‘Indigo’ by Karun, ‘O.N.E‘ by Cosmic Homies, ‘Trap Heaven‘ by Atwal, ‘We Cut Keys While You Wait‘ by Blinky Bill, ‘Love Wild‘ , ‘TRVE‘ by Mvroe, ‘Self‘ by Tweeny Eights, ‘Flight delay‘ by Uneek are just some of the projects that have shaped the urban music scene this year.
Thanks to soundcloud and social media craze these projects are garnering thousands of listens by the day, berthed concerts and attracted international attention. The level of production, diversity, character and detail on these projects just confirms the young artist is doing the most.
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Save for a show or two most of these songs remain off the country’s mainstream radio with some rejected despite the underlying craft. ‘Live And Die Afrika’ by Sauti Sol is a commercial success, they figured how to produce an album that got airplay, stayed true to the craft and still sold copies in a volatile market in the most unconventional way but look at them now! 21 cities and the MAMAs, a big win for artists hoping to reap from what they do best, make music.
With the year winding up, a few more projects are lined up and it can only get better ! A few weeks ago Shappaman announced on announced on ‘The Hump Show’ that he will release ‘Wild Wild’ the album, completing the trio ‘Wild’ sequel. The rapper -producer released his debut Mixtape ‘Wild Life’ (2015) and later followed it up with ‘Love Wild’ early this year. Shappaman has effectively used his first two projects to express a journey of self discovery that has left his records timeless, made him relatable and crafted a formidable fanbase.
After Chocolate City (2013) and L.D.P.C (2015) Octopizzo is ready to drop his third major studio album ‘Refugeenius’. Through his foundation -Octopizzo Foundation- the Kibera bred rapper partnered with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to mentor refugees through various projects like ‘Artists for Refugees’ a project that aims to enhance livelihood opportunities for refugees by building their capacity and improving their access to alternative livelihood opportunities through music, art, sports and culture. In June (2016) he was one of the invited speakers at Global Refugee Youth Consultation (GYRC) in Geneva and was ranked 16th most influential refugee influencer after reaching over 17 million people with his efforts in 2015. The album features collaborations with talented refugees from different nationalities and will drop on December 3rd. Octopizzo is currently on a media tour in Tanzania pre -promoting the album.
Wangechi looks set to shake up the scene once again with her sophomore studio project ‘Don’t Consume If Seal is Broken’ or what she calls a powerful EP. Her debut mixtape ‘Consume Chakula Ya Roho’ become one most downloaded mixtapes in the country back when it dropped. She has been sharing details of the project set for December 2nd on social media with her fans who seem to be dying in anticipation. With the current attention on Kenyan femcees, a Wangechi project could not be more timely!
Barak Jacuzzi is fast rising into a household name in the scene, he hosts arguably the best Kenyan urban show on internet right now ‘The Hump Show’. The South Carolina raised multi- talented artist is putting out his debut mixtape ‘The Juice Bar’ that promises to add dynamism to the new wave of Kenyan Hip Hop. You can’t put a finger to what a mixtape like that would do, one needs to listen closely to some of his joints to see the obvious.
Barry Mo is releasing his debut EP ‘December Nights’ slightly a year after releasing the lead single of the same name under The Posse. The Kisumu raised rapper- singer has teamed up with producer – collaborator Atwal Adwok for the production of an EP that will fill up a vast void in Kenyan music market if the lead single and Atwal’s debut album ‘Trap Heaven’ is anything to go by.