Is Gengetone the new threat to Kenyas Hip-hop artrist?

Ethic Entertainment [PHOTO|COURTESY]

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Banger hits from celebrated Kenyan artist have on several occasions caused a disturbance in Kenya’s music industry, but is no match for this new wave of music popularly known as “Gengetone”.

Gengeton is a Kenyan music style which involves localized Hip Hop and draws influences from Reggae and Dancehall music to build on an African Rhythm base performed in sing-along rap in heavy Kiswahili/Sheng language.


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The new genre has captured the hearts of many youngsters in the music scene, undoubtedly making it the most highly accepted and listened to genre of music according to music streaming platforms of Apple and Spotify.

Gengetone is ranked as the most dominant genre in Kenya.

Ethic Entertainment, a group of young adults inluding Reckless , Swat , Zilla and Seska, broke the cycle a year ago with a simple phrase turned hit track ‘Lamba Lolo’ which within a brief snippet of time, became a hit song with more than three million views.

Groups such as the Ochungulo Family and Reckless later surfaced and are seen to be doing a commendably job in the music Industry.


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But have you noticed that our hip-hop sector has completely faded from the industry?

Well, the growth of this new genre posses a huge threat to Hip-Hop artists such as the likes of Timmy Tdat, Kenrazy, Abbas Kubaff and many other.

With many new acts coming up under the Gengetone genre, the only question is will the hip-hop gang keep up with pace set by the Gengetone acts? Only time will tell.




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