The Kenya music scene has started to experience some very fast and unexpected changes in the last decade or so. We’ve seen the evolution and rise of artists like Sauti Sol, Khaligraph and even Octopizzo who have lead to the Best Kenya Songs in 2018.
There have been more and more artists rising in the Kenyan Music industry and in 2017, we saw the unexpected and very welcome return of Nyashinski of the former rap Kenyan rap group Kleptomaniacs.
Kenya songs in 2018 were very many and very diverse and we saw the come up of fresh faces as well as the growth of other familiar faces too.
Not only were these Kenya songs from the secular genre, but there were also some Kenyan gospel songs that managed to make the list as part of the most entertaining songs of the year.
Best Kenya Songs of 2018:
1.Dundaing – King Kaka ft. Kristoff and Majix Enga
I have a few mixed reactions to this jam mainly because I am not sure if Majix Enga should be in the limelight singing or behind the scenes producing like he knows best.
This may be a song that could have had greater potential if he’d focused more on the beat and not on the vocals since he’s copied a part of Olamide’s Motigbana song on this as well.
I also am not really a fan of King Kaka, no hate, just facts. As for Kristoff, he’s been on a roll for a while now. I hope he manages to keep it up.
2. Baby Love – Otile Brown
Baby Love by Otile Brown must be the highlight song of the year for most of the people who heard it. Love is a confusing thing that can literally make us do anything at any time.
Well, for Otile, he was so smitten with his former lover Vera Sidika that he was able to write this song about her and eve feature her in the video. Despite having her in the video, the song managed to rake up its own popularity from his creative songwriting skill.
From Vera Sidika Images where she has removed all pictures of Otile brown, it is clear this song was the last we will see of the two together.
3. Wema Wako- Guardian Angel and Baraka
Guardian Angel is one of the realest gospel artistes in Kenya and composed one of the Best Kenya Songs.
Over the past few years, Guardian Angel has carved out his own pure diamond rocks from the surface of contaminated Kenyan gospel.His religious messages, punctuated by jim-dandy rhymes, give what would otherwise be a relatively average song a sexier feel.
Wema Wako by Guardian Angel makes me want to dance and pray at the same time. Both artistes keep the song buzzing with great energy and spiritual presence. I had never heard of Baraka before this song but he is good. He has a bright future.
4. Signature- Jimmy Gait
Jimmy Gait is one of the biggest Kenyan gospel musicians even though h has experienced some misses over his career. It’s been a while since we heard his name was in the Kenyan limelight.
Gait has been silent and he has something to show for it after all after releasing one of the Best Kenya Songs in 2018.
Jimmy Gait’s new song will feature on his upcoming comeback album and in this album he manages to reveal to his fans where he’s been all this time.
This Kenyan gospel song in question here still bears his style and form of singing and rhythm, just like he never left!
Signature by Jimmy Gait keeps true to his style of music but also delivers a strong message unlike many Kenya gospel songs.
5. Noma Ni- Octopizzo
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Octopizzo has unleashed one of the most incredible bars ever by a Kenyan rapper on this jam. The way This Kenyan musician plays with words is jaw-dropping.
Each verse he came up with really witty lines like
“Walianza mwaka na pupa Mi’ kwa hosi nime-chill tu ’cause I’m sick and you know it.”
‘Sick’ is a slang word for ‘dope’ and the fact that he says he is chilling in a hospital because he is too ‘sick’ is just incredible. This song made me develop a new form of respect for him.
That’s until Octopizzo released “Oliel” and I don’t need to tell you all the drama that followed that song.