Dj ebu weka tracky,
Inabamba……” (E-sir & Nameless- Boomba Train)
Just recently, my friend suggested (Hello Kabutha!) we discuss the recent music stealing our Kenyan airwaves. After a long time in Kenya people are now listening to kenyan music na hakuna naija night Nairobi (You’re welcome Nyash). Now more than ever, our radio stations are airing Kenyan music and the support is amazing! Kiasii! Imenibambabamba!
The era of Gengeton/ Ghetto Rap!
What Kabutha was concerned with is the sexual explicitness that Gengeton carries. And true, these songs are full of sexual undertones that is so clear to hear. The other day I found my siblings listening to “Geuka nikubeng!” and my mother just happened to be getting home. Needless to say it was a very uncomfortable experience (first-borns where you at?). Sijui niseme! Sijui niseme!
Kabutha and I belong to the generation that grew up tukifishwa na E-sir na Nameless wingu na tisa with Boomba Train. Paulina! Paulina! was the girl we all wanted to grow up to be. Hebu cheza kwa maringo tukuone. Jimwat was the guy who realized “kumbe ni under 18”. Piga makofi kwa hawa jama coz Logombaz was inadi area.
Enter the world of Wamlambez! Ushai lamba lolo? The music my siblings and everyone is listening to. You have definitely listened to this music coz inakupeleka tu na rieng.
Arrives the conflict that Kabutha and I faced, are these songs too sexually explicit compared to Kapuka?
Just the other day my mother banned all these songs from ever being listened to but I can play my Kapuka very comfortably.
So our team of experts went out to research and collect evidence on this controversial topic. We wanted to know:
Do Kenyan Youth Listen to Kenyan Music?
Do we Like Kenyan Music?
Many people say they like Kenyan Music because its our own culture and we have to promote it. Because its dope, catchy, especially on night outs and a representation of what we call Kenyan.
- What do we think about Gengeton?
From the many respondents that filled our surveys, Gengeton is enjoyable, the best music ever, best representation of the current youth, just a nice beat and dope for night outs. Others said that its not that bad, has no content, has wanting messages, and its too complex for old folks. Some said they just dont like it.
A significant number thought that Gengeton is a good representation of Kenyan music while a few thought it is not necessarily.
- How Kapuka and Gengeton compare
There are some that said that they are one and the same thing.
Others thought that Gengeton is better than Kapuka.
“Kapuka emerged but later on died due to inconsistency but genge tone has lots of artist and it’s still emerging.”
Many thought that Gengeton is too dirty to listen to with kids. Some remarked,
“Those are two genred, Kapuka was so good no nudes or sexual graphics Wamlambez is so naughty, so hard to even sing infront of kids.”
“Kapuka was way better and you could sing it with your kids without being embarrassed.”
“It can’t compare, kapuka is iconic music!”
- And if Gengeton is too sexually explicit
And now to the focus of this article:
58% of you thought that Gengeton is too sexually explicit and 41% thought otherwise.
I personally liked the “Mimi kama ni shash najua” (for obvious reasons) but Ethic got to the “mimi kama ni vajo, nyandua!” And that’s fucking weird! Why did they have to go there?
My sister said that if we are complaining about this music then maybe we should do some soul searching and abandon the oh righteous double-standard. According to siz, we have endless sexually explicit content that gets in Kenya and we embrace it but we have a problem when our own music follows the same suite.
Truth is, we listen to sexually explicit content from Diamond (Weka mate nitelezee), Nigerians and of course Hip-Hop gangsters who sing about “money, pussy and power.” However, when its words that we understand, we shy of and call it immoral. That’s the one side.
There is also the case of our beloved Kapuka. I also thought that this music was very innocent till Thursday this week.
You remember Flex,
“Nashindwa nizame wapi, Nyundo yangu sasa itauwa wapi… mpaka useme jina zote unazo. “
Or my favorite, Morale which just described horniness.
na mavitu tamtatam
nitazinyamnyam” But here, you can see the subtle nature of Kapuka.
Or Manyake All sizes. Juala ndo wahitaji.” This at least encouraged condom use.
Nonini’s “Mtoto mzuri.”
What about Wakimbizi’s “John! Nampenda John!
And this article that is reminding you. Am out!
So yes, this is not the first time that we are listening to explicit Kenyan music. “Maybe your opinions and this article should just be shoved right up your anuses,” Says that second kid my mother decided to have. I’m just gonna go do that. Give me two seconds.
Okay. We are back!
But we also need to ask ourselves, what does this music say about us. Art is a mirror to society, a reflection of who we are. So, are we the kind of people portrayed in this music?
And if we are, are we proud of being that way.
The issue isn’t that sexual content is being talked about in music. The issue is that we fear anything that reveals we have sex. We prefer that fact hidden even if 8 billion people is evidence that people are having sex, and the pregnancy and birth of every baby confirms it.
Why don’t we like talking about sex yet its so natural. And then when we talk about it, its with levity as evidenced by our current music.
Should we talk about sex on a more serious level or is this the evolution of the sex talk in Kenya?
Is this a thing we want to encourage? It could prove advantageous to some extent. One of the disadvantages of not talking about sex is already evident- sexual abuse, displeasure, deviance, risky behavior. Its a lot. Maybe we should just brace ourselves for this and just dive in.