A few weeks back I wrote on this great initiative started by betting firm company Betpawa in collaboration with Afro-pop artist, Mr.Eazi. 10 artists were set to be chosen for a clinic in Cape Town, South Africa where they were to be mentored by seasoned artists and producers such as Diplo of Major Lazer. Well, Kenyans got the first two spots out of three with the rest of the spots being distributed among artists from Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Malawi. 16 year old Nikita Kering was the first top 10 finalist and was then followed by Yung Bey-T.
Now as much as we wish all Kenyans that participated moved on to the next stage we have to support those of us who made it through. Nikita is already quite the household name with her vocal prowess coming to the forefront at just 8 years old after performing in veteran gospel singer Emmy Kosgeis’ album launch and appearing on Citizen TV’s special on Christmas day. She grabbed Kenyans by the heartstrings and went on to further tag at them by soulfully performing a Christmas carol. 8 years later, in 2018 she reigned supreme. She released pop ballad ‘Happy with you’ which earned her accolades such as Pulse Music Video Awards New artiste of the year and also won New artiste of the year at the Café Ngoma Awards. With this great opportunity at hand she has clearly shown she has no intent of letting up and we are here for it!
On the other hand, we have the musical enigma that is Yung Bey-T, a female version of Bryson tiller. She has the ability to get you in your feelings with her soulful voice while at the same time spitting bars or just spit bars and get you turnt. Famous for feeding her fans through her Instagram, she has proven her versatility comes with great style as a package deal and most importantly, she is not conforming and is going at her craft in her own way in true trailblazer style. The caption announcing her inclusion into the top 10 stated, “Representing Kenya, this girl has the voice and the style’ and we couldn’t agree more. ” Whether intentional or not this singer-rapper is creating her own lane and swerving at a steady 210 on it. A testament to this, are her latest singles ‘Bad Bad’ and ‘Vision’. They are great works of art with stark differences. ‘Vision’ plays to her signature trapsoul-esque vibe while ‘Bad Bad’ shows her ability to manipulate Afro-pop and warp it into a sound of her own desiring.
As we continue keenly watching these two ladies level up during this contest, let’s support good Kenyan music by streaming, requesting and buying their stuff.