The music of Kenya is very diverse, with multiple types of folk music based on the variety over 40 regional languages. Zanzibaran taarab music has also become popular, as has hip hop , reggae , soul , soukous , zouk , rock and roll , funk and Europop. Additionally, there is a growing western classical music scene and Kenya is home to a number of music colleges and schools. The guitar is the most dominant instrument in Kenyan popular music. Guitar rhythms are very complex and include both native beats and imported ones, especially the Congolese cavacha rhythm; music usually involves the interplay of multiple parts and, more recently, showy guitar solos. Lyrics are most often in Swahili or native languages , like Kalenjin though radio will generally not play music in one of the ethnic languages. Benga music has been popular since the late s, especially around Lake Victoria.
Here we look at some Kenyan hits that topped the charts in 2017.
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In East Africa, the Kenyan music scene is the most competitive and diverse. In the list of the latest Kenyan songs, you are more likely to hear hip-hop songs, Afropop sounds, and sometimes, alternative genres of music. If these new releases are anything to go by, then might turn out to be another great year for the local music enthusiast. From danceable beats and new dance moves to catchy lyrics that you will enjoy to sing along to, the new songs will leave you yearning for more. Last year, there was a great revival as far as the music scene is concerned. The invention of Gengetone and the formation of Sol Generation were some of the key highlights as far as Kenyan music is concerned. This year is a continuation of the progress the local music scene made last year —but it promises to be better. After the success of her first song with Baraka Jacuzzi, Tanasha is back with another song. In this project, she worked with S2Kizzy from Tanzania. Tanasha, in La Vie, features one of the best Tanzanian vocalists — Mbosso.
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All of our music news, streamlined for you to read through continuously so you don't miss a beat:. Source - Legit. The latest Kenyan songs show a great sign of improvement in the creative space. This is seen in their creative visuals and eloquent audio. Their lyrics are also worth applauding. These songs have been creatively written to suit the entertainment needs of the growing Kenyan audience. Recently, there was a public campaign promoting local songs, dubbed Play Kenyan Music that aimed at increasing the consumption of local content. This campaign helped the key stakeholders note the challenges facing the Kenyan music industry, which include quality and lack of proper technical support.
It's time again for our annual Top Kenyan Songs playlists, where we compile some of the most popular tracks that have come out of one of Africa's most exciting music scenes. Since began, the below Kenyan songs have made thousands dance, whether in the clubs or now at home. Newcomer Tanasha Donna also makes an appearance. We will update this playlist throughout the year, so make sure you bookmark it for your continuous listening pleasure. This year would probably be remembered as the year of Utawezana, which translates to 'can you handle it? The '70s themed video was directed by Leke Alabi-Isama and shot in Nigeria. The song is off their Midnight Train album, set to be released on 5 June The album will be the group's first release after signing with Universal Music Africa earlier this year.