Kenyan female musicians should put in more work in 2020

In as much as 2019 was a great year for many local musicians reason being Gengetone literally blew up, I kind of felt like female musicians were left behind.

Think of it though, if someone asked you to name Kenyan female singers who shone this year I’m sure they would be a handful and I’m not kidding.

Noti Flow
Noti Flow

The list would probably have the likes of; Nadia Mukami, Fena Gitu, Noti Flow, Jovial, Femi One and that’s it but I’m sure many people can’t even name one song that was released by some of the aforementioned artists in 2019.

I understand that female artists face more challenges in the industry because many of the key players like producers, videographers, promoters, marketers don’t take them seriously but we need them to pull up their socks.

I don’t know why but something tells me that 2020 will be a great year for female musicians. I just have a feeling that we’ll see more releases from them compared to 2019.

I remember those days when many female artists were a big deal and the whole country was literally paying attention to them and waiting for their next release.

Femi One
Femi One

For instance, I am sure you all remember the beef between Noti Flow, Njeri, Femi One and Kyki. That is what I want to see more of next year and I am not saying they have to insult each other to get us talking.

All I am saying is that we need female musicians to take center stage in 2020 because as things are at the moment, it seems like Kenya only has male musicians.

Female rap wars should come back!

One of the things that made 2016 a memorable year, at least for me, was the female rap wars that dominated the local music industry.

It all started when rapper Njeri released a song dubbed No King. She took a swipe at several Kenyan artists, both male and female, in the song  including the self-proclaimed rap queen Femi One.

In the diss track, there’s a part where she ridiculed a song by Femi dubbed Brikicho that failed to become a hit.

Femi One
Femi One

As expected, Femi did not take the insults lying down. She got into studio a few days later and realeased a song titled Pilau Njeri.

Apart from ridiculing Njeri in the song, she also took shot at other Kenyan female rappers and reffered to herself as the baddest femcee.

Before we knew it, Njeri released another diss track dubbed Conoka (Femiplan). Female rappers such as Kyki and Noti Flow also weighed in with a songs titled Kuku Mwitu and Forehead respectively.


Soon enough, everyone was talking about the beef and waiting for the next diss track to drop.

To be honest, that was a very interesting time. I honestly wish that the female rap wars could come back not for any other reason but because I enjoyed how each of them went out of their way to show us that they were the best.

The beefs brought the local rap scene to life. We even forgot about male rappers for a moment since we were focusing on their female counterparts.

I often imagine how things would be like if we had the female rap wars today and I get excited just by the thought of it.

The best part is that Njeri, Kyki, Femi One, Noti Flow etc. are all alive and kicking so why don’t they do the needful? I have to ask Msupa S to sit this one out because nobody takes her seriously anyway!

Watch  Femi One’s Pilau Njeri below.