2021 Kenyan Albums & EPs That We totally Love

2021 was the year in which some of Kenya’s most amazing albums and EPs were produced. Not even the uncertain times could slow down Kenyan artists. Below are our favorite album and EP picks for 2021:

Greatness – Femi One

This 14 track album lives up to its name as it is filled with Femi One’s greatest punchlines so far. It features both singles and collaborations. In it are songs such as Adonai, Balance, Greatness, Feelanga Free, Sina Haja, Duru, 100 Bob, Vako, Kuzina Nawe, and Diva.

Catch a Vibe – Karun

Catch A Vibe is a masterpiece that blends RnB and Alternative Music. Most of its songs are sultry and emotional. In this EP, Karun collaborated with Mpho Sebina, Chase Aaron, Kahu$h, Xenia Manasseh, and Ivy Alexander. Catch A Vibe’s tracklist includes Catch A Vibe, Let Me Know, Paths, Here With Me, Just Friends, and I Know.

Simple Man – Hart The Band

Kenyan music trio H_Art The Band outdid themselves on this album. Not only did they flaunt their music skills in this production, but they also showcased their storytelling and poetic songwriting skills. This album has 6 tracks which are Simple Man, My Jaber, Everyday, Milele, Na Bado, and Wait For You.

Kitenge – Nviiri The Storyteller

The 6-track EP was one of the most anticipated projects of the year. In it are Niko Sawa, Kitenge, Mae Wendy, Birthday Song, Baridi, and Bembeleza. Fans were clearly feeling Niko Sawa the most from this entire collection as it was among the most streamed Kenyan songs on popular streaming apps such as Spotify and Apple Music.

River Album – Muthoni Drummer Queen

This 13-track collection is Muthoni Drummer Queen’s 4th studio album. Some of its songs include African Fever, Love Potion, Me, Think About You, Moonlight, and Greatness among others. From its beautiful cover art to the music and visuals, this album oozes MDQ’s signature eclectic style and experimental sound.

A Side of Me – Nikita Kering

A Side of Me is a 7-track EP that is packed with RnB goodness. Its tracklist includes: Forget, Where You Been, Never Let You Go, Ex, Crossing Lines Better Than Ever, and Never Let You Go (Acoustic). This EP is Nikita Kering’s debut EP and it is a true RnB masterpiece.

Bazenga Mentality – Breeder LW

Breeder’s lyricism is undoubted and his 2021 album Bazenga Mentality is proof of that. The 15-track album is the home to amazing Gengetone and Hip-Hop tracks such as Bei Imepanda, Bio Na Chem, Makanga, and Boss Ofkos just to mention a few.

Bald Men Love Better – Bien & Aaron Rimbui

Off the Alone-Together project by Sauti Sol, this EP is one of 2021’s most loved collections. In this project, Bien collaborated with music maestro Aaron Rimbui to make 5 classic songs. They include Bald Men Anthem, Mbwe Mbwe, Reset Rewind, Coming Home, and Stamina.

Spirit Animal – Victoria Kimani

This 16-track album is Victoria Kimani’s 4th studio album. Spirit Animal is a multi-genre project that blends Afro-Pop, R&B, and Dancehall. It has songs such as Spirit Animal, Most Wanted, Remedy, and Gimme Money among others.

Nabo – Sanaipei Tande

This EP is a showcase of Sanaipei’s vocal talent. Nabo is Maasai word that means ‘One.’ Featuring Khaligraph and Nyashinski in this project, Nabo has 6 tracks. They include: Jali, Nabo, Nakuthamini, Kiwango, Yuko Na Wewe, and Chukua

Wanavokali Album- Wanavokali

The self-titled project is Wanavokali’s debut album. The 11-track album has amazing music, top-notch audio production, diversity, and Wanavokali’s signature beautiful harmonies. Some of its songs include; Rhumba, Kula Tatu, Reasons, Love Is The Air, Gratitude, and Amani.

Unaware – Matata Ft Nviiri The Story Teller and Bensoul

This EP was part of Matata’s homecoming tour. Featuring Sol Generation signees Nviiri and Bensoul, Unaware is an authentic narration of various Kenyan situations. It has 4 tracks which are Unaware, Pombe Na Kizungu Mingi, Tulia Nikupange, and Matatu.

Love like This – Bahati

Love like This features amazing love songs among other themes. The 10-track album has both solo and collaborative songs. Some of its songs include; Wewe Ni Mungu, Take It Slow, Sweet Darling, Fikra Za Bahati, and Caro among others.

Father Studies – Fancy Fingers

Father Studies is Fancy Fingers’ debut solo EP under Sauti Sol’s Alone-Together Project. Featuring songs such as Rhumba Toto and Amanda Pressure this is a beautiful 10 track collection of songs that address fatherhood and love. Fancy Fingers’ unique talents such as singing and dancing shine in this production giving fans a chance to see another side of him.

Frisky Album – Maandy Kabaya

Frisky, is Maandy’s 2nd album after her 2019 debut album Kabaya. In it, Maandy has featured Ndovu Kuu and long-time collaborators Fena Gitu and Breeder LW. The  12-tracks album has songs such as Hivi na Hivo, Money Man, Sirudi Home Refix, and Magizani among others.

Medicine – Bensoul

Medicine is Bensoul’s 2nd  EP after signing to Sauti Sol’s Sol Generation. It has 4 songs namely: Stereo, Sugar Rush, Ntala Nawe, and Medicine. All the songs in this EP are love songs delivered in Bensoul’s classic easy and soulful style. There is no doubt that Medicine hosts some of the best love song dedications.

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