerating but believe you me, she sounds really angelic and I do not think it’s something that you can tell if you listen to her recorded songs. Well, you kind of can but they don’t come close to listening to her live.

Bridget Blue

Bridget Blue has the potential to become the biggest female artist not only in Kenya but in the whole continent. With the right team behind her, this should be a walk in the park because she is a natural.

I believe she’s going places and maybe, just maybe she might be the first Kenyan artist to bag a Grammy because why not? Enough said.

Watch her latest single dubbed Drug here and tell us what you think.

Kenyan artists are mining gold hosting live shows, and not stopping even after the pandemic

Hollywood star Idris Elba proved his prowess away from the screen to host an electric live show tagged Africa Day Benefit Concert @ Home in celebration of Africa Day, on 25th May 2020. The concert was break from the normal, thanks to changing times occasioned by the global Covid-19 pandemic.

The exclusively African show was awash with a stellar cast of regional celebrities to make the online concert a digital musical talent footprint. In normal times, this cast would have graced the red carpet in the characteristic VIP treatment vibe, but well, times change.

Idris Elba had a terrific time hosting stars Bebe Cool, Yemi Alade, Sauti Sol, Burna Bwoy amongst others. Also making an appearance was South African stand-up comedian and TV host, Trevor Noah.

Closer home, Kenyan stars have had to re-package their brands to remain relevant in the dynamic industry. In the earlier times physical shows and concerts would give an artist instant feedback from their fans, but would be a handicap of sorts – their fan base would be restricted. Only the artists familiar with their work would be available.

A live, online show has a greater reach. An artist easily interests and captures followers beyond their normal fan base. This is great, especially post-pandemic with promise of sold out shows inclusive of the new following achieved in live YouTube and IG shows.

In Kenya, it’s hard to credit the most memorable live show. The list is impressive. They have had to learn on the job – there’s no handbook to learn from!

Music fans have been treated to the One Day Concert, by the eclectic performing artist Juliani. This show had a striking ‘Fight Inequality – Fight Covid-19’ theme. Another regular concert that took refuge online is the iconic Koroga Festival on Sunday 24th, which featured artists Zzero Sufuri and the Boondock’s Gang, live.

Yemi Alade
Yemi Alade

The perennial star Nyashinski has made a mark with his IG show. The Decimal Chronicles concert tagged the ‘Curfew Edition’ was lit, notably songstress Bridget Blue kicking it off with her single, Cheza.

Naiboi has teamed up with Avril, and H_Art the Band live on diverse dates and kept their followers on their toes. With such talent and vigor seen with Naiboi, the energy seeps right through the digital barriers.

Besides the music stars, celebrated mix-master DJ Bash became the first Kenyan entertainer to do a 24-hr live IG show. That’s previously unseen on these shores – uninterrupted, sizzling performance.

In this industry, things and trends change in an instant. Regardless of how things get after the global pandemic is brought under control, the live shows by our artists will be to stay. They’ve timely uncovered a hitherto-ignored digital gold mine, and its infinite possibilities.

Nadia Mukami Vs Bridget Blue Vs Trina Mungai: Who is the best new female artist?

Several female musicians have emerged in the local music industry over the last few years and quite a number are really talented.

We picked three whose music is being played on heavy rotation on local and radio TV stations because we’d like to find out who among them is the best of the best.

The three are Nadia Mukami, Bridget Blue and Trina Mungai.

Nadia Mukami

Most people came to know about her in 2018 and she has garnered so many fans since then. Some of her songs include; Radio Love, Si Rahisi, Lola and African Lover.

Bridget Blue

She made her official debut in the music industry when she featured in King Kaka’s Njia and she has continue to wow us with her melodic voice since then.

Her other songs are; Drug and Different.

Trina Mungai

She has been singing professionally since 2015. Trina had her big break when she was featured in P-Unit’s hit mega hit Me I in 2018.

Her other songs include; Twenty Four, Tonight and Shika.

That said, who among the three is the best new female artist in Kenya? Tell us below.

Njia; King Kaka at it again this time ft Bridget Blue

King Kaka

Njia on the waves. This song is the work of Kaka Empire ft Bridget Blue. It is a gospel song asking God to provide a way. The voices are calling on all to listen to the jam. King Kaka is always great and for sure he is a king. Bridget’s voice fits in well in the song. I can’t have enough of “Njia”. It is part of King Kaka’s album, Eastlando Royalty which he launched last year.

Bridget Blue

Njia is well scripted and the message is so deep. The rap in the song by King Kaka is just amazing. When he is talking about the pain his mum is going through and asking to have a conversation with God. Njia is just great. “Nimegrow empty of late Na my soul ni see through My mum is still sick ikifika usiku Four niko by my bed side just in case Na honestly na miss our happy days You are a fighter mum, manze God akubless”. There is love and trust in God for the mum. The song shows that we are not alone in our troubles and that God is there for us and we should seek answers from Him.

Looking at some of the lyrics; “Nipe jibu kama Baba unanisikia Na kama unanisikia Nionyeshe ile njia nitapitia Nipe jibu kama Baba unanisikia Na kama unanisikia Nionyeshe ile njia nitapitia”. The title of the song is clear and in this verse they are asking God to answer them and give them the way.

Also the production is excellent. The costumes and make up bring out the mood of the song. The video was directed by Trued Pictures.

I give the song a rating of 10/10. Wow this is some great work. Kenyans artists are doing it. I would listen to this song over and over again.

watch the video through the link below.