I believe in resolutions and new year goals. I have quite a number this year and one of them includes offering you better content. Twitter users and meme creators warned us from using the phrases, “new year, new me”, “2019 is my year” blah blah blah. They told us to refrain from using the ‘overused’ lines because, 2019 duh! But I say, do you. I’m giving you the permission to claim 2019 as yours and be a better and ‘new’ you.
I reached out to a number of Kenyan artists to know what they have in store for us this year. Last year was an interesting year in terms of music. You can read some of our music pieces below:
Here are some of the artists I spoke to and this is what they will be doing in 2019.
Taio is a well-known musician having worked with former band, Camp Mulla. His CV now includes deejay, songwriter, sound engineer and TV producer with a show dubbed, Prototype that invites upcoming artists to discuss their growth, failures, and success.
He says, “This year I want to write more music, release my first music video and collaborate with some of my favourite local acts. It’s a year for even more growth both individually and collectively as Kenyan musicians.”
Her music career skyrocketed in 2018 due to her impressive voice and work ethic. She is part of the new artists at Coke Studio Africa’s second season. She’s young, talented and on the path to greatness.
She says, “I am working on more collaborations, more diverse sounds and most of all stretching my wings to the larger East African market.”
Have you listened to her song, Power? You should. Phy has not only achieved local success but has received international recognition for her talent. She had the opportunity to perform together with the likes of rock band One Republic at the World Youth Festival in Russia a while back.
She says, “I intend to release my 3rd studio project, Phytures, with songs that feature Africa’s best singers, producers, instrumentalists and other creatives. The past two years have opened international access through performances across Europe. There are definitely more of those to come starting with this year’s SXSW Festival in March. It’ll take place in Texas, USA. Finally, i’ll be creating more visual content and pursuing my other artistic passions as a writer, visual artist and upcoming director.”
He is the young artist associated with all things cool and fresh having been one of the youngest to be signed under Decimal Records. In 2018, Decimal Records released the Decimator album in which he is featured alongside other greats.
He says, “In terms music, I wanna do more collaborations and take my music ‘mashinani’ to widen my fan base away from Nairobi city. Away from music, I want to try more sea food.”
The next big boy band is Bendi Huru. 2018 saw them apply for Mr Eazi’s emPawa 100 and emerge as one of the winners. They were featured on the cover of Art Galore Africa magazine and they continually keep on growing their audience.
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We would love to take this opportunity to thank every single person that has been part of our success in 2018..as we welcome 2019 Today .,we wish you all the best this year Hoping to vibe with you even more …let's remember to pray and support eachother not forgetting to LOVE one another , we owe you nothing but good music in 2019😊👌.Happy new year 🌹 #bendihurusings #newyear#livemusic #instamusic #instagood #instalove #BendihuruMassive
They say, “2018 proved a lot to us, a lot of stuff that was initially beyond our realm of thought came to pass, being selected among top 100 artistes on Mr Eazi’s emPawa Africa project has to be one of our key highlights. Going forward into 2019 we solve to release more music and stage more live performances and grow the Bendi Huru Brand further while we are at it.”
This year will be a wonderful one for Kenyan music. What are your 2019 goals/resolutions? Wishing y’all an awesome and successful year.