In this edition of the #LitList, these are the top 10 gospel songs Kenya has been grooving to this year.
Gospel music in Kenya has been on the rise and growing in recent times. More artistes have come out with better songs, which have been better received by the public and gone on to become household staples.
We’re also seeing more investment into the quality of the accompanying music videos, the quality of the audio mixes and general creativity with the songs.
Well, enough of the history lesson. Here are the songs that have rocked Kenya’s gospel music industry this year. Some were not released in 2018 but have seen their rise to fame in the last 12 months!
1. Thitima – Kymo and Stigah
Released in 2016 by Samawati Records, this song has seen decent reception since its launch. It was only natural to follow that a Christmas rendition of this song would come as a follow up to the original song.
The two artistes in this collaboration are Kymo (known in real life as William Kamore) and Stigah (known in real life as Moses Kariuki) produced a Christmas version of the song.
The song went on to win two Groove awards – the Afro Pop Song of the Year and the Song of the Year awards.
Here’s the official video of the original song:
2. Bazokizo – Bruz Newton and Collo
Released in 2017, this dance song has since become a local hit.
It’s a collaboration between two artistes – Bruz Newton (known in real life as Newton Kamau) and Collo (known in real life as Collins Majale), who was formerly a member of the group Kleptomaniax.
This song got nominations in three categories of the the Groove Awards in 2017 – Song of the Year, Afro Pop Song of the Year, and Collabo of the Year. However, the song only won for Collabo of the Year.
What’s so different about this song? Probably the unique dance style that it comes with – the Bazokizo dance which was choreographed by Bruz Newton.
Here’s the official video for the song. Enjoy!
3. Patakatifu Pako – Erick Smith
We’ve included Patakatifu Pako by Erick Smith in this list of top 10 gospel songs, since it won the Gospel Song of the Year award at the Groove Awards 2017.
The song was released in May of 2016, sang by Burundian born Eric Smith. He also sang the popular worship hit song Wewe ni Zaidi.
Here’s the official video of this powerful song:
4. I live for you – Adawnage
This song won the Music Video of the Year award at the 2017 edition of the Groove Awards. The group Adawnage also went on to win the Group of the Year award in the same event.
Directed by Link Global’s JBlessing, the video has been viewed more than 1.2 million times already.. and still growing!
Here’s the official video for this song. Enjoy!
5. Shule Yako – Mercy Masika
The Groove Awards Female Artist of this year Mercy Masika has grown in popularity and is daily becoming a household name especially with this song.
Shule Yako is arguably the most downloaded gospel song of 2017.
It’s no wonder then that the teacher turned gospel musician won this award last year.
Here’s the official video for you. Watch and enjoy!
6. General – Hopekid
This song, General by Hopekid, is the Groove Awards Ragga/Reggae Song of the Year 2017.
Hopekid, known in real life as Stephen Wambua, is widely known for his Carribean feel, particularly his Jamaican language slang known commonly as Patois.
He too was once a teacher – a primary school teacher who took his love for music to the next level, and is now winning awards for his work and contribution to the industry.
His song has gone around the country and can be heard in a wide variety of places.
This song, General, was produced by the legendary Homeboyz Productions.
Here’s the official video of the song:
7. Vidole – Eko Dydda
Eko Dydda is the Groove Awards Male Artist of the Year 2017.
He kept the airwaves rocking and full of good energy with his recent hit song Vidole. The song became a popular favourite and went on to win the Hip Hop Song of the Year in this year’s Groove Awards.
What makes this song different, is the very unique dancing style that it comes with. Also making this song stand out is Eko’s signature rap style – the stammer.
There are many songs you want to listen to for days, and add to any playlists you’re building – and this is definitely one of those songs.
Listen and watch the official video here now!
8. Kutembea Nawe – Rebekah Dawn
And then there are those songs that don’t really win awards, much to everyone’s surprise. But they do take over the nation and become so easily recognizable.
This song, Kutembea Nawe, is one of those kinds of songs. It was masterfully produced.
The song is sung by Rebekah Dawn in Swahili.
Dawn wrote, produced and performed this lovely song, released much earlier in 2015. The Redfourth chorus also did a cover of the song which gave the song a major boost in popularity.
Here’s the official music video for Kutembea Nawe:
And then, here’s the cover of this song done by Redfourth chorus:
Kutembea Nawe Cover by Redfourth Chorus
9. Boom Aye – Magic Mike ft Kambua
The song Boom Aye is a collaboration between Magic Mike and Nishikilie hitmaker Kambua.
It received two nominations in the 2017 Groove Awards – nominated for Afro Pop Song of the Year and Collabo of the Year.
Released in 2016, the song has been quite popular in the gospel music community in Kenya.
Here’s the official video of the song. Watch and enjoy!
10. Pale Pale – Size 8
Size 8 is a Kenyan artiste who made the headlines when she transitioned from the secular industry to become a gospel music artiste, and now is known by the stage name Size 8 Reborn.
She sang this song written by the Groove award winning songwriter of the year Pitson.
The song got two nominations in the Groove Awards 2017 – first for Song of the Year, and also for Video of the Year award categories.
Here’s the official video for this popular song Pale Pale by Size 8 Reborn.
So there you have it. Our #LitList of Top 10 Gospel Songs in Kenya. Which songs made your list? Which ones shouldn’t have? Which other ones would you add to this list? Let us know in your comments!