Top 10 2021 Kenyan Songs That Went Viral On TikTok [Video]
16 December 2021
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By Brian Sikulu
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TikTok has grown to become one of the most influential social media platforms when it comes to popularising music. This is based on the fact that a larger percentage of the content on the app is dependant on music. A lot of songs have gone viral and gained millions of views thanks to TikTok. In this article, we outline some of the songs in the Kenyan music industry that earned their success from TikTok in the year 2021.
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Mr Seed - Only One ( Dawa Ya Baridi ) Ft Masauti
The chorus of the song became an anthem on TikTok with majority of content creators jumping on the challenge and using the sound. The song which features gospel musician Mr Seed and Masauti went viral even before its video was out. 3 months after its official release, the video has been viewed more than 5 million times on YouTube.
Bien X Aaron Rimbui - Mbwe Mbwe
'Mbwe Mbwe' is off the Bald Men Love Better EP by Sauti Sol's Bien featuring Aaron Rimbui. The EP had other songs like; ‘Bald Men Anthem', 'Stamina', 'Coming Home', and 'Reset Rewind'. The song has gained over 3 million views on YouTube within one month.
Sipangwingwi - Exray Taniua Ft Trio Mio & Ssaru
'Sipangwingwi' brought together Exray, Trio Mio and Ssaru. The combination which was flavored by Exray's vocals on the chorus made the song irresistible. What made the song go viral on TikTok was the interpretation of the phrase by different content creators.
Bila Jasho - Timeless Noel X Jabidii
'Bila Jasho' made it on the list of the most successful gospel songs of the year with its success going beyond the borders of Kenya. Known for their creativity in coming up with unique danceable tunes, Timeless Noel and Jabidi did not disappoint on this one. The song had its dance style which was lazy moves that anyone including those with two left feet could easily pull off.
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Nviiri The Storyteller - Nikita
Straight out of Sol Generation, Nviiri The Story Teller closed the year on a successful note as his hit song 'Nikita' that premiered on November 12, 2021, went viral on TikTok. The amazing dance moves on ‘Nikita’ are credited for the song’s success on TikTok.
Nyashinski - Properly Ft Femi One
Released on November 26th, 'Properly' has surpassed the one million views mark in just under two weeks. The combination of Nyashinski and Femi One under the production of celebrated music producer Cedo brought the best out of the best. What was even more attractive in the video was the choreography of the dancers which also featured some of the top TikTok creators.
Nikita Kering - Ex
AFRIMA's East African best female musician Nikita Kering had a successful year thanks to her hit song 'Ex' which went viral on TikTok. The slow melodious narration of a lady who is in love in the song won over the hearts of many content creators on TikTok with the majority appearing to relate with the story.
Ndovu Ni Kuu - Krispah X Khaligraph Jones X Boutross
The original version of the song 'Ndovu Ni Kuu' by Ndovu Kuu attracted the attention of many on TikTok. After the song went viral, Khaligraph Jones and Boutross jumped on the remix and propelled it to the top. This is the song that brought Ndovu Kuu into the limelight and earned him his rightful place among the superstars in the Kenyan music industry.
Breeder Lw X Ndovu Kuu X Trio Mio – Pattern
Ndovu Kuu once again melted the hearts of his fans on TikTok with his unique rapping skills. Ndovu Kuu's part in Breeder LW's 'Pattern' song has got the majority of the fans rapping along to it. The song which also features Trio Mio has gained over 300,000 views within a week and is currently among the top trending songs on TikTok.
Iyanii - Pombe
After being in the music industry for approximately 3 years, Iyanii's breakthrough finally came after his song dubbed 'Pombe' went viral on TikTok. The song currently has over 2 million views on YouTube. Iyanii has also released another hit titled 'Furaha'.
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