15 best musicians in Kenya 2023. Which artist have been able to deliver this year. We have compiled a list for you based on the number of songs they have released and have been trending. A best musician should be consistent in releasing hits. Therefore, after conducting our research, we have compiled a list for you. Here are the best musicians in Kenya, list of elite and upcoming artist.
Otile Brown has been doing well this year and he deserves to open our list of best musicians in Kenya 2023. He has been entertaining fans from Kenya to Africa at large with his great hits. Recently, Otile Brown has also made major collaboration with Harmonize in song called Woman. This song has been trending all over as Otile Brown hard a major role in the song. Previously, Otile Brown has also collaborated with Alikiba, Jovial, and Sinaipei Tande. All those collaborations have succeeded with over 5 million views on YouTube. With his consistence, and creativity we can also expect another great song in the coming future.
Kgaligraph Jones is another best musician in Kenya and Africa at large. He has released several trendy songs. In 2019, he won the Afrima Award of best male artist in East Africa. Khaligraph Jones is still outstanding, his latest song this year was a big trend on social media, the song is Sifu Bwana. He made a collaboration with famous, and top Kenyan artist, Nyashiski. Kgaligraph Jones has also released other trendy songs like, Wavy with famous African artist, Sakode. Moreover, he made a collaboration with Krisper in the “Ndovu kuu” song. Thanks to this artist for entertaining his fans massively this year.
Sauti sol have been a great artists for a long time. They are among the best musicians in Kenya to the whole Africa. In fact, sauti sol were on another level some years back, by being nominated in awards like The Afrima Awards and more. We can say, they would have maintained the top position but this year they haven’t done much compared to their prime days. There latest trendy song is Nairobi, which was a collaboration between soul generation and Mejja.
Meja have been in the music industry for a very long time. He has been outstanding this year with at least 5 songs that are trending. His recent songs have been more of collaborations as he also mentored young upcoming artists. He was featured in the following top songs, Usiniharibie moods, usherati with Krispper ft X ray taniua, and more.
Nyashiski is another great artist with wonderful songs in the market. He has been outstanding in over the years including this year. He made a collaboration with Khaligraph Jones this year in year in the song, Sifu Bwana.
Jovial is a top artist who we must include in our list. The male gender has dominated the music industry in Kenya. However, this lady has struggled to have a place in 2023. Her songs have been trending this year. Thanks to her major collaborations that made her stand out. Jovial and Otile Brown have made collabo in two different songs that became a trend in town. For instance, her song Jeraha with Otile Brown made waves. In addition to that, they previously made a collaboration in another song, such kinda love which also did well.
Best upcoming artist in Kenya
A number of artists are also coming up with trendy songs. A best upcoming artist should be consistent in making new hits. Moreover, their music should impress many fans, plus the awards they get nominated or given also matters. In our list of best musicians in Kenya, here is a separate list of the best upcoming artists.
So far, iyanii has been so wonderful this year. He has been releasing heat after heat all for himself. His trending song is Pombe, getting up to 4.5 million views on YouTube. Moreover, Pombe had also a dance challenge on tiktok. Thereafter, he has a second trendy song called Furaha. The song has about 1.5 million views and still counting. Iyanii has also made a first collabo with major artists and it’s pombe remix with Mejja and others.
X ray sipangwingwi
This is also a fantastic musician in Kenya. Since he came into limelight, he has never disappointed his fans. His famous hit is sipangwingwi with Trio Mio. Moreover, he has other popular songs that have been trending this year. He also collaborated in Usherati with Majja, and Krispper (Ndovu kuu). In addition to that, X-ray has been featured in more other songs with major collaborations.
Krispper (Ndovu kuu)
Krispper has become a talk of the town. He has been featured in trendy songs with top artists in Kenya like Khaligraph Jones, and Mejja. He is very creative and unique in his own way. Krispper really deserves to be in this list of best upcoming artists in Kenya.
Nviiri the storyteller
Nviiri is also a great upcoming artist in Kenya. He is from the sol generation and I think you know their reputation in the country. Being mentored by top artists like sauti sol is not a joke, he has something unique. Nviiri won an award of award of the best upcoming artist category in pulse award 2019 December.
Nikita kering is a fantastic artist who is coming up at a great pace. In 2019, Nikita Kering won the Afrima Awards of best female artist in East Africa. What a great achievement, she managed to beat top female artists in East Africa like Nandi, and Zuchu.
Stivo Simple boy
This is also a top upcoming artist who has proven his worth. Stevo simple boy has been lively this year. He has been the talk of the town with his creative content. His song Freshi Barida really impressed many people, including his fans. He also impressed George Wajakoya (presidential candidate in 2022) Thanks to his hardwork that made him get recognized.
This boy is also doing a great job in the music industry. Trio Mio is still young and in school but he manages to write great songs. He has made collaboration with great artist like majja, X-ray, and more.
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Kaiga is also a fantastic upcoming artist in Kenya. In 2019/2020 was his year since he came to limelight at that period. He released a song called Zimenice which was a great trend. In addition to that, he released another one called Chain Chain. What a successful artist he’s been with all those songs trending all over. Chris kaiga was nominated for the pulse music award, category of best upcoming artist in 2019. Chris kaiga has made collaboration with Nyashiski in a song called Hapo Tu. He is a wonderful upcoming artist for sure.
Ssaru is also another hope for female gender. This year, Ssaru has represented the female gender well. Ssaru has made major collaborations with top artists in Kenya. Some of the trending songs she have been featured in, including Kalale. Ssaru gained a lot of popularity from that trendy song featuring top artists in Kenya.
Those are the best musicians in Keny today. However, the list may be subjected to change depending on their future performance.