There has been a great debate about the importance of playing Kenyan music this year. This has been followed by a lot of support for the various genre’s that the Kenyan scene has to offer. It has been great! YouTube sensations Over25 recently dedicated one of their much-anticipated videos to 10 of their favorite *Kenyan* songs of the moment. We stan!
But has Kenyan music reached or is about to reach the point where it can be exported across borders? And get the same sort of love that the Tanzanian, Nigerian and South African musicians receive? It is highly unlikely. As mentioned by many industry enthusiasts and insiders the sector needs a lot more support from government institutions and event organizers who are almost always willing to pay foreign performers more than their Kenyan counterparts.
However, all hope is not lost! We have niche artists who have our beautiful country as the cornerstone of their inspiration when making music. One such artist is Nah Eeto who was born in here but has lived in Thailand, Tanzania, and the United Kingdom. Her name is a tribute to her mother’s Meru name is true testimony that Kenya is where her heart is.
It is artists such as these that will help raise the Kenyan flag high and give life to the much controversial “Kenya to the world!” rallying call. Catch her on #LIT360 as she flexes her talents alongside our resident DJ Fazzy!