Why Kenyan Music is Trailing Behind
This article comes at a time when everyone is throwing shade and blaming each other over what happened today. If you are yet to be in the know, Apple released a list of the most played songs in Kenya. Out of the 100 songs they listed, only two songs were Kenyan.
98 songs were from outside Kenya. 89 songs were from other African countries, 9 songs from outside Africa and only two songs took the Kenyan spot.
There was a heated debate over what is supposed to be done so that more Kenyan content can be played on the radio and these other streaming sites.
This is where I will be honest. We all know where the problem is. The industry has never recovered ever since artists decided to leave out authentic Kapuka and Genge to copy other ‘commercial’ styles of music.
The culture was lost because most artists were not satisfied by their own style and genres and started copying accents and beats from other nations. The thing about copying is that it can never feel authentic. There can never be originality in how you perform.
That is where we have a problem as Kenyan entertainers and this list should not even shock us. If you check the most streamed artists on Kenyan YouTube, almost 8 of them in the top 10 list are Tanzanians and other countries.
We have never learned to stick to original content and we alsways find a way to adopt new styles that suit our weird tastes.
We will never move forward if we keep copying other styles. Stick to your original cultures and watch people appreciate our artists like they’re doing Burna Boy right now.