Music in Kenya has evolved. Artists no longer hawk their CD’s on the streets. Thanks to the Internet, various sites such as Mdundo.co.ke help market artist’s songs online with people having access to them with the click of a button.
Here are the top 10 downloads in Kenya:
1. Black Star by Octopizzo: This song was released in the beginning of the year. From the onset, it has managed to capture the hearts of many music lovers. The song is done by one of Kenyan’s most promising rap and hip-hop artists. In the song, Octopizzo talks about his rise from abject poverty to a glamorous lifestyle. The song has consistently featured in the charts both locally as well as in the East African region.
2. I Run the 254 by Khaligraph Jones: This has been done by one of the young and upcoming artists in Kenya. Other than being among the most downloaded songs, it has also been receiving a lot of airplay. The song also features other well-known artists and generally talks about ruling the music scene in Kenya.
3. Tulia by Wangechi featuring Rabbit: It is a Kenyan term meaning relax. The song which was released about four months ago is well suited for the young at heart. It has been done by one of the youngest female rap artists in Kenya, Wangechi. It also features “Rabbit” who is one of the most recognized new age rappers in Kenya at the moment.
4. “Kioo” by Jaguar: The song has had an impressive run in both local as well as the East African charts. The song which in English means Mirror has been sang by “Jaguar.”Other than being a famous urban hip-hop artist, he is also one of the wealthiest musicians in Kenya. The song which talks about reflections of life in Kenya has been produced by the “Ogopa” deejays.
5. Dumbala Remix featuring Jay A, DNA, V-sita, Sage, Kenrazy and Madtraxx: Dumbala remix is arguably the most popular collabo at the moment. It comes in the hot heels of the original song which was well received. The original version was done by Sage and Jay-A. The remix features other popular artists who include Kenrazy, DNA, V-sita, and Madtraxx. All the featured artists apart from Sage are hip-hop and rap artists.
6. “Quality ka Hizo” by Pizo Dizo featuring Mejja: “Quality ka Hizo” or simply “Those qualities” is still ruling the airwaves although it was released at the close of last year. It features in most charts and will usually feature among the top five songs. Besides being one of the most talked about collabos in the Kenyan music scene, this song also brought together two well known music production houses. “Pizo Dizo” representing the Grand Pa records while “Mejja” represents “Calif Records.”
7. “Ni Guse” by Rosa: It also features in the list of the top 10 most downloaded songs in Kenya. The singer behind the song, Rosa is also a budding gospel artist. However, this is the song that has exposed her singing talents to the world. The cool praise and worship song talks about seeking the hand of God in our daily life.
8. Born Again by Eko Dydda: It is one of the most popular gospel songs in Kenya. The song will be heard over the radio, television, clubs, places of worship and many other places. The song has been done by Eko Dydda who has disappeared from the music scene for a while. Besides his unique rap style, he is regarded as one of Kenya’s finest gospel hip-hop artist.
9. My Baby by Chris Eeh Baba: It is yet another gospel track that is taking the music scene in the region by storm. This is evident from the numerous requests, lots of airplay, and the ever increasing number of people downloading the song.In the song, Chris Eeh Baba who is a gospel rap artist generally talks about the close relationship between him and his maker (God).
10. African Beauty by Nameless: After taking a long hiatus from the music scene, Nameless made a comeback with the song “African Beauty.” He is among the veteran musicians whose songs have always dominated the charts locally as well as regionally. The song is an urban pop song that gives praise to the African woman.
It is obvious that Kenyans are opting to download music directly from the internet. This is probably because it has become simpler and more user-friendly. Furthermore, the people have started to appreciate local music. Nonetheless, looking at the list of the top 10 most downloaded songs in Kenya, we can see that urban hip-hop seems to be the most preferred genre of music.