Welcome back to the segment that reviews the top most popular songs in Kenya right now; This is the Top 40 Songs Kenya – 30th July 2019. The data is provided by Apple Music. This week is all about Burna Boy. In case you live under a rock, he released his latest album, African Giant. What you need to know is that all of the album tracks are in the top 40. Keshie has already reviewed it (you can read it here) but I’ll just give my two cents on the songs personally.
If you are new here, I look at the top 40 songs every two weeks and the reviews are summed up in two sentences. If I reviewed the song in a previous article, I just give the score; you would have to go back to the older posts to see what I thought about the song. With that said, let’s see the songs topping the charts other than Burna Boy.
#40 Ethic – Pandana: 7/10
#39 Diamond Platnumz feat Fally Ipupa – Inama: 8/10
#38 Ed Sheeran feat Khalid – Beautiful People: 9/10
#37 Tiwa Savage & Mr. Eazi – KEYS TO THE KINGDOM: Coming from the Lion King Soundtrack comes this okay song. This is not me being bitter that Kenya was snubbed in the making of the film but it’s just an okay song. 6/10.
#36 Nviiri The Storyteller – Pombe Sigara: 8.5/10
#35 Sauti Sol feat Bensoul, Nviiri the Storyteller, Crystal Asige & Kaskazini – Extravaganza: 9.4/10
#34 Tekno, Yemi Alade & Mr. Eazi – DON’T JEALOUS ME: Uhm, I don’t know about this one. I don’t think I would ever want to listen to this song again; let alone in the movie. 6/10
Btw, I haven’t seen the movie yet but it seems people are not happy how some scenes were removed in place of modern scenes. I’ll still watch it but I’m 50-50 about the soundtrack so far.
#33 Rema – Dumebi: 6/10
#32 Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – Senorita: 7/10
#31 Drake feat Rick Ross – Money In The Grave: 7.8/10
#30 Harmonize, Burna Boy & Diamond Platnumz – Kainama: 7/10
#29 Dave feat Burna Boy – Location: 6/10
#28 Burna Boy – Spiritual: This was one of the okay songs in the 19-track album. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad but I found it just okay compared to the other tracks. 6.5/10
#27 Burna Boy – Blak Ryno (Skit): It’s just a skit and it is way up the charts. Funny right? Sorry, not giving it a score.
I feel like I should bring back the DJ Khaled GIF because it will only get worse from here.
#26 Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care: 6/10
#25 Chris Brown feat Drake – No Guidance: The music video dropped and it’s hilarious seeing Drake trying to dance. Lol. 8/10
#24 Chris Kaiga feat Tezzla – Zimenice: 7/10
#23 Beyonce, Shatta Wale & Major Lazer – ALREADY: Why does this soundtrack sound so West African when the movie is based on East Africa? It’s weird but okay. 7/10
#22 Burna Boy – Destiny: It’s a good song which I don’t mind listening to again. Still not better than most songs on the album though. 7/10
#21 Burna Boy feat Future – Show & Tell: I was genuinely surprised to find Future in this album. The unlikely duo, however, created a good song so it’s fine. 8/10
#20 Burna Boy feat M.anifest – Another Story: Ah yes, the track that begins with a history lesson. Quite a controversy it stirred given that it name-dropped Unilever but the song did its part. 8/10
#19 Burna Boy feat YG – This Side: YG talking in the background every five seconds made me like the song less but it isn’t a bad song. 7.8/10
#18 Burna Boy feat Damian Marley & Angelique Kidjo – Different: Burna Boy mainly does Dancehall music and this collaboration is no surprise to long-time fans. I like how they talk about how different things are in different parts of the world and the various different opportunities offered. 8.2/10
#17 Burna Boy – JA ARA E: Another song from him but from the Lion King soundtrack. I’m still not happy how biased the soundtrack is to the West African culture. 7/10
#16 Miracle Baby feat Shalkido, Masilver, Lexxy Yung & Qoqosjuma – Wamlambez: 4/10
Let me make my stance clear with this song. You can praise these guys for whatever arbitrary reasons you have (someone said it united the youth) but it won’t change the fact that it isn’t a good song. It simply isn’t. Do you know how similar the song is to a nursery rhyme or is it just me? I’m so sure someone will call me a hater when I’m just stating facts as it is. I’m a reviewer, not a casual listener of music. Our opinions will always clash and this is just one of the many times it will happen.
#15 Burna Boy feat Jeremih & Serani – Secret: I genuinely love this song. Also, when was the last time I heard Serani sing? 9/10
#14 Burna Boy feat Zlatan – Killin Dem: I first heard this song from a meme but little did I know it was Burna Boy’s song. Uhm, the beats are okay and that’s as far as I’ll go with the compliments. 7/10
#13 Burna Boy – Collateral Damage: My favorite thing about the song is the guitar used in the instrumentals. My attention is so focused on the instrumentation that I don’t even know what he talks about in the song. 7.5/10
#12 Burna Boy – Omo: Uhm, it’s a decent song. Yeah, it’s decent. 7/10
#11 JoeBoy – Baby: 6/10
#10 Ethic Entertainment – Figa: 6/10
#9 Burna Boy – Dangote: I feel like I have given it a score before but my memory is betraying me right now. Anyway, let me just give it a 7.5/10
#8 Burna Boy – African Giant: It’s a slow-paced song where Burna reminds us not to mess with him. You know, because he is the African Giant? 8/10
#7 Burna Boy – Pull Up: Can you just read the review of the album? Because I’m kind of getting exhausted describing all the songs. 7/10
#6 Burna Boy – Gbona: 9/10
#5 Burna Boy – Wetin Man Go Do: So, I have five favorite songs in the album. One is Gbona, On the Low, Gum Body, Anybody and Wetin Man Go Do. 8.8/10
#4 Burna Boy – On The Low: 8.5/10
#3 Burna Boy feat Jorja Smith – Gum Body: How Burna Boy got Jorja Smith in this song is beyond me but I’m glad she is here because this song is amazing. I love it. 9.2/10
#2 Beyonce, SAINt JHN & Wizkid feat Blue Ivy Carter – BROWN SKIN GIRL: This is the only song that I like from the whole soundtrack album. It still has the West African beats but I can’t hate on quality (not to mention she name-dropped Lupita). 8/10
#1 Burna Boy – Anybody: 7.8/10
If you thought listening to 12+ tracks is a chore, try reviewing them. Anyway, way to go Burna Boy. Man’s everywhere on Apple Music now. If only Kenyan artists were being held in such spirits but then again, we are listening to Pekejeng so what do I know. See you in two weeks (after I watch The Lion King).