Christmas is finally here, a time to be cheerful and merry. 2020 has been quite rough but despite all the challenges it came with, we can still get in the Christmas mood through this curated Kenyan Christmas playlist:
Mary Did You Know – Amos & Josh
Most versions of this song have a slower tempo. Amos and Josh however fastened the tempo in their version and added an African touch to it that will definitely shoo the blues away and get you up on your feet ready for festivities.
Ukiwa Mbali – Sol Generation Ft Sauti Sol & Crystal Asige
This track is off their collaboration album with KLM, 1919 To Forever. It is the perfect dedication to those celebrating Christmas away from their loved ones.
Merry Christmas – Mercy Masika Ft Various Gospel Artists
Bring together gospel musicians Ruth Matete, Mercy Masika, Pitson, Mwenye Haki, Aime Mbumba, Gloria Muliro, Mbuvi, Mercy Wairegi, Kizo B, Kambua, and Man Ingwe, this song symbolizes the essence of coming together and sharing during the festive season.
Xmas Song – Zzero Sufuri
Gengetone has taken over the Kenyan music scene hence our playlist would be incomplete without a song from this genre. This one is a feel-good song that will still get you in the festive mood.
O Holy Night – Noel Nderitu Ft Bien-Aime
Jesus is the reason for the season and a classic Christmas carol in this list is a must. The soulful voices of Noel and Bien are worth every second you will spend listening to this song.
Missing You – Ivlyn Mutua
Off her Christmas album 12 Beats of Christmas, this track is yet another dedication to those celebrating the festivities away from their loved ones. As we have said before, Ivlyn has the lungs of steel and vocal performance on this track is to die for.
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Redfourth Chorus
Yet another classic Christmas carol, this song is by far one of the best-arranged pieces on this list. Redfourth Chorus’ harmonies on this cover are heavenly, to say the least.
Merry Christmas Kenyan Version – Kanji Mbugua
If you are looking for a Merry Christmas jam with a Kenyan vibe in it, then this is definitely the song. As usual Kanji’s soulfulness never disappoints.
Yesu Amezaliwa/Do You See What I See – Bien-Aime, Wyre, Wambura Mitaru, Eric Wainaina & Atemi
Despite being the newest release on our playlist, this song brings together some of the biggest Kenyan musical talents. Everything about it from the arrangement to the vocals is perfect for Christmas. Simply amazing!
Mary Did You Know – Various Female Artistes
This Kenyan version of the popular Christmas carol remains a classic as it has the most powerful vocals of top Kenyan female gospel artists Kambua, Alice Kamande, Yvonne Makena, Mercy Wairegi, Kerry Kagiri and Mercylinah. This song will turn your Christmas mood on, no doubt.
Kumesiagwa – Padi Wubonn
This is a bonus track for parody lovers. Not only will Padi’s comic antics crack your ribs, the song will also remind you of the season and get you dancing.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New year.