The new age artists’ signature style can be tagged as a uniquely Kenyan Hip Hop sound

It’s now official.

The Kenyan hip hop scene has become of age. The present hip hop artist generation are out on the street, outdoing themselves with unbelievable, never-before-seen talent. We have finally found a signature beat that solely speaks and identifies as Kenyan Hip Hop.

Wikipedia, on Hip Hop: “…stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhymic speech that is chanted. It’s defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching with turntables, breakdancing and graffiti writing….”

Present day Kenyan hip hop outfits have perfected the art of sampling beats or bass lines from records (or synthesized beats and sounds), and rhythmic beat-boxing.


Ethic Entertainment, Ochungulo Family, Boondocks Gang, KRG The Don, Magix Enga…….

*This list is not conclusive. It stars in a great extent, other equally talented outfits.

This new sound didn’t debut with the Z-generation artists. They have gone on to perfect the sound that debuted with the Nairobi club-banger by the artists Mayonde and Stonie Jiwe. The track was a huge success.

A few months back, Ethic broke out with a catchy, infectious track, tagged Pandana. That track received an instant stamp of approval by fans – who outdid themselves uploading short dance videos. More favorites followed in quick succession:

Na Iwake, by Ochungulo Family, that stars the amazingly talented Nelly The Goon and Benzema.

Rieng, a punchy rhyming track popular on the party scene, by Boondocks Gang.

Wabebe, by Gwaash ft. 34GVNG.

Amongst other awesome releases (it’s hard to keep up).


What greatly resonates with this new hip hop style is that the artists and their producers haven’t over-hyped the genre with an exotic, upper class feel that’s common with the older generation hip hop artists. The videos aren’t shot in upscale neighborhoods with heated swimming pools as a back drop, but in mid-level suburb streets – Dagoretti, Doonholm, Githurai and the ilk.

The cast do not break the bank dressing in Gucci and Armani. They do not use expensive jewelry and unrealistic, hired video vixens – madem wa mtaa wako tu sawa. Teens across the country appreciate and connect with this!

In the USA, that’s exactly how hip hop started in The Bronx, and became a revolution.

The only case of extravagance in a video appears on Mathogothanio by KRG The Don and Boondocks. The video has rides not for the everyday kid, up and including a Ford Mustang 2017 model (they are forgiven – it’s a huge track with awesome beat flow and seamless rap).

Self-appointed moral policemen would be quick to trash the new generation Kenyan hip hop music as ratchet level, vulgar and unsuitable for the average teen. It’d be wise to remember we, read millennials, have grown up on a dirty staple of American rap: Lil Wayne, T.I, Future, et al. These rappers are the real definition of dirty and vulgar. The real problem is that with Kenyan artists, you get to hear the actual lyrics.

Message? Be real, support your own.


In videos, videos, observe some restraint: Thou shall not have a dancer twerking seductively in the national flag. (The Na Iwake video).

Keep up the spirit. Let’s make this signature style truly Kenyan.




Blinky Bill has teamed up with Mayonde and MDQ on Feeling It and it’s a banger (Audio)

Kenyan singer-cum-producer popularly known as Bill Selanga, popularly known as Blinky Bill and formerly of Just A Band, has dropped a new jam alongside Mayonde and Muthoni Drummer Queen and we really love it.

Also read: Just A Band’s Blinky Bill’s new jam ‘Bills To Pay’ is a big tune (Audio)

The song titled Feeling It, from the album Everyone’s Just Winging It And Other Fly Tales, is all about having a good time and celebrating memorable moments.

As you would expect, Mayonde’s delivery was really on point in this jam. As such, it doesn’t really come as a surprise that she was given the first verse and hook. Her voice is just golden.

Blinky Bill
Blinky Bill

Muthoni Drummer Queen also did well. Her wordplay and rhymes in this jam were really on point. You just want to keep listening to her as she flows.

Blinky Bill also nailed it. There’s just something about his voice that makes you hooked to a song from the moment you hit the play button.

The beat for this jam is also dope. It has this Afro-beat vibe that I could not get enough of. Props to the producer, he is the baddest.

Listen to Feeling It below and tell us what you think.

Amina should get back to making music

Did you know that The Trend host Amina Abdi Rabar was once a musician? If you are not aware then you are too young (I’ve been waiting to drop this line on someone).

She released two songs circa 2013 and they both performed well. Actually, one of them is a collabo with the one and only Octopizzo.

The other song, which happens to be my most favorite, is a collaboration with rapper K-Letta dubbed Paint The Town Red.

Amina Abdi Rabar
Amina Abdi Rabar

Apart from the fact that she has a melodious voice – the kind that will make you hit the replay button a couple of times –  I think she really has it in her.

She can actually give the likes of Avril, Mayonde and Vivian a run for their money. I’m willing to bet about this.

The way I see it, she should get back to making music because the local industry needs her but that’s just me.

Come to think of it though, how will she juggle all her hustles and still get time to get into studio and record songs? It would be tough.

Or she could release a song once in a while. I don’t know how she will do it but it needs to happen. Amina, if you are reading this, do the needful.

Listen to Octopizzo’s collabo with Amina dubbed Swag below.

Avril Vs Mayonde Vs Vivian: Which female singer has the sexiest voice?

Let’s be honest, when it comes to musicians (especially female) the sexier the voice the more appealing it is. Don’t you agree?

This article is based on that, I picked three of Kenya’s leading female singers and we want you to decide whose voice you can listen to all day. That’s pretty much it!

The three are Judith Nyambura (Avril), Diana Nduba (Mayonde) and Vivian Wambui (Vivian).

For starters, let’s agree that all these ladies impecably beautiful but today we are jus trying to find out who, according to you, has the sweetest voice.


She’s been in the industry longer than the other two. Some of her notble hits are; Nikimuona, Chokoza, Hakuna Yule, Kitoko, just to name a few.


She started off as a BGV before crosssing over into mainstream music. Some of her notable hits are; Chini Kwa Chini, Nairobi, Shika, Isukuti Love, just to name a few.


She was introduced to the industry by Charles Njagua Kanyi alias Jaguar in 2013. She has been making music since then. Some of her notable hits are. Some of her notable hits are Chum Chum, Chingi Changa and Woman in Love.


So, who are you putting your money on? Who do you think has the sexiest voice? Tell us below.

Hotties Mayonde and Yvonne Darq land new show on KTN TV 

Singers Mayonde and  Yvonne Darq are set to join Filah for a reality singing competition set to premiere on KTN.

The trio hope to recreate the memorable Tusker Project Fame’s memories that ruled Kenyan TV space as artists fought for a lucrative prize.

Can you sing?

The show, which will be called  ‘I Can Sing’,  has been hyped on different social media platforms including KTN’s. The three singers will be the judges while Daniel Valor will be the host of the show.