It has been two weeks since I last did a Kenyan Music Roundup. Is it two or three? I don’t know. Anyway, it’s good to be back. Coming up, Octopizzo teams up with Sailors, Stivo Simple Boy releases another song, and Bensoul releases a beautiful song.
Welcome to the weekly segment that looks at the latest music releases in Kenya. We look at what’s hot and what’s not in the country
Octopizzo feat Sailors – Wakiritho
I will admit that my hopes weren’t that high when I saw Octopizzo doing a collab with Sailors. Something in my heart told me that it would be the same old Sailors with an additional verse from Octopizzo. Turns out, I was wrong. For the most part.
My favorite thing about the song is how urban it feels. This is not Gengetone music by any means. The beats are what you would expect from someone like Octopizzo and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s actually the highlight of the song.
The surprises just kept coming as members of the Sailors gang delivered solid verses. I was genuinely having a great time listening to the song. Everything about the song is good except Miracle Baby.
Here’s my problem with Miracle Baby, he still sounds and feels the same since he blew up with Wamlambez. He’s still doing the choruses which have to be backed up by background vocals. That’s what irks me about him; he is not evolving. Unlike Rekles who showed us that he can spit rhymes if he is given the opportunity, Miracle Baby is just…him.
In conclusion, it’s a nice song but I’m not a fan of the chorus. 7.5/10
Stamminah Gusto & Red C – Shida na Raha
You know what? I like this song. Its premise is quite simple, both Gusto and Red C are proclaiming their love for their partners in good and bad times. This is backed up with some nice beats and great vocals from the duo. It’s a really good song.
The accompanying music video is also great and that’s that. If only this song was added to Apple Music or Spotify, I would be putting it on repeat. Side note, I am obsessed with Sho Madjozi’s song Huku. Another concern I have is that Kenyans may not give this song the attention it deserves because Gengetone. Believe me when I say this won’t be the last time I’ll say this in this post. 8/10
Naiboi feat Kaxumbari and Vanso Da Gama – 4 the Hunnies
The title of this song already gives away the premise of the song. It’s a contemporary urban song that is meant to do rounds in the club. Good luck with that Naiboi because I don’t like it. I can only praise the visuals of the music video.
Let me just make it clear that I listen to songs on a personal level. I plug in my headphones, sit down and see if I can actually listen to the song again. Of course, different songs have different listening moods but the overemphasis on making club hits in Kenya is getting worn out. Plus we can’t say 4 the Hunnies is a good song. It isn’t.
But I’ll still prefer it over Sondeka Part 4. I sincerely hope it isn’t a thing. 6/10
Stivo Simple Boy feat Byzzo the Baddest – INAUMA
Do you remember that interview that sparked the meme “Inauma but itabidi uzoee”? Well, Stivo has decided to make use of that meme and turned it into a song. There is also a dance that comes with the song. Interesting. I tell you, this man really took advantage of the fact that he blew up in a talk show.
The song itself is fine for the most part. I like the dancehall vibe the beats give you, the dance is hit or miss, and the verses from both artists are good. While I did note that Byzzo’s verse had a lot of Gengetone elements to it, it was fine in the end.
What I didn’t expect is to see Stivo having solid hooks in his verses. I am genuinely impressed. I like how he said:
Kuna baridi na umekosana na mchumba wakoStivo
The biggest change has to be his delivery. He has toned down his voice which makes him sound confident. He’s not there yet but I certainly do appreciate the improvements. 7.5/10
Suzziah featuring Shappaman – Only
This is my first time hearing about Suzziah and her music and there is a lot of catching up to do. First, she has an EP which she released last month called Wine on a Wednesday. If this song is an indicator of what to expect, I’ll have a great time listening.
Let’s get to the song which is well-produced and well-paced. Sure, you have your obligatory rap verse in this song but that’s beside the point. Once Shappaman’s okay verse is out of the way, Suzziah steals the show with her solid performance. I love how confident she sounds and owns the song (which has some good beats).
So, I love it. I’ll give the EP a listen and hope that she gets the attention that she deserves. Because Gengetone. 8/10
Cityboy – Go Canada
One question; what does “Go Canada” mean? Is it a vocabulary phrase in the Kamasutra book that I’m not aware of?
Anyway, this song gave me that feeling that it was produced by Lizer Classic and I was moments away from hearing that “Wasafi” watermark in the song. All I’m trying to say is that I would have mistaken it for a Bongo song. But it isn’t. It’s a Kenyan song. It doesn’t feel like it though. So confusing.
Don’t get me wrong, this is not a bad song. My only concern is that Cityboy doesn’t have a unique sound to him at the moment. It won’t hurt his career in any way but I hope his future songs don’t remind me of certain artists. 7/10
Waithaka – Girls
I was meant to write featuring Steph Kapela but she is just a feature on the music video. Waithaka does everything in the song. When I say everything, I mean everything. He is the producer, artist and probably the director of the music video.
The result? A decent song. I’ll only say decent because I can’t really say I’ll put in on my playlist. But it is an enjoyable song. It’s about him picking up girls and it’s not a new concept but I appreciate it. 8/10
The Band BeCa – Kionjo
I honestly don’t know what to think of The Band BeCa. They are good? I don’t know. Let’s just get to the song. It is produced by Pacho Entertainment which is made so obvious at the beginning of the music video. Thank you Naiboi. The beats are Reggaeton infused with some elements of Kenyan flavor and the result is quite impressive.
To be honest, I didn’t enjoy the song when I first heard it but it grew on me in the second and third listen. The duo has some solid verses even if they are talking about sex. For a song meant to be a club hit, it’s quite decent. 7.5/10
Bensoul – Niombee
Another song from Sol Generations and I am super excited to say that this is one of the best songs I have heard this year. I honestly love how Sauti Sol has created a music label that focuses on music quality rather than 15 minutes of fame. Just look at Nviiri’s success with his recent singles and now we have Bensoul.
About the song, it talks about Bensoul’s journey from Embu to Nairobi to pursue his career in music. Fun fact is that he began as a bass guitarist before being signed by Sauti Sol. The song sees him ask his mom to pray for him for his prayers alone are simply not enough.
Simple, relatable and quite emotional. This ladies and gentlemen is the kind of Kenyan music I’m into. You don’t have to follow his exact footsteps but make it enjoyable. 9.5/10
Best Song: Bensoul – Niombee
Worst Song (It’s not that bad): Naiboi’s 4 The Hunnies
That’s it for now. Of course, there is that new song by Boondocks Gang but I’ll talk about it on the Instagram page. Speaking of which, why not follow the blog’s IG page for summarized reviews. If you can’t find the review here, its definitely on the IG page. Look out for the Top 40 Songs Kenya review coming soon. Hope Bensoul is already number one. Peace.