Kenyan music is slowly but surely getting global recognition after years of Kenyan artists claiming that Kenyan media is giving them little to no attention and focusing on Nigerian and Tanzanian music.
Spotify has released the list of most streamed Kenyan artists so far. The list contains various artists who sing in different genres. This goes to prove that the music trend is changing and evolving in Kenya.
Topping the list is Bien with 595.6k monthly listeners. Bien has been doing solo projects for a while now and has had major hits like Mbwembwe and Dimension. He is also Said to have been part of writing some of the major hits for his boy band, Sauti Sol.
Following him closely on the list is the American-based Kenyan rapper, KayCyy. The Grammy Award winner whose real name is Mark Makora Mbogo boasts 548.2k monthly listeners.
Sauti Sol comes in third with a monthly following of 512.7k. The Kenyan boy band has been going on its final tour around the world before it takes an indefinite hiatus. They announced the news back in May and are planning to hold their last concert together in Kenya during Sol Fest.
Idd Aziz comes in fourth with 467.2k monthly listeners. The talented vocalist is based in Norway and started his music journey as early as 13 and by 15 he was already doing his first tour and collaborations with another high profile artist.
Xenia Mannaseh comes in fifth making her the most streamed female artist in Kenya. Xenia boasts 375.6k monthly listeners. She has worked with the likes of Taylor Swift, Teyana Taylor, Big Sean, Mr. Eazi, and Sauti Sol in their hit song Rhumba Japani as well as opening for Rema in a concert.
Otile Brown comes in sixth with 297.7k monthly followers. The Kiswahili R&B artist is known for his unique vocals and Swahili love songs. He is one of the few Kenyan artists who do not involve themselves in drama.
Nikita Kering becomes the second most streamed Kenyan female artist on Spotify She has 271.5k monthly listeners. The Ex hitmaker recently represented Kenya at Coke Studio alongside Khaligraph Jones.
Jeff Kaale comes in eighth with 238.2k monthly listeners. His songs are mostly used as background music by vloggers and YouTubers. He is known for making African beats. Coming in at ninth is Lexsil who has 210k monthly listeners. Ayub Ogada follows with 184.1k monthly listeners.
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