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2019 Year in Kenyan Music….According to Boomplay.

Article by Maureen Kasuku
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Posted: January 02, 2020

Happy 2020 y’all! Music connoisseurs gather around… Music streaming service Boomplay just released its 2019 “Kenya Music Facts”, declaring Willy Paul as the ‘Most Streamed Artiste’ in Kenya. Ummm… Ok. We did not see that coming. Lol! Nyashinski, Sauti Sol, Masauti and Nadia Mukami, followed taking position 2 – 5, respectively. King Kaka, Khaligraph Jones, Evelyn Wanjiru, Arrow Boy and Ethic Entertainment, also joined the list of Kenya’s Top 10 Trending and Most Listened to Artistes in 2019.

Boomplay also collected data for the Most Streamed Songs as well as Albums. Willy Paul’s “Mmmh” feat. Tanzania’s Rayvanny came first in the Top 10 Kenyan Songs. “Ipepete” by Masauti came second, “Radio Love” by Arrow Boy feat. Nadia Mukami came third with fourth position taken by Moji Shortbabaa’s “Vimbada” with Jabidii. Others in the Top 10 Most Streamed Kenyan Songs of 2019 include “Narudisha” by Gloria Muliro at position 5, “Pandana” by Ethic Entertainment at number 7 and “Mungu Mkuu” by Gloria Muliro at number 9. Nyashinski with “Marathon Runner”, “Mungu Pekee” and “Free” took positions 6, 8 and 9.

The data and charts presented in the Music Facts sheet are based on data from the music app, which has over 60M+ users globally with over 5.3M from Kenya. Boomplay also boasts of an expansive catalogue of over 20M tracks and is available on iOS, Android and web.

Among the top streamed albums was Hart_The Band’s 2019 debut ‘Made in The Streets’, followed by King Kaka’s 2018 ‘Eastlando Royalty’, then Evelyn Wanjiru’s ‘Mungu Mkuu’ 2017 release at third position with Arrow Boy’s 2019 debut ‘Hatua’ at fourth place. Other 2019 albums that made it into the Top 10 Most Streamed Kenyan Albums in Kenya Music Facts include ‘Spectrum’ by Kagwe Mungai at position 8 and ‘Yesu Mtaani’ by Moji Shortbabaa at position 10. The late E-Sir’s legendary status had him in this list with ‘Nimefika’ at position 9.

The service also released some insights on Kenyan streaming culture and music tastes. From the facts sheet, Gospel Music tops the list of Kenya’s most streamed genre with Bongo Flava, Afrobeats, Hip-Hop & Rap and Reggae, following suit.

Check out their social media handles for the full list.

Did your favourite artist, song, album or playlist make it? Was this list a yay or nay? Hit us up and let us know.

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