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The music scene in Kenya has continued to grow over the years and 2018 has been no different with digital music streaming and sales being a major revenue source for many local artists. The year 2018 was an amazing one for many Kenyan artistes with total music streams rising above 1.1 billion with over 134,000 user-generated playlists globally, an almost 70% increase compared to the previous year.
Hits like “Malaika” and “Bebi Bebi” by Nyashinski propelled him to the list of Top 10 Trending artist of 2018 in Kenya. Khaligraph’s “Testimony 1990” Album claimed the number 1 spot for Top Albums of 2018 in Kenya, whereas “Short n Sweet” by Sauti Sol ft Nyashinski is the second most-streamed song in Kenya.
“Narudisha” by Gloria Muliro, “Melanin” by Sauti Sol ft Patoranking and “Malaika” by Nyashinski also topped as the most trending songs in Kenya based on the number of times each song appeared in the Top 100 Kenyan chart.
“Short n Sweet” by Sauti Sol ft Nyashinski, “Malingo” by Willy Paul, “Ten over Ten” by Bahati and “Rider” by Khaligraph ft Petra claimed the spot as Top Music Videos in Kenya based on the number of views garnered.
Afropop and Afrofusion was the most listened-to genre that dominated 2018, but Gospel music experienced a sharp increase with Bahati and Evelyn Wanjiru topping the list of Top 10 Gospel artiste of 2018.
Top 10 trending artistes of 2018 is a mix of Kenyan, Tanzanian and Nigerian artistes. While Nyashinki leads the pack, Tanzania’s Harmonize and Aslay take the second and third spot.
Top 10 albums of 2018 are an interesting mix of local and international artists. Rapper Khaligraph Jones’ “Testimony 1990” takes the top spot with Evelyne Wanjiru’s Mungu Mkuu following. Tanzanian Nandy takes the third spot with her debut album “African Princess”.
Nyashinki once again made waves with his two mega-hits “Malaika” and “Mungu Pekee” leading the pack of top trending songs of 2018. Gloria Muliro’s “Narudisha” came in third.
In the gospel scene, Bahati, Evelyn Wanjiru led the list of top gospel artistes of 2018. Nigerian singer Sinach came in third followed by Gloria Muliro. The most played gospel song of 2018 came from Nyashinski with “Mungu Pekee.” “Narudisha” by Gloria Muliro came second, followed by “Vimbada” from Moji Shortbaba ft Jabidii.