Nairobi Kenya Music
Kenya is undoubtedly one of the most diverse countries in the world, with its seductive natural landscapes, wildlife and cultural diversity. From the parched savannahs to the fast-growing and changing urban areas, Kenya's music is as diverse and diverse as its people and culture.
International influences have always been part of Kenyan music, but there is also a style of its own that can be heard in Kenyan pop, which meets the tourism industry. There are also Benga artists based in Kenya's capital Nairobi, as well as in other parts of the country such as Mombasa, and there is also an increase in the number of international artists from Africa, South Africa and the United States, among others.
The Kalambya Boys "Kivelenge song is a great example of Kamba benga, and the DK Lulu Band song represents Kikuyu b Benga. Stylistically, these songs are an example of the emerging genre of pop music in Kenya, which embodies the original Benga style, embodied by the use of traditional instruments such as drums, bass and percussion. Pop music is an important part of Kenya's cultural identity and a way to spread throughout the country. National performers appeal to a broad cross-section of the population, as music tends to be more accessible to those living in western Kenya and those living outside Kenya, especially those living in rural areas.
Bengali songs have long managed to win over a large, all-ethnic audience in Kenya, but what makes this music unique is its ability to be sung in a regional lingua franca, Swahili. Interestingly, Simba Wanyika's international publication presents an example of Congolese music by Nairobi, sung and performed in the Luo style. Bengali music, as sung, is also linguistically diverse and enables it to be brought closer to a Kenyan audience through the use of Swahili and rap in Kenyan slang.
Now in the 60s and 70s there is a Kenya Special that does a great job of documenting what is happening musically in Nairobi and the rest of Kenya, and also to pray with the other ethnic groups and their music.
There are also numerous musicians from Tanzania who have made Kenya their home and whose music still resonates in the country today. The compilation also sheds light on the time when some of them performed in Nairobi and even settled down. The music scene in Kenya today is very different from that of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s in terms of music and culture.
While Afrobeats, Kwaito, Bongo and Dancehall music have been forced to behave proactively, protesting for the improvement of Kenyan sound, there are also activists who have been in Nairobi for some time. Kenyan music will soon take its rightful place and as we speak, there is NuNairobin, a visionary supergroup from Just Band, who are using their localized visuals correctly.
I have always identified with Kamba bands, but since Kakai started recording in Swahili, the group has enjoyed great popularity in Kenya. Kenyan music scene, this Afro-Pop band debuted in 2008 and has been on the rise ever since. I would say the music of the 90s that was played in Kenya was Beyonce, Jay-Z and Rihanna. The African Eagles and others who continue to play are playing at the top level in their country.
With talented groups like Sauti Sol producing hits of the genre, the potential of the Afro-Pop music scene in Kenya is enormous.
Kenyan pop music is considered one of the most important cultural traditions in East Africa and the world. Smithsonian Folkways is spreading this musical tradition, while Nairobi-based Ketebul Music is pursuing a similar mission, focusing on the music of Kenya and East Africa.
A number of styles that predominate in Kenya, including Benga and Reggae, fall into different categories. One of the most innovative is the Alliance Francaise de Nairobi, which aims to identify and promote talented young Afro-fusion musicians by giving them the opportunity to perform at concerts and participate in album productions. Kenyan artists have been honoured over the years and in 2019 IFPI will be organising a series of workshops for artists and musicians who want to deepen their understanding of music licences in various countries, including Kenya and East Africa, as well as in other countries in the region.
In the early 1960s, instruments such as the accordion were also introduced, which made its mark on the Kenyan music scene by being used to play traditional Kenyan melodies. These concerts opened other doors and exposed them to Kenya's ever-growing classical music scene. The guitar was also popular in other African countries, especially in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Kenya is home to a number of music schools and schools, and there is a growing Western classical music scene. Meanwhile, young Kenyans are confronted with emerging Afro-jazz bands such as the African Jazz Orchestra. These genres play a key role in shaping Kenyan music by bringing it to the sounds of jazz, jazz-rock, hip-hop, reggae, funk and other genres.