They say that music is a universal language. That is why collaborations between different artistes happen all the time, regardless of their race, language, culture etc. Kenyan musicians have collaborated with each other from time immemorial, they have also collaborated with artistes from other countries. Below are some international music collaborations with Kenyan artistes to spruce your playlist:
C4 Pedro Ft Sauti Sol – Love Again
This beautiful love song was sung in both Swahili and Portuguese. Angolan singer C4 Pedro delivered his verses with great vocals which were accompanied by the talented sounds of Sauti Sol. Savara’s performance on the chorus made the song very catchy. Sauti Sol is definitely the king of collaborations with artistes from Africa. Love Again is one of their many African collaborations as they have worked with other African stars such as Yemi Alade, Vanessa Mdee, Burna Boy, Nyashinski and Patoranking among others in some of their songs.
Arrow Bwoy Ft Bad Girl Cecile – Lika
Produced by Vicky Pon Dis, this track was a certified club banger that brought Kenya and Jamaica together. Both Arrow Bwoy’s and Jamaican Dance Hall Queen Cecile’s verses complimented Vicky’s beat. It is definitely a tune to play when having great times with your peeps over drinks.
Diplo & MØ Ft Nyashinki – Stay Open
This track was part of a musical project dubbed The Global Tuborg Open Project. It was a musical collaboration with American DJ and Producer Diplo, who is one third of the electronic dance music trio Major Lazer, Danish Singer, Song Writer and Producer MØ and Kenya’s superstar Nyashinski. The different sounds of Nyashinski and MØ made the song beautiful and Diplo’s beat added chill vibes to it.
ONE 8 Ft R Kelly – Hands Across The World
Hands Across The World was an iconic song that brought 8 African stars together i.e Nigeria’s 2Face, Tanzania’s Ali Kiba, DR Congo Singer Fally Ipupa, Hip-hop Trio 4×4 from Ghana, Movazhaleine from Gabon, Zambian singer JK, Ugandan Rapper Navio and R&B Singer Amani from Kenya. The song which was composed to share a message of hope, also featured and was written by American singer R Kelly. This TBT will definitely take you down memory lane and encourage you through this tough COVID-19 times.
King Kaka Ft Cassidy – Far Away
Far Away is a feel-good song that brought two talented rappers together. American rapper Cassidy, delivered a really catchy hook that complimented King Kaka’s lyrical verses and Eric Musyoka’s beat. It is a perfect song to play when relaxing after a long day of hard work.
Victoria Kimani Ft R.City – China Love
This was a collaboration in which Victoria Kimani featured American musical duo R.City. The upbeat tempo of this song will have you dancing. Victoria’s vocals on this track were super lit! And the message of the song is apt.
Rabbit Ft HHP & Wangechi – Tulia Tu
Produced by Kevin Provoke and Tim Rimbui, this Hip Hop music collaboration was a certified track. King Kaka AKA Rabbit, Wangechi and the late South African Rapper HHP, flaunted their lyrical prowess on their respective verses making it a favorite track among many African Hip Hop lovers.
East African Bashment Crew – Fire Anthem
East African Bashment Crew was an East African Reggae music trio comprising of Wyre & Nazizi from Kenya and Bebe Cool from Uganda. Their song Fire Anthem was a Reggae hit that rocked the airwaves during its year of release and continues to get favorable airplay to date. If this track doesn’t feature in your favorite DJ’s Old School Kenyan music playlist, then there is definitely a problem. The trio also did other tracks together such as Kube and Combination among others.
Willy Paul & Alaine – I Do
I Do has grown to be a very popular wedding song in Kenya. The track which brought together Kenya’s Willy Paul and Jamaica’s Alaine, is currently one of the most viewed Kenyan videos on YouTube. The two complimented each other vocally on this track. The chemistry between Willy Paul and Alaine also made the song wedding playlist friendly.
Wyre Ft Peetah & Gramps Morgan – Guarantee
This Reggae tune is a perfect love song. The track which featured Kenya’s Wyre and Jamaican Reggae singers Peetah & Gramps Morgan, is the perfect dedication to your lover. The feel good vibes in the song and amazing vocal capability of the singers make it easy to jam to.