10 of The Best Musicians in Kenya

This blog post lists down 10 of The Best Musicians in Kenya. The list is a mix of male and female musicians.

Best Musicians in Kenya

In no particular order, these are the top ten musicians in Kenya.

10. Femi One

Femi One, whose real name is Wanjiku Kimani, is a Kenyan rapper and songwriter. She gained popularity in the Kenyan music scene with her unique rap style, confident delivery, and thought-provoking lyrics. Femi One grabbed the spotlight after featuing in King Kaka’s song Ligi soo.

Her most famous singles include Utawezana, Properly, Tunaweza, Kipetero Kiyesu, Hepi, Heshima and Adonai. Femi One has received multiple award nominations and accolades for her contributions to Kenyan music.

She continues to release new music, collaborate with other artists, and showcase her versatility as a rapper. Femi One is admired for her energetic stage presence and engaging performances, making her a favorite among fans of Kenyan hip-hop.

9. Wakadinali


Wakadinali is a Kenyan hip-hop music group consisting of three main members: Scar Mkadinali, Domani Munga and Sewer Sydaa. They are known for their lyrical prowess, hard-hitting rap style, and authentic representation of the Kenyan hip-hop culture.

Wakadinali’s music is also characterized by hard-hitting beats, clever wordplay, and intricate rhyme schemes. They have collaborated with various artists within Kenya and have been recognized for their contributions to the Kenyan hip-hop genre. Currently, their most popular song is Geri Inengi popularly known as Subaru ya Mambaru.

8. Jovial


Jovial, whose real name is Juliet Miriam Ayub is a Kenyan singer and songwriter. Her name ‘Jovial’ is a nickname that was given to her by her teachers and fellow students because she was always happy and ever smiling while at school.

Jovial gained prominence in the Kenyan music industry through her collaborations with various artists and her own solo releases. Her musical journey started as a background vocalist for other artists before stepping into the spotlight as a solo artist. She has a versatile vocal range and is known for her ability to sing in different genres, including Afro-pop, Bongo Flava, and R&B.

Some of Jovial’s notable collaborations are with Kenyan artist Otile Brown on their hit song Such Kind of Love, Jeraha, Amor, and Zichune. All of these songs have garnered millions of views on YouTube. jovial has also collaborated with other notable artists such as Marioo and Darassa

As a solo artist, Jovial has released several successful songs, including unanikosha, chechemea, deejay and vibe. Her music often carries a melodic and catchy vibe combined with meaningful lyrics that resonate with her audience.

Jovial continues to actively work on her music career, collaborating with other artists and releasing her own solo projects. Her talent and unique sound have contributed to her growing popularity within the Kenyan music scene.

7. Nadia Mukami

Nadia Mukami is a Kenyan singer, songwriter, and performer. She gained popularity in the Kenyan music industry after releasing hits such as Si Rahisi, and African Lover. Since then, she has released several hit songs and collaborated with various artists.

Nadia Mukami was born on November 9, 1996, in Pumwani, Nairobi, Kenya. She discovered her passion for music at a young age and started writing songs while in high school. After completing her studies, she pursued a degree in Actuarial Science at Maseno University.

In 2019, Nadia Mukami gained significant recognition with her single Radio Love featuring Arrow Bwoy, which became a massive hit in Kenya and across East Africa. The song earned her multiple award nominations and cemented her status as one of Kenya’s most promising young artists.

Some of Nadia Mukami’s other popular songs include Tesa, Kai Wangu, Roho Mbaya, Maombi Ikamate Hiyo, Yule Yule and Jipe. Her music is known for its catchy melodies, relatable lyrics, and fusion of different genres, including Afro-pop, R&B, and Bongo Flava.

Nadia Mukami continues to make waves in the music industry with her talent and unique style. She has amassed a significant following on social media platforms and frequently collaborates with other notable artists in the East African music scene.

6. Bahati

Bahati is a popular Kenyan gospel, secular artist and songwriter. His full name is Kevin Mbuvi Kioko, and he was born in 1994 . Bahati gained fame in 2014 after winning the reality TV show Groove Awards which propelled his music career.

Throughout his career, Bahati has released numerous hit songs, including “Mama,” “Barua,” “Kumbe Kumbe,” and “Machozi.” He has collaborated with various artists both locally and internationally. His music is known for its inspirational and uplifting messages, often drawing from his personal experiences. Currently, his most famous songs are Adhiambo, My Abebo, Kiss ft Rayvanny, Wanani, Peter Yangu featuring Nadia Mukami, Missing you, Size Yangu and Mtaachana tu. His latest songs are Fanya Mambo and Mama Watoto.

Besides music, Bahati is involved in philanthropic activities. He runs the Bahati Foundation, which focuses on helping disadvantaged children in Kenya by providing education, healthcare, and basic needs.

5. Willy Paul

Willy Paul is a Kenyan musician and songwriter. His real name is Wilson Abubakar Radido, and he was born on September 1, 1993, in Mathare Slums, Kenya. Willy Paul is known for his blend of gospel and secular music genres.

A few years back Willy Paul faced criticism and controversy for what some perceive as a shift towards secular music and a departure from his gospel roots. His musical choices have sparked debates and divided opinions among fans and the broader Kenyan music community.

Willy Paul rose to fame in 2010 with his hit single “Sitolia” featuring Gloria Muliro, which became an instant success in the gospel music scene. Since then, he has released several popular songs, including “Tam Tam, I do, Jigi Jigi, Toto, Fall in Love, Odi Love, Liar and Popo.

Despite the controversies, Willy Paul continues to release new music and collaborate with various artists. His energetic stage performances and catchy songs have gained him a significant fan base in Kenya and beyond.

4. Sauti Sol

Sauti Sol is a Kenyan afro-pop band that was formed in Nairobi in 2005. The group consists of four members: Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano, Savara Mudigi, and Polycarp Otieno. They gained popularity not only in Kenya but also internationally for their unique blend of afro-pop, R&B, and traditional Kenyan music styles.

Sauti Sol’s music is characterized by rich harmonies, catchy melodies, and thoughtful lyrics that often touch on social issues. They have released several successful albums, including “Mwanzo” (2008), “Sol Filosofia” (2011), “Live and Die in Afrika” (2015), and “Afrikan Sauce” (2019). Their songs have topped charts in Kenya and other African countries, and they have collaborated with various African and international artists.

The group has received numerous awards and accolades for their music, including multiple MTV Africa Music Awards and BET Awards nominations. They are known for their energetic and captivating live performances, and they have toured extensively across Africa and beyond.

Sauti Sol’s success has helped to popularize Kenyan music on the global stage, and they have become one of Africa’s most celebrated musical acts. They continue to create music and inspire fans with their talent, creativity, and commitment to promoting African culture through their music.

3. Nyashinski

Nyashinski, whose real name is Nyamari Ongegu, is a Kenyan musician and songwriter. He gained popularity as a member of the music group Kleptomaniax before venturing into a solo career. Nyashinski was born on 7th March 1980 in Nairobi, Kenya. He is known for his unique style, powerful vocals, and thoughtful lyrics.

Nyashinski’s musical journey began in the early 2000s when he formed Kleptomaniax alongside Roba and Collo. The group enjoyed success with hits such as “Freak It” and “Haree.” However, in 2004, Nyashinski took a break from music and moved to the United States.

After a decade-long hiatus, Nyashinski made a comeback in 2016 with his solo single “Now You Know.” The song received widespread acclaim and marked his return to the Kenyan music scene. He followed it up with several successful singles, including Mungu Pekee, Aminia, Free, Hayawani, Hapo tu and Bebi Bebi

Nyashinski’s music resonates with a wide audience due to its relatable themes and positive messages. His songs often touch on love, personal growth, and social issues, reflecting his experiences and observations. Nyashinski’s distinct sound combines elements of pop, hip-hop, and African rhythms, creating a unique and captivating musical style.

Throughout his career, Nyashinski has received numerous accolades and nominations. He has won several awards, including the coveted Pulse Music Video Awards (PMVA) for Best Male Artist and Best Collaboration. His contributions to the Kenyan music industry have cemented his status as one of the country’s most talented and influential musicians.

2. Mejja

Mejja, whose real name is Major Nameye Khadija is a Kenyan musician and songwriter. He is known for his unique style of music, which blends elements of genge, kapuka, and hip-hop. Mejja was born on 23rd March, 1979 in Nyeri, Kenya.

Mejja rose to fame after releasing singles such as Landlord, Niko Poa, and Jana Kuliendaje. In 2014, Mejja, Madtraxx and Kid Kora formed The Kansoul and dropped the first song Dabo Tap. Later on, they released songs such as Bablas, Nyongwa, No Woman No Party and Accelerator.

In addition to his work with The Kansoul, Mejja has also released solo projects. Some of his notable solo tracks include Tabia Za Wakenya, Siskii, Usiniharibie Mood, Siku hizi ni Kubad, Kanairo dating, and Punguza Ego. His solo music often reflects social commentary, humor, and storytelling.

Mejja’s music has resonated with a wide audience, and he has collaborated with various Kenyan artists, including Willy Paul, Bahati, Jovial, and Otile Brown. He is known for his entertaining performances and stage presence, captivating audiences with his charismatic personality.

1. Otile Brown

Otile Brown, whose real name is Jacob Obunga, is a Kenyan singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He was born on March 21, 1994, in Mombasa, Kenya. Otile gained prominence in the Kenyan music industry with his unique R&B and afro-pop sound.

Otile Brown rose to fame in 2016 with the release of his hit single Alivyonipenda. Since then he has released other successful songs such as Pakate, Yule Mbaya, Hi, Nabayet, Mapenzi Hisia, Baby Love, The Way You are and This Kind of Love. Otile’s music is known for its catchy melodies, heartfelt lyrics, and smooth vocals.

Otile Brown has collaborated with various artists in the Kenyan music scene, including Khaligraph Jones, Prezzo, Mejja, Sanaipei Tande, and Timmy Tdat. His collaborations have resulted in successful tracks such as Chaguo La Moyo, Watoto Na Pombe, Ndagukunda, Niseme Nawe and Dusuma.

Aside from his musical endeavors, Otile Brown is also known for his fashion sense and has become a style icon in Kenya. He has a significant following on social media, where he shares updates about his music, personal life, and fashion choices.

Otile Brown continues to release new music and has maintained a consistent presence in the Kenyan music industry. His soulful voice and ability to connect with his audience have contributed to his popularity and success as a musician.

Other Top Artists in Kenya

Redsan

Redsan, whose real name is Swabri Mohammed, is a Kenyan dancehall and reggae artist. He is known for his energetic performances, captivating stage presence, and his contribution to the Kenyan music industry.

Redsan was born on May 1, 1979, in Nairobi, Kenya. He began his music career in the late 1990s and quickly gained recognition with his unique dancehall sound and charismatic style. Redsan’s music is a fusion of reggae, dancehall, and Afro-pop, and he sings in both English and Swahili.

In 2002, Redsan released his debut album titled Seasons of the San which propelled him to stardom. The album featured popular hits like Julie and Yule Pale. Since then, he has released several successful albums, including Pioneer in 2006, Versatility in 2009 and The Baddest in 2018.

Redsan has collaborated with various local and international artists, including Jamaican dancehall superstar Demarco on the hit song Badder Than Most and Nyla in their hit song Touch Me There. He has also been involved in producing and nurturing talent in the Kenyan music scene.

Throughout his career, Redsan has received numerous awards and accolades for his music, including the Best East African Male artist at the Kora awards in 2004. He continues to release new music, perform at concerts and festivals, and remains an influential figure in Kenyan music. Some of his latest works include Rio, back it up and Panda featuring Ommy Dimpoz.

Sanaipei Tande

Sanaipei Tande is a Kenyan singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born on March 22, 1985, in Mombasa, Kenya. Sanaipei gained fame after winning the East Africa Coca-Cola Popstars talent search in 2004, which led to the formation of the music group called “Sema” with two other members. The group enjoyed success in the East African music scene before disbanding in 2005.

After the group disbanded, Sanaipei embarked on a solo career. Since then, Sanaipei Tande has released hits after hits. Some of her most notable songs include Najuta, Amina and Simama imara. Her most famous collaboration is with Juacali in their hit song Kwaheri. Sanaipei has also done two collaborations with Otile Brown, they include: Aiyana and Chaguo la Moyo.

Sanaipei Tande continues to be an influential figure in the Kenyan music industry, known for her soulful voice and versatile singing style. She has released several albums and continues to release new music, captivating audiences with her talent and unique sound.

Fena Gitu

Fena Gitu, whose real name is Trufena Wanjiru Gitu, is a Kenyan singer, songwriter, and performer. She is known for her unique music style that blends various genres, including Afro-pop, soul, and R&B. Fena Gitu rose to fame with her breakout hit single “Fenamenal Woman” in 2013, which garnered widespread acclaim and established her as a rising star in the Kenyan music industry.

Born on April 25, 1991, Fena Gitu began her musical journey at a young age. She started out as a background vocalist for other Kenyan artists before venturing into her own solo career. Her music often carries messages of empowerment, self-expression, and social commentary, which have resonated with audiences in Kenya and beyond.

Fena Gitu’s discography includes popular songs such as Sijaskia Vibaya, Steam, Kaende Doing Her Thing Tho and Trouble. Her music is characterized by catchy melodies, witty lyrics, and a fusion of both English and Swahili languages. Fena Gitu has collaborated with various artists in the East African music scene and has been recognized with several awards for her contributions to Kenyan music.

Prince Indah

Prince Indah, whose real name is Evans Ochieng Owino is a Kenyan Benga musician. He is known for his soulful voice, captivating stage presence, and his contribution to the preservation and promotion of Benga music in Kenya.

Prince Indah was born and raised in Siaya County, Kenya. He started his music career in the early 2000s and gained popularity with his unique style of Benga music, which is a genre popular in Western Kenya. Benga music is characterized by its lively rhythms, guitar-driven melodies, and storytelling lyrics.

Prince Indah’s music often carries messages of love, social issues, and cultural heritage. He has released several successful albums and singles throughout his career, including popular songs like Mama Watoto, Nyar Joluo, Mummy Chulo and Hera Onge Woun Go. His collaborations with Bahati such as Adhiambo and My Abebo have made him popular among other communities.

Sweetstar

Sweetstar is arguably Kalenjin’s finest musician at the moment. His songs have taken over the youth by storm. Born in 1992, June 9th, Sweetstar has proven that Kalenjin songs are worth hearing. Currently, his YouTube account has more than 119,000 subscribers and has over 60 videos. Sweetstar is best known for songs such as Nilale Ndani,  Mi Kiit Neimon, Poshomill and Jamillah.

Samidoh

Samidoh is the stage name of a popular Kenyan musician and performer. His real name is Samuel Muchoki, and is best known for his unique blend of Kikuyu music and modern sounds, often referred to as “Mugithi” music

Samidoh’s music career began in 2009 when he started performing in local clubs and events. He gained popularity through his energetic performances and catchy songs, which resonated with a wide audience.

Some of Samidoh’s most popular songs include Wendo Maguta, Ndiri Mutwe Mwega, Tuhii Twitu, Niwe Ndarathimiirwo, and “Mumbi.” His music often tells stories of love, relationships, and social issues, which has contributed to his widespread appeal.

Samidoh’s talent and success have earned him numerous awards and nominations. Apart from his music, Samidoh is also a trained police officer. He serves in the Kenya Police Service. His background in law enforcement has occasionally influenced his music, as he incorporates themes of justice and societal challenges into his lyrics.

Masauti

Masauti is a Kenyan musician and songwriter. Masauti gained popularity with his hit songs such as “Ipepete” and “Kiboko.” His music often incorporates a blend of Swahili lyrics with catchy melodies, making it appealing to a wide audience.

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