You can always see what I’ve been listening to on Last.fm (my music player logs everything there), but sometimes I am surprised how the numbers add up. Most of it shouldn’t be a shock (metal), but there’s actually a lot of rap/hip-hop from the US as well as East Africa. We always hear matatus blaring mixtapes from local DJs, and one thing they usually say is that they are Keepin’ it strictly Kenyan! So in honor of what is now becoming a tradition, I am posting a few more of my favorite songs for you!
Redsan — Yule Pale
Actually, Redsan is Ugandan, but he calls Kenya home these days. Yule pale is “That person over there”… probably a chick at a party. Just enjoy the beats!
Flexx — Amejibeba
This one came out in 2006 I think, but I really like the song. In Swahili I guess that literally means “She has carried herself” but in sheng (street Swahili, slang) it’s really something like “She’s got ass,” haha. Enjoy!
Jua Cali — Bidii Yangu
This track is a bit old but I like it. Jua Cali means “know California,” an estate in Nairobi where this rapper comes from. I always tell people nimejua calif (“I have known California”), as it’s where I was born and raised in the US.
Which is your favorite? Did any of them make you bob your head? Clap your hands? Be honest, if you stood up on the table to dance I wanna know. Maybe it’s just me, because I live in Kenya… haha!