Before we close the curtains on 2019, one of the most remarkable things to happen was seeing vernacular artists controlling the airwaves in the mainstream.
Vernacular hit songs of 2019
Which one is your favourite?
These songs provided big breaks to musicians who were little known about and now they call the shots in the music industry.
WENDO WI CAMA – SAMIDOH FT JOYCE WAMAMA
This is a song by Kikuyu Benga musician Samuel Ndirangu popularly known as Samidoh. It talks about the sweetness of love between a man and a woman. At the time of publication, the song had more 2.2 million views.
Samidoh has cut a niche for himself as one of the most sought after Kikuyu musicians and no event goes down without his name in Central Kenya. He came into the limelight about two years ago and is known for other songs which include; Ndiri Mutwe, Kairitu Gakwa and Niwe Ndarathimiirwo among others.
Aside from music, he also wears the cap of an Administration Police (AP) Officer.
JOSE GATUTURA - UTUKU UMWE
Jose Gatutura has positioned himself as one of the most sought after Kikuyu musicians in Kenya. He attracts crowds from all walks of life with his soothing music. Utuku Umwe is one of his best performing songs this year and it has attracted mixed opinions from people as he advises people not to convert into feelings, what happened from a one night stand.
He is also known for songs like Thii Ukiumaga, Ndia Kihanya and Ninjui ni Urimu among other songs featuring other artists.
KORIRYO - KIPSANG FT SWEETSTAR
Koriryo is the short form of the name Chepkorir. Kipsang and Sweetstar join forces and sing to a lady (Koriryo) asking her to accept his advances because he wants to introduce her to the parents.
The song stands out as the most sought after Kalenjin song and one of the most played on radio and TV.
Kipsang is a singer and a song writer who started out as a Zouk/RnB singer before he took a break and made a comeback as an urban Kalenjin singer. On the other hand, Sweetstar has cut himself a niche with Kalenjin love songs.
ALEX KASAU KATOMBI - SUNGA
Alex Kasau Katombi has proven to be a force to be reckoned with, after producing hit song after another. In the song, Sunga, the Kamba musician urges people to get off their feet and live in the moment by dancing.
He is also known for the following songs; I love you, Thingitha, Slay queen and Miao ya Nzovi among others.
MCUBAMBA ROBBAH - EKIO NKIEKIO
This is a song that celebrates Love as a symbol of eternity and is sung by Mcubamba Robbah. It is a song that is set in the context of a wedding song. Mcubamba a budding urban Kisii musician.
Apart from Ekio Nkiekio, he is also known for Naanchire and Wewe ni Mkuu.
STEVE KAY – KHALINJOLA
According to Steve Kay this song is a follow up for his song Mbe Omukhasi, where he was asking his father-in-law to allow him to marry his daughter.
He now wants to enjoy life and travel with the beautiful woman after the father-in-law gave in to his request.
His style of music has seen the legendary Luhya singer share a stage with other legendary musicians including M’Bilia Bel and Kanda Bongoman.
Steve Kay is also known for songs like; Mbe Mukhasi, Ochuka Busie, Mosesi and Bayuda among others.
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