Editor’s Playlist – Kenyan Edition

Editor’s Playlist – Kenyan Edition

The last few months have seen a debate ensued on the need for more Kenyan music. The other side of the coin has been that there is no quality Kenyan music that rivals that of other countries. I took the liberty of highlighting a few local tracks that we have featured on the site for you to judge on whether they can hold their own against international tracks.

Josh Xtra – Magegania

“It’s basically a song talking about the amazing great things God has and is doing in my life,” Josh told Verse5ve. “The song is from my album, The best days of my life. Inspiration came from waiting on God and the lessons learnt from that period of time.”

Read more here.

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Kaki Mwihaki – Incredible (Featuring Edu the Rapper)

Kaki told Verse5ve that the song “speaks about the invariable nature of God. Unlike human beings who change their stand and feelings towards you, God assures us of constant love. He loves us so unconditionally that nothing we will ever do or fail to do can ever separate us from His love.”

Read more about it here

Watch the video below:

Kamlesh Kagaba – Sanaa Nyeusi

“The song is a call to the whole Kenyan Music Industry to value the role played by each category that helps music a fruitful career,” Kamlesh told Verse5ve. “The different parties mentioned in the song have contributed to the current situation of our music scene whether negatively or positively hence regardless of our category, we need each other for our industry to thrive.”

Read more here.

Watch the video below:

Manolo – Mwingine

“It’s a letter to God – in the form of a chilled out track – thanking Him of His goodness,” Manolo told Verse5ve. “In writing the song, I was thinking about how God’s grace is in abundance and how He provides for free, in this day and age when everyone wants something in return.”

Read more here.

Watch the video below:

Kris Erroh – Realest

“Realest is a song to celebrate people going through a tough time and no one to call,” Kris Erroh told Verse5ve. “Anyone who got to a rough patch and there was no one to call. The song celebrates people who are going through it and those that conquered the season. They are the REALEST.”

Read more here.

Watch the video below:

Gituamba – Umetenda

UMETENDA is a Song born of Prayer and Grace through faith. despite the struggles of Life God always comes through for us,” Gituamba says.

Read more here.

Watch the video below:

Flex Muziki – Hujawai (Featuring Stonee Jiwe and Havoc)

“The song is about how the love of God never changes (according to Numbers 23:19),” Flex Muziki told Verse5ve. “How He is true to His words compared to human beings.”

Read more here.

Watch the video below:

Zamora – Sumilani

“Sumilani is a song that celebrates African culture and also calls to attention to people who have been working hard to continue doing so without paying attention to any negativity and just wait on Gods timing!” Zamora told Verse5ve.

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Watch the video below:

Blinky Bill – Mungu Halali

Blinky says, “If you’re going through a hard time or have been over the past, this is your song of encouragement. I felt like I wanted to do something like that.”

Read more here.

Watch the video below:

Rebecca Dawn – Naendelea Mbele

Read more about the song here.

Watch the video below:

Scooby the Lazy Rapper – Kula Huu

“I want to tell people, ‘don’t just exist..live.’ And that’s what I always tell people. Celebrate life! The devil came to steal, destroy and kill. Shetani hatuwezi (Satan cannot defeat us) in Jesus name.” Scooby told Verse5ve.

Read more here.

Listen to the song below:

Blackskillz – We Grew Up (Featuring Zakaa Ukoo Flani

We Grew Up is a testament that some of the journeys we have been on can grow us. We can break the cycle of breaking ourselves and others. We can grow. We Grew Up!” Blackskillz says.

Read more about it here.

Watch the video below:

Kris Erroh – My Baibe

“At first, I was writing a song to appreciate my mother, but during the tours around the country, I saw how much these gentlemen love their wives and girlfriends. I just couldn’t help but change the concept of the song to make it a song about appreciating all the ladies who stick with their men even through the low seasons,” Kris told Verse5ve.

Read more here.

Listen to the song below:

Makena – Kwa Jina Lako

“Kwa Jina Lako (Swahili for By Your Name) is a declaration of the power inherent in the Name of Jesus, a Name through which we experience victory in the affairs of life,” says Makena.

Read more here.

Watch the video below:

Stonee Jiwe – Okay

“The track is about where I come from and all Ghettos share one thing in common ‘The struggle is real,’ Stonee revealed to Verse5ve.

Read more here.

Listen to the audio below:

What do you think about Kenyan music, which of these songs are your favourite?

 

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