Nviiri Vs Bensoul: Who is The King of Sol Generation?
28 July 2021
[Photo: Soko Directory]
By Lydia M Joshua
The music scene in Kenya is currently blooming owing to the fact that many renowned artists are not only releasing great music but also supporting upcoming artists. Such is the story of the talented brothers Nviiri and Bensoul, who came into the limelight through the support of the biggest group in Kenya, Sauti Sol, who signed them under the Sol generation.
Since their signings, the two have gone ahead to prove that they were worth every cent, by capturing the hearts of millions of fans who support them by streaming their music, attending their shows, and following them on different social media platforms.
Thanks to their shared origin at Sol generation, many people have been comparing them, with fans of each side insisting that their favorite artist is the best. In this article, we will review some of their achievements over the past few years:
Awards and Nominations
This year (2021) Bensoul bagged a Grammy Songwriter Award alongside Sauti Sol’s Bien, following their input into Burna Boy’s ‘Twice As Tall’ album which won the Best Global Music Album award at the 63rd annual Grammy awards. Previously, Bensoul had been nominated for the Artist of the Year award at the 2017 Café Ngoma Awards. In addition, he was also nominated for the Collabo of the Year Award at the 2018 Pulse Music Video Awards (PMVA) and Artist of the Year at the 2018 Café Ngoma Awards. On the other hand, Nviiri won big at the 2019 Pulse Music Video Awards (PMVA) bagging the New Artist of the Year award with his groundbreaking song ‘Pombe Sigara’. In addition, he was also nominated for the 2019 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMAs) under the Best African Duo, Group, or Band Award for his feature on Sauti Sol’s hit song ‘Extravaganza’.
EPs and Albums
This year (2021) was a successful year for Nviiri after he managed to release his debut EP dubbed ‘Kitenge EP’ on 5th March 2021. ‘Kitenge EP’ is a 6-Track EP featuring Kenyan artists; Sanaipei Tande, Khaligraph Jones, Sauti Sol, and Bensoul.
On the other hand, Bensoul has already dropped two EPs namely ‘Qwarantunes’ which he released in 2020, and his most recent EP ‘Medicine’ which he released in May 2021.
Covid has completely changed how we conduct our day-to-day activities. As a result, people are slowly adapting to the new normal, which includes handling more business online. Fortunately, the two talented artists have adapted to the new normal easily, this is evident with their choice to upload their new EPs on YouTube, in the middle of a pandemic. As a result, both artists have accumulated millions of views online, with Nviiri leading the pack with 20,576,998 views on YouTube and Bensoul following closely with 18,939,700 views.
The world has evolved to a point where an artist can communicate with their fans one on one via social media. One of the most convenient platforms for communication between artists and fans is Instagram, which allows anyone to join and follow different people, without limitations. Nviiri and Bensoul, like other celebrities, use their Instagram handle to showcase their different personalities, as well as inform their fans of new music releases and upcoming shows. Currently, Nviiri leads with an Instagram following of 144,000 followers with Bensoul following behind with 109,000 followers.