Questions Emerge on Why Bongo Songs Perform Better Than Kenyan Videos on YouTube
27 April 2021
[Photo Credit: Capital FM]
By Lydia M Joshua
Over the past year, a new trend has emerged in the East African music scene where Bongo songs are doing extremely well as compared to Kenyan hits, yet Kenya is perceived as the music hub of the region.
Artists like Diamond, Harmonize, Rayvanny and Zuchu have been taking turns setting and breaking various YouTube records in East Africa.
Over the weekend, Harmonize set a new YouTube record in the region thanks to his ‘Attitude’ hit featuring Awilo Longomba and H Baba.
The song became the first jam in East Africa to secure over 3.5 million views in a day beating a record that had been set by Diamond Platnumz’s ‘Wahh’ video featuring Koffi Olomide.
Following Harmonize’s latest milestone, a section of Kenyan took to social media wondering why Kenyan artists never get such viewership yet they produce amazing music.
Billy The Goat; a popular Tweep shared his perspective, urging popular Kenyan artists to get together and break the records being set in Tanzania.
“Itabidi tufinyilie Mejja, Nyash, Otile Brown, Willy Paul, Khaligraph, Bahati na Sauti Sol kwa booth moja watoe Ngoma moja hatari yenye itabreak hizi YouTube Records Tz wanaweka,” he tweeted.
Talented Kenyan comedian DJ Shiti gave a contrary opinion to Billy, noting that there is a difference between Kenyan and Tanzanian music.
“Mziki ya Kenya ni mziki inaishi for long wewe!!! Sio zao za 2 weeks na kiki!!! Alafu audience ya Kenya ni wajanja nawako busy so ukifika 100k shukuru…. Again Kenya online watu wanafocus na everything productive from politics, economy matters, etc… TZ ni entertainment peke!!!!! So heshimu wasanii wetu,” he replied.
Celebrated Kenyan artist Willy Paul also weighed in on the debate stating that it is important that Kenyans embrace their own artists instead of ridiculing them.
“I see how people are making fan of their own. So sad , but this is Kenya so lazima uzoe hizi tabia. Kimbia na pace yako, don't do something coz nani amefanya.. utapasuka msamba! Kama msani usiwai jiwekea pressure kama hizi. Yes work hard but don't torture urself. Na mambo zingine. Izi ndio vitu zimefanya wasani wetu wanakimbia kununua views, pressure hizi mafans wanawaekea.
“Don't make fun of ur own manze, we work so hard to keep you entertained. Ya Mungu ni mengi.. alafu kumbuka wanao kudharau siku moja watu kusalimia kwa heshima! Ata wewe mwenye uko hapo home na unaonyeshwa madharau siku moja utasalimiwa kwa heshima!” he opined. (Sic)